California and NY Seek to Ban Live Ammo on Sets as the Industry Declines to Ban Real Guns

Following the fatal shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the New Mexico set of “Rust” in October, lawmakers in California and New York have introduced a pair of bills they say would help prevent similar tragedies from happening in their states.

The bills would prohibit the use of live ammunition on most movie and TV sets in two of the country’s largest production hubs, implement stiff penalties for those who ignore the ban, and codify weapons-handling requirements.While the proposals mark a move forward in the effort to increase on-set safety, they fall short of an outright prohibition on functional guns.

Support for a ban grew immediately following Hutchins’ death, but that consensus didn’t hold.In the days after “Rust” actor and producer Alec Baldwin fatally shot Hutchins with a prop gun that he and key crew members believed was not loaded, a petition calling for a ban

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