Many other actors have said that they “always check their guns or have someone check them in front of them,” New Mexico 1st Judicial District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies told CNN shortly after announcing her intention to charge the actor. Alec Baldwin and movie gunsmith Hannah Gutierrez Reed for manslaughter.
He noted that some of those actors were even “A-list” celebrities.
“Everyone who handles a weapon has a duty to ensure that if they are going to handle that weapon, point it at someone and pull the trigger, they will not fire a projectile and kill someone,” he said.
“An actor doesn’t get a free pass just because he’s an actor. That is what is so important. We are saying here in New Mexico that everyone is equal before the law,” he added.
Carmack-Altwies said there were real bullets mixed in with fake bullets and that crews were not checking the ammunition regularly.
Somehow, a live bullet was loaded into the gun that was issued to Baldwin.
“He didn’t check it. He didn’t do any of the things that he was supposed to do to make sure that he was safe or that everyone around him was safe,” Carmack-Altwies said.
Baldwin’s failure to check the gun before firing it is key information that prosecutors are using to argue that he was negligent with the safety standard, Carmack-Altwies said. Negligence is a significant part of the manslaughter charge, according to CNN legal analyst Elliot Williams.
Overall, there was a “lack of safety and security standards on set,” the district attorney said.