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Gun Owners' Action League
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September 22, 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 - American Legion Poker Run - Open to Motorcycles & Cars!

We have a great event, in conjunction with American Legion Post 234 scheduled for September 30th and you are invited to attend! 

You must pre-register to attend, so don't delay, sign up today!

The Gun Owners' Action League and American Legion Riders Post 234 are sponsoring Erik's Ride, a Bike Run and Poker Shoot on Saturday September 30th.

Here's how it will work: This event has a shotgun start, you will start at one of five shooting ranges. At each range you will shoot one shot at a target that consists of playing cards, then you ride to the next range. Repeat the process until you've shot at 5 cards on five different ranges and "built" a poker hand. 

(Please note, you must supply your own MA legal handgun and ammunition)

Best hand wins, and there's a cookout, with entertainment and raffles at the American Legion in Northborough afterwards, beginning at 3:00 PM.

All proceeds will benefit families in need who have lost loved ones to substance abuse.

The participating clubs (in no particular order) are:
Marlborough Fish and Game
Riverside Gun Club
Worcester Rifle and Pistol
Southborough Rod and Gun Club
North Grafton Fish, Game, and Bird Club

The cost is $30 for full participation, $15 for the cookout only.

If you would like more information or want to sign up, please contact erikride@yahoo.com
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Volunteers Needed For Topsfield Fair - GOAL Booth

Can you help us out?

GOAL is looking for help! We need member volunteers to take a shift or two (or more) in our booth at the Topsfield fair, September 29th through October 9th. We plan to run 2 shifts per day, 10 AM – 2 PM and 2 PM – 6 PM. 

Volunteers should expect to answer questions about GOAL, sell GOAL merchandise, and sell memberships. If you would like to give us some help please  contact Michael Chludenski at GOAL .

This is a great way to meet new people and spread a positive message about GOAL!
Ventura Wins State Senate Primary

Please vote for Jacob Ventura for Bristol & Norfolk State Senate General Election 10/17/17.

Great news! GOAL endorsed candidate Jacob Ventura won his primary this week for Bristol & Norfolk State Senate. He will now face Bernie Sanders backed Paul Feeney (D) in the State Election on 10/17/17. Thank you to everyone who took part today, we look forward to another positive result next month!
Outdoor Hearing Draws Large Crowd

September 18 Public Hearing at Division of Fish & Wildlife

On Monday September 18, 2017 the MA Joint Committee on Environment Natural Resources & Agriculture held a public hearing at the MA Division of Fisheries & Wildlife Headquarters in Westborough, MA. Senator Gobi (D) and Senator Pignatelli (D) chair the committee.

The hearing began with opening remarks from Senator Gobi, who began by thanking everyone in attendance, then reminding people to keep testimony to three minutes or less, “the Gettysburg address was three minutes and we can surely keep our comments to 3 minutes or less”. Senator Pignatelli welcomed everyone as did Jack Buckley, the Director of the Division.

GOAL’s past president, Ron Amidon, who is now Commissioner of the Department of Fish & Game for the state of MA was first to speak and testified in favor of a number of bills including crossbow hunting “there’s no issue barring legalizing this”, and shotgun ammo,“the law needs to be adjusted as ammo has evolved”.

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.
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October 3, 2017 Intro to IDPA - Still Seats Open!

GOAL is pleased to announce an introductory course for the shooting sport of IDPA. The International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) is the governing body of a shooting sport that simulates self-defense scenarios and real life encounters. It was founded in 1996 as a response to the desires of shooters worldwide. This class will be held at Worcester Pistol & Rifle Club. Participants will be provided with a strong foundation of skills and knowledge used in the sport of International Defensive Pistol competition.

Club Events
  • Leominster Sportsmen's NRA Day Sunday September 24th Rain or Shine! starting 8am - Kitchen open for breakfast. NRA Day is our part of National Hunting and Fishing Day. This is a great way to introduce your friends, relatives, & co-workers to our Great American Traditions! There will be firearms safety lessons and we'll shoot 22 rifles, pistols, shotguns, muzzle-loaders & archery. Price is just $5 each - the first 30 people get a Brownell's/NRA Day T-Shirt. www.lsa-ma.org
  • 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.
  • Fitchburg Sportsmen's Club - is holding an Open House and Pig Roast on Saturday, September 23, 2017 at the club, 289 Rindge State Road (Route 119) in Ashburnham, MA. Events for the public will consist of a Beginner's Trap Shooting Clinic beginning at 9:00 AM, with a Championship Trap Shoot for the Members. A .22 Poker Shoot will be held along with various .22's and Percussion and Flintlock firearms. Ear and eye protection will be furnished to participants. Tickets for the Pig Roast are $10.00 ea. and are available online or at the Club. Tickets are limited, so buy early to avoid disappointment. A live Blues Band will provide entertainment. For info call George at 978-342-5928.
  • 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. 9/24 - pistol (rimfire), 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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