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‘Reckless’ Alec Baldwin MISSED one firearms training class, was distracted and talking on phone in second session and didn’t carry out two safety checks before pulling trigger that killed Rust cinematographer, court docs claim By JENNIFER SMITH, CHIEF REPORTER and HARRIET ALEXANDER FOR DAILYMAIL.COM

  • Baldwin and Hannah Gutierrez-Reed were formally charged on Tuesday 
  • They have vowed to fight the case and face up to five years in jail if convicted 
  • Halyna Hutchins, 42, died on October 21, 2021, after being shot by Baldwin  

Alec Baldwin was formally charged Tuesday with involuntary manslaughter for shooting dead Halyna Hutchins on the set of their movie Rust in October 2021.

Prosecutors in Santa Fe, New Mexico, stated he was ‘distracted’ during firearm training and shortly after the incident admitted to officers he had fired the weapon – something he would later vehemently deny.

Mary Carmack-Altwies, the Santa Fe district attorney, reported that the Oscar-nominated actor and producer of the film was not present for firearms training prior to the start of filming – and when an hour-long training session was scheduled, he appeared uninterested and was on his cell phone.

Her team found ‘reckless deviation from known standards and practice and protocol’, noting that Hutchins was killed during an unscheduled rehearsal, during which the standard two safety checks were not carried out, and for which a plastic gun should have been used.

‘Today we have taken another important step in securing justice for Halyna Hutchins,’ said Carmack-Altwies in a statement. ‘In New Mexico, no one is above the law and justice will be served.’

Baldwin, pictured on Tuesday outside his New York City home, has vowed to fight the charges

Baldwin, pictured on Tuesday outside his New York City home, has vowed to fight the charges

Armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed has also been charged with involuntary manslaughter

Armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed has also been charged with involuntary manslaughter

Baldwin has vowed to fight the charges. He has stated repeatedly he never pulled the trigger, and said it was a tragic accident – emphasizing that he relied on the firearms experts hired to be on set.

If convicted, he faces up to five years in prison. Armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed has also been charged.

Among the papers filed on Tuesday is a ten-page probable cause affidavit – divided into two sections. One notes Baldwin’s actions as the lead actor, and another explores his role as the film’s primary producer.

Prosecutors note that Baldwin was absent from an initial firearms training session.

Gutierrez-Reed set up an hour-long subsequent session for Baldwin, but they only completed 30 minutes.

‘According to Reed, Baldwin was distracted and talking on his cell phone to his family during the training,’ the prosecutors stated.

The affidavit claims Baldwin gave ‘inconsistent accounts’ about how the shooting happened – first telling police he ‘fired’ the gun, then insisting he did not pull the trigger.

Prosecutors state that ‘photos and videos clearly show Baldwin, multiple times, with his finger inside the trigger guard and on the trigger.’

They add: ‘Baldwin approached responding deputies on the day of the shooting, wanting to talk to them because he was the one who ‘fired’ the gun.’

Among the documents filed with the court on Tuesday are a ten-page probable cause affidavit that describes Baldwin putting his finger 'inside of the trigger guard and on the trigger' on the day of the shooting, and moments beforehand

Among the documents filed with the court on Tuesday are a ten-page probable cause affidavit that describes Baldwin putting his finger ‘inside of the trigger guard and on the trigger’ on the day of the shooting, and moments beforehand

Baldwin and his wife Hilaria in New York City on Tuesday. He will not have to travel to New Mexico for his first court appearance

Baldwin and his wife Hilaria in New York City on Tuesday. He will not have to travel to New Mexico for his first court appearance

Hilaria Baldwin wrote on Instagram: 'I hope you understand how much your support and kindness to Alec and our children mean,' before going on to thank Baldwin himself

Hilaria Baldwin wrote on Instagram: ‘I hope you understand how much your support and kindness to Alec and our children mean,’ before going on to thank Baldwin himself

The impassioned post featured a photo of 64-year-old Alec with the couple's seven school-aged kids, and accompanied with a heartfelt caption that hailed the A-lister for his parenting

The impassioned post featured a photo of 64-year-old Alec with the couple’s seven school-aged kids, and accompanied with a heartfelt caption that hailed the A-lister for his parenting

They state: ‘Photo and video evidence from inside the church on the day of the shooting show some of the rehearsal up to and including moments before the shooting.

‘The photos and videos clearly show Baldwin multiple times with his finger inside of the trigger guard and on the trigger, while manipulating the hammer and while drawing, pointing and holstering the revolver.

‘Baldwin knew the first rule of gun safety is to never point a gun at someone you don’t intend on shooting,’ the document continues.

