Video: Dr. With AR at Airport Never Pointed Gun at Anyone

By Dean Weingarten

Dr. Peter N. Steinmetz
Dr. Peter N. Steinmetz
Dean Weingarten
Dean Weingarten

Arizona – -( Unnamed witness:  at no time was anyone swept.” (rifle pointed at them)

Dr. Peter N. Steinmetz is director of the Brain Modeling Laboratory  at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix.   He is a second amendment advocate who comments on firearms issues on his facebook page.  From his page, commenting on the Navy Yard Shootings in Washington D.C., where the carry of arms by anyone other than government agents is forbidden:

Sadly, looks like this may be another case of a mass shooting in an area where all the victims are legally disarmed.

He is a passionate supporter of freedom in the United States, who opposes the excesses of the TSA.    He protested TSA excesses by legally carrying a slung rifle in the non-secure part of the Phoenix airport in November of 2013.    From, concerning the November protest:

“I was going to tell you earlier, but I will now,” Steinmetz is quoted as saying in the November report. “Well, I am really here to protest the TSA and their policy of strip-searching Americans and all their stuff.”

From a post on google+ on November1, two days before the protest, Dr. Steinmetz writes:

They have never demonstrated they have foiled even one plot, and of course, one's chances of being killed in a terrorist attack are minuscule to start with compared to routine daily risks. For the sake of this security theatre, we tolerate a continual invasion of our privacy. Time to get rid of the expensive and wasteful TSA!

On July 25, 2014, Dr. Steinmetz exercised his rights again.   He carried a slung rifle into the unsecured area of Sky Harbor Airport.   But this time, he was arrested, booked, and taken before a judge. It was reported that he was charged with two counts of disorderly conduct involving a firearm.  It was claimed that he had inadvertently and briefly pointed the muzzle of his rifle at two women, who were later said to tell police that they were frightened.


 According to a probable cause statement, Steinmetz “proceeded to remove the Stag Arm AR-15 from his right shoulder, thus causing the muzzle to face two victims sitting to the right.

The national and international media picked up the charges and blared them everywhere with headlines such as:

The facts claimed simply do not support the charges.

Dr. Steinmetz obtained the services of Marc Victor, a prominent local attorney.  The choice of his website name is telling:   An email from Alan Korwin, gun law guru, quoted Dr. Steinmetz as saying that the hearings had been vacated and that no charges had been filed.

Here is a YouTube video of an interview with Marc Victor about the case.  Note that the anchor at 12news, Mark Curtis,  takes sides in the issue.   He goes so far as to claim that it would be reasonable for Arizonans to “blow away” anyone who would come into a Starbucks with a rifle slung on their shoulder.

In the video, you can see Doctor Steinmetz unsling the rifle.   This is where the police claim that the infamous “muzzle sweep” occurred.    Notice that the Doctor has a cup in his left hand, which would be consistent with the claim that he pointed the gun when he unslung the rifle after buying coffee at the airport Starbucks, then moving to a place to sit down.

The women seated to the right of the Doctor appear to be the women mentioned in the case.  That action is shown in the first seven seconds of the video, then repeated several times throughout the interview.  It is noteworthy that in this interview, the Anchor, Mark Curtis, never repeats the previous claim that Dr. Steinmetz “pointed the rifle at two women”.

Attorney Marc Victor – Peter Steinmetz Case (4:21)

An unnamed source has come forward and stated that Doctor Steinmetz exhibited good muzzle discipline, and that the rifle was never pointed at anyone.  Here is the statement, which is consistent with the video shown:

According to the security video (it's an airport, you can't escape big brother's surveillance cameras) the muzzle ‘dipped slightly' – possibly in their direction but well over their heads. Apparently and LEO friendly with one of our members was on-site, and reported that at no time was anyone swept.

At the link below the view is clearer,  and you can see Dr. Steinmetz unsling the rifle and sit down.  About five seconds later, a security person comes up and talks to the woman on his right.   About 30 seconds later, Dr. Steinmetz is arrested.

Article with video showing unslinging and arrest.(2:25)

I have always said that there was likely to be video of the event.  It was an open  question why the authorities would release video of the arrest, but not of the event.   Now it appears that it was airport security that contacted the women to bolster their charges, rather than the women contacting airport security to complain.

A small number of police and a large number of media personalities do not approve of second amendment rights and the ability of Americans to exercise them without permission.   There are numerous instances where people openly carrying firearms have been arrested on false charges across the nation. Several arrests have been made, only to have charges dropped, and often, settlements paid to those arrested.

Dr. Steinmetz was involved in strong, political speech with his protest, protected by both the first and second amendments.  The fact that he was arrested, charged, was suspended from his job, his name smeared across the nation and internationally, with what appear to be false accusations, seems calculated to engender a chilling effect on the exercise of first and second amendment rights.

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About Dean Weingarten;

Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of constitutional carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and recently retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.

  • 11 thoughts on “Video: Dr. With AR at Airport Never Pointed Gun at Anyone

    1. I guess they should stop and arrest anyone who is not wearing a business suit or other appropriate attire when inside their local bank.

      If the rifle was on the sling and his hands were not on the rifle how did he point the rifle at these two women?

    2. Biff: according to you, everybody should be arrested at any time, *before* they commit a crime. When you walk into an airport, you should be arrested for possession of fists. Stupid to wait until you go on a punching spree.

      Talk about twisted

    3. Biff: according to you, everybody should be arrested at any time, *before* they commit a crime. When you’re walking into an airport
      you should be arrested for possession of fists. Stupid to wait until you go on a punching spree.

      Talk about twisted.

    4. Looks like it is about time to sue the two women that made the accusation. They had the man put through public embarrassment and false arrest for their political satisfaction. Make them pay dearly and have their pictures posted on video for false arrest.

    5. I totally agree with the message he is sending that no one has to fear law abiding gun owners. Unfortunately there are a good supply of idiots who took it wrong & created a false alarm as he had no intentions of doing any harm. While I agree with him I don’t think that I would have done it the same way in view of the situation

    6. Let me pose one question: What if he were wearing traditional Muslim garb, what would YOUR reaction be then?

      I think someone should try that and see what the results are. In fact, lets get some of the current crop of musical geniuses show up at the airport with the same AR and see how you react to that.

      There is only one take away: The good doctor had a neurological malfunction in judgement.

    7. Can any rational person explain how those ladies, or anyone else at that airport did not know whether or not he was about to go on a shooting spree? Was it him being nicely dressed? Perhaps people could run up and see if his safety was really on? According to you logic, if a psycho walks into a building to do a shooting spree, no one can call the police or panic until he starts shooting. What twisted logic…

    8. Just like the dudes in Chipotle, this is provocative and gives fuel to the anti 2A groups.

      There are better ways to fight for 2A rights, such as open carrying a holstered hand gun into an airport so other people won’t freak out as much as about an AR15 rifle.

      Just my thought about it.

    9. It doesn’t need to be true. Liberals have made no secret that they intend to use government as a weapon against Americans who exercise rights secured under the Constitution that liberals don’t like, to cause unnecessary discomfort and distress, hopefully causing an incident resulting in death, to dissuade others from exercising rights they don’t like. That they can turn government loose on an unsuspecting citizen who is doing nothing wrong or breaking any law, while they sit smugly back in safety and take delight in their suffering, is wrong in the extreme. These people MUST bear unpleasant consequences for their actions. This will continue until the cost to them outweighs the snarky satisfaction they vet.

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