Thousands of people urged Hollywood to ban the use of firearms on set Sunday, October 24, three days after actor Alec Baldwin shot dead cinematographer Halyna Hutchins in a shocking tragedy on set.
A ceremony in memory of Hutchins, 42, was held on Sunday (24/10). He was shot in the chest when Baldwin shot a prop gun while shooting the film “Rust”. Hutchins died shortly after Thursday’s incident in New Mexico.
Director Joel Souza, 48, who was behind Hutchins, was injured and hospitalized, then allowed to go home.
Police are still investigating the incident, which sparked intense speculation on social media as to how such an accident could have happened, despite strict gun safety protocols on set.
A petition on the change.org website has garnered more than 15,000 signatures as of Sunday (24/10). The petition calls for a ban on live ammunition on set and better working conditions.
“There is no reason something like this is happening in the 21st century,” reads the petition initiated by Bandar Albuliwi, a screenwriter and director.
Dave Cortese, a Democrat in the California Senate, issued a statement Saturday saying that “there is an urgent need to respond to abuse and security breaches at theater production sites, including unnecessarily high-risk conditions such as the use of firearms.” sharp bullets.”
It says it will push for a Bill that bans the use of sharp ammunition at filming locations in California.
The day after the incident, the Los Angeles police drama “The Rookie” immediately banned all live ammunition from its location, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
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