New California gun safety laws for movie sets after ‘Rust’ filming stalled

Two gun safety bills on film sets in California following the fatal shooting on the set of ‘Rust’ last year missed a key deadline in the state Senate Thursday and were prevented from advancing.

Senate Bill 831 by Sen. Dave Cortese (D-San Jose) and another, more narrowly targeted SB 829, backed by State Sen. Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge), failed to get through. authorize the California Senate Appropriations Committee, according to to the official results posted on its website. Cortese’s bill had the support of major Hollywood unions, including the Directors Guild of America and the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE). The Motion Picture Assn., which represents studios like Walt Disney and Warner Bros., as well as streaming platforms like Netflix, had backed rival bill SB 829.

None of the bills had built a consensus of support across Hollywood. Nonetheless, the failures are a blow to entertainment industry workers who have been pushing for increased regulations to improve safety on movie and TV sets in the wake of the filming of ‘Rust’. Lawmakers will have to wait until next year to reinvigorate any effort to rework the legislation. Portantino blamed the lack of consensus in Hollywood on the way forward as the reason the bills did not move forward.

“I have strongly encouraged major entertainment interests to work collaboratively to come up with a consensus approach to resolving any issues that may have come to light as a result of the ‘Rust’ tragedy,” the senator said in a statement. sent by email. “I was extremely disappointed when they collectively failed to meet the challenge I had issued. Rather than drafting a one-sided solution, I decided it was best to reiterate the challenge by holding both non-consensual bills in committee If there was an agreement forthcoming, I would be willing and willing to consider it before the end of the legislative session.

Cortese said he would continue to work on the reforms.

“First, the industry killed Halyna. Then they killed the bill that would have made people like her safe,” Cortese said in a statement. “Despite the setbacks, I am committed to real reforms that will protect our workers.”

Senator Cortese’s bill would have codified mandatory guidelines regarding the use of firearms and ammunition on sets, including establishing penalties for violations to ensure producer compliance.

A key difference between the two bills was that SB 829 specifically focused on the use of firearms on sets and required the presence of a fire code official, while SB 831 required the appointment of a broader security supervisor.

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