After the ‘Rust’ Tragedy, Will Hollywood Ban Live Guns on Film and TV Sets?

”If we lose a little verisimilitude, it’s a trade-off we have to make,“ one veteran TV producer says

After the deadly shooting involving a prop gun on the set of Alec Baldwin’s indie Western “Rust,” momentum is growing in Hollywood to ban real guns from film and TV sets to prevent another horrific gun accident.

The sentiment has picked up steam in recent days, with showrunners for shows like ABC’s “The Rookie” and Amazon Prime’s superhero drama “The Boys” vowing to remove guns from the set and create gun sound effects digitally. Some are calling for Baldwin to step forward and lend his voice and clout to the no-gun movement.

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Diane Haithman

Diane Haithman

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