In the wake of the tragedy on the “Rust” movie set, a pair of bills are stagnant in the California legislature to improve gun safety on film sets.
One of the bills, created by State Sen. Dave Cortés (D-San Jose), would strengthen firearm security measures with a required set safety officer, while the other, promoted by State Sen. Anthony Portantino (D-La Canada Flintridge) Was. More restricted in its hopes of set security improvements.
According to the Los Angeles Times, a lack of support by the state legislature’s Appropriations Committee this week means senators will have to “rework” the law in 2023.
Bill was in response to the tragedy on the New Mexico set after actor Alec Baldwin opened fire with a gun that killed cinematographer Halyana Hutchins and injured director Joel Souza.
The shooting has left unanswered questions about how the gun fired as the Santa Fe Sheriff’s Office removed evidence, including photos from the scene as well as video, that had previously been posted online.
New Mexico fined the “Rust” film production company approximately $137,000 in April for safety failures due to the shooting.
The Cortese bill was supported by one of Hollywood’s major unions, the Directors Guild of America, a group supporting film and TV directors with more than 18,000 union members.
The Los Angeles Times reported in April that Danny Bush, DGA Associate National Executive Director, wrote in a letter to Cortes that security measures “have not been accorded sufficient priority” and that “recommended guidelines are not consistently followed.” “
“While the ‘Rust’ tragedy involved a shooting, our safety concerns extend far beyond firearms; entertainment workers routinely use explosions, vehicles, planes, falling objects,” Bush reportedly wrote in the letter. , come into contact with dangerous animals or countless other dangerous environments.”
Cortes committed himself to the safety of people in the film and TV industry in a statement to the Times.
“First the industry killed Halina. Then they scrapped the bill, which would have made people like her safer,” he said.