Alec Baldwin broke 'golden rule of movie gun safety by pointing weapon at Halyna Hutchins', claims expert

ALEC Baldwin allegedly broke the 'golden rule of safety' when he pointed a prop gun at a film crew member and shot them dead.

Experts claim there is no reason the pistol that killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins should ever have been be directed at another person on set – and there definitely should not have been any live ammunition.

Baldwin, 63, fired the gun, which he believed was cold, towards 42-year-old Hutchins while filming upcoming American Western film Rust.

She was killed and director Joel Souza injured during the horrific accident.

But pyrotechnic and special effects engineer Zak Knight has claimed the tragic events could have been avoided if the crew had followed protocol.

He told the MailOnline: "There should have never been live rounds on a movie set, that's number one.

"Number two is every single person on a movie set has a right to inspect a weapon before it's fired.

"And number three is, there is no reason to ever put a person in front of a weapon that's firing."

He added: "Anytime you see a movie where the barrel is pointed down the camera lens, there should not be an operator behind it.

"It's obvious that the considerations of this resulted in that gun being pointed directly at two people.

"We would have additionally had a barrier between them. 

"A large number of people failed to do our protocols. Every accident is a cascade of events."

Zak, a member of professional craftsperson association Local 44, also said bullets on set should be complete dummy rounds that are "in no way functional".

He said the rules were introduced after the death of Brandon Lee who was killed in a similar incident while filming The Crow in 1993.

Another expert, a prop master, agreed that if the gun had been checked properly before being handed to Baldwin then Hutchins would still be alive.


They said: "If they'd done their job checking the weapon this wouldn't have happened.

"You show the assistant director the weapon, you show the actor the weapon, you show everybody it's a safe weapon.

"There's a big chain of command that missed an opportunity to save a life."

A warrant from the police investigation into the incident states that an assistant director handed Baldwin the gun and told him, and everyone on set, it was "cold".

Dave Halls brought the weapon inside to the actor, who was filming a scene, believing it was unloaded.

It was one of three laid on a cart by the film's armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, who is understood to have just completed her first film and worried she "wasn't ready".

It is not clear at this time how many rounds were fired.

The gun that went off, as well as other prop guns, ammunition and Baldwin's blood-stained costume, were taken in as evidence.

Baldwin was doubled up in shock after Thursday's distressing incident.


He said in a statement: "There are no words to convey my shock and sadness regarding the tragic accident that took the life of Halyna Hutchins, a wife, mother and deeply admired colleague of ours.

"I'm fully cooperating with the police investigation to address how this tragedy occurred and I am in touch with her husband, offering my support to him and his family.

"My heart is broken for her husband, their son, and all who knew and loved Halyna."

Speaking for the first time since the tragedy, Hutchins' distraught father insisted Baldwin was not responsible for his daughter's shocking death.

Anatoly Androsovych said the blame instead lay with the movie armoury team who handed the actor a loaded revolver.

A vigil was held for the "brilliant" cinematographer in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on October 23.

In one of her final Instagram posts, Hutchins can be seen standing next to Baldwin, along with the rest of the cast and crew on the Rust set.

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