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Gun Owners' Action League
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July 28, 2017

Greetings!

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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 Alert**
Please Make Calls - Go Meet Your Legislators!

7/21/17

If you've made phone calls already, please schedule an in person meeting with your state representative and senator!

On July 18th and 19th 2017, the legislature held two important public hearings regarding legislation that can impact licensed gun owners in a major way, both positively, and negatively.  

It is imperative that you take action and meet with your state representative and senator and urge them to support/oppose the legislation listed below.

The Joint Committee on the Judiciary held a hearing on multiple bills on 7/18/17. 

Notable bills heard by Judiciary:

Support -

  • H.763 An Act relative to firearm suppressor safety filed by Josh S. Cutler (This bill would make MA the 43rd state to allow licensed individuals to use suppressors on firearms, rifles, shotguns, etc. Those who choose to do so would still need to meet all federal requirements.)
  • H.769 An Act permitting the purchase and possession of electronic control weapons by abused persons for defensive purposes filed by David F. DeCoste (This bill would allow people who have filed a restraining order to purchase an electronic self defense weapon for personal protection)

Oppose - 

  • H.2328 An Act to enhance courthouse security filed by James M. Murphy (This bill criminalizes a licensed individual being in possession of a firearm in a court building without written permission.)
  • H.3069 An Act relative to the transportation of illegal firearms filed by Russell E. Holmes (This bill allows police to seize/impound/sell a vehicle if it  after an arrest for illegal firearms possession is made.  It also makes possession of a pellet gun in a vehicle illegal.  This bill is a loosely defined mess.)
  • H.3081 An Act establishing extreme risk protective orders filed by David Linsky (This bill is one of the most egregious attacks on our civil rights in years.)  Click here for more information.

Click here for the full listing of bills before the Judiciary Committee Please contact the committee today and urge them to support H.763 and H.769


The Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security held a hearing on multiple bills on 7/19/17. 

Notable bills heard by Public Safety:

Support - 

  • H.2492 An Act relative to defensive electric devices filed by Colleen M. Garry (This bill legalizes electronic self defense weapons and makes them available over the counter)

Oppose -

  • H.3264 An Act relative to electric current weapons filed by Daniel J. Hunt (This bill would make e-weapons available to LTC holders after taking special training.  We oppose this because GOAL feels that these items should be available over the counter without license requirement, as is the case in a majority of the country.)

Click here for a full listing of the bills before the Public Safety Committee. Please contact the committee today and urge them to support H.2492

Legislative Alerts - Follow This Page!

It's a great idea to bookmark and follow our alert page on www.goal.org!

Currently on our alert page.

  • Legislation we want to stop
  • Legislation we want to see become law
  • Local alerts (Westminster)
  • How to look up your legislator
  • AG Healey links

Minuteman Armory Open House!
Meet GOAL Board Members - Get Free GOAL Swag!
We are looking forward to this tomorrow.  GOAL's President of the Board Jim Finnerty, Vice President Michael Anthony, past President of the Board Ron Amidon, and more will be at the open house from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, handing out GOAL swag, and meeting and greeting people.  Stop by if you are in the area and say hello!
Principles of Concealed Carry - August 1st - Three Seats Are Still Open, Sign Up Today!

Principles of Concealed Carry is designed to provide a solid foundation for defensive and counter ambush firing skills.

This live fire course will provide students an opportunity to learn various methods for presenting a concealed firearm during a dynamic event.

Equipment List:

  • Concealed carry handgun
  • 400 new cartridges
  • Holsters
  • Flashlight, knife and pepper spray (if carried)
  • Magazines and or speed loaders, strips and carriers
  • Clothing worn during work and leisure endeavors
  • Eye and ear protection
  • Hydration and snacks

This class runs from 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM at Worcester Pistol & Rifle Club.

Click here to sign up

New! Light Foundation - 1620 Workwear Collab Hat
Support GOAL and the Light Foundation with this USA made 1620 Workwear Hat with embroidered GOAL logo! GOAL will donate ten dollars from each hat sold to  the Light Foundation . These hats are USA made by  1620 Workwear  and feature snapback closure, flat brim and a fully embroidered GOAL logo.

"Free" Orange Hats Are Back!
Our ever popular blaze orange GOAL hats are back in stock at the GOAL office!  We are giving these away to anyone who stops by and purchases raffle tickets, makes a donation, renews membership, or joins!  Limit one per person. 
Free 3" GOAL Sticker - Come Grab A Stack & Bring Them To Your Local FFL/Club To Give Out!
We also have free three inch round GOAL stickers available at the GOAL office.  Please help us distribute these at clubs and your favorite licensed retailer.  They are available for pick up at the GOAL office during normal business hours.
GOAL 2017 Training Schedule

Our 2017 training schedule includes new courses and lots of great training to choose from!  Sign up for a course today!

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.

Check the Schedule

Club Events

  • Nenameseck Sportsmen' Club is having a open house on 8/26/2017 rain date 8/27/2017 Tickets are $10.00 on sale now till 8/20/2017 at door $12.00 limited number available contact Lisa Desabrais at 413-245-3568 The ticket price includes a hot dog, hamburg, chips, salad and soda. There will also be archery and shoot activity's for a 2.00 fee.
  • Franklin County Sportsmen Club – Weekly 5 Stand beginning 7/15/17 and running every other Saturday 10 pm - 2 am into the fall. The cost is $5 per round. Information can be found on our web site  www.Fclsc.org
  • 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.
  • Southborough Rod and Gun Club, wwwsouthboroughrodandgun.com . Trap and Skeet shooting every Sunday, 12-3, and Thursday nights (May-September) from 6-9.  New shooters welcome!  SRGC is a Green club, and only non-toxic shot is permitted. More info on the Club's website.  See you at the Top of the Hill, and bring a friend!
  • Fitchburg Sportsmen's Club - Trap Shoots - Wednesday Nights at 6:00 PM beginning on April 19th -  club is located at, 289 Rindge State Rd (Route 119), Ashburnham, MA
  • 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.  8/13 - Military Rifle Bench Rest.
  • Lowell Sportsmen's Club - Rimfire Steel Challenge: Saturday, July 29th; Steel Sundays (rimfire challenge practice) every 3rd Sunday 1-3pm; 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 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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