Both bills — Sb 829 and Sb 831 — came in response to the shooting last October on the set of “Rust” in Santa Fe, N.M. Actor Alec Baldwin fired a gun that was loaded with a live round, killing cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and wounding the film’s director.
Both bills would have established a new training requirement for film armorers. Much of the blame for the “Rust” shooting has been directed at Hannah Gutierrez Reed, the inexperienced armorer who loaded Baldwin’s gun. Gutierrez Reed had no formal training or credential — nor was she required to have any.
But Sb 831, by Sen. Dan Cortese, would have gone significantly farther. It would have codified the industry’s gun safety standards in state regulations.