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Gunsmith on Baldwin’s Set says guns are only dangerous “in the wrong hands”

Guns are “not much of a problem unless they’re in the wrong hands,” the new gunsmith on set of Alec Baldwin’s ill-fated film “Rust” said last month on a podcast.

“I think the best part of my job is just showing people who are normally a little panicked about guns like how safe they can be,” said gunsmith Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, on the Voices of the West podcast. “A lot, for me, it’s just being able to show the world, like, you know guns are great.”

Gutierrez-Reed, 24, former model, is at the center of a death investigation after actor Alec Baldwin, using a supposedly safe weapon, gunned down cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on set Thursday and seriously injured director Joel Souza.

Police in New Mexico, where the western was shot at the Bonanza Ranch outside of Santa Fe, have not charged anyone.

The deadly shooting has raised questions about whether in the era of computerized visual effects there is a need for real weaponry, as well as calls to ban potentially lethal guns from film sets.

Director of photography Halyna Hutchins. Swen Studios via Reuters

Gutierrez-Reed, who could not be reached for comment and who has made no public statement about the fatal accident, was in charge of the weapons on the set of “Rust.”

In the podcast, she said her father, stuntman Thell Reed, started talking to her about guns and gun safety when she was 16. But she admitted that she was still learning the tricks of the trade.

“I think charging blanks is the scariest thing for me, because I was like, ‘Oh, I don’t know anything about it,’” she said.

As an on-set gunsmith, Gutierrez-Reed was supposed to make sure the weapons used in “Rust” were secure and safe to use, industry experts have said.

After Baldwin shot Hutchins and Souza, Gutierrez-Reed “pulled out the worn case” and turned the propeller pistol over to investigators, according to a recently released affidavit from the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office.

Nine used shell casings and three black revolvers were among the 28 items seized in the set, the sheriff’s office said.

Gutierrez-Reed “set up” the propeller pistol and gave it to assistant director David Halls, who in turn handed it to Baldwin during a rehearsal and yelled “cold gun” to indicate that there were no live ammunition in it, according to warrants issued by the sheriff’s office.

Baldwin was sitting on a bench on a church shelf and “practicing a cross-draw” when the gunshot went off, according to the warrants.

In the podcast, Gutierrez-Reed said that she hadn’t always intended to become a gunsmith.

“I used to do a bit of modeling, then I decided that modeling didn’t really have a sustenance and people didn’t really see you for anything other than face value, so I decided to devote myself more to this work, ”she said. noted.

Gutierrez-Reed said that before joining the crew of “Rust”, she had just completed her first job as a gunsmith on the set of “The Old Way,” which stars Nicolas Cage as a gunner. retirement.

“I was really nervous at first and almost didn’t take the job, because I wasn’t sure I was ready, but doing it went really well,” he said. she declared. “It was a really hard way to start a really long and cool career, I hope.”

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