‘Rust’ Fallout: Unions and Studios at Odds Over Firearm Rules

‘Rust’ Fallout: Unions and Studios at Odds Over Firearm Rules
Hollywood unions and entertainment studios both support doing something to tighten firearms safety rules in the wake of the “Rust” shooting.

But they don’t agree on what that something is, and the disagreement has dimmed the chances of new set safety legislation out of Sacramento this year.

On Thursday, Sen. Anthony Portantino held up two bills — Sb 829 and Sb 831 — that reflected the competing approaches of the studios and the unions. In an interview on Friday, Portantino said he still believes that a deal can get done by the end of this legislative session in August.

“The issue is whether both sides want to come together to achieve consensus,” said Portantino, who authored the studio-backed bill. “I think they were relatively close.”

But Sen. Dave Cortese, who authored the union-backed bill, gave a more pessimistic take. Cortese said he had weeks of meetings with the Motion Picture Association — the studios
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