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Gun Owners' Action League
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July 14, 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

GOAL Statement Regarding Video of Spring Fling Raffle Winner


GOAL has been made aware of some great concerns regarding the video drawing of the Spring Fling Raffle that took place on June 30, 2017. First, let us state clearly that we value the trust and support of our members and would never do anything to jeopardize that!  GOAL always strives to maintain the highest level of integrity with all raffles and fundraisers. In addition, the public is invited to attend every live drawing.

For the record, the winner received all prizes and has no connection to GOAL and is not an active member of GOAL.

The video in question was supposed to have been shot in entirety as a “Facebook live” event, due to operator error the video did not start until after the ticket was being drawn. Once told by the camera operator that we were now actually live, we had a quick decision to make. Do we throw the legitimate winner back in the drum or keep it in hand? In a split second decision Jim chose to protect the rights of legitimate winner.

In hindsight, perhaps the correct thing to do was to draw a second winner and present both with the prize package, so that is what we will do.  In order to maintain the integrity of our raffles we always retain all of the original tickets.  The second drawing, utilizing those same tickets, is scheduled for Thursday July 20, 2017 - 6:30 PM at the GOAL office.  Everyone who purchased a ticket will have a second chance to win.  The drawing will once again be live streamed for all to see, and all are welcome to attend.

The integrity of our organization, the trust of our members, and the fulfillment of our mission was not and is not worth the mere cost of a prize package.

We greatly apologize to our members and supporters for this matter and will strive to continue to earn your trust and support.

GOAL Alert
Please Attend Important Public Hearings 7/18/17 & 7/19/17

7/14/17

GOAL has learned that there are two important public hearings on the schedule for next week.

July 18, 2017: The Joint Committee on the Judiciary will hold a hearing on multiple bills.  The hearing is at the State House in room A1 and begins at 1:00 PM. 

Notable bills to be heard by Judiciary:

Support - 

  • H.763 An Act relative to firearm suppressor safety filed by Josh S. Cutler
  • H.769 An Act permitting the purchase and possession of electronic control weapons by abused persons for defensive purposes filed by David F. DeCoste

Oppose - 

Click here for the full listing of bills before the Judiciary Committee

July 19, 2017: The Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security will hold a hearing on multiple bills.  The hearing is at the State House in room A2 and begins at 10:00 AM.

Notable bills to be heard by Public Safety:

Support - 

Oppose -

Click here for a full listing of the bills before the Public Safety Committee

Public Hearing Prep:  Click here to view our public hearing prep page.  This page features lots of links to info about how these hearings work, how to write testimony for submission and more.

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

Welcome Michael Chludenski!

Michael is GOAL's new Outreach Coordinator.

Please welcome our newest employee Michael Chludenski.  Michael brings years of club leadership experience to GOAL and is a great addition to the team.

Michael will be working primarily in the field, at gun shows, events and local clubs, discussing GOAL's ongoing efforts to protect and restore Second Amendment freedom in Massachusetts.

We are glad to have Michael aboard.  If you would like to get in touch with Michael to discuss your club's needs or an upcoming event, please contact him here.

Principles of Concealed Carry - August 1st - Still A Few Seats Open, Sign Up Today!

Principles of Concealed Carry is designed to provide a solid foundation for defensive and counter ambush firing skills.

This live fire course will provide students an opportunity to learn various methods for presenting a concealed firearm during a dynamic event.

Equipment List:

  • Concealed carry handgun
  • 400 new cartridges
  • Holsters
  • Flashlight, knife and pepper spray (if carried)
  • Magazines and or speed loaders, strips and carriers
  • Clothing worn during work and leisure endeavors
  • Eye and ear protection
  • Hydration and snacks

This class runs from 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM at Worcester Pistol & Rifle Club.

Click here to sign up

The Legend In The Swamp

One demographic that has witnessed tremendous growth in the shooting sports is teenagers. 

The face of shooting sports has changed drastically since I was a kid growing up in southeastern Georgia in the early 1980s. At the time skeet and trap were kings and other disciplines were “niche” sports. But since that time when one or two disciplines ruled the shooting world, we have seen the sport evolve into the magnificent, diverse culture it is today. Now opportunities abound for men and women of all ages to get involved in the shooting sports. Just about any type of firearm imaginable, from shotguns to AR-15s, can be found in the hands of shooters at ranges, gun clubs, and fields all across the country as more and more people are exposed to those opportunities.

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New! Light Foundation - 1620 Workwear Collab Hat
Support GOAL and the Light Foundation with this USA made 1620 Workwear Hat with embroidered GOAL logo! GOAL will donate ten dollars from each hat sold to  the Light Foundation . These hats are USA made by  1620 Workwear  and feature snapback closure, flat brim and a fully embroidered GOAL logo.

"Free" Orange Hats Are Back!
Our ever popular blaze orange GOAL hats are back in stock at the GOAL office!  We are giving these away to anyone who stops by and purchases raffle tickets, makes a donation, renews membership, or joins!  Limit one per person. 
Free 3" GOAL Sticker - Come Grab A Stack & Bring Them To Your Local FFL/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

Our 2017 training schedule includes new courses and lots of great training to choose from!  Sign up for a course today!

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

  • Franklin County Sportsmen Club – Weekly 5 Stand beginning 7/15/17 and running every other Saturday 10 pm - 2 am into the fall. The cost is $5 per round. Information can be found on our web site  www.Fclsc.org
  • Holbrook Sportsmen's Club - Steel Challenge Shoot - Sunday July 23 starting at 9:00 am - 150 Quincy St. Holbrook Mass https://practiscore.com/july-steel-challenge-match-clone/registerholbrooksportsmensclub.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.
  • 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
  • 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. 7/9 - Pistol Center Fire, 7/23 - Rifle Rim Fire .22cal handicap shoot, 8/13 - Military Rifle Bench Rest.
  • Lowell Sportsmen's Club - Rimfire Steel Challenge: Saturday, July 29th; 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!  
  • 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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