Armorer on 'Rust' Says She Inspected Rounds Before Giving Gun to Assistant Director

As the investigation of the Rust film set continues, the armorer on the film is defending herself from blame, saying that she had inspected the gun before the shooting.

A statement released by the lawyer of Rust armorer Hannah Gutierrez Reed detailed her actions on the day that cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was accidentally shot to death. The report described the steps she allegedly took leading up to the incident.

"Hannah kept guns locked up, including throughout lunch on the day in question [October 21]," Albuquerque lawyer Jason Bowles said in the statement, "and she instructed her department to watch the cart containing the guns when she was pulled away for her other duties or on a lunch break."

Bowles also maintained that his client took the proper steps to ensure the safety of the cast and crew. "Hannah did everything in her power to ensure a safe set," the statement continued. "She inspected the rounds that she loaded into the firearms that day. She always inspected the rounds."

According to the Associated Press, investigators on the set of Rust supposedly found 500 rounds of ammunition, consisting of "a mix of blanks, dummy rounds, and what appeared to be live rounds." Authorities also seized a dozen revolvers and a rifle.

Gutierrez Reed's lawyers have previously claimed that their client was unaware of the origin of the live rounds. The investigation into the shooting on the set of Rust is currently ongoing.

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Halyna Hutchins Memorial
Halyna Hutchins was killed in a shooting on the set of "Rust." A memorial for the cinematographer was held on October 23. Photo by Sam Wasson/Getty Images

"Who put those in there and why is the central question," the Gutierrez Reed statement said.

The statement added that she inspected the rounds before handing the firearm to assistant director David Halls "by spinning the cylinder and showing him all of the rounds and then handing him the firearm."

"No one could have anticipated or thought that someone would introduce live rounds into this set," Gutierrez Reed's statement said.

The statement also noted that "she did firearms training for the actors as well as Mr. Baldwin, she fought for more training days and she regularly emphasized to never point a firearm at a person."

On October 29, attorneys for Gutierrez Reed blamed producers for unsafe working environments.

Santa Fe County Sheriff Adan Mendoza has said there was "some complacency" in how weapons were handled on the set of Rust.

Newsweek has previously reported that lawyers for Gutierrez Reed have speculated that someone on the crew deliberately put a live round in the gun used in the shooting.

"I believe that somebody who would do that would want to sabotage the set, want to prove a point, want to say that they're disgruntled, they're unhappy," Bowles told Today host Savannah Guthrie. "And we know that people had walked off the set the day before."

Alec Baldwin, who had accidentally discharged the gun that killed Hutchins and injured director Joel Souza, has expressed his sympathies toward Hutchin's family and is cooperating with police. He has also shared a Facebook post from Rust's costume designer Terese Magpale Davis that called allegations of an unsafe working environment "bulls**t."

'Rust' Set Investigation
Lawyers for armorer Hannah Gutierrez Reed maintain her innocence in the fatal shooting on the set of "Rust." An investigation into the film set began on October 23. AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File