According to the FBI, the 'Rust' Gun Could Not Have Been Fired If the Trigger Had Not Been Pulled

Daniella Cressman

A tragedy occurred on October 21, 2021 on the set of Rust—a low-budget western filmed on the Bonanza Creek Ranch in Santa Fe County. A gun went off, fatally shooting Halyna Hutchins and wounding Joel Souza.

Halyna Hutchins was a gifted cinematographer who was only 42.

Joel Souza—the director of the film—was severely injured but managed to survive the incident.

To make matters worse, the production company behind the movie failed to follow basic firearm safety practices—even after there had already been two mishaps on set.

"The department’s investigation found the company 'demonstrated plain indifference to the hazards associated with firearms' on the set and failed to follow proper firearm safety practices. It said they took no corrective or disciplinary action after two previously reported firearms mishaps took place on the set before Baldwin’s shooting of Hutchins and Souza." —The New Mexican


This is an important detail because Alec Baldwin has previously stated that he did not pull the trigger in a widely publicized December interview on ABC with George Stephanopolous.

“The trigger wasn’t pulled...I didn’t pull the trigger.” —Alec Baldwin

According to a forensic report by the FBI, the trigger was pulled.

It's important to note that law enforcement reports indicate the gun was not intentionally loaded with live ammunition on set.

Nonetheless, the gun would have only fired if Baldwin had pulled the trigger.

"According to accidental discharge testing, the revolver Baldwin was holding would only have fired if Baldwin had pulled the trigger, ABC News reported Friday. With the hammer in the quarter- and half-cock positions, the .45-caliber Colt 'could not be made to fire without a pull of the trigger,' the report stated. And when fully cocked, the gun 'could not be made to fire without a pull of the trigger while the working internal components were intact and functional,' the report says." —The New Mexican

The Environment Department has issued a formal administrative complaint against the production company behind Rust: they want to hold the company accountable for "a workplace fatality and a serious injury in the workplace."

The sheriff's office said earlier this week that they are waiting to receive Alec Baldwin's phone records from the police in New York before sending a final investigative file to the district attorney who will then make a decision about whether the actor will face charges.

"The sheriff’s office said earlier this week that it is waiting to obtain Baldwin’s phone records from police in New York before sending a final investigative file to the district attorney, who will make a charging decision." —The New Mexican

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