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Gun permits steadily increase despite tougher controls


BOSTON — More than 100,000 new gun licenses were issued to Massachusetts residents over the past five years, even as the state tightened gun control laws.

Statewide, there were 397,548 active Class A firearms licenses — which allow the holder to own rifles, shotguns or handguns — as of Jan. 22, according to data obtained from the state Department of Criminal Justice Information Services.

That’s an increase of 135,432, or 51 percent, from five years ago.

Wallace said other factors may be behind the rise in gun permits, including a growing interest among women and young adults taking up shooting sports or arming themselves for protection.

“The fastest-growing demographic of gun owners is women, and we’re seeing that everywhere in training and gun safety programs,” he said.


Disconnect: While Our Legislature Is Voting To Send Licensed Gun Owners To Prison For Life For Possessing A Bumpstock, Our Courts Continue To Enable Illegally Armed Drug Dealers.

Where is the outcry from the legislature for "public safety" now?
Falmouth man (felon) avoids jail on drug, firearms charges

FALMOUTH — An East Falmouth man accused of illegally possessing methamphetamine and firearms during a traffic stop in 2015 pleaded guilty Monday in Falmouth District Court to several of the charges against him. [snip]

In their report, officers said they saw an AK-47 assault rifle in the back of the vehicle and found Mase had a .40-caliber Glock 23 handgun in his waistband. They also found 37 rounds of .762-caliber ammunition to fit the AK-47, 26 rounds of .40-caliber ammunition to fit the Glock, 30-round and 40-round rifle magazines, brass knuckles, a switchblade, a scale, pipes and 4 grams of crystal methamphetamine, according to the police report.
[snip

For those charges he was sentenced to two years in prison. That sentence was suspended and Mase will be on probation until 2020.
Mase was found not responsible for a marked lanes violation and had the charges of a felon possessing a large capacity firearm and unlicensed possession of an assault weapon dismissed.
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Related: Let's not forget this from last month in Worcester.
GOAL Annual Meeting - Photos!
Each year at our Annual Meeting we give away a prize to the oldest and youngest person in attendance. I think it’s safe to say that this little one is happy to win a classic Red Rider, and our oldest member is equally happy to win a great collectors edition GOAL Buck Knife.
Tom Brady stopped by for a while! :-)
Podium View: Thank you to all in attendance for your continued support of our ongoing efforts to protect and restore Second Amendment freedom in Massachusetts.
GOAL – MWGO Hosting
Concealed Carry Fashion Show
Please come out for this great event - make a night of it!

The Concealed Carry Fashion Show will be an entertaining yet, educational event highlighting firearms, holsters, personal safety products and, CCW clothing. Funds raised will support the Massachusetts Women’s Leadership and Firearms Summit in April 2018.

Join us for a great night of fun, Friday March 9, 2018 at the Bass Pro Shop in Foxborough.

Purchase tickets! Use the "Purchase Tickets" button below they are limited, so be sure to get yours today, you don’t want to miss this event!

Location: Bass Pro Shops  1 Bass Pro Drive, Foxborough, Ma

Time/Date: Friday, March 9th, 6:00 PM- 9:00 PM, with cocktail hr starting at 6pm, Show starts at 7pm.

Presented by: GOAL and Massachusetts Women Gun Owners
Cost: $45/ticket before Feb. 18th, after that $56/person
LEASH & WASTE DISPOSAL REGULATIONS PROPOSED
Public Hearing February 6, 2018
 
MassWildlife is proposing leash and waste disposal regulations for dogs on Wildlife Management Areas. A public hearing has been scheduled for February 6, 2018 at 7 p.m. at the MassWildlife Field Headquarters in Westborough.  For more information on the proposal and how to provide comment on this regulation proposal,  click here.

The proposed regulations require leashing dogs and other domestic animals and picking up dog waste on WMAs. Leashing dogs decreases conflicts with both people and other dogs, resulting in a safer and more positive experience for everyone. The Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (MassWildlife) has a long tradition of welcoming dogs on Wildlife Management Areas (WMA), and dogs are still welcome on WMAs under this proposal.

