Dr. Peter Steinmetz, the man who boldly conveyed an AR-15 into Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport back in July, will not be prosecuted by the Maricopa County Attorney Office as long as he doesn’t violate the terms of his settlement.
Dr. Steinmetz who happened to the director at the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, Arizona, is in reality a weapon rights advocate however he has been facing two counts of disorderly conduct. Dr. Steinmetz told AZ Central that he never planned to carry out such a crime. He also said that the imperative point made is that, truth be told, as Americans, we have a non-infringeable right to keep and bear arms and that you can do so legally at Sky Harbor Airport.
Marc Victor, the attorney to the doctor supported his claim, saying that the allegations against Steinmetz for pointing his gun at the airplane terminal were ridiculous as the video surveillance shows that Steinmetz was carrying his gun peacefully and legally.
“He didn’t go there with the intent of disturbing anybody’s peace,” Victor said. “He wasn’t aware of disturbing anybody’s peace. And he never recklessly displayed a firearm.”
“To charge him with a crime when he didn’t commit a crime would be outrageous,” Victor said. “And so it’s a fair and reasonable result because it doesn’t put any kind of requirements that are onerous on my client.”
The agreement stipulates that Dr. Steinmetz must complete NRA-certified courses by the end of March 2015 and avoid openly carrying a firearm in the Valley’s major airports for the next two years, although he may carry a concealed firearm. He is also required to make a $500 donation to the Rio Salado Sportsman’s Club Youth Program.
Steinmetz accepts that he made the best decision by exercising his Second Amendment rights.
“I think it was an advantageous try, and I think it has made the point genuinely effective,” Steinmetz said.