Industry Figures Call For ‘Gun Ban On Sets’ After Halyna Hutchins’ Death 

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Industry figures are calling for a gun ban on sets following a shooting that involved Alec Baldwin. 

The Hollywood actor ‘accidentally discharged a prop gun with a live round‘ while filming the movie Rust which resulted in Halyna Hutchins’ tragic death.

Showrunner Eric Kripke, who works on Amazon Prime’s The Boys, took to Twitter to say he wouldn’t be allowing any guns on ‘any of his sets’ again following the shocking incident. 

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He wrote: “No more guns with blanks on any of my sets ever. We’ll use VFX muzzle flashes. Who’s with me?”

Craig Zobel, who directed the detective series Mare of Easttown, wrote in agreement: “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.”

It comes as the American police drama, The Rookie, announced that all real guns are now banned on set.

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TV director Megan Griffiths also took to Twitter, penning: “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?”

Xander Berkeley, who starred in 24 and Terminator 2, has gone as far as creating a petition to ban real guns on set. 

He said: “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.” 

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Written by Aimee Walker

Aimee is a senior content editor at IGV who specialises in finding the best original stories, trending topics and entertainment news. She graduated from Birmingham City University with a degree in Media and Communications.