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October 14, 2016


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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.

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Baker Aligns With Healey Alert - Info

In the news - Northborough gun owners group: Arlington man unfit for Superior Court

BOSTON - A gun owners group on Tuesday pressed Gov. Charlie Baker to rescind his nomination of one of Attorney General Maura Healey's top lieutenants to the Superior Court, arguing