Goddard’s confusing waffling on concealed weapons laws

Terry Goddard in 1994: “I would have vetoed the concealed weapons bill signed into law by Symington.” —The Arizona Daily Star, 8/22/94

Terry Goddard in 2009:  “The current [concealed weapons] law in Arizona is not broken. It has worked exceptionally well.”–The Arizona Republic, 6/19/09

It’s amazing what Terry Goddard gets away with.  Goddard has a long history of anti-Second Amendment activism.  In 1994 he opposed the original bill that allowed concealed carry in Arizona for the first time.  (Aug. 22, 1994 article from the Arizona Daily Star).  The Star article does not say exactly what the grounds for his opposition were, but obviously he felt the bottom line is that law abiding citizens cannot be trusted with gun rights and the law would lead to more violence.

Fast forward to 2009.  Senate Bill 1270 is pending, and it would loosen the current concealed carry law, the one Goddard opposed 15 years ago.  So who is leading the charge this time in opposition to the Second Amendment?  It’s Goddard again, and he has the chutzpah to say that Senate Bill 1270 would effect “a very dangerous change to state law.”  http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/local/articles/2009/06/19/20090619guns0619.html

But why should we listen to Goddard now, when he has been so spectularly wrong about gun rights in the past?  And why is it that the Republic journalist failed to point out Goddard’s previous attacks on the concealed carry law he now says works “exceptionally well,” a fact that completely discredits him on this issue?  I guess I just answered my own question.

Anti-gun rights activists like Goddard always oppose any loosening of gun laws, and they always argue that gun rights are strong enough as they are and any new rights will lead to more violence.  But had we listened to Goddard and his gun grabbing pals in 1994, we never would have known the effect of the original law, which even Goddard now agrees works “exceptionally well,” as if he was with us all along.  That’s one reason we shouldn’t listen to them now. Have you no shame, Mr. Goddard?

Goddard…wrong then, wrong now.


  1. Mark Nye says

    Not cops but police unions…I hate the AZ Republic, the police unions a lot different than police officers. I know a lot of cops, family include, who support this law.

  2. I am so very dissappointed in you Chewie. The Gun issue wont be going away anytime soon, you can bring it up anytime.

    I fully expected a post about Tim Nelson after the shout out the New Times gave you.

  3. Whiskey Jack says

    I can’t believe Goddard has the nerve to publicly oppose this bill given his track record. If I were him I would keep my head down and hope nobody remembered that I stood in the way of Second Amendment rights.

  4. Chewie, I don’t always agree with you, but in this case, you are spot on! Goddard gets away with so much that no one ever points out. Now, Pedersen is out of the race and he is going to waltz into the Novemner election.

  5. Chewie: I am also very disappointed in you. I came here expecting the story to be about ACLU Tim and instead see something about guns. The gun issue is ours. We can pull that rabbit any day. We want, no DEMAND a story about ACLU Tim joining the Ag’s Office!!!!

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