Peter Nathan Steinmetz, Barrow Brain Scientist, Arrested at Airport With AR-15

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Dr. Peter Nathan Steinmetz, a brain scientist with Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, was arrested on Friday for mishandling his AR-15 in Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

Steinmetz was possibly making a point about his Second Amendment rights, police theorize, when he bought a cup of coffee at Starbucks in Terminal Four with his rifle slung over his shoulder.

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It seems Steinmetz, a Tempe resident, was doing nothing wrong up until the moment he pointed the weapon inadvertently at two women in the "B"-gate waiting area. Police tell New Times that, in general, it's not illegal to carry a semiautomatic rifle into an airport terminal. In this case, the problem was "the way he was carrying it," says Phoenix police Sergeant Steve Martos.

After buying the coffee, Steinmetz walked to the east end of Terminal Four's third level and stopped in front of the B gates, in the "non-secure" part of the terminal.

He "then proceeded to remove the (Stag Arms) AR-15 from his right shoulder thus causing the muzzle to face two victims sitting to the right . . ." the booking sheet reads. "Both victims, a mother and her 17-year-old daughter, both stated they felt in fear of their safety when the rifle was pointed in their direction."

Steinmetz was taken into custody, arrested, and booked into the Maricopa County jail. Police are seeking two felony counts of disorderly conduct with a weapon.

Steinmetz pulled a similar stunt in November, when he showed up at Sky Harbor -- two days after a fatal shooting at Los Angeles International Airport -- with a rifle and his son, who also was armed. They told police they were there merely to pick up Steinmetz's wife from the airport, Martos says. No charges were filed in that incident.

Judging by his Barrow Neurological Institute web page, Steinmetz is a big deal in the world of brain science. He's been the principal investigator of the institute's "Neuroengineering/Human Neurophysiology Laboratory," also called the Brain Modeling Laboratory, since 2008. Steinmetz also has a personal website that lists his extensive work and research experience. His résumé lists his many awards and published works -- but says nothing about his apparent interest in gun-rights activism.

Carmelle Malkovich, Barrow spokeswoman, released the following statement from Dignity Health's St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center, where the Barrow institute is located:

"We can confirm that Peter Steinmetz is employed as a researcher with St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center. 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."

UPDATE: Click the following link for an update on the arrest of Peter Steinmetz and a new response (sort of) from the Barrow Neurological Institute: Barrow Neurological Institute Purges Website of AR-15-Toting Doctor, Peter Steinmetz

UPDATE July 31: Peter Steinmetz, AR-15-Toting Barrow Scientist, to Hold News Conference on Monday


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sweetliberty17761776
sweetliberty17761776 topcommenter

OK 


SO HE DIDNT POINT IT AT THEM in the sense he was aiming at them


he was removing the weapon from his shoulder 


there is a huge difference


if he pointed it at them


then I would say arrest him



but not in this case

AkaTed
AkaTed

As stated before another person with money and power get's slapped on the wrist for pointing a rifle at someone with or without malicious intent.I had a friend do the same thing and got hit with 2 1/2 year sentence for it.There is no justice in the arizona court system 

Mary Doe
Mary Doe

I only want to know what coffee at the airport is so good for a paranoid mad scientist to venture outside. I mean, if you are that afraid, shouldn't you be in your bunker making your own coffee?

elirabett
elirabett

Very lacking publication record for a guy in his 50s in neuroscience.  Got an H number of 11 (11 publications with more than 11 cites), no NIH grants.  Roadkill as far as Barrow is concerned.

Ben Burgoon
Ben Burgoon

Generally, you're allowed to carry a semi-automatic weapon into an airport?

David Schuff
David Schuff

Quit villainizing the guy, he allegedly lost track of muzzle control for about a second, or they found some nitwit woman scared of her own shadow that was willing to accuse him of it.

Eileen McConville
Eileen McConville

This wasn't the first time he did this...1st time he was with his son.. At the airport...Brainless twit.

