More calls to ban live guns on US sets, investigation continues.
US authorities have collected 3 firearms & 500 rounds of ammunition from Rust, but no charges have been laid.
Hollywood continues to grapple with its use of weapons on set following the tragic death on the set of the movie, Rust.
US authorities have been continuing investigations following the shooting that killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins but are yet to lay any charges.
Santa Fe County Sheriff Adan Mendoza and District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies told a news conference while no charges have been filed, they are not ruling out that possibility.
Mendoza said that authorities had collected 600 pieces of evidence including three firearms, 500 rounds of ammunition and several pieces of clothing and accessories in the ongoing investigation, with some evidence being sent to an FBI crime lab in Virginia for analysis.
Mendoza said the gun was an F Lli Pietta Long Colt revolver.
“It’s a suspected live round that was fired, but it did fire from the weapon and it did cause injury. That would lead us to believe it was a live round,” he said.
The investigation, however, could take several more months.
“If the facts and evidence and law support charges, then I will initiate prosecution at that time,” Carmack-Altwies said. “I do not make rash decisions and cannot rush to judgment. I cannot stress the importance of allowing the Santa Fe sheriff’s office to continue with their investigation, which is both serious and complex.”
She added, “All options are on the table at this point. I’m not commenting on charges [or] on if they will be filed or not, and [against] who. No one has been ruled out at this point.”
Meanwhile a Change.org petition to ban real guns from movie and TV productions has nearly 70,000 signatures. California state senator Dave Cortese says he plans to introduce legislation to officially ban real firearms and live ammunition from all productions, and New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said her state would take similar action should the entertainment industry not adopt such a ban voluntarily.
Experts maintain that real guns are also not necessary on set.
American Horror Story‘s Leslie Grossman estimates she’s been called upon to shoot a gun “several times.”
“They’re never real guns,” she says. “Nine times out of 10, I’m using a rubber gun.” When the scene does call for a more dramatic close-up of a gun firing with a physical recoil, Grossman says she usually shoots an air gun instead, with effects added in post-production to enhance authenticity. On the most recent season, American Horror Story: Double Feature, Grossman recalls only using rubber guns, even while shooting them.
“I even said, ‘Wait, is this gonna look super fake?’ And they’re like, ‘Oh, we can fix anything later to make it look super real.’ And they did, and it looked really real,” she said.