Alec Baldwin’s fatal ‘Rust’ gunshot still a ‘negligent discharge,’ expert says

Alec Baldwin claimed to have fired the gun that killed cinematographer Helena Hutchins without pulling the trigger during a recent interview.

“I left the hammer of the gun,” Baldwin told ABC reporter George Stephanopoulos during the interview. “And the gun goes off.”

Alec Baldwin revealed the revolver he was carrying on the “Rust” group fired after he pulled the gun’s hammer back and fired it.
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Gunsmith Brian W. Carpenter told Fox News Digital that pulling and releasing the hammer, causing the gun to fire, is still considered a “neglected discharge.”

“You have to hit the hammer, you have to pull the trigger, or you have to fly the hammer and let it fly forward, one of the two things that requires the operator to do that,” Carpenter explained. “And if a customer does that, they are in control of the weapon. And if they cock the hammer, they are in a two-part process to fire it. And if they slip and let the hammer drop down, that’s still a neglected dump.”

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Carpenter explained that returning and releasing the hammer still required a human hand.

“If you put the hammer back and let it go, it’s still a neglected dump,” he added. “You accidentally fired this weapon, and it’s your fault.”

“So, you were just putting the hammer back, it slipped and it went off. That’s not the gun’s fault. It’s your fault because when that gun is at rest, it’s in neutral. And somebody, a worker, somebody has to do something with that rifle to make it fire or not.” release it.”

Tom Grisham, Gun Talk Radio host and firearms expert, told Fox News Digital that two things could have happened to firing the pistol without Baldwin pulling the trigger.

“The first reason is that there is a mechanical problem with the pistol,” Grisham explained. “The investigators will decide that.”

  Weapons experts explained to Fox News how this could happen and why it is still considered

Weapons experts explained to Fox News how this could happen and why it is still considered a “neglected dump.”
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“Another slight possibility is that he fired the hammer before it was fully cocked,” Grisham added. “Many other things would have to go wrong to shoot a rifle. I consider this highly improbable.”

The Santa Fe Police Department confirmed to Fox News Digital that it is awaiting FBI results that will shed light on how the gun was fired.

“Guns don’t just go off,” Sheriff Adan Mendoza told Fox News Digital. “So whatever had to happen to fiddle with the firearm, he did it, and it was in his hands.”

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Baldwin claimed this during his first sitting interview since the fatal shooting on October 21.

Baldwin claimed this during his first sitting interview since the fatal shooting on October 21.
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Baldwin and Hutchins were preparing for a photo shoot where the actor was supposed to draw the gun and point it at the camera, according to the actor. He said that while standing next to the camera, the cinematographer was “pointing” Baldwin where to point the gun. “The gun was not supposed to be fired from that angle,” he emphasized.

Baldwin also admitted the angle they were taking “maybe they didn’t end up in the movie at all.”

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