Only two days after TSA agent Gerardo Hernandez was allegedly shot and killed by Paul Ciancia at the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), a man carrying a rifle and his 12-year-old son, armed with a semi-automatic pistol, showed up at the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.
However, the Phoenix Police Department said the man and boy did not violate any laws on Sunday because they have the right to carry guns into unsecured areas of the airport (video below).
“I was outraged by it and others around me were outraged,” a female witness told ABC 15. “The gentlemen had what looked like, someone said it was an assault rifle, I don’t really know that, but it was definitely a long gun and he had it holstered on some kind of a shoulder harness.”
“About six police officers came into the area and they gathered about 10 feet away from this fellow and his son,” added the woman.
According to the Phoenix Police Department, the unidentified man and his son were waiting for some passengers to arrive and carried the guns because the dad feared for his family’s safety after what happened at LAX, noted the Associated Press.
However, it's not clear if the father actually expected his child to fight off a would-be gunman.
Police stood with the man and boy until their passengers arrived and escorted them out of the airport.
“The vibe that I received from [the father and son] was that they were rather smug about what they were doing that they knew the law. They knew what they could and could not do,” stated the female witness. “I think there are circumstances where people should be able to carry guns and have guns, but I don’t think this is one of the good ones.”