A California state senator is proposing a ban on live weapons on movie sets in the wake of the accidental shooting death of a cinematographer by actor Alec Baldwin last week.
Democratic lawmaker Dave Cortese, chair of the state legislature’s Labor Committee, said the proposed law will prohibit all live guns and ammo from movies and theatrical productions.
“There is an urgent need to address alarming work abuses and safety violations occurring on the set of theatrical productions, including unnecessary high-risk conditions such as the use of live firearms,” Cortese said in a release.
“Those working behind the scenes to entertain and bring joy to millions all over the world shouldn’t go to set worrying if they will return home safely to their families,” he said.
Cortese said the move was prompted by last week’s fatal shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, who was killed when Baldwin fired what he was told was a “cold gun” on the set of the Western, “Rust.”
Instead, there was a live round in the gun, which struck the 42-year-old Hutchins and wounded director Joel Souza, 48.
Authorities are still investigating the incident and have not announced any charges.
The fatal mishap came after some crew members walked off the set over working conditions and safety concerns — with two other misfires reported earlier.