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February 5, 2016

Dear Mike,

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.  
GOAL News  - Print Edition

February 2016 - Online

In this issue: Lowell, Public Safety Hearings, Lexington, new editorials, Jim Finnerty's latest installment of "reloading bench", Big Bang Raffle sign up form and more!

Click here to read.
The Big Bang Annual Raffle is Back!

The Big Bang Annual Raffle is our primary fund raising event for the year and is vitally necessary to our continued success.

Drawing will be held at noon on April 29, 2016 at the GOAL office.

Tickets: $10 each, three for $20, ten for $50.

This year we have 10 fabulous firearms that you will surely get a "kick" out of!

  1. Mossberg MVP Rifle 7.62mm
  2. Ruger Redhawk Hunter Revolver .44 mag
  3. Auto Ordnance M1 Carbine .30
  4. Windham Weaponry Muddy Girl AR-15 Rifle 5.56mm
  5. CAI WASR-10 Rifle 7.62x39
  6. Savage 220 Camo Shotgun 20ga
  7. Mossberg MVP Predator Rifle 5.56mm
  8. Ruger SR1911 Pistol .45 ACP
  9. S&W M&P-10 Rifle .308 cal
  10. Mossberg 930 Shotgun 12ga

Drawing held April 29, 2016 at 12:00 PM at the GOAL office, you need not be present to win. Odds determined by number of tickets sold. All federal and state gun laws apply. All prizes are to be claimed within 30 days from the drawing.

Please note! Due to federal regulation we cannot send ticket stubs for any raffle via the mail.

Alert - Action Items - Please Follow Up or Make A Call Today!

We currently have multiple alert - action items which need your attention. 

Three action items - Please take action today!
  • Call - Email - Write your state representative and state senator - urge them to oppose: 1. H.3476 Imitation Gun Bill, 2. H.3914 "No Fly" list legislation.  Also, ask them to support all GOAL legislation discussed yesterday at the public hearing - ask that they oppose all "opposed" legislation from yesterday.  Click here for GOAL's list of legislation heard yesterday with "support/oppose" position.
  • Ask your state representative and senator to contact the members and chairs of the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security - ask that they contact the committee members and ask that they support/oppose legislation listed above from yesterday's hearing - ask that they oppose the "No Fly" legislation and imitation gun bill.
  • Call - Email - Write the chairs and members of the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security - ask them to support/oppose legislation listed above - ask that they oppose the "No Fly" legislation.

Click here for GOAL's Action - Alert page with more information.

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H.2158 In The News

Bill seeks uniformity in gun laws

BOSTON -- Describing locally imposed restrictions in Massachusetts as threats to their constitutional rights, some gun owners have lined up behind a bill that would prevent municipalities from instituting their own ordinances around gun licensing.

"All we want is our rights," Lowell gun owner Arthur Perkins said during a hearing before the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security last week. "We don't want anything special. We're not asking for any other of the 32 steps that we go through to get a license to be taken away. We want the whimsy, we want the prejudice, we want the crazy beliefs to be taken away with. That is what this bill will do."

Read more

Legislation Update

Some good news regarding "outdoor" legislation.

The Sunday Hunting and Crossbow bills have both come out of committee with a favorable report following the public hearing a few months ago.

The Crossbow bill is now S.414 and is at the Senate Rules committee. The "Sunday Hunting" bill, known as S.415, "An Act expanding the powers of the director of Fisheries and Wildlife" is at the Senate Ways and Means Committee.

The success of both of these bills is due in large part to those who testified at the public hearing. We look forward to continued progress on these bills. Thanks to all for taking part in the process and thanks to the committee members for the favorable votes!

We will update as necessary when these bills move towards becoming law.
GOAL Alert:  Town of Lexington Voting To Ban Commonly Owned Firearms & Magazines

February 4, 2016 Update:

Town Meeting Members will be voting on the article without knowing what the actual language of  the law will be.

Here is the actual language of what is officially known as Article 34. (note, there are no details)

(Citizen Article)

To see if the Town will vote to amend Chapter 97 of the Code of the Town of Lexington (Public Conduct) by adding a new Section regulating the manufacture, sale and possession of firearms
within the Town, or act in any other manner in relation thereto.
(Inserted by Robert Rotberg and 9 or more registered voters)

DESCRIPTION: This article would prohibit the manufacture, sale, ownership, or
possession of assault weapons and high capacity ammunition magazines in the Town of Lexington.

More Information:

Lexington Town Meeting Member Robert Rotberg has initiated an attack on the Second Amendment.

Rotberg initiated a citizen's petition (article) modeled after the Highland Park IL gun ban. If passed, this article would ban many commonly owned firearms and magazines in the town of Lexington. Currently the town of Lexington has over 800 residents who are duly licensed to own firearms. Should this article become law it would affect an untold amount of firearms, which are currently legally owned.

To stop this article from becoming law, it must be voted down by Lexington's town meeting members at the Annual Town Meeting.

The annual town meeting is scheduled for March 21, 2016 at 7:30 PM in the Carey Memorial Building, 1605 Massachusetts Ave, Lexington, MA 02420.

