Actors and other personnel who handle firearms on film sets in New Mexico would be required to take a gun safety course from the state Department of Game and Fish before the cameras start rolling under a bill introduced Monday.
A film production company with workers who fail to comply with the requirement of obtaining a “valid certificate of competency in the safe handling of firearms” would be ineligible for the state’s film credits under Senate Bill 188.
The legislation was born out of the Oct. 21 fatal shooting on the Rust film set at Bonanza Creek Ranch near Santa Fe. Authorities have said actor and co-producer Alec Baldwin’s prop revolver discharged a live round during a rehearsal, killing cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and wounding director Joel Souza.
I am on record against state mandatory requirements for training since you never know the kind of moron behind the laws and the probable ignorance on guns. But this is rubbing the face of the puppy in the big turd left in the living room and I kind of enjoyed the idea for a brief second or two.
I think that what they need to do is to force actors to make an action movie with Michael Mann and donate their monies to the NSSF’s Project ChildSafe. That way they get to train under real professionals and fund the distribution of gun locks and other safety device to reduce accidental killings of children by guns left unsafe.
Hat Tip AWA