Several other actors said they “Always check their guns or have someone check in front of them.” Mary Carmack-Altwies The New Mexico District Judicial Attorney told CNN shortly after announcing his intention to charge actor Alec Baldwin and filmmaker Hannah Gutierrez Reid with involuntary manslaughter.
She noted that some of those actors were even “A-list” celebrities.
“Everyone holding a gun has a duty to make sure that if they are going to handle that gun Point a gun at someone and pull the trigger. so that the bullets don’t fire and kill anyone,” she said.
“Performers don’t get free passes just because they’re actors. That’s very important. We are saying here in New Mexico that everyone is equal under the law,” she added.
Carmack-Altwies Said there was real ammunition mixed with dummy. And crews don’t routinely check ammunition.
However, fresh ammunition was loaded into the gun that was handed to Baldwin.
“He didn’t check it. He didn’t do anything. That should be done to make sure he or anyone else is safe. He was safe around him,” said Karmack-Altwies.
Baldwin did not inspect the gun before shooting. It was key information prosecutors used to argue that he was negligent about safety standards. Carmack-Altwies said negligence was a key part of the involuntary manslaughter charge. CNN Legal Analyst Elliott Williams.
Overall, there was a “lack of safety and security standards,” the District Attorney said.