Baldwin Was Practicing ‘Cross-Draw,’ Crew Member Who Gave Him Gun Had Prior Safety Complaint – Opinion

We’ve already reported on a lot of troubling information about the shooting on the set of Alec Baldwin’s movie ‘Rust’ that killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and wounded Director Joel Souza.

According to sources, the last reports from the set suggested that crew members were using the prop guns that were involved in the disaster for off-hours target shooting and that blanks had also been stored there. An incident with an armorer was reported on another film set. These reports (if they are true) give an idea of the possibility that there was a problem with the prop guns.

Now there’s more information that adds to the already troubling actions.

We reported that the assistant director Dave Halls took the prop gun out of a cart and placed it by the armorer. He handed it to Baldwin and declared it was “cold” meaning that it was safe to use and had no live rounds in it.

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Bryan Carpenter, an armorer and weapons master in the film industry, told CNN that “cold guns” shouldn’t be loaded, especially during rehearsals. “You have to make sure that the weapon is truly cold, which means there should have been no rounds in there, period. And especially if it’s a rehearsal,” Carpenter told the outlet. Carpenter also insisted that prop guns should be inspected by two people to ensure they’re “cold” before anyone handles them on set.

We haven’t heard any comment yet on whether Halls checked the weapon or if Baldwin did.

But Halls had a prior complaint filed against him on a prior on the Hulu series “Into the Dark” in 2019 over concerns about his behavior and not following safety protocols for weapons and pyrotechnics. The complaint from crew member Maggie Goll said that he also tried to continue filming after a crew member had “slipped into a diabetic fugue state.”

“He did not maintain a safe working environment,” Goll said “Sets were almost always allowed to become increasingly claustrophobic, no established fire lanes, exits blocked … safety meetings were nonexistent.”

That raises another question regarding the assistant director.

But that wasn’t all.

Baldwin took the gun and was sitting in a pew at a local church practicing a cross-draw. The gun required Baldwin to point it at Hutchins’ camera, the director being behind him. That was the story of two witnesses and the injury to which the director succumbed. Souza stated to the police that he felt a loud pop, and realized that Hutchins was bleeding. Souza said he’d heard the call that the gun was “cold” but he indicated that there was an interim period during which there was a lunch break and he didn’t know if the gun was checked after lunch before the incident happened.

Reid Russell (cameraman) was also a witness and described the incident.

“[Russel] said while preparing, there was a shadow coming from the outside light and they had to move the camera at a different angle from Alec,” the warrant says.

“He said Alec was trying to explain how he was going to draw out the firearm and where his arm would be at when the firearm was pulled from the holster,” according to the warrant.

“[Russel] was not sure why the firearm was discharged and just remembered the loud bang from the firearm,” the document states.

A cross draw is when the gun is holstered on the opposite side of the drawing hand with the butt out – so if drawing with the right hand, the gun is holstered on the left. This is an example of the cross draw. But it also means that then there could be more safety issues as you’re drawing it, sweeping across your body and if he was seated in a church pew that might make it challenging as well. Russell’s account also indicates a question as to why the gun fired.

There were three accidental firings that occurred on the set before, as we mentioned previously. In the description of one of those incidents, one source claimed that the gun was “just holding it in their hands and it went off” raising another question about what was going on with the guns there but also why this wasn’t addressed.

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