The tragic shooting of Halyna Hutchins is now seeing film industry figures call for a ban on guns on film sets.
Hutchins was shot dead by actor Alec Baldwin in a freak accident on the set of the film Rust, after Baldwin ‘accidentally discharged a live round’ which also injured director Joel Souza.
Hutchins later died in hospital, while Souza was released from medical care.
Tributes have poured in for Hutchins following the news of her death, with many industry professionals now calling for reform to prevent similar tragedies happening again.
Eric Kripke, the showrunner behind Amazon Prime's ultra-violent superhero franchise The Boys, wrote on Twitter: “No more guns with blanks on any of my sets ever. We'll use VFX muzzle flashes. Who's with me?”
Elsewhere, Craig Zobel, who directed detective series Mare of Easttown, added: “There's no reason to have guns loaded with blanks or anything on set anymore. Should just be fully outlawed.
“There's computers now. The gunshots on Mare of Easttown are all digital. You can probably tell, but who cares? It's an unnecessary risk.”
Meanwhile, The Rookie, an American cop drama on ABC, has since announced that all real guns will be banned on set.
Actor O’Shea Jackson Jr wrote following news of Ms Hutchins’ death: “Things are gonna change after this tragedy,” while TV director Megan Griffiths wrote: “I often get pushback when I demand completely disabled, non-firing weapons on set, but this is why.
“Mistakes happen, and when they involve guns, mistakes kill. No gun ever needs to fire on set. Muzzle flashes are the easiest and cheapest visual effect. Why are we still doing this?”
Now, actor Xander Berkeley, whose credits include 24 and Terminator 2, has started a Change.org petition calling for real guns to be banned on set.
“Sponsor Hollywood: It’s time to create ‘Halyna’s Law’, which will ban the use of real firearms on film production sets and create a safe working environment for everyone involved,” he wrote.
Senator Dave Cortese, a Californian government official, has said he will introduce legislation to ban actual firearms from movie sets and theatrical productions in that state.
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