“The weapon used in the fatal shooting on the Rust the film set couldn’t have been fired without pulling the trigger,” the far-left ABC News reported, summarizing an FBI forensic report.
This is in direct conflict with actor Alec Baldwin’s claim that he did not pull the trigger on the gun that killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins. last year during a rehearsal in front of the camera.
“No, no, no, no, I would never point a gun at someone and pull the trigger, ever,” Baldwin told George Stephanopolous in December. “The trigger was not pulled. I didn’t pull the trigger,” he added.
The FBI says otherwise:
Accidental discharge tests determined that the firearm used in the shooting—a .45 Colt (.45 Long Colt) caliber F.lli Pietta single-action revolver—could not have fired without the trigger was supported, according to the FBI report.
With the hammer in the quarter and half cock positions, the gun “could not be fired without a pull of the trigger”, the report said.
With the hammer fully cocked, the gun “could not be fired without pulling the trigger while the internal working components were intact and functional,” the report said.
As of this writing, Baldwin has yet to comment on the report.
Normally, we expect the corrupt FBI to cover up a left-wing holy cow like Alec Baldwin. I guess if the FBI could have covered for Baldwin, they would have. Such a cover-up would benefit the Democrats in two ways: 1) protect their friend Baldwin, and 2) make the eeeevil pistol that mysteriously shoots the villain.
But even an FBI as corrupt as this has to draw a line somewhere. Even though feds might have wanted to shield precious Alec from the left, claiming a gun was fired is a bridge too far.
This FBI report also confirms Breitbart’s analysis. At the time, we detailed the lack of credibility of Baldwin’s claim that he didn’t pull the trigger, which is only believable if you’re dealing with a faulty, broken gun that can’t shoot only by releasing the hammer.
It should be noted that nothing in the FBI report disputes another possibility: that Baldwin drew the gun, pulled the trigger during the draw, and held it down. With some single action revolvers it is possible that if you hold down the trigger you can fire the weapon by pulling the hammer back allowing the hammer to project forward and fire the ball.
Baldwin admitted to Stephanopoulos that he cocked the gun while pointing it at the doomed Hutchins.
“I cock the gun and say, ‘Can you see that? Can you see her? Can you see her?’ And I dropped the hammer of the gun and the gun went off,” Baldwin told Stephanopoulos. “The trigger was not pulled. I didn’t pull the trigger,” he added.
It’s possible he pulled the trigger the whole time, and when he let go of the hammer, he lunged forward and fired the fatal bullet.
In this case, he pulled the trigger anyway but may not have been aware that he had done so.
Nothing else makes sense.
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