EXCEPTIONS FOR HUNTERS WITH HUNTING DOGS: Under this proposal, licensed hunters may have their dogs off-leash when hunting or hunt-training, or if they are participating in retriever or bird dog trial events permitted by MassWildlife. They are also exempt from the dog waste removal requirement.

MassWildlife is making this proposal due to repeated complaints from WMA users about negative and unsafe encounters with unleashed dogs and issues with dog waste. MassWildlife protects and manages these areas to sustain wildlife abundance and diversity and to provide wildlife-related recreation, including hunting, fishing and wildlife-watching, while at the same time providing a safe and enjoyable outdoor experience for all visitors .
 
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Club Events

  • Leominster Sportsmen's Association- Winter Rifle Matches: Sunday mornings 9-11am, December through the end of March. It's any rifle/any sights or scope, 20 shots in 20 minutes standing at 100 yards, in our nice, heated range house, costs $5. Come on down - this is a great way to improve your marksmanship skills! You can get a nice breakfast in the clubhouse for ~$6-7 too! www.lsa-ma.org
  • Fitchburg Sportsmen's Club - Ice Fishing Derby 18 Feb 2018. Registration begins at 6 AM Derby starts at 7 AM ending at Noon. More info on events on Facebook. (Bass must be released live) Cash prizes for winners. Kitchen open. Check our website. The Club is located at 289 Rindge State Road (Route 119) in Ashburnham, MA. Just below the NH Border.
  • Woburn Sportsmen's Association - November through March WSA High Power hosts an Indoor/Outdoor rifle match every Sunday. Open to everyone for a $5.00 entry fee. Shooting starts @ 10:00am from inside the High Power house, out the windows. 200 Yards offhand (standing). Slow Fire loading only one round at a time; shooter will fire 20 rounds in 20 minutes, no sighters. Targets are then retrieved and scores are recorded. Equipment: any rifle, any sight, including any scope any magnification. Contact highpower@woburnsportsmen.com for any questions.
  • Franklin County Sportsmen Club Robert Vogel, IDPA US and World champion will be hosting a two day IDPA pistol skills course on April 30, March 1, 2018. There is only a limited number of slots available. Cost is $900. Course information can be found at WWW.FCLSC.org. To register contact Doug Blowers at dblowers@scapesbuilders.com.
  • Petersham gun club sporting clays course is open EVERY WEDNESDAY all year at 12 noon, and EVERY SUNDAY starting at 10am. we also have Trap open every friday at 6:30 PM.
  • Fall River Rod & Gun Club has ongoing open to the public events - check their calendar for more info!]
  • Norco Sportsman's Club has ongoing open to the public events - check their calendar for more info!]
  • Wrentham Sportsman's Club - shoot schedule - all begin at 1:00 PM - $20 entry fee. 1/14 Pistol rim-fire, 1/28 Pistol center-fire.
  • Lowell Sportsmen's Club - Trap and Skeet every Sunday at 1pm and Wednesday at 10am; all-ages Archery every Thursday night at 6:30pm; Indoor Range Fun Shoot every Friday at 7pm. Visit http://www.lowellsc.org for more information.
  • The Haverhill Hound Rod and Gun Club has lots of events, shoots and activities - All Leagues and HHRG club events are open to the public: Check out our Public Event Calendar
  • Uxbridge Rod & Gun Club – Sunday Morning Trap - 10:00 AM start time, runs year round, join in for a great time! 560 West St, Uxbridge MA 01569 Art Campbell 512-963-6053
  • High Power Rifle Shooting, at Reading Rifle and Revolver - the ONLY 600 yard range in Massachusetts has a full schedule for both "Across the Course" NRA and CMP matches as well as NRA "Mid-Range Prone" matches, for the 2017 season. You don't need to be a member to participate in the matches.Go to: http://readinghighpower.com/ for complete schedule and match results. If you have questions please contact the High Power Director at, Charlie@trickettwoodworks.com
If your club has an open to the public event you would like to promote, please email the info to  mike@goal.org   
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