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October 6, 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. 
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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
The Lucky 20 Raffle Is Back!
Information:

Cost: $10 per ticket, 3 for $20, 10 for $50, 25 for $100. There is no limit to the amount of tickets you may purchase. Drawing will be held at noon on December 29, 2017. Winning tickets will be put back in the barrel for a chance to be drawn again. 

Odds of winning are based on the number of entries. You need not be present to win. All federal and state gun laws apply. All guns are to be claimed within 60 days in Northboro, MA. Firearms may be shipped to another FFL at winner's expense. Please note that we can not mail ticket stubs via USPS, as it is a violation of postal regulations.
 
Tickets are also available for purchase in person at GOAL 361 W. Main St. Northboro MA. 01532 
or via phone, 508-393-5333.
  
Please note!  Due to federal regulation we cannot send ticket stubs for any raffle via the mail.
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GOAL Statement On Bump Fire Stocks

Northborough, MA, October 6, 2017

Today the Gun Owners’ Action League of Massachusetts released a statement on the now controversial “bump fire stocks”, which create a machine gun like effect when attached to a semi-automatic rifle. These non-serialized devices were found to be compliant with existing law by the Obama Administration Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms and as a result many law abiding Americans purchased them.

After the horrific attack in Las Vegas, many politicians, without knowing all of the facts, immediately launched into Second Amendment attack mode. Now, days later, we know very little about the brutal attack, other than the victims it left behind. Far too often the same cast of characters try to turn tragedies into political opportunity without any substantial knowledge of what or who was involved. This latest incident is no different.

As for the now controversial “bump fire stock”, GOAL has no crystal ball, it appears that the federal and state government are going down the road of further regulation of these items. What that means or what it will eventually look like, no one can yet say.

Here is what we do know.

The National Rifle Association has made public statements encouraging the BATFE to review the “bump fire stocks” as an NFA item.

On the state level there at least two pieces of legislation that have been filed in regards to these devices.

The first, HD.4266 filed by Rep. David Linsky (D) Natick, would outright ban possession of “bump fire stocks” in the Commonwealth. The bill would also ban lawful possession and ownership of currently legal magazines that hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition manufactured prior to September 14, 1994. Essentially repealing an established grandfathering of these items. This bill is simply a flat out attack on our civil rights and does not offer any path to lawful ownership.

The second bill, (no bill number yet available) filed by Senator Bruce Tarr (R) First Essex & Middlesex, would add these devices under the state definition of machine guns. Thus anyone in possession of such items would be required to have a machine gun license or acquire one issued by the state. This bill offers a path to lawful ownership and seems to be more in line with the National Rifle Association’s position.

As we move through these incredibly troubled times, GOAL will keep our members informed as to any new developments on the federal or state level.
Please Support Granby Bow & Gun Club At October 23, 2017 Public Hearing

The Granby Bow & Gun Club needs support at an upcoming public hearing.

They, like many clubs in MA, have come under attack from neighbors who seek to close them down for good.

The appeal hearing with the town has been scheduled for October 23rd at 6:30 pm. The club is inviting anyone who could possibly show up in support. The club would like to overflow the place with people that are pro range!

Here is the address: 10 W State St, South Hadley, MA 01075. It's the Granby Senior Center - first floor.
Please Support Jacob Ventura

Jacob Is 100% GOAL Endorsed, running for Bristol & Norfolk State Senate.

General Election 10/17/17

GOAL endorsed candidate Jacob Ventura will face Bernie Sanders backed Paul Feeney (D) in the State Election on 10/17/17. If you are an eligible voter in this district, please support Jacob on October 17th. If you know anyone who lives in this district, please contact them today and urge them to vote with GOAL on election day.
Free 3" GOAL Sticker - Come Grab A Stack & Bring Them To Your Local Retailer and/or 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
October 17, 2017 Intro to Short Barreled Revolver Skills - Seats Open!

This new for 2017 course focuses on the 5-shot, short barreled revolver chambered in .38 or .357 magnum. Students will participate in live fire drills to increase their skills and confidence when using and carrying these popular handguns. Attendees will need range protection gear, 250 new cartridges, holster(s), short barreled revolver, speed strips/speed loaders and cleaning kit (optional). Loaner equipment available on a first come, first served basis.

Club Events
  • Franklin County Sportsmen Club Robert Vogel, IDPA US and World champion will be hosting a two day IDPA pistol skills course on April 30, March 1, 2018. There is only a limited number of slots available. Cost is $900. Course information can be found at WWW.FCLSC.org. To register contact Doug Blowers at dblowers@scapesbuilders.com.
  • 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.
  • 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. 10/8 - pistol (center fire), 10/22 - rifle (rimfire).
  • Lowell Sportsmen's Club - Ruger 10/22 Fun Shoot - Oct. 22 (10/22, get it?) 1-4pm and bring your 10/22!; 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! 560 West St, Uxbridge MA 01569 Art Campbell 512-963-6053
  • 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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