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GOAL Legislation In The News
BOSTON (WWLP) – Forty-two states allow private ownership of firearm suppressors, but Massachusetts is not one of them. Ownership could become legal if lawmakers pass a  bill filed by State Senator Don Humason (R-Westfield).

State Lawmakers are considering the bill that would remove a Massachusetts ban on firearm suppressors, or a device used to silence, muffle or diminish the noise of a firearm.

State Senate Election This Tuesday - Fitchburg/Leominster Area
Reminder!

There is a special election next week in the Worcester & Middlesex Senatorial District . The State Election is 12/5/17.

Please support GOAL 100% rated Dean Tran.

Dean is running against AG Healey - Senator Markey "machine" backed anti 2A candidate Sue Chalifoux Zephir. Click here for more info about Dan and please get out and vote on Tuesday if you are eligible, or if you know anyone who lives in the area, please encourage them to vote.
Pushback Against Anti - 2A Narrative -
Submit Op-Ed's To Local News Outlets.
It's no secret that an anti Second Amendment narrative dominates the media. It's rare to see a story about restoration of our rights that doesn't have a mention of some heinous murder, and op-eds are dominated by people who push the anti narrative.

Over the last few weeks we've been discussing this on our social media channels and we are happy to report that a couple of people have submitted well written op-eds to their local news outlets.

It's great having real info, with real statistics out there. If you feel like you are up to the task of writing a short op-ed, please do so and send it in to your local news outlet, "Wicked Local" or what have you.

Here's a couple of examples that appeared this week.

Why can’t I carry on campus?

On Nov. 13, Westfield State University went into  lockdown  after three witnesses reported seeing a suspicious man who appeared to be wearing body armor and was carrying a bulky backpack on campus. Luckily, it turned out to be a false alarm. But my friend, texting me frantically from a locked-down classroom near where the suspect was seen, didn’t know that. For all she knew, her school was about to become the next location of a mass shooting.

Sitting in class, I was terrified. All of a sudden, everything I’d seen on TV felt real, and I felt helpless. But why did I feel so powerless? Because here in Massachusetts (and therefore at the University of Massachusetts), the state legislature has  decided  that our campus should be a “gun-free zone.” As a result, students have been stripped of their Second Amendment right. Read more .

New gun laws not solution to reducing violence

Recently, there have been misleading statements and unsubstantiated opinions offered about gun control in our nation.

Prior to 2008, according to the Washington Post, there were an estimated 300 million firearms in the hands of law-abiding citizens. According that same source, there were more than 357 million in 2016.

Over a longer period, violent crimes, including murder, have been steadily decreasing. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, the rate of violent crime dropped from 79.8 to 18.6 victims per 1,000 people age 12 and older from 1993 to 2015. Read more
Marijuana Raising Legal Issues For Gun Owners
Yikes! MA gun owners need to be very careful now that MJ is legal in MA. Remember, it's still a federal disqualifier for firearms ownership - could leave you a prohibited person for life. Congress needs to address this ASAP.

Honolulu police inform legal cannabis users to hand in their guns

Honolulu Police Chief Susan Ballard has mailed letters to area medical marijuana patients with registered firearms, saying they needed to give up their guns and ammo or turn them in to police — and the clock is ticking.

About 30 individuals with cannabis cards have been sent the letters so far, citing state firearm law as the reason to get rid of their guns, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser  reported .

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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
  • 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. 12/3 Black Powder Rifle (muzzleloader), 12/17 Rifle center-fire any sites, 12/31 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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