Accidental shooting of Alec Baldwin raises demand for a ban on weapons on set

Alec Baldwin. Photo Credit: YouTube Screengrab

Alec Baldwin. Photo Credit: YouTube Screengrab

Calls were mounting to ban the use of firearms on film sets on Hollywood Sunday, three days after actor Alec Baldwin shot cinematographer Helena Hutchins in a shocking on-set tragedy.

A memorial service will be held later on Sunday for Hutchins, 42, who was struck in the chest when Baldwin fired a prop gun during the filming of the low-budget western War. He died shortly after the incident in New Mexico on Thursday.

Director Joel Souza, 48, who leaned behind him for a shot, was injured and hospitalized, then released.

Police are still investigating the shooting, which sparked intense speculation on social media about how such an accident could have happened despite elaborate and long-established gun safety protocols for the film set.

A petition on the website for a ban on live firearms on film sets and better working conditions for the crew had collected more than 15,000 signatures as of Sunday.

“There is no excuse for something like this to happen in the 21st century,” says the text of a petition started by Bandar Albulivi, a screenwriter and director.

“There is an urgent need to address hazardous work abuse and safety violations that occur on the set of theatrical productions, including unnecessary high-risk situations such as living,” Dave Cortes, a Democrat elected to the California Senate, said in a statement Saturday. use of firearms.”

He said he intends to move a bill banning live ammunition on movie sets in California.

Hit Los Angeles Police Drama rookie decided to ban all live ammunition from their sets the day after the shooting, effective immediately, according to industry publication The Hollywood Reporter.

Baldwin, who has spoken of heartbreak after the murder, is cooperating with the police investigation.

According to an affidavit, the investigation is focused on the specialist in charge of the weapon and the assistant director assigned to Baldwin. AFP.

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