New Mexico lawmakers are calling for extra safety protocols for films and televisions

“My reaction is that it is such a tragedy because it can be prevented,” said Senator Cliff Pirtle.

Pirtle said he played two small roles in western films and was a seasoned hunter. He showed KOB 4 the difference between a blank and a live round.

“There’s a noticeable indentation on the side and it’s all brass that is folded and flat on top,” Pirtle said. “It’s the same caliber, but it’s a sharp bullet with a silver bullet on the end saying that this is a real bullet and there is no excuse why anyone could have made this mistake.”

Investigations into what went so terribly wrong on the set of Rust and how a live round got into the gun fired by Baldwin is still ongoing.

“Well, obviously I think the industry has had a record lately in terms of security,” said Adan Mendoza, sheriff of Santa Fe County, during a press conference Wednesday. “I think there was some complacency about this set and I think there are some safety issues.” This needs to be addressed by industry and possibly the state of New Mexico. But I leave it to the industry and the state to determine what these must be. “

Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham released this statement:

“Occupational safety in every industry in New Mexico is an absolute priority. A death in the workplace is never acceptable and must force an analysis of what can and should be done better. My full expectation is that at the end of the investigation into this tragic incident and once the facts are in, the film and television industry will come up with comprehensive new security logs to ensure that such incidents will never happen again, and will take immediate action by all means at our disposal to ensure the safety of all personnel on all motion picture and television equipment here in our state. This industry is important to us economically and to so many workers across New Mexico, and I’m looking forward to a full bill of how this could possibly happen and we will determine our next steps from there. “

Pirtle believes that a simple solution would require more gun training on the set.

“It’s just a huge tragedy, but it’s a ray of hope for the public to say, ‘Hey, this is kind of behind the scenes’ but we’re seeing a huge problem with occupational safety,'” he said. “But with some simple training and what we can do, I think we can make it a safe place to work and continue to thrive in the state of New Mexico.”

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