Neurologist arrested at Arizona airport for carrying AR15 assault rifle
A doctor of neurology clearly wasn't using his brain when he walked into an Arizona regional airport carrying an assault rifle over his shoulder. In a video released by the Phoenix Police Department, you can see police approach 54-year-old Dr Peter Steinmetz, who is holding an AR15 assault rifle.
The craziest part of this story is that carrying a loaded weapon into Arizona's Sky Airport isn't illegal. Steinmetz was hanging out in the unsecure section of the airport, where he says he was buying a cup of coffee. But apparently he made the mistake of momentarily pointing the gun at a woman and her teen daughter, and that's when police put him in handcuffs.
Steinmetz, who is the director of the neuroengineering program at Barrow Neurological Institute, was arrested on one-felony count of disorderly conduct with a weapon. As a part of his bond agreement - he is not allowed to possess a weapon.
Officials don't believe Steinmetz was planning on using the rifle. Instead, he was just proving a point about gun rights. This isn't the first time that Steinmetz has pulled a stunt like this; last November he brought his AR15 to Sky Airport when he picked up his wife after a flight.
His employer has since released a statement saying, "We are aware of the situation and are taking it very seriously. At present this issue is being handled by human resources and our policy is not to comment on hr matters."
Steinmetz is out of jail on $5,000 bond and is expected to appear in court on Thursday.