Shocking Admission From Assistant Director on Baldwin Movie About Checking Gun – Opinion

The Baldwin movie-making case contained many new developments today.

Perhaps the most significant — and shocking — piece of news was from the assistant director, David Halls, the man who handed Alec Baldwin the gun which he then used in the shooting on the set of “Rust.”

Halls admitted that he “should have checked” all of the rounds inside the barrel before the fatal shooting but didn’t — and he “couldn’t recall” if the armorer, Hannah Gutierrez, adhered to that protocol, according to a new affidavit cited by the New York Post.

“David advised when Hannah showed him the firearm before continuing rehearsal, he could only remember seeing three rounds. He advised he should have checked all of them, but didn’t, and couldn’t recall if she spun the drum,” detectives wrote in the affidavit.

When asked about the safety protocols on set in regards to firearms, Hall told police the armorer “spins the drum” and checks to ensure there are no live rounds before handing it off.

Halls said he picked up the gun and brought it over to the production’s armorer, Hannah Gutierrez, to be checked before resuming rehearsal.

“I check the barrel for obstructions, most of the time there’s no live fire, [Hannah] opens the hatch and spins the drum, and I say cold gun on set,” Halls told authorities, referring to a production term that means that the firearm doesn’t contain live rounds and is safe for rehearsal.

Gutierrez told police how she used the gun.

“Hannah advised on the day of the incident, she checked the ‘dummies’ and ensured they were not ‘hot’ rounds,” the document states.

“Hannah advised she handed the gun to Alec Baldwin a couple times, and also handed it to David Halls. How did it happen? [a detective] asked about live ammo on set, Hannah responded no live ammo is ever kept on set.”

This claim may have a problem. Santa Fe Sheriff Adan Mendoza said today during a press conference that the police found about 500 rounds on the set, among which there was a “mix of blanks, dummy rounds and what we are suspecting [to be] live rounds.” He said they found what they believe were “possible additional live rounds on set” and they were trying to determine how those got there “because they shouldn’t have been there.”

Here’s some of the press conference from today with Mendoza.

Halls asked his armorer for permission to look inside the gun after the shooting. He said he saw at least four “dummy” casings with a hole on the side and “one without the hole” that didn’t have a “cap” on it and “was just the casing.”

Gutierrez said that during lunch, the firearms were secured in the prop truck but the ammo was “left on a cart on the set, not secured.”

Mendoza said there appears to have been “complacency” in regard to gun safety and that they were going to follow up on all the stories about issues and prior incidents. That would have an impact on their eventual legal assessment of the case, according to the DA. As we previously reported, they haven’t ruled out criminal charges in this case.

That comes as there were new reports today about the armorer’s problems on the set of her first movie, the Nicholas Cage movie, “The Old Way.” “Rust” was her second job as head armorer. The Wrap was told by crew members that Gutierrez broke numerous safety rules on set.

The NY Post

Cage even walked off set screaming at Gutierrez-Reed after she fired a gun without warning for the second time in three days, the movie’s key grip, Stu Brumbaugh, told the outlet.

“Make an announcement, you just blew my f—ing eardrums out!” Cage yelled before walking off in a rage, Brumbaugh recalled.

Brumbaugh even told the assistant director of the armorer, “She needs to be let go,” he recalled.

It was also reported that there were complaints about her walking on set with live ammunition and wearing guns underneath her arms that pointed backwards at others.

But the prop master who supervised Gutierrez-Reed on “The Old Way,” Jeffrey Crow, disputed those reports. He defended her and said he found her a “very eager and talented armorer.” Crow said he’d be surprised if she was found to be at fault in any way in the shooting on “Rust.”

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