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Firearm sales are soaring. Will the Alec Baldwin shooting prompt new discussion about gun safety and usage?

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Firearm sales are soaring. Will the Alec Baldwin shooting prompt new discussion about gun safety and usage?

As details continue to emerge about the Alec Baldwin prop-gun shooting last week that killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, another story about firearms in America is also unfolding — namely, the fact the gun sales have been soaring since the start of the pandemic. Certainly, that could be the case in Hollywood, where already there are calls for rethinking how guns should be handled on film and television sets. Baldwin fired a prop gun on the New Mexico set of the film “Rust” Thursday, killing 42-year-old Hutchins and wounding director Joel Souza, who was standing behind her.