Alec Baldwin says film productions should hire police officers to monitor gun safety

“Every movie / television set that uses firearms, fake or not, should have a police officer on set, hired by the production, to specifically monitor gun safety,” Baldwin tweeted Monday, his final statement regarding on-set safety in the wake of the fatal shooting on the set of his movie “Rust”.

A source close to the actor told CNN that Baldwin remained cooperative with authorities’ requests and “will do whatever is asked of him” while the investigation continues.

Baldwin and his family are expected to stay in Vermont for the foreseeable future as they deal with the aftermath of last month’s tragedy, the source added.

Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was killed and director Joel Souza injured last month after Baldwin discharged a gun during a rehearsal that contained what authorities suspect to be a live bullet.

The incident, which is still under investigation, has renewed calls for better safety practices on the set with regard to the use of weapons.

Some individual productions have banned the use of real guns on set and made the use of alternative options mandatory.

ABC’s “The Rookie”, for example, established a new policy to mandate the use of airsoft firearms, which are low-power replica firearms that typically fire plastic pellets. Dwayne Johnson has also said there will be no real guns used on his film sets in the future.

Weapons expert Ben Simmons previously explained to CNN that three types of propeller guns are typically used on set – completely fake guns (which look real but can’t shoot anything), guns disabled and real guns, which are loaded with blanks and mimic reality. shooting, from flash to recoil.

Authorities continue to investigate the moments leading up to the shooting, including the chain of command of the weapons and how the weapon Baldwin used was loaded with an alleged live bullet.

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