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Gun Owners' Action League
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October 28, 2016

Greetings!

Over the last week there has been a concerted effort to smear GOAL via associating us with a hate group.  This smear tactic is repugnant on so many levels as GOAL is a civil right organization for all people.  

For the record, GOAL is and has always been an open and inclusive organization from its founding in 1975.  

We care deeply about supporting and defending our Second Amendment civil rights regardless of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, or sexual orientation.  

Our sixteen thousand members represent the diversity of the Commonwealth. Our members are African American, Latino, Asian, white, straight, gay, married, single, mom's and dad's, professionals and blue collar.  

GOAL is here for everyone because together we are stronger.

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

Protest - MA State House - Wednesday 11/2/16 - 11:00 AM

Protest! Join us November 2nd – 11:00 AM at the State House (front stairs)

The MA Governor’s Council will be meeting to decide upon nomination of AG Healey’s staffer Christopher Barry-Smith on November 2, 2016 at 1:00 PM at the State House.

GOAL is asking all MA gun owners to join us in protest on the State House stairs to send a strong message to the Governor and his council that Barry-Smith should not be approved to be a judge because of his taking part in obfuscating FOIA requests and attacking civil rights.

Christopher Barry-Smith has a long history of working for MA attorney general’s who have successfully restricted our civil rights.  Should he be nominated, we cannot expect any sort of fair trial for any Second Amendment issue that comes before him.  Justice will not be blind, or balanced if he is a judge, for that reason, his nomination must be declined.

Please join us in protest of his appointment on November 2nd, 11:00 AM at the State House!

If you are planning to attend the protest, please consider testifying against the nomination of Barry-Smith at the Governor’s Council Hearing, which begins at 1:00 PM. You must call ahead of time and sign up to testify. Please call George Cronin at the Governor’s Council Office 617-725-4015 x0 to sign up.

During this week, please contact your Governor’s Council Member and urge them to decline the nomination of Christopher Barry-Smith.

At this time there has been no public statement made regarding the hearing date change, we will update as information becomes available.

See below for more information.

GOAL Director Responds To MA Lawyers Weekly Support Of Healey

Dear Editors:

In the October 20th issue of MLW, the editorial board declared, “AG on right side of ‘copycat’ gun issue.” I beg to differ.

Specifically, I believe the AG’s precipitate and unilateral action flouts over two decades of settled law, with little substantive basis for that action. It logically follows that the MLW editorial board’s endorsement of that fiat is disappointing.

Let us review the facts:

1. The criteria determining what is an “assault weapon” was set forth in Federal law in 1994. It remained law for a decade; from Maine to American Samoa. Everywhere, its identification of those guns specifically (if speciously) identified as “assault weapons” was understood, as were the detailed criteria and features by which other guns would be so deemed. The statutory criteria were duly applied, and the gun makers complied with them, removing those features.

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Senator Anne Gobi - Friend Of Sportsmen & Gun Owners

Do you live in the Worcester, Hampden, Hampshire, Middlesex State Senate district?

If so, please support State Senator Anne Gobi.  Anne has always supported and defended sportsmen and women and our Second Amendment civil rights. 

She is one of few Democrats in the state senate who have taken a stand against AG Healey's anti constitutional attack on our civil rights.  She has also supported many bills which are very important to gun owners and sportsmen and women.

We are thankful for her efforts and hope that you will consider her with your vote on November 8th.

2016 GOAL Club Seminar

Deadline for signup is Monday 10/31/16 - Don't miss out!

Date: Sunday, November 6, 2016
Place: NORCO Sportsman’s Club Address: 91 Houghton Rd, Princeton, MA 01541

Time: Check in 8:30 am Duration: 9 am – 3 pm  

Dear GOAL Affiliated Club Member,   GOAL is announcing its latest annual club seminar to be held on Sunday, November 6, 2016.  The seminar focuses on all aspects of running a firearms club. The following are some of the guest speakers and topics of discussion:  
  • Insurance & Liability: Arlene Pucillo of Charles River Insurance
  • Legal Issues, Protecting Your Club: Attorney Ed George
  • Range Management: Jon Green, GOAL’s Director of Education and Training
  • Club Administration: Jim Wallace, GOAL’s Executive Director
  • Range Design and Lead Management: Scott Kranz, Senior Project Manager with AECOM
  • National Shooting Sports Foundation: Zach Snow, Shooting Promotions Manager NSSF
Affiliated club members have the ability to send a number of attendees free of charge, depending on their level of affiliation.  


People you may wish to send: Club President, Secretary, Treasurer, Range and/or Facility Manager and any potential planning committee members.  

RSVP – Deadline is Monday, October 31, 2016.

Please return the form to GOAL PO Box 567 Northborough, MA 01532.   If you have any questions about the seminar, you can forward those to Jim Wallace at jim@goal.org.
Help Us Get Candidates Graded!

Candidate ratings are an important part of making an informed decision on election day
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We need your help! MA House and Senate elections will be here soon. Please contact any challenging candidate running for a #MASen or #MAHouse seat (not incumbent) in your district and encourage them to fill out a GOAL Candidate Questionnaire! Here's a link to the online version. http://goal.org/Documents/2016candidatequetionnaire.pdf
The Lucky 20 Raffle Is Back!
The Lucky 20 Raffle, our biggest & most popular fundraising raffle is back!  As always each ticket gives you up to 20 chances to win up to 20 guns!
GOAL Training - 2016 Schedule - New Coursed Added!

Still time to sign up for Precision Marksman Level 1 with Alex Hartmann!
October 29 - 30 at Pelham Fish & Game - Learn surgical precision with your rifle!  Click here for more info or to sign up.

New classes added for late fall!   We have added new late fall dates for two of our most popular classes, Utah CCW and MA Gun Law for Citizens. These fill up fast so don't delay and get your spot!http://goal.org/training/schedule.html

Club Events

  • 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
  • Georgetown Fish & Game - A demonstration and informational event for the NASP (National Archery in the Schools Program) and the Explore the Outdoors Program will be held Sunday, October 30, 2016, from 10:30am until 12noon. The demonstration will be held on the trap field for the archery program which includes some of our own youth showing skills they have learned.  After the demonstration, adults and children wanting to give it a try will be invited to participate.  This event is open to members, friends of members, neighbors and their children.  The event is FREE and there will be a sign up sheet for those wanting to participate in either course.  There will be coffee, juice or cider, water, and donuts available. Events and demonstrations are taught by certified NASP instructors and volunteers of the youth committee and archery committee.  Programs are designed for average age of 10-17 and can be adapted as needed.  All children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
    Those interested in attending this fun event, please RSVP John Holt at jhnholt2@gmail.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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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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