Staff MMj
Staff MMj

That's crazy! Well, we still may be able to staff him in a lab after all this ;-)

AkaTed
AkaTed

Dr. Peter Nathan Steinmetz the 54-year-old Valley man said it was his right to be armed and that he had taken several gun classes including carrying a concealed weapon.I guess he never took the classes!


  1. All guns are always loaded.
  2. Never let the muzzle cover anything you are not willing to destroy.
  3. Keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are on the target.
  4. Be sure of your target and what is beyond it.
  1. ALWAYS keep the gun pointed in a safe direction.
  2. ALWAYS keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.
  3. ALWAYS keep the gun unloaded until ready to use.—The National Rifle Association, The fundamental NRA rules for safe gun handling

labman57
labman57

His specialty must be those infamous "Abby-normal" brains.

Hillary was right. If you walk around in public -- including at dining establishments, shopping malls, bars, etc. -- waving your loaded assault rifle or pointing your semi-automatic handgun at people, often yelling epithets at passersby, perhaps even daring anyone to try to take it from you ... then yeah, you're a terrorist.

DenverFirefighter
DenverFirefighter

It would appear that this dude is in deep doody over this stunt. Barrow has removed Steinmetz's bio from its Web site.

JB20005
JB20005

Imagine what would have happened if the good doctor had been of African, Mexican, or Middle Eastern ancestry.

AkaTed
AkaTed

Off to Twitch Tv have a great day everyone :)

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

Whether the good doctor was brandishing a firearm in a threatening manner will depend upon those women when his trial is under way. All they have to say is "I was fearful for my life" and he's cooked. The only real question here is whether the case will be handled by the county attorney or the U.S. Attorney. That said, I don't expect that their will be a trial. He will most likely be referred for a mental evaluation and a couple of years' probation. Nevertheless, let this incident serve as a warning to anyone foolish enough to bring a long gun into a crowded airport. Had he been packing a .357 Magnum, securely tucked into his waistband, it is unlikely that we would have heard anything about it. THAT said, anyone who walks around carrying long gun just to demonstrate that s/he can must have a screw loose somewhere.

AkaTed
AkaTed

? how are you even able to walk in a airport with a rifle over you shoulder with the incident in LA recently. On the morning of Friday, November 1, 2013, Ciancia allegedly entered Terminal 3 of Los Angeles International Airport after being dropped off there by a roommate.[4] He was carrying a bag filled with a semiautomatic,[5].223-caliber Smith & Wesson M&P-15 rifle, five 30-round magazines, and hundreds of additional rounds of ammunition contained in boxes.[6][7]

alphakp
alphakp

One day, someone is going to pull a stunt like this, and someone is going to be killed.  I know that if I was sitting anywhere and someone pointed a gun at me, open-carry laws or not, my first thought is that I'm going to be shot.  Not thoughts about  there being any open carry laws, this guy might just be compensating for a small appendage, etc., with a gun pointed at you.  I would try my damnedest to get to him before he got me.  So if he has no bullets (and I can't know that he does or doesn't), and I get to him, take his gun and beat him to within an inch of his life with it, who's in the wrong?  Open carry laws are insane and stupid.  We live in a civilized society; we do not need to openly carry guns.  Period.

Audra Bee
Audra Bee

How is anyone supposed to take this publication seriously when they can't even take two seconds to make sure they didn't accidentally capitalize an entire word in the heading before they publish it?

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

Starbucks are so uncommon in this city that I guess the only one he knew about was at the airport....

Michael Orticelli
Michael Orticelli

No mention if it was loaded, and yes I do think that weighs on the nature of the case.

Michael Orticelli
Michael Orticelli

Sometimes I feel these so-called gun rights "advocates" are actually the opposite, pulling stunts like this to instill fear and thus further anti-gun sentiment with the public. Either that, or they're complete fucking idiots. In which case this man is an ironic paradox.

Carol Croft
Carol Croft

Man....I wouldn't let this guy hold my purse let alone the life of a loved one in his hands... Nutjob!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Perhaps he can find a new career as a Rocket Surgeon.



Jerry Kelly
Jerry Kelly

on a bad day twenty years ago I would have made him eat that thing

getmeouttahere
getmeouttahere

Another scared little white man using a big gun to compensate for his small d!ck ...nothing to see here folks, move along...

