“Police say [Dr. Peter Steinmetz] brought his gun to [Sky Harbor Airport] legally,” myfoxphoenix.com reports. “He told police that he was just at the airport to get coffee at a Starbucks. When he walked to the other side of the terminal near the B concourse that is when police say he accidentally pointed the gun at two women, that’s when he was arrested . . . Police arrested Steinmetz on one-felony count of disorderly conduct with a weapon.” We fast forward now to Dr. Steinmetz’ arraignment . . .
“Sir you are here for two counts of disorderly conduct involving a weapon,” said a judge during his arraignment. Steinmetz made his first appearance in front of the judge. As part of his bond agreement, he is not allowed to possess weapons.
“When you say I can have no weapons, what precisely do you mean by that, please?” he asked. The judge replied, “it means no weapons.”
Apparently, this was not Dr. Steinmetz’s first I’m-going-to-open-carry-an-AR-15-style-rifle-at-the-airport rodeo.
Phoenix Police say they had contact with Steinmetz and his son back in November, shortly after the shooting at LAX. He was not arrested at that time because he did not break the law or threaten anyone.
Which was an excellent reason not to arrest the good doctor. As the report of the more recent incident indicates that Dr. Steinmetz’s rifle was slung over his shoulder, and inadvertently “pointed” at peeps when he shifted it, that would be another good reason not to arrest him.
Even so, open carrying a rifle in an airport is a bit OTT (Over The Top). A handgun in a holster would have been the more reasonable choice, both from the making-a-statement-without-scaring-the-horses POV and a self-defense perspective. Another own goal or a valid political statement? We report, you deride.