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February 24, 2017

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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

Action Center - Please Make Calls Today - Updated Bill Numbers!

Please Continue Calling Your Legislators About The Legislation Below!

Please contact your state representative and state senator today.

  • Legislation Introduced to Challenge AG Healey’s Gun Ban please call and ask for support of S.1322 (formerly SD.1157) & S.1326 (formerly SD1873) filed by Sen. Don Humason and S.1316 (formerly SD.1889) filed by Sen. Anne Gobi. (Yes on S.1322, S.1326, S.1316)
  • Senator Creem's Anti Civil Rights S.1298 (formerly SD.1884) - please ask your state senator to not support this legislation. (No on S.1298)

Click here to find contact info for your state legislators.

Related: Local coverage of Sen. Creem's "poll tax" bill S.1298.

Randolph rep weighs gun control bill
One of Randolph's state representatives can't yet form an opinion on a new gun control bill on Beacon Hill that would increase taxes on gun sales, ban .50-caliber weapons, restrict personal sales and enact additional regulations on firearms and ammunition.

Canton rep leans against gun control bill
Although he hasn't studied it thoroughly yet, Canton's state representative is not inclined to support a new gun control proposal that would increase taxes on gun sales, ban .50-caliber weapons, restrict personal sales and enact additional regulations on firearms and ammunition.

NH Passes Freedom To Carry

N.H. eliminates concealed carry license requirement

It’s now legal to carry a concealed, loaded gun in New Hampshire without a license.

In his first bill signing since taking office, Republican Gov. Chris Sununu signed so-called constitutional carry into law Wednesday.

“It is common-sense legislation,” he said during a ceremony in Executive Council chambers. “This is about making sure that our laws on our books are keeping people safe while remaining true to the live-free-or-die spirit.”

Related:

Concealed carry could go beyond borders

Reciprocity push could force Bay State’s hand

Gun Owners’ Action League Executive Director Jim Wallace said New Hampshire becoming the next “Constitutional Carry” state shows exactly how much Massachusetts is lacking on gun rights.

“It shows the rest of the nation is going in a direction that Massachusetts simply won’t go,” Wallace told the Herald. “As the rest of the country starts to move forward, I think eventually Massachusetts, like the rest of the country, will have to see the light.”

In reference to previous post. Here's a map showing states that recognize freedom to carry - i.e. no license requirement to carry a concealed handgun. Note there are quite a few states that will take this up in 2017. Also note, any person who is federally prohibited cannot legally carry in these states, should they choose to do so they are committing a felony.
UMass - 4H Program Update

Update on the youth shooting sports – gun safety – outdoors program.

We are pleased to announce that the youth program is moving forward as a joint venture between the MA Division of Fisheries and Wildlife and GOAL.

“It is apparent that the social bias from UMass against gun owners and their families will not subside and is clouding their judgment.” Said GOAL Executive Director Jim Wallace, “instead we are moving forward with a joint venture with the Division”

GOAL would like to note that we are continuing to work with the legislature towards moving this important program forward. Also of note, GOAL will be discussing other possibilities for youth development with state officials. We would like to thank Jack Buckley and the Division for taking up the baton and recognizing all of the benefits this will bring to our youth.

GOAL would also like to thank Mandy Deveno, our membership, and all of the people who have taken action to move the youth program forward. Stay tuned for more to come!

MA Senate Community Conversations Coming To South Shore

Members of the MA Senate want to hear from you on Feb. 28!

GOAL has learned that #MASenate will be on the South Shore for "community conversations". This is a great opportunity to discuss "Yes" on GOAL legislation and "No" on bills like Sen. Creem's S.1298 (see above for info on legislation)

See "Action Center" page on our website for more info on the legislation.  Also check out our legislative chart page here.

https://twitter.com/MA_Senate/status/834448034507407360


Mass. gun-safety info rates a D-minus

Thanks Art O'Leary for the great op-ed!

Amid much hoopla in the press, our attorney general and the Massachusetts Medical Society have just put forth new "informational brochures" on gun safety. Being a longtime firearms safety instructor, and always interested in acquiring new instructional aids to get the message across, I went to their website to check them out.

There's a basic problem with these much-heralded publications - they omit any mention of the three "Always" rules of gun safety:

Read more

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New GOAL Membership System Coming Soon!

We are in the process of implementing a new user editable membership system.

GOAL will be implementing a new user editable membership system within the next few weeks.  This system will enable GOAL members to update their address or contact information, print out a membership card and more from our website.

Please be aware, this may cause a delay in processing new members.  If you are joining or renewing, please be patient, we will get it set up as quickly as possible and will get word out to everyone when it's "user ready".  

Thank you as always for understanding and supporting GOAL!
Free GOAL Hat!
Stop by the GOAL office and get a free blaze orange GOAL hat!  While you're here please consider making a donation, purchasing Lucky 20 Raffle tickets, or grabbing a batch of Healey Hurts Families yard signs for distribution in your area and at your club!  

We are typically here M-F from at least 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM, if you are traveling to get here, please call ahead to ensure that we will be here, 508-393-5333.
 Big Bang Annual Raffle!
GOAL 2017 Training Schedule

Our 2017 training schedule includes new courses and lots of great training to choose from!  Note, we have just added our ICE Training Courses with Rob Pincus!

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.

Schedule

Club Events

  • 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. 2/26 Center Fire Pistol (3 inch barrel or shorter)
  • Petersham gun club sporting clays course will be open all winter. Wednesdays at noon and every Sunday at 10am. our winter league will start the first Sunday in February thru the end of April. Email for more info: petershamgunclub12@gmail.com. 
  • Maspenock Rod and Gun Club Junior Rifle Team Stand-Up Comedy Night Fundraiser...1 McGill Lane Milford, Ma 01757, Saturday February 25, 2017 at 6 pm cocktails (Cash Bar Available) and 7 pm 18 plus comedy show starts...Cost $20 per person, advanced tickets sales only. Contact Paul Young (508-989-5679) or email paulyoung@net1plus.com for ticket and show information. 3 comedians, 50/50 and Air Rifle Raffle - NRA Level 1 Pistol Coach Course - (to benefit Jr. Pistol Team) March 18 - 19, 2017 - click here for more info or to sign up.
  • Leominster Sportsmen's Association- Winter Rifle Matches: Sunday mornings 9-11am, December through the end of March. It's any rifle/any sights or scope, 20 shots in 20 minutes standing ("offhand") at 100 yards on SR-1's, in our nice, heated range house, costs $5. Come on down - this is a great way to improve your marksmanship skills!  You can get a nice breakfast in the clubhouse for ~$6-7 too!  www.lsa-ma.org
  • Lowell Sportsmen's Club: 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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