SAG-AFTRA blasts Alec Baldwin ‘rust’ shooting charges in scathing statement

SAG-AFTRA blasts Alec Baldwin ‘rust’ shooting charges in scathing statement

SAG-AFTRA, which called the shooting of Hutchins’ prop gun in 2021 a preventable “tragedy,” said in a statement Thursday that his death is not “a dereliction of duty or criminal act on the part of any artist.” .

“The prosecutor’s assertion that an actor has a duty to ensure the functional and mechanical operation of a firearm on a production set is incorrect and uninformed,” the union said. “An actor’s job is not to be an expert on weapons or firearms.”

Santa Fe District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies, along with Special Counsel Andrea Reeb, announced that charges would be filed against Baldwin, gunsmith Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, and assistant director David Halls in the shooting on the set of a film. from New Mexico. Reeb said Hutchins would be alive if the three defendants did “their jobs.”

Baldwin has claimed that he received the pistol from Halls, who stated that the gun was “cold”, meaning it had no real bullets in it, and maintained that he did not pull the trigger.

The shot that killed Hutchins also wounded director Joel Souza.

The actors’ union said “artists are trained to act” and are not expected to be weapons experts.

“The industry assigns that responsibility to qualified professionals who oversee its use and handling in all aspects,” the union said.

The full statement from SAG-AFTRA is below:

The death of Halyna Hutchins is a tragedy, all the more so for its preventable nature. It is not a dereliction of duty or criminal act on the part of any performer.

The prosecutor’s assertion that an actor has a duty to ensure the functional and mechanical operation of a firearm on a production set is incorrect and uninformed. An actor’s job is not to be an expert on weapons or firearms. Firearms are provided for use under the guidance of multiple skilled professionals directly responsible for the safe and accurate operation of that firearm. Additionally, the employer is always responsible for providing a safe work environment at all times, including hiring and supervising the work of weapons-trained professionals.

Industry Standards for firearm safety and the use of blank ammunition are clearly set out in Safety Bulletin 1, provided by the joint industry-wide Job Management Safety Commission. The guidelines require that an experienced and qualified gunsmith be in charge of all handling, use, and custody of firearms on set. These duties include ‘inspecting the firearm and barrel before and after each firing sequence’ and ‘checking all firearms before each use’.

The guidelines do not make it the performer’s responsibility to check any firearm. Performers are trained to perform, and are not required or expected to be an expert in weapons or experience in their use. The industry assigns that responsibility to qualified professionals who oversee its use and handling in all aspects. Anyone who receives a firearm on set should receive training and orientation in its safe handling and use, but all firearm activity on set must be under the careful supervision and control of the professional gunsmith and employer.

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