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January 15, 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 Alert:  Town of Lexington Voting To Ban Commonly Owned Firearms & Magazines

Info:

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 ths 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 filed by Mr. Rotberg. (at this time we do not know what number the article will be)
See contact info for town meeting members below.

Also note, Lexington precinct 4 representative Kate Colburn has posted online that she is in support of the ban. If you live in Lexington and she is your representative, please discuss this with her.

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.

Click here for more information - talking points, etc.
Lexington Discussion At GOAL Annual Meeting - January 31st.

GOAL Members!  The Annual Meeting is scheduled the same weekend as the Marlborough gun show.  Come for both!
  • GOAL's Annual Meeting of the Membership. $25.00 cost includes buffet breakfast - Review, discuss, exchange ideas - LEXINGTON!
  • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM - Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel & Trade Center, 181 Boston Post Rd W, Marlborough, MA 01752, United States (map)
  • To purchase tickets/reserve your seat - contact Angela: angela@goal.org 
    click here to purchase online.
    Or call 508-393-5333

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: www.juniorconservationcamp.org.   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
NRA Challenges Obama to a Debate: 'No Pre-Screened Questions and No Gas-Bag Answers'
 
"The NRA said it refused to take part in CNN's town hall because it was offered only one pre-screened question."

(CNSNews.com) - As part of its fight against President Obama's "aggressive overreach" on guns, the National Rifle Association is challenging the president to a debate on national television.

"I’ll meet you for a one-on-one, one-hour debate, with a mutually agreed-upon moderator, on any network that will take it," Wayne LaPierre, the NRA's executive vice president and CEO, said in a video posted on the group's website.

***ALERT*** Governor Baker supporting "No Fly" legislation.

GOAL has learned that Governor Baker is supporting legislation filed by Representative Lori A. Ehrlich which would allow state officials to deny rights with no due process.

See Governor Baker Speak In Support Of The Legislation Here.

Governor Baker can be reached by phone at: 617.725.4005

Rep Ehrich's bill would do away with due process for MA citizens who appear on one or more of the federal watch lists, see below for more info:

  • There is zero statutory criteria or due process for inclusion on the lists.
  • These lists would be run by unelected officials with no oversight and no accountability.
  • Should your name wind up on the lists you will be virtually powerless to find out why you are on it, or to have it removed.
  • The government is not required to tell you why you are on the lists.
  • There is no due process, no right to a trial, nothing, you can wind up on the lists and lose your rights.

Legislation of this nature goes directly against the Constitution and must be stopped.

Please call, mail and email Governor Baker today, ask him not to support HD4331 "An Act relative to denying firearms and explosives to suspected terrorists" or any other proposal which would arbitrarily deny or suppress our Constitutional rights.

No On HD4331!

Governor Baker can be reached by phone at: 617.725.4005

Email: constituent.services@state.ma.us

Address: Massachusetts State House, Office of the Governor, Room 280, Boston, MA 02133

GOAL Notes
GOAL Continues To Stop Local Attacks On Second Amendment

Over the last 3 years we have worked to stop ten local attacks, all were overwhelmingly defeated.

Thanks to the generous support of our membership, GOAL has been very successful at stopping town local attacks on our Second Amendment. During the last 3 years, 10 towns have moved to restrict our freedom, all were overwhelmingly defeated. Here is the list and thank you to our members for protecting and restoring freedom in MA. Going forward we will need your help stopping the next town up, Lexington.
  • Essex – range – legal discharge on private property ban – Nov, 2016
  • W. Boylston - legal discharge on private property ban at Wayne’s Weaponry – August 2016
  • Reading - legal discharge on private property ban – July, 2015
  • Edgartown - legal discharge on private property ban – June, 2015
  • Berkley - legal discharge on private property ban – May, 2015
  • Sheffield legal discharge on private property ban – May, 2015
  • Natick – Legal CCW on town property – September 2014
  • Northboro - legal discharge on private property ban – April, 2014
  • Wayland - legal discharge on private property ban – March, 2014
  • Westford – common firearms & magazine ban – February, 2013
GOAL Annual Breakfast & Meeting of the Membership - January 31, 2016
Scheduled the same weekend as the Marlborough gun show.  Come for both!
  • GOAL's Annual Meeting of the Membership. $25.00 cost includes buffet breakfast.
    Review, discuss, exchange ideas!
  • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM - Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel & Trade Center, 181 Boston Post Rd W, Marlborough, MA 01752, United States (map)
  • To purchase tickets/reserve your seat - contact Angela: angela@goal.org 
    click here to purchase online.
    Or call 508-393-5333
GOAL Member's Letter to Boston Globe Goes Viral On WWW

To the man I sat next to on my way in to Boston:

When I boarded the commuter rail, you were already in the midst of a spirited phone conversation and didn’t seem to care about how loud you were talking. You were talking with someone about the Paris train attack and the growing epidemic of gun violence in America.

You spoke about the “murderous NRA” and “bloodthirsty gun nuts” who were causing our schools to “run red with blood.” You spoke profanely of the Republicans who opposed President Obama’s call for “sensible gun control,” and you lamented the number of “inbred redneck politicians” who have “infiltrated Capitol Hill.” 

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

GOAL Board Of Directors Elections
Reminder to members, elections scheduled for February 2016
This winter GOAL will once again be holding an election to our Board of Directors.  This important process ensures that GOAL has important guidance and oversight as we move forward and continue to grow.  GOAL members should note this for a number of reasons.  To be eligible to vote or run for the board you must be a member in good standing for at least 3 years and/or a life member.  Please keep this in mind should you receive a renewal notice in the next few months.
Sell that safe queen and benefit GOAL
Do you have guns that are taking up room in your safe? Maybe you want to sell a few lesser quality guns to buy a higher quality gun or optic. Your old gun can become someone else's new gun. GOAL can help! Let GOAL sell your items on consignment. We can list your items on various online auctions or help get them into the hands of other GOAL members. GOAL as a Federally licensed firearms dealer can handle all the paperwork, advertising and shipping of your items. You can donate as much of the net profit to GOAL as you would wish and know that you are helping to regain our rights in the Commonwealth. Please contact Jon Green at 508-393-5333 ext 21 or jongreen@goal.org for more information.

View our current listings at www.gunbroker.com by searching under the seller’s name of “goalguns”.
Help Wanted

~EXPERIENCED GUNSMITH WANTED~ Please Call or Text @ 978.906.3563  

Club Events
  • 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. www.lsa-ma.org 
  • 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
  • Wrentham Sportsman's Association - December 13 - Pistol, Center Fire.  December 27 - Military rifle.  All events - $20.00 entry fee. 1:00 pm start.    
  • 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: http://readinghighpower.com/ for complete schedule and match results. If you have questions please contact the High Power Director at, Charlie@trickettwoodworks.com    
  • Petersham Gun Club - Sporting Clays - course open every Sunday year round, we shoot at 10am and finish by 1pm.  Contact petershamgunclub12@gmail.com for more information.

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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