Your weekly source for Second Amendment news and events in Massachusetts
Gun Owners' Action League
We are the largest Second Amendment rights organization in Massachusetts and   
we have been part of the fabric of Massachusetts since 1974
Please help us continue protecting freedom!

April 21, 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

Legislative Alert - No On H.3081!

We sent information about Rep. Linsky's H.3081 earlier this week - now is the time to take action!

Please call your state representative and state senator at (617) 722-2000 - urge them to oppose H. 3081 An Act Establishing Extreme Risk Protective Orders

No on H.3081! GOAL calls on the legislature to reject this soundbite legislation and instead take up mental health legislation that will provide both care and public safety while respecting civil rights and due process. People with mental health issues deserve our help and our respect and we can do much better than this bill promises to provide.

Click here for more - in depth information about H.3081.

Plan to seize guns hits opposition (H.3081)
Law would allow 'extreme risk protection order'

GOAL Note: Thank you Senator Tarr for your leadership against this insidious legislation.

BOSTON — Gun owners could have their firearms taken under a controversial plan to keep weapons out of the hands of people with mental illness or who are deemed dangerous.

The legislation, if approved, would allow police, health care workers, family members and others to ask a judge to issue an “extreme risk protection order” allowing police to revoke the firearms license, for up to a year, of someone considered a danger to themselves or others.

Police could seize firearms belonging to that person, as well.

Gun control advocates say the measure, modeled on domestic violence protection orders that have been on the books for decades, will reduce gun violence and suicides that claim tens of thousands of lives each year.

Read more
Westminster To Be Continued

Despite Illegal Actions By Town Of Westminster - Zoning Board Meeting Yields No Result.

GOAL Note:  The residents who are complaining about the existence of the range have no legal standing as it is protected by MA law. 

See local coverage of the hearing below.

WESTMINSTER – The Zoning Board of Appeals continued a hearing on an appeal of a cease-and-desist order on the Westminster Rod and Gun Club to May 2, after hours of testimony from club members, neighbors and abutters.

The hearing is the culmination of a long dispute between those living near the gun club who say they have a right to enjoy their backyards, and members of the club who say they believe their gun rights are in jeopardy.

Update On GOAL's Civil Rights Lawsuit

Update on our federal civil rights lawsuit against AG Healey. We had a scheduling hearing yesterday, trial date is May 2018, with Judge William Young.

Case info - this is from the court document linked below, which includes the upcoming schedule.

Plaintiffs' position.  This case involves three distinct constitutional challenges to a ban on popular firearms and standard magazines enforced by multiple Massachusetts government agencies. The lengthy enforcement history of the ban, the 2016 Notice of Enforcement radically changing the scope of the ban, and the Defendants' shifting explanations of the Notice suggest the
standard discovery limits will not suffice.

Plaintiffs require fact discovery to illuminate Defendants' motives, and changing interpretations, as well as to challenge the factual foundation and fit of Defendants' expert evidence. Plaintiffs propose serving each Defendant 10 interrogatories, 10 requests for admissions, and 2 sets of requests for the production of documents.

Plaintiffs propose deposing each of the Defendants or a representative of their respective agency, individuals responding to questions regarding the scope or applicability of the ban or Notice of Enforcement, and the fact or expert witnesses identified by Defendants.

Click here to read the court document

Everybody Should Be Welcome!
A great blog piece by Hickock45

Gun Culture 2.0

Occasionally I’m reminded that there are still a great many firearms enthusiasts clinging to the notion that in order to be a shooter and 2nd Amendment supporter, a person must fit a certain mold. While 99% of the firearms community seems to have pretty much gotten over the gender and race thing, I still notice quite often that you’d better be pretty enthusiastic about praying with the group and voting Republican if you want to be a member of the “club.”

It appears we still often require our 2nd amendment supporters to be pretty far right wing in both religion and political party. That’s all well and good for small groups and clubs here and there if that’s the overwhelming desire of their members; however, if our intention is to bring in more shooters and future 2nd Amendment advocates, how about we focus on the Bill of Rights and try not to alienate potential recruits with needless political party and religious affiliation grandstanding.  It does nothing for the cause, even if it does make us feel better about ourselves.

Lawrence Seeks Help to Stem Recent "Gun Violence"

More proof that our highly restrictive gun laws are ignored by criminals.

LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) — The city of Lawrence is asking for extra help as it tries to stem a recent spate of gun violence that left two people dead in separate weekend shootings.

Police Chief James Fitzpatrick is asking for extra commitment from state and federal authorities, and a special prosecutor to pursue gun crimes in federal court where penalties are often more severe.

Fitzpatrick says there have been 10 incidences of gunfire in the city this month alone. The two fatal shootings last weekend bring the number of homicides to six this year.

Read more

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
  • The Nimrod League of Holden and Gun Owners’ Action League are proud to present a women’s only instructional shooting clinic. April 29, 2017 - 8:30am to 5:30pm at the Nimrod League of Holden, 168 Coal Kiln Rd Princeton, MA 01541 www.nimrodleague.org
  • 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.  4/23 Pistol - center fire,  5/7 - Rifle .22 rim fire bench rest.
  • 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 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 

Please Watch and Share This Video On Your Social Media - Help Us Grow!
Copy - paste - post this on your Facebook page:

Do you know about all of the great work that GOAL does?  Check out their info video and please support their efforts by joining GOAL! https://youtu.be/F2xc9tzAiTA

Thanks!
Join GOAL - Now More Than Ever!
This e-mail and everything we do is made possible by GOAL Members. If you find information in this e-mail, or anything we do to be helpful, please consider joining, supporting, and/or donating to GOAL.

"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.

Join GOAL and become part of the solution today
Gun Owners' Action League | http://www.goal.org | Northborough, MA.  01532