The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office will not be prosecuting doctor Peter Steinmetz, the man who openly carried an AR-15 into Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport back in July, provided he doesn’t violate the terms of his agreement.
Steinmetz, a director at the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, Arizona, is indeed a gun-rights advocate.
“I certainly didn’t intend to commit a crime; I did not commit a crime,” Steinmetz told AZ Central. “I think the important point that was made is that, in fact, as Americans, we have a non-infringeable right to keep and bear arms and that you can legally do so at Sky Harbor Airport.”
The doctor’s attorney backed him up, saying that allegations of Steinmetz pointing his firearm at airport patrons were baseless according to video surveillance.
“He didn’t go there with the intent of disturbing anybody’s peace,” said Marc Victor, the doctor’s attorney. “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.”
Under the terms of the “pre-indictment resolution offer” that Steinmetz signed he must complete an NRA-certified course by the end of March 2015, refrain from carrying openly in the airport for the next two years, donate $500 to the Rio Salado Sportsman’s Club Youth Program.
However, Steinmetz is not prohibited from carrying concealed in the public square, including places like the airport.
Overall, Steinmetz believes he did the right thing by exercising his Second Amendment rights.
“I think it was a worthwhile endeavor, and I think it has made the point fairly powerful,” Steinmetz said.