There has been much discussion over Hollywood’s use of firearms in public areas in the wake of a rash of mass shootings in the United States. In addition to the controversy over the Alec Baldwin ‘Rust’ shooting, many have called for the film industry to take a safer approach to the use of guns on movie and television sets. For the moment, change does not appear to be coming.
TMZ spoke to the LAPD’s film unit. They are in charge of issuing permits to film in Hollywood and the surrounding area. According to them, there are no plans to limit scenes involving shootings in public places.
After recent massacres in Texas, Illinois, and New York, the public has been understandably skittish about the sound of gunshots. Even planned Independence Day celebrations in major cities saw some folks mistaking fireworks for firearms. It has been a tense time for a nation that is struggling to come to terms with public shootings.
The LAPD did not give any rationale for their decision. It appears they are willing to deal with any panic violent scenes might cause. For the time being, it will be status quo.
The source attempted to locate productions with permits that planned for fictionalized public shootings. None were available. However, if a producer wants to film such a scene, the LAPD has no issue with it.
Hollywood has always included gunplay as a part of the action. As times change, the film industry might have to rethink some things. Those changes won’t be coming any time soon, though.
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