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Baldwin Lawyers Say FBI is Wrong on 'Trigger Pull' Report

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The shocking death of a Hollywood cinematographer at the hands of actor Alec Baldwin has once again found its way into the news cycle, as lawyers for the accused begin to cast doubt on an exhaustive study by the FBI.

Baldwin, who was rehearsing with an inexplicably loaded gun on the set of the movie rust when the firearm discharged and killed the film’s cinematographer, has long maintained a rather ludicrous suggestion:  That he never pulled the trigger.

This week, the FBI released a report, the culmination of a long and thorough investigation, in which they confirmed that the weapon could not discharge unless the trigger was pulled.

Now, Baldwin’s lawyers are proclaiming that they somehow know better than the FBI.

“The critical report is the one from the medical examiner, who concluded that this was a tragic accident. This is the third time the New Mexico authorities have found that Alec Baldwin had no authority or knowledge of the allegedly unsafe conditions on the set, that he was told by the person in charge of safety on the set that the gun was ‘cold,’ and believed the gun was safe,” Baldwin attorney Luke Nikas told Fox News Digital.

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A live round of ammunition killed cinematographer Hutchins and wounded director Joel Souza during rehearsal on Oct. 21, 2021. Filming for the Western “Rust” took place at a ranch on the outskirts of the city of Santa Fe, where they had been filming inside a small church.

The refutation that followed was a bit convoluted, if nothing else.

“The FBI report is being misconstrued,” Nikas added. “The gun fired in testing only one time — without having to pull the trigger — when the hammer was pulled back and the gun broke in two different places. The FBI was unable to fire the gun in any prior test, even when pulling the trigger, because it was in such poor condition.”

Others on set, including those responsible for maintaining the weaponry, took umbrage with Baldwin’s lawyer’s antics.

A representative for “Rust” armorer Hannah Gutierrez Reed told Fox News Digital: “The newly released FBI reports show the revolver was in good working order and that Baldwin had to have pulled the trigger to fire the revolver, directly contradicting his prior statements and those of Assistant Director Halls, through his attorney, who also said Baldwin didn’t pull the trigger.”

It is unclear what, if any charges Baldwin could face in the incident, or if the possibility of a civil suit is still on the table after the medical examiner’s report.

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As a lifelong advocate for the dream promised us in the Constitution, Andrew West has spent his years authoring lush prose editorial dirges regarding America's fall from grace and her path back to prosperity. When West isn't railing against the offensive whims of the mainstream media or the ideological cruelty that is so rampant in the US, he spends his time seeking adventurous new food and fermented beverages, with the occasional round of golf peppered in.