NYT: Anti-Gunners hate GunControl, now that It inconveniences Their NY TV/Film ProductionSubmitted by AnCapMercenary on Wed, 05/01/2013 - 15:39
Collectivist Statist GunGrabbers Hypocrisy? Is it Wednesday already?
Bohdan Bushell, a special effects coordinator at J & M Special Effects in Brooklyn, said he was worried that uncertainty over gun laws could drive studios to move out of state. Photo: Todd Heisler/NYT
By THOMAS KAPLAN
Published: May 1, 2013
ALBANY — The sweeping gun control measure signed by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and hailed by Democratic leaders has a surprising critic: Hollywood.
Officials in the movie and television industry say the new laws could prevent them from using the lifelike assault weapons and high-capacity magazines that they have employed in shows like “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” and films like “The Dark Knight Rises.”
Twenty-seven pilots, television and feature projects, including programs like “Blue Bloods” and “Person of Interest,” are now in production in New York State using assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, according to the Motion Picture Association of America. Industry workers say that they need to use real weapons for verisimilitude, that it would be impractical to try to manufacture fake weapons that could fire blanks, and that the entertainment industry should not be penalized accidentally by a law intended as a response to mass shootings.
Alex Hollenbach, a fabricator at the Specialists, making a rubber version of a Krinkov rifle.
Packing All the Heat a Movie Could Want
The Specialists, Prop Weapons Supplier to ‘Men in Black 3’
By ERIK OLSEN
Published: May 17, 2012
DEEP inside a nondescript building in SoHo, a two-story steel vault marked “Fort Knox” holds a huge arsenal of weapons that has armed action heroes and their adversaries, fake armies and feds, and Tony Soprano.
The collection, of more than 5,000 firearms, includes sniper rifles, assault rifles, shotguns, revolvers, pistols, machine guns and even a 15th-century wheel lock, one of the world’s first practical handguns. The deadly decorations hang on the vault’s white walls, and each has, at one time or another, played a role in film or television.
“All these guns are real,” said the arsenal’s owner, Rick Washburn, a former actor whose company, the Specialists, has become an emporium for production weapons on the East Coast. While the guns once fired live ammunition, they have been modified on-site so that they now shoot blanks, if they shoot at all.