Baldwin claimed in interviews after the shooting that he did not pull the trigger.

He believes the fault lies with the armorer, who he says should have checked the gun was safe before it was handed to him.

Yet the probable cause statement against Baldwin referred to the FBI’s previous analysis of the firearm, which ‘clearly showed that the weapon could not ‘accidentally fire.’

The document also said Baldwin failed to demand ‘at least two (2) safety checks between the armorer and himself’ prior to the shooting.

Prosecutors said: ‘If Baldwin had not pointed the gun at Hutchins and Souza, this tragedy would not have occurred.

‘This reckless deviation from known standards and practice and protocol directly caused the fatal shooting.’

Halyna Hutchins, 42, was shot and killed on the 'Rust' movie set on October 21

Halyna Hutchins, 42, was shot and killed on the movie set on October 21

Baldwin’s attorney said the decision to charge his client was deeply misguided.

Speaking earlier this month, when the charges were announced, he said: ‘This decision distorts Halyna Hutchins’ tragic death and represents a terrible miscarriage of justice.

‘Mr Baldwin had no reason to believe there was a live bullet in the gun — or anywhere on the movie set.

‘He relied on the professionals with whom he worked, who assured him the gun did not have live rounds. We will fight these charges, and we will win.’

SAG-AFTRA, an organization that represents approximately 160,000 actors and other professional entertainers, also objected to the charges.

‘​The death of Halyna Hutchins is a tragedy, and all the more so because of its preventable nature. It is not a failure of duty or a criminal act on the part of any performer,’ the group said in a statement.

‘The prosecutor’s contention that an actor has a duty to ensure the functional and mechanical operation of a firearm on a production set is wrong and uninformed.

‘An actor’s job is not to be a firearms or weapons expert. Firearms are provided for their use under the guidance of multiple expert professionals directly responsible for the safe and accurate operation of that firearm.

‘In addition, the employer is always responsible for providing a safe work environment at all times, including hiring and supervising the work of professionals trained in weapons.’

Mickey Rourke, 70, was among those who sprung to Baldwin’s defense, insisting he should not have been charged.

Mickey Rourke came to the defense of Alec Baldwin
Baldwin was told he would be charged with involuntary manslaughter

Mickey Rourke (left) insisted Alec Baldwin (right) should not be charged over the October 2021 shooting of camerawoman Halyna Hutchins

Halyna Hutchins, a 42-year-old married mother of a young son, died in hospital in New Mexico after the accidental shooting

Halyna Hutchins, a 42-year-old married mother of a young son, died in hospital in New Mexico after the accidental shooting

Rourke posted on Instagram last week in defense of Baldwin, who had Rourke as a guest on his podcast in 2016

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Rourke, who appeared on Baldwin’s podcast in 2016, said it was wrong to prosecute the Oscar-nominated actor.

‘I usually never put my 2 cents in about what happens on someone’s movie set,’ he wrote on Instagram.

‘It’s a terrible tragedy what happened to a cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.

‘But no way in hell actor Alec Baldwin should be charged with any negligence whatsoever.’

Rourke claimed it was wrong to expect Baldwin to manage the gun safety aspects of the set.

The gun from the set of Rust, which was accidentally fired, killing Hutchins

The gun from the set of Rust, which was accidentally fired, killing Hutchins

She was shot just moments after the crew entered a church set to rehearse a scene (above)

She was shot just moments after the crew entered a church set to rehearse a scene (above)

Pictured: Alec Baldwin is seen on October 21, 2021, after speaking to investigators about the fatal shooting of Halyna Hutchins

Alec Baldwin is seen on October 21, 2021, after speaking to investigators about the fatal shooting of Halyna Hutchins. Baldwin’s phone is now being sought by the team probing Hutchins’s death

A devastated Baldwin is pictured bent over outside the Santa Fe County Sheriff's office after speaking to investigators

A devastated Baldwin is pictured bent over outside the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s office after speaking to investigators

‘Most actors don’t know anything about guns especially if they didn’t grow up around them,’ he continued.

‘Alec didn’t bring the gun to the set from his house or his car, when weapons are involved on a movie set, the guns are supposed to he handled only by the ‘weapon armor’.

‘In some cases the 1st AD might pass a gun to an actor, but most of the time the gun is handed to the actor directly by the ‘gun armor’.

‘There’s what ‘armor’s job is on the set. To have an expert around any type of dangerous weapon.’

Rourke said actors could then either ‘dry fire the gun’ or check the barrel themselves.

He said the decision to charge Baldwin was ‘terribly wrong.’

