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Gun Owners' Action League
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January 13, 2017

Greetings!

Thank you for reading the Friday News!
  Please remember, everything we do, including this email is made possible by the generous support of GOAL members.  If you are not a member, please consider joining GOAL , if you are a member, please consider a generous donation, purchasing raffle tickets, or attending a GOAL event.  
Are You A GOAL Member?

It's not unusual for us to receive phone calls from MA gun owners who are looking for guidance and are not members of GOAL.

Often times they ask "why should I join GOAL?"   The answer is simple: "our answering of your phone call and question is made possible by GOAL members".

We are more than just a resource though, we continually work to protect & restore Second Amendment freedom, we support many education efforts including our full training schedule and we proudly represent the interests of all law abiding gun owners.

If you are not a member, please consider joining, you can do so online here: http://goal.org/joingoal.html

GOAL Annual Meeting

Annual Meeting of the Membership - GOAL Members Only  

Please Join Us - Saturday February 4, 2017 – 9:00 AM at Marlborough Holiday Inn!

January 6, 2017

Greetings!

On July 20, 2016, Attorney General Maura Healey launched an unprecedented and unchecked attack on our civil rights.  There was no public hearing, the legislature never debated it and the courts never vetted it.   

Additionally our civil rights were attacked at the local level; Lexington, Natick, Harwich and many other towns had articles filed to their town warrant.  These were a well-organized and sneaky attempt to suppress individual freedom in a way that few people would pay attention to, or so they hoped.   

Make no mistake, we are in for the fight of our lives and we are counting on you to help us restore and protect our Second Amendment civil rights!  

2017 will bring many challenges, the defense of our civil rights will take place in many arenas, be it a courthouse, town hall, or Beacon Hill, GOAL will be there and we will count on your generous support to enhance and enable our efforts.  

This begins on February 4th at our Annual Meeting.  Open to all GOAL members in good standing, join us to find out more information about the year that was, and our vision for 2017.  As always we will have a buffet breakfast followed by the meeting information and presentations.  

Please encourage every member that you know to attend, if you know someone who cares about our Second Amendment who is not a member, please encourage them to join GOAL and attend.   

It begins here, are you in?


(Not sure if you are a GOAL member in good standing?  Simply choose the "Join GOAL" link and we will update your info if you are already a member.)
AG Healey is still lawlessly hiding records from GOAL's FOIA request, making a false claim that public records that her office used, can no longer be public, because her office used them.  Shameful behavior from the "peoples lawyer".
#WhatsHealeyHiding?

Last week we appealed the non-response from AG Healey to our FOIA request. Here is the actual documentation.

Dear sir or madam,  

Please be advised that our office represents the Gun Owners’ Action League, Inc. (GOAL) of Northborough, MA, which (through our office) submitted a Public Records Request to the Office of the Attorney General for the Commonwealth (“AG”) on August 16, 2016 and renewed said request with a follow up letter on November 29, 2016.  To date, we still have not received the public records requested, therefore we are now writing the Secretary of the Commonwealth to appeal the Attorney General’s denial of access to public records.

Read more

See State House News Service story about it here

Get Ready To Get Busy!

GOAL legislation for the 190th General Court is being finalized and filed. 

We will be counting on your help to get all of these bills off to a strong start.  The first step will be to get legislators to sign on in support of each bill. 

Look for information in the next week about all of our bills, including a summary and docket numbers.  Once everything is in the system we will alert our members asking for them to contact their legislators, to ask them to support - sign onto legislation, this is an important first step!

You can look up your legislators here: https://malegislature.gov/

Ipswich Update - Freedom Protected!

GOAL members protect freedom in Ipswich

As you may recall, a few weeks back we alerted our membership that the anti civil rights group in Ipswich was back, once again trying to suppress freedom.

Good news, once again they were defeated!

A group of Ipswich gun owners attended the meeting and expressed their concern with the direction that Board of Selectmen Member - Bill Craft, might take the agenda.

Robert Weatherall, the chair of the Article 20 committee expressed his desire that the work of the committee be codified into a bylaw that required backyard shooting be allowed only by a permit issued by the chief of police.

The Ipswich board of selectmen ultimately voted to form a three-person team to write an informational pamphlet about basic gun safety rules.  It is to be based on a subset of the recommendations that were set forth by the Article 20 committee.  
  • The motion specially scoped the work of the team to the pamphlet only.
  • The pamphlet is to be used by the Ipswich police department as a handout.
  • The membership of the team will be;
  • Bill Craft, the member of the BOS that was on the Article 20 committee.
  • The Ipswich Chief of Police (also on the Article 20 committee)
  • 1 member of the Ipswich Fish and Game Association, that is also an Ipswich resident.
Free GOAL Hat!
Stop by the GOAL office and get a free blaze orange GOAL hat!  While you're here please consider making a donation, purchasing Lucky 20 Raffle tickets, or grabbing a batch of Healey Hurts Families yard signs for distribution in your area and at your club!  

We are typically here M-F from at least 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM, if you are traveling to get here, please call ahead to ensure that we will be here, 508-393-5333.
The Lucky 20 Raffle - Winners!
Click Lucky 20 image below to view winners!

The Lucky 20 is fueled by Hornady!

Thanks to our friends at Hornady Ammunition who are supplying a box of ammo with each Lucky 20 prize gun. Be sure to get tickets today, online sales close 1/5/17! 
GOAL 2017 Training Schedule

Our 2017 training schedule includes new courses and lots of great training to choose from!

GOAL's 2017 training schedule is posted online and features new courses including the Intro to Concealed Carry Pistol (mentioned above), our new MA Gun License training course which replaces the basic pistol course of old, and a great class for revolver aficionados, Short Barreled Revolver Skills.

We also have our most popular courses returning, including our NRA Instructors courses (dates TBA), MA Gun Law for Citizens, reloading courses with Jim Finnerty, Utah CCW and lots more, check out the link below to view the schedule and remember, GOAL members always get a great discount on GOAL training courses.

Schedule

Club Events

  • Maspenock Rod and Gun Club Junior Rifle Team Stand-Up Comedy Night Fundraiser...1 McGill Lane Milford, Ma 01757, Saturday February 25, 2017 at 6 pm cocktails (Cash Bar Available) and 7 pm 18 plus comedy show starts...Cost $20 per person, advanced tickets sales only. Contact Paul Young (508-989-5679) or email paulyoung@net1plus.com for ticket and show information. 3 comedians, 50/50 and Air Rifle Raffle - NRA Level 1 Pistol Coach Course - (to benefit Jr. Pistol Team) March 18 - 19, 2017 - click here for more info or to sign up.
  • 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 ("offhand") at 100 yards on SR-1's, 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
  • Lowell Sportsmen's Club: Ongoing Events open to the public: 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!  
  • High Power Rifle Shooting, at Reading Rifle and Revolver - the ONLY 600yd 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 upcoming 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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"Protecting Your Freedom Begins Here"
Why You Should Join GOAL:  Every intrusion on our Second Amendment Rights is an intrusion on all rights. The Constitutional rights and freedoms that you enjoy - and may take for granted - are becoming more fragile each day. Secure your rights for yourself, your family and future generations.

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