- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 5, 2014

PHOENIX (AP) - A medical researcher at a renowned neurological hospital accused of pointing a loaded rifle toward a woman and her teenage daughter inside Phoenix’s main airport won’t face charges.

Records show the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office has agreed not to pursue criminal charges against 54-year-old Peter Nathan Steinmetz.

He carried an AR-15 rifle into Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport on July 25 and says he was just trying to make a political statement.

Steinmetz does research at the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix. He was placed on administrative leave following his arrest.

Police also questioned Steinmetz last Nov. 13 when he picked up his wife from the airport armed with an assault rifle. He told police he was exercising his right to bear arms and wasn’t arrested in that incident.

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