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NM state senator wants to mandate gun training on film, TV sets after ‘Rust’ shooting

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A New Mexico state senator has introduced a bill to require gun training on film and television sets in the state after last year’s deadly “Rust” shooting. 

Senate Bill 0188 would require all film personnel who handle firearms on sets to undergo New Mexico’s firearm education course. 

In an interview with local station KQRE, state Sen. Cliff Pirtle (R) said he wants to make sure everyone working on film sets has the proper training to handle firearms. 

“We just want to ensure that everyone that’s going to be working around firearms on movie sets and television sets have proper safety training,” Pirtle said. “We want to make sure that everybody has some type of education or training that maybe they can see something and say ‘Woah, I’ve been trained, no that was not proper, the way that it was handled.’”

The proposed legislation comes in the aftermath of the Oct. 21 “Rust” incident, where actor Alec Baldwin apparently fired a prop gun that had live ammunition, killing cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and injuring film director Joel Souza. 

Pirtle added that the training is centered around gun safety basics such as how to properly handle a firearm and making sure it’s not loaded, according to KQRE. 

“If there was some type of training, somebody would’ve caught that, somebody would’ve seen it, somebody would’ve opened it and checked for themselves, saying, ‘I’m not going to trust from somebody that it’s a cold gun, I’m going to open it up for myself and make sure that it is completely safe.’ So, I think it would’ve absolutely prevented this tragedy,” he said. 

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