Aug 4, 2014 8:47 PM by Associated Press
PHOENIX (AP) - A man arrested for allegedly pointing a loaded AR-15 rifle toward a woman and her teenage daughter inside Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport says his firearm was never pointed at anyone.
Peter Nathan Steinmetz said at a news conference that the safety on the refile was engaged at all times and he's an educated and responsible gun owner.
The 54-year-old Tempe man says he was just trying to make a political statement by bringing the AR-15 to the airport on July 25.
Steinmetz was arrested and booked into jail on suspicion of one count of disorderly conduct with a weapon before bonding out.
Steinmetz says he was never aware of anyone in the airport being disturbed in any way. He says he has no plans to repeat the demonstration.
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