Query of firearm coaching may absolve actor of negligence, says trial legal professional

Litigation attorney Jeff Harris said that an issue of negligence on the “Rust” film set after the Fatal shooting of cameraman Halyna Hutchins could come down to the level of gun training that actor Alec Baldwin received.

“It may ultimately boil down to whether or not the actor was adequately trained in the use of firearms and that would fall on the production company and absolve Baldwin of negligence,” said Harris, who does not represent any party involved in the incident.

Baldwin’s production company El Dorado Pictures produced the upcoming film. Neither Baldwin nor El Dorado Pictures responded immediately to CNBC’s request for comment.

The assistant director who handed Alec Baldwin a loaded gun on the set admitted to investigators that he didn’t check the revolver carefully enough, according to a search warrant released on Wednesday. So did the Santa Fe County Sheriff confirmed on Wednesday that there was a real bullet in Baldwin’s revolver and that investigators found even more alleged live rounds on the set.

Harris was the lead trial attorney on the Lan Jones v CSX case and obtained a $ 11.2 million judgment on behalf of the family of camerawoman Sarah Jones, who was killed while working on the film “Midnight Rider”.

He told CNBCs “The News with Shepard Smith” that on the set of “Rust” there was likely gross negligence.

“I honestly think that if you have a movie set where you have live ammunition mixed up with dummy ammunition and spaces, that type of activity turns into gross negligence, and I believe someone who will ultimately get into this case at least charged with criminal negligence, “said Harris.