Lexington residents need to contact their town meeting members and urge them to vote NO on Mr. Rotberg's article.

Take Action!

If you are a resident of Lexington, please contact your town meeting representative and urge them to vote NO on the Article 34.

See contact info for town meeting members below. 

Plan on attending town meeting March 21, 2016 and speaking out against this attack on our Second Amendment.

Click here to see a precinct map for Lexington.

Click here for a listing of town meeting members.

Learn About The Issue - "Why the Lexington Gun Ban is a bad idea!"

Click here for a printable fact sheet with info about firearms licensing, the Second Amendment and the firearms, which are targeted by this proposal.

Click here for more information
Pro Second Amendment Lexington Residents Organize

Pro Second Amendment Lexington Residents have begun to organize against the unconstitutional article to be voted on at town meeting on March 21st. If you would like to follow to get the latest info, sign up on their website here:
Scholarship Available to MA Junior Conservation Camp

GOAL Paul J.  Kress Scholarship Opportunity  

GOAL is offering an annual scholarship to the Massachusetts Junior Conservation Camp this year for a young woman between the ages of 13-17.  (GOAL will alternate years between young women and young men).

The annual scholarship to the camp is named for Paul J. Kress. Paul was a past President of GOAL, the Legislative Director for the Massachusetts Wildlife Foundation, outdoor writer, and mentor to many in the sporting and writing community.  

The camp is a two-week, overnight co-ed camp.  The time is filled with fun, educational opportunities from shooting ranges to forestry to boating, and more.  More information can be found about this exciting summer event by going to:   If you are interested in being considered for this scholarship, please send us a letter that contains the following:  
  1. Name, address, phone number and email;
  2. A little about your past outdoor experience;
  3. A short paragraph about why you would like to attend the camp.
Applications should be sent to:   Gun Owners’ Action League Camp Scholarship Program PO Box 567 Northborough, MA  01532   Deadline for entry is April 1, 2016
GOAL Notes
GOAL Training - 2016 Schedule - Sign Up Today!

We have a huge offering of training opportunities for all levels!
Women On Target, Sign Up Today!

GOAL presents Women On Target events all over Massachusetts. If you are interested in a great day of fun and education for ladies only please contact us by clicking here !

2016 Schedule: (look for more dates soon)

Westwood Gun Club - Two Dates! Saturday April 2, 2016 - 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM or Saturday June 11, 2016 - 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. Westwood Gun Club 25 Trailside Road Medfield, MA. Pre-registration is required. To register, contact Mark Gentile via email:

The Nimrod League of Holden - April 9, 2016 - 9:00am to 5:30pm Click here for more information or to sign up.

Click here for more information.

RSO Class At Riverside - Sign Up Today!

NRA Basic Range Safety Officer Course - February 27-28, 2016

Course Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day

Course Location: Riverside Gun Club, 16 Wilkins Street, Hudson, MA 01749

Course Outline:

  • MA Gun Law for the Range Safety Officer
  • Lesson I: Introduction to the NRA Basic Range Safety Officer Course
  • Lesson II: The Role of the Range Safety Officer & Range Standard Operating Procedures (SOP)
  • Lesson III: Range Inspection and Range Rules
  • Lesson IV: Range Safety Briefing
  • Lesson V: Emergency Procedures
  • Lesson VI: Firearm Stoppages & Malfunctions
  • Lesson VII: Test & Review
  • Various Live Fire Exercises and Demonstrations

Club Events
  • Lowell Sportsmen's Club: NSSF Rimfire Challenge, Saturday, March 19th 9am - Great fun for all skill levels from the first time shooter to th skilled competitor, the National Shooting Sports Foundation Steel Rimfire Challenge is a .22 rifle and pistol event focusing on marksmanship, speed, and fun.  This event is open to everyone age 15 an up.  Cost is $15 (which includes ammo), visit for more info and to register.
  • Swift River Sportsman's Club - Tickets are now available for the Swift River Sportsman's Club Remington 870 12g shotgun combo raffle. Comes with a 26" bird barrel and a 20" slug barrel. Must be 18+ years of age with valid FID or LTC required to purchase a ticket. Winner will pick up gun at R&R Sport Shop in Belchertown. To be drawn on March 9 at monthly meeting. Tickets are $20 each and only 100 will be sold.  Contact Laura Lavallee at 413-883-3840 for tickets.
  • Leominster Sportsmen's Association will be holding its Winter Rifle Matches on Sunday mornings, starting December 6th through the end of March - 9-11am at Camp Bartlett, 1455 Elm St.  It's any rifle/any sights or scope, 20 shots in 20 minutes at 100 yards on SR-1 targets, standing ("offhand") in our heated range house. costs $5.  This is a great way to improve your marksmanship skills. All are welcome - grab your rifle & come on down!  The kitchen is open for breakfast 7-10am. 
  • 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 2015 season. You don't need to be a member to participate in the matches.Go to: for complete schedule and match results. If you have questions please contact the High Power Director at,    
  • Petersham Gun Club - Sporting Clays - course open every Sunday year round, we shoot at 10am and finish by 1pm.  Contact for more information.

If your club has an open to the public event you would like to promote, please email the info to 

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