Movie Weapons Expert on ‘Rust’ Tragedy: On-Set Safety Must Be ‘Flawless’

”You have to put in the time and the protocols,“ Robb Hunter of Preferred Arms Theatrical Weapons says

Questions continue to swirl around the horrific shooting accident that occurred Thursday on the New Mexico set of the Alec Baldwin Western “Rust,” when the film’s cinematographer, 42-year-old Halyna Hutchins, was killed and director Joel Souza seriously injured in an accidental shooting.

The prop gun was fired by Baldwin in an incident that is under investigation by local law enforcement. In this Q&A with TheWrap, Robb Hunter, fight director for Preferred Arms Theatrical Weapons company, said “gun wranglers” — professionally known as armorers — should always be on set to prevent the unthinkable and that weapons safety should never be compromised.

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Diane Haithman

Diane Haithman

Senior Entertainment Business Reporter • • @dhaithman