A state lawmaker wants New York to ban live ammunition on TV and film sets in response to the death earlier this month of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, who was killed by a gun fired by actor Alec Baldwin on a movie set in New Mexico.
Possessing or using live ammunition on a film set in New York would be designated a felony offense under a bill filed Wednesday by Sen. Kevin Thomas, a Democrat who represents parts of Nassau County. If the bill becomes law, all crew members would be required to undergo police-supervised training when prop guns firing blanks are used on a set.
Thomas called the bill a commonsense measure in response to the fatal shooting, which occurred Oct. 21 on the set of Rust, an independent movie.
“This is a preventative measure,” Thomas said. “I don’t want what happened on the Rust set to happen here in New York, given that we are involved in a lot of production.”