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April 28, 2017

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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

AG Healey Wants Your Feedback!

AG Healey is hosting two "town hall" forums in May, please attend and discuss!  

Attorney General Healey is currently touring the state hosting a series of open to all "town hall" meetings. 

AG Healey has stated that she wants to hear from voters of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and it's time for us to start asking her questions!

Take Action!

Please attend one of AG Healey's upcoming town hall meetings and ask the AG why she refused to comply to GOAL's FOIA request and why she ignored more than eighty legislators who wanted her 7/20 enforcement notice explained.

Notes - despite her claims she never responded to the FOIA or the letter, see below:

  • Her office did not provide a timely response to GOAL's FOIA request (as outlined by MA law), it came only after GOAL sent an official appeal to Secretary of State Galvin's office. Read more on this here
  • None of the requested documents were provided, her office chose to only share brochures supplied by firearms manufacturers with the purchase of a gun. Read more on this here
  • Her office ignored multiple letters from over eighty MA legislators, including this one from Rep. John Fernandes.

Upcoming Town Halls - both events begin at 7:00 PM

May 2, 2017 - Tilden Arts Center, Cape Cod Community College Barnstable, MA

May 22, 2017 - Wang School, 365 W Meadow Rd, Lowell, MA

Please note, you must RSVP to be admitted to these events.  To do so, go to AG Healey's Facebook page and scroll down to "events" to RSVP.  If you are not on Facebook please call her office and let them know that you would like to RSVP - (617) 727-2200

Healey Provides No Answers

AG Healey Answers Some Questions, Not Others on Gun Directive  

NEWTON — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey brushed back claims from a bipartisan group of Beacon Hill lawmakers that her office has failed to respond to formal written requests made last July seeking clarity on her directive banning so-called “copycat” assault weapons.

“We’ve held numerous conversations with legislators and have provided significant information to them about the enforcement notice and our actions,” Healey told New Boston Post on Tuesday. “I continue to be available to answer their questions to the extent that there are any.”

Healey’s response doesn’t square with what House Minority Leader Bradley Jones (R-North Reading) told State House News Service after his budget amendment, one which called for withholding about $800,000 in state funds from her office until she responds to clarification requests, failed on a party-line vote.

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GOAL Applauds Jones’ Efforts To Hold Healey Accountable

4/25/17

Gun Owners’ Action League (GOAL) today applauded House Minority Leader Brad Jones for his leadership efforts during budget debate to seek clarity from Attorney General Healey’s office.

Attorney General Healey’s office came under scrutiny from many members of the legislature late last summer following her unprecedented reinterpretation of many laws pertaining to firearms ownership in Massachusetts.

“House Minority Leader Jones’ efforts to withhold Healey’s budget increase was the right thing to do,” said GOAL Executive Director Jim Wallace, “the amendment stood for transparency and clarity in government and the constitution, we applaud that."

Healey never disclosed documents requested in GOAL’s FOIA and never replied to multiple letters, (see link) supported by more than eighty members of the legislature.

GOAL applauds all members of the legislature who stood with House Minority Leader Jones. His efforts should be an example for all members of the legislature who believe in fair and transparent government.

Click here for more info
Westminster Continued May 2nd!
Please attend!

Zoning Board To Resume Hearing at 7:00 PM, May 2, 2017

Westminster Rod & Gun Club Needs Support From Members and Concerned Residents At May 2nd Meeting

If you plan to attend, please discuss - drive these points home.

  1. The town has no legal standing to close the club because of "zoning violations" - the club has not violated any zoning requirements as they predate them.
  2. The club is protected by MA law from being shutdown due to noise/use.

Click here to view GOAL's alert page with more information

GOAL 2017 Training Schedule

Our 2017 training schedule includes new courses and lots of great training to choose from!  Note, we have just added our ICE Training Courses with Rob Pincus!

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

  • 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
  • Swift River Sportsman’s Club Winner’s Choice Shotgun Bonanza Raffle.  1st prize Remington 870 12Gauge Pump Combo OR $500 R&R Sports Shop Gift Certificate.  2nd prize Benelli SuperNova 12Gauge Pump 28” Black OR $500 R&R Sports Shop Gift Certificate.  3rd prize Stoeger M3020 20Gauge Semi Auto Camo OR $500 R&R Sports Shop Gift Certificate.  Winners to be drawn at SRSC Meeting on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 @ 7:30PM. All prizes to be claimed at R&R Sports Shop in Belchertown, MA. Valid FID required for shotguns. Limited to 200 tickets. Tickets $20.00 Donation. For tickets, please contact Laura Lavallee @ 413-883-3840, email showmofffarm1@yahoo.com
  • 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.  5/7 - Rifle .22 rim fire bench rest.
  • Lowell Sportsmen's Club - Flea Market & Pork BBQ Sat. May 20, 8-1pm; 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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