'Rust' Armorer Says Production and Team Overruled Her Push for Gun Safety, Training

In her first remarks since the fatal shooting on the set of Rust, Hannah Gutierrez Reed, the film's armorer, claims that she had pushed for greater efforts on gun safety, but was ultimately overruled by higher-ups on her team.

"Hannah was hired on two positions on this film, which made it extremely difficult to focus on her job as an armorer," Reed's lawyer, Jason Bowles, told Variety. "She fought for training, days to maintain weapons, and proper time to prepare for gunfire but ultimately was overruled by production and her department. The whole production set became unsafe due to various factors, including lack of safety meetings. This was not the fault of Hannah."

In the statement, Bowles said that despite handling the weapons for the film, Reed had "no idea where the live rounds came from."

"Hannah and the prop master gained control over the guns and she never witnessed anyone shoot live rounds with these guns and nor would she permit that," her attorney said. "They were locked up every night and at lunch and there's no way a single one of them was unaccounted for or being shot by crew members."

The cinematographer of Rust, Halyna Hutchins, died on the set of the film in New Mexico last week after actor Alec Baldwin misfired a prop gun. The film's director, Joel Souza, was also injured in the accident.

Reed, the 24-year-old daughter of longtime Hollywood armorer, Thell Reed, was relatively inexperienced as a head armorer, having only held the position once before.

In a recent podcast, Reed said she was hesitant to take the role for her first film, The Old Way.

"I almost didn't take the job because I wasn't sure if I was ready," she said.

Stu Brumbaugh, who served as the key grip on The Old Way, has also spoken out about working with Reed, saying she handled the guns on that set in a reckless manner and that he had urged the film's assistant director to fire Reed.

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The armorer for the movie "Rust" recently said she was overruled when she called for more gun safety measures on the set before actor Alec Baldwin fatally shot cinematographer Halyna Hutchins. This aerial view shows buildings at the Bonanza Creek Ranch film set, near where Hutchins was fatally shot during production of the western film "Rust", on October 28 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Patrick T. Fallon/AFP

Reed isn't the only crew member who has come under scrutiny in the week since the shooting at Bonanza Creek Ranch.

The film's assistant director, Dave Halls, who handed Baldwin the gun, has also come under fire after an affidavit revealed that he told investigators he had not checked all of the rounds in the gun before giving Baldwin the gun.

Halls had declared the gun "cold," meaning it contained no live ammunition, but when Baldwin practiced drawing it, it fired a real bullet.

"[Halls] advised he should have checked all of them, but didn't, and couldn't recall if she [Reed] spun the drum," the affidavit said.

Former crew members have also alleged that there were at least two accidental discharges on the set before the fatal incident.

On Friday, Bowles said Reed had no role in those accidental discharges and has never had one to this day.

"The first one on this set was the prop master and the second was a stunt man after Hannah informed him his gun was hot with blanks," he said.

In the statement, Reed extended her condolences to the loved ones of Hutchins, who she called "inspirational."

"She also offers her thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery to Joel," Bowles said. "Hannah is devastated and completely beside herself over the events that have transpired."