Actors Olivia Wilde, Hollande Taylor and others tweeted their support for the petition.
“Hollywood: It’s time to create ‘Halyna’s Law’, which will ban the use of live firearms on film production sets and create a safe working environment for everyone involved. – Sign the petition! Wilde tweeted.
The Change.org petition, which has more than 19,000 signatures with a target of 25,000, directly targets Alec Baldwin, who unloaded the gun that accidentally killed Hutchins and injured Souza on Thursday. It demands that he “use his power and influence in the Hollywood film industry to effect change and ban real guns from film sets.”
“We need to make sure this preventable tragedy never happens again,” the petition reads. “There is no excuse for something like this to happen in the 21st century. Real guns are no longer needed on film sets. It’s not the early 90s, when Brandon Lee was killed the same way. Change must happen before more talented lives are lost. “
On Saturday, State Senator Dave Cortese (D-San Jose), chairman of the Senate Labor Committee, said he would introduce legislation banning live ammunition and firearms capable of firing live ammunition at California film sets and theatrical productions. With the legislature now suspended, details of any bill are unlikely to be available until January.