Wshaw3
Wshaw3

Yes, but you cannot light a cigarette

AkaTed
AkaTed

  1. All guns are always loaded.
  2. Never let the muzzle cover anything you are not willing to destroy.
  3. Keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are on the target.
  4. Be sure of your target and what is beyond it.
  1. ALWAYS keep the gun pointed in a safe direction.
  2. ALWAYS keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.
  3. ALWAYS keep the gun unloaded until ready to use.—The National Rifle Association, The fundamental NRA rules for safe gun handling
  4. IF HE WOULD OF FOLLOWED THESE RULES HE WOULD NOT BE IN THE HEADLINES 

Wshaw3
Wshaw3

Hopefully Barrow will cut him loose for good.

AkaTed
AkaTed

Don't worry the MMJ labs won't have him he'll head off to California because Dignity or CHW has a ton of hospitals for him to work at

AkaTed
AkaTed

He got a F in this class NO A here

Slappy
Slappy

@JB20005 Stop resisting, stop resisting, stop resisting, while beating you down.  That's what would happen. 

AkaTed
AkaTed

@JB20005 the same thing nothing changes because of race walking around with a Ar 15 over your shoulder acting like your Michael Douglas from Falling Down 

Hot.Sauce
Hot.Sauce topcommenter

Either way, mentally ill or felon, he loses his right to guns. Forever.

AkaTed
AkaTed

@eric.nelson745 Dr Steinmetz along with other's DR's are treated like GOD's at St Joes. We all know he'll get slapped on the wrist but any other person would be hit with assault with a deadly weapon and given a good prison sentence.Money buy's power and for this Dr he makes banks from St Joes. He'll be most likely transferred to Cali where formerly CHW now Dignity has a ton's of hospitals

alphakp
alphakp

@eric.nelson745 who wouldn't be fearful for their life with a gun being pointed at them, arbitrarily, by someone they don't know from a can of paint?

AkaTed
AkaTed

@WhoKnows Show of power and arrogance once again another Dr who thinks they are untouchable.How many Starbucks did this jack@ss pass by to show he was in Power to show general public his guns right's

AkaTed
AkaTed

@DonkeyHotay Nah he'll be in the basement at St Joes by the pharmacy and morgue

AkaTed
AkaTed

@getmeouttahere he has to make for the loss of 4 inches with a Ar 15 rifle

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@getmeouttahere 

Actually, Psychologists suggest that men who are afraid of guns are more likely to have issues than those who choose to take responsibility for protecting their families.  None of that excuses this idiot's behavior, of course.


nonono2
nonono2

@AkaTed @JB20005 HAW HAW HAW HAW HAW HAW HAW HAW HAW HAW!!!!!!  I'll bet you believe that too...... HAW HAW HAW HAW HAW

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay @valleynative 

It's called hoplophobia.  You could look it up.  Most of what you find will be pro-gun people using it as a pejorative, but you'll also find it discussed in professional papers.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@valleynative ... look up hoplophilia and hoplosexual when you get time, and lean that guns really don't compensate for your diminutive manhood.


valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay @valleynative 

The fact that those psych conditions also exist doesn't mean that every gun owner has those conditions, now does it? What a silly comment.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@valleynative ... the fact that you LIE and assert "Psychologists suggest that men who are afraid of guns are more likely to have issues than those who choose to take responsibility for protecting their families" doesn't mean any of it is true. What a typically idiotic comment from you.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@valleynative ... you've been proven to be a BASE LIAR numerous times. You wear that label for life, you earned it.



ExpertShot
ExpertShot topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay @valleynative You know what is NOT a lie?  Men that have guns in their homes lose loved ones due to accidental shootings a whole hell of a lot more than Men who don't.  Protecting your family my ass!

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@ExpertShot @DonkeyHotay @valleynative


Golly shot, I have guns in my home and I have never lost a loved one "due to accidental shootings".  I did "lose" an intruder who made the mistake of breaking-in one night.   

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