‘Rust’ armorer released, allowed to have gun for self-defense

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Hannah Gutierrez-Reed appeared in court for the first time Friday as one of three defendants charged in the fatal “Rust” movie set shooting.

During Gutierrez-Reed’s hearing Friday, the film armorer didn’t enter a plea for the involuntary manslaughter charge she faces. Attorneys did agree upon her release but disagreed on if she should have a firearm in her home.

Her attorney, Jason Bowles, said she needed a firearm for self-defense at home. Bowles said she received threats and even filed a restraining order against an alleged stalker. He also cited a sheriff’s office report that allegedly leaked her phone number and other private identifiers.

First Judicial District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies understood the concerns but accused the film armorer of alleged “sloppy handling” of firearms. The district attorney also said there were other means of self-defense she could use.

The judge allowed Gutierrez-Reed to have a firearm at home for self-defense as a part of her conditions of release. However, she can’t talk to any possible witnesses and must not consume alcohol or break the law, among other conditions.

Actor and producer Alec Baldwin and assistant director David Halls were also set to appear Friday. Then, earlier in the week, each pleaded not guilty and waived their first court appearances.

Baldwin and Halls were each granted conditions of release, specifying they must limit contact with potential witnesses. Baldwin’s conditions also specify he must not consume alcohol, or possess firearms or dangerous weapons.

Baldwin is also charged with involuntary manslaughter. He and Gutierrez-Reed face 18 months in jail, instead of five years, after a firearm enhancement charge was dropped.