‘I am sure Alec is already suffering enough over what happened. But to lay a blame on him is terribly terribly wrong.’

The set of Rust, at the Bonanza Creek Ranch outside of Santa Fe

The set of Rust, at the Bonanza Creek Ranch outside of Santa Fe

Rust cinematographer Halyna Hutchins (center) died after being shot by Baldwin during a rehearsal on October 21, 2021 in New Mexico

Rust cinematographer Halyna Hutchins (center) died after being shot by Baldwin during a rehearsal on October 21, 2021 in New Mexico

An aerial view of the Bonanza Creek Ranch in Santa Fe, where the movie was being filmed

An aerial view of the Bonanza Creek Ranch in Santa Fe, where the movie was being filmed

Alec Baldwin, 63, spoke to George Stephanopoulos for an interview which aired in December 2021

Alec Baldwin, 63, spoke to George Stephanopoulos for an interview which aired in December 2021

Baldwin in December 2021 gave a televised interview to ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos, and insisted he was not responsible for Hutchins’ death.

He said that the gun just ‘went off’ while in his hands.

‘I let go of the hammer, bang. The gun goes off. Everyone is horrified. They’re shocked. It’s loud,’ he said.

He also revealed he didn’t know she’d died until hours later at the end of his police interview, when he was photographed in the sheriff’s parking lot in Santa Fe.

And he said that he had been told by people ‘in the know’ that it was ‘highly unlikely’ he would face criminal charges.

‘Someone is responsible for what happened, and I can’t say who it is, but it’s not me,’ he said.

‘Honest to God, if I thought I was responsible I might have killed myself. And I don’t say that lightly.’

Baldwin’s version of on-set tragedy, as told to ABC News

‘I’m just showing. I go, ‘How ’bout that? Does that work? You see that? Do you see that?’

‘And then she goes, ‘Yeah, that’s good.’

‘I let go of the hammer, bang. The gun goes off. Everyone is horrified. They’re shocked. It’s loud. They don’t have their earplugs in.

‘No one was – the gun was supposed to be empty. I was told I was handed an empty gun.

‘If they were cosmetic rounds, nothing with a charge at all, a flash round, nothing.

‘She goes down, I thought to myself, ‘Did she faint?’

‘The notion that there was a live round in that gun did not dawn on me ’till probably 45 minutes to an hour later.’

He added: ‘Well, she’s laying there and I go, ‘Did she hit by wadding? Was there a blank?’

‘I never pulled the trigger. No, no, no. You would never do that.

‘The gun was supposed to be empty. I was told I was handed an empty gun. ‘

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Wells Fargo Dumps Florida Gun Seller’s Accounts, Signaling Complete Severing of Gun Industry Ties By Kira Davis

Wells Fargo Dumps Florida Gun Seller's Accounts, Signaling Complete Severing of Gun Industry Ties
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Wells Fargo Bank has suddenly dumped the accounts of a prominent gun dealer in Florida.

The financial institution abruptly closed both the business and personal accounts of Brandon Wexler over the Christmas holidays. Wexler is a longtime customer of the bank, having had personal accounts for over 25 years and business accounts for at least 14 years.

In a letter to the dealer, obtained by The Reload, Wells Fargo claims a review of the account deemed Wexler’s business “too risky.”

Wells Fargo performs ongoing reviews of its account relationships in connection with the banks responsibilities to manage risks and its banking operations. We recently reviewed your account relationship and as a result of this review we will be closing your above referenced account. The accounts are expected to close by February 9, 2023 or you may contact the bank to initiate closure at an earlier date. The bank’s decision to close your accounts is final. Please note the bank reserves the right to close the subject accounts sooner than February 9, 2023 if circumstances arise that warrant an earlier closing. Also be aware that some circumstances may delay the closure of your accounts to learn more refer below to what may delay account closure

A Wells Fargo representative gave a statement to The Reload and denied the bank closed Wexler’s accounts because of his industry.

Jennifer L. Langan, Head of communications for CSBB & Consumer Lending at Wells Fargo, disputed Wexler’s claim that the closures were due to his work as a gun dealer.

“Based on our analysis of the risk associated with this customer, we made a decision to close the accounts,” she told The Reload. “Our decision is not based on the industry.”

However, a second letter from Wells Fargo to Wexler indicates that isn’t a completely honest statement. The banking giant explicitly says the reason for yanking the business account is because their guidelines prohibit them from “lending to certain types of businesses.”

Wells Fargo performs ongoing reviews of account relationships in connection with the company’s responsibility to oversee and manage risk and its business operations. We have reviewed your relationship with Wells Fargo and have determined at this time to close your account, effective 12/23/22. As of the date of this letter you may no longer make purchases or take cash advances. The reason for this action is:

Banking guidelines excludes lending to certain types of businesses

The Wex Gunworks owner isn’t an unknown quantity in the industry or business in general. Wexler has been a go-to industry source for media over the years, including The New York TimesCNN and ABC. Given the longstanding relationship with Wells Fargo, Wexler feels certain this is a case of industry discrimination.

“I’ve been with them for 25 years,” he told The Reload. “I’m a professional fireman. I do everything the right way. It’s messed up.”

Wells Fargo has indicated in the past they intend to pull away from banking relationships with gun dealers and pro-second amendment organizations like the NRA.

Wexler says he is currently weighing his legal options.

“I don’t care about the money. It’s more about making a point here. The public really needs to know about this. It’s not right.”

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ILLINOIS Gov. Pritzker signs Illinois assault-style weapons ban by: Andy Koval, Tahman Bradley, Erik Runge

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — With the stroke of his pen, Governor JB Pritzker made Illinois the ninth state to ban assault-style weapons.

The governor and supporters of the measure say the passage is long overdue.

“Today, I couldn’t be prouder to say that, ‘we got it done,’” Pritzker said. “We got this done for all the victims. The spouses, the children, parents, friends, and loved ones who are no longer with us, and for those who have survived mass shootings.”

Passing gun legislation is never easy. After a private battle that lasted for days, Democrats, who control the legislature, moved forward. Pritzker’s signature comes after the Illinois House voted to pass an assault weapon ban. The 68 to 41 vote took place after the Senate approved an amended bill on Monday that bans the sale, delivery, and purchase of assault-style weapons.

Owners of such guns can keep them, but they must register them with state police by Jan 1. Failure to do so is a misdemeanor and then a possible felony for subsequent offenses.

Also, the sale of large-capacity ammunition magazines — more than 10 rounds for long guns and 15 rounds for handguns — are banned.

Illinois State Police will be allowed to update the ban list periodically.

Before the vote, Speaker Emanuel “Chris” Welch claimed victory.

“It’s time that we protect Illinois communities. It’s time that we protect Illinois families,” he said.

Republicans rallied against the measure calling it unconstitutional.

“Unfortunately, this bill again is not going to stop gun violence. It is not going to protect our most vulnerable neighborhoods or our most vulnerable children,” said Illinois Rep. Toni McCombie.

“We have constitutional rights in our country. They protect our freedoms from the government. They are not rights that are given to us by the government,” added Illinois Rep. Patrick Windhurst.

The lone Republican ‘yes’ came from outgoing House Minority Leader Jim Durkin, who said he hoped his vote would honor the mass shooting victims at Highland Park’s Fourth of July parade.

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Man with WWI explosive lodged in his rectum sparks bomb scare, hospital evacuation

The case left doctors shell-shocked.

A French hospital was partially evacuated Saturday after a senior citizen arrived with a World War I artillery shell lodged in his rectum.

The 88-year-old patient visited Hospital Sainte Musse in Toulon to have the antique explosive removed — but instead sparked a “bomb scare,” French publication Var-Matin reported.

“An emergency occurred from 9 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. on Saturday evening that required the intervention of bomb disposal personnel, the evacuation of adult and pediatric emergencies as well as the diversion of incoming emergencies,” a hospital spokesperson stated.

“We had to manage the risk in a reactive framework,” the rep added. “When in doubt, we took all the precautions.”

The World War I weaponry measured almost 8 inches in length and more than 2 inches in girth.
Oh, shell no! The WWI relic measured almost 8 inches long and more than 2 inches wide.
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Bomb disposal experts at the scene determined there was little possibility the shell would explode inside the man.

“They reassured us by telling us that it was a collector’s item from the First World War, used by the French military,” the hospital stated.

Stunned doctors subsequently began the process of trying to remove the object — which measured almost 8 inches long and more than 2 inches wide — from the man’s rectum.

"We had to manage the risk in a reactive framework,” a hospital spokesperson declared.  “When in doubt, we took all the precautions."
“We had to manage the risk in a reactive framework,” a hospital spokesperson declared. “When in doubt, we took all the precautions.”
Hôpital Sainte Musse

It’s believed the pervy patient inserted the item up his anus for sexual pleasure.

“An apple, a mango, or even a can of shaving foam, we are used to finding unusual objects inserted where they shouldn’t be,” one doctor declared. “But a shell? Never!”

Medics were forced to take the elderly man into surgery, cutting open his abdomen in order to remove the relic.

According to the hospital, he is now in “good health” and is expected to make a full recovery from the surgery.

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Bank CEO Peddles Mass Suspicion on Gun Rights at NY Times Conference by NEWS WIRE

By Larry Keane

A New York Times conference featured a bank CEO pushing the financial industry to track Americans making purchases at retailers and monitor their “suspicious activity” under the guise of “reducing gun violence.”

Amalgamated Bank CEO Priscilla Sims Brown was the special guest at the Times’ DealBook confab and was interviewed by Andrew Ross Sorkin. He’s the Times’ columnist who previously proposed the gun buying monitoring scheme and spelled out the “next steps” in a column highlighting Sims Brown’s efforts after an international financial standards board adopted her petition to create the tracking codes.

Putting even a little thought to the idea reveals the serious flaws of the plan. Implementing the enormous system to track the private financial transactions will create a myriad of privacy and civil liberty concerns and no doubt is ripe for abuse.

Gun Control Dragnet

Sims Brown lobbied the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) to create a gun-related Merchant Category Code (MCC) for credit and debit card companies to use to track cardholders’ purchases of firearms and ammunition. The ISO adopted the proposal and banks are beginning to use them. Listening to Sims Brown forecast what’s ahead, her true gun control aim is revealed. It’s a dragnet for law-abiding Americans.

“We’re at the very early stages of this –,” Sims Brown told Sorkin and the audience. “But as this is implemented, those scenarios will be used.”

By “those scenarios,” she means “detection scenarios” in which a particular purchase prompts a bank to file a Suspicious Activity Report to the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network. Here’s how the MCC tracking will reportedly work. Purchases made at retailers selling firearms or ammunition would be assigned the new code for purchases. The MCC won’t identify what is in the customer’s basket, so it could be a total purchase for a firearm and several boxes of ammunition. It could also include a new tent, sleeping bag, propane stove, waders, decoys, blinds and other outdoor gear. The total cost could be flagged as “suspicious” since it might be an outlier on a customer’s purchase history. That doesn’t make it nefarious, though.

Media reported the proposal won’t have its intended effect. “The payment network and its banking partners would have no idea if a gun-store customer is purchasing an automatic rifle or safety equipment,” Bloomberg News reported. Banks aren’t saying what purchases would be “suspicious.”

Just a Steppingstone

The MCC scheme has caught the attention of Congressional gun control politicians. Legislation has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives, H.R. 5764, by Reps. Madeleine Dean (D-Pa.) and Jennifer Wexton (D-Va.) and in the U.S. Senate, S. 3117, by Sens. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.). That legislation, The Gun Violence Prevention Through Financial Intelligence Act, would provide banking institutions the cover they need to track purchases by requiring the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network to provide “guidance” needed to institute the MCC.

“Financial institutions have a legal obligation… to have programs in place to help detect and report suspicious activity, but they have to know what they are looking for,” Rep. Wexton said.

Rep. Dean has praised the back door gun control effort, too. “Financial institutions already have proven systems in place to identify suspicious behavior and purchasing patterns,” she wrote in a release.

Still no one has offered what “suspicious behavior” or “purchasing patterns” would be flagged. The questions are endless, answers few and the threat to Constitutional rights high.

Trudging Ahead. Trampling Rights.

Sorkin hypes his work in getting the MCC code established. He told the Dealbook audience, “This is an emotional topic for me in many ways… because back in 2018 I started writing about the role of guns in our society… and the role of credit card companies and banks in financing mass shootings.”

Sorkin stated his belief that lawful firearm retail businesses and the already-highly regulated Federal Firearms Licensees (FFLs) which provide for the legal exercise of the Second Amendment should do their part to create the backdoor database of gun buyers – something Congress is prohibited by law from doing on their own.

“Merchants must start using the code, and not obfuscate transactions by using other classifications,” Sorkin wrote. “Most crucially, the payments industry needs to develop and refine software algorithms for identifying suspicious activity…”

There are those words again – “suspicious activity.”

The suspicion is better reserved for those who would compile lists of Americans lawfully exercising their Constitutional Second Amendment rights. The right to keep and bear arms begins with the ability to make a purchase at the retail counter. Financial industry power players, though, are twisting their roles to facilitate legal transactions into social credit scores that put Americans on secret watch lists.

The financial industry doesn’t need to be suspicious of gun buyers who already are subject to FBI National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) verifications. This move, though, is reason enough for Americans to be suspicious of “woke” banking CEOs doing the bidding of gun control politicians.

Larry Keane is Senior Vice President of Government and Public Affairs and General Counsel for the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the firearms industry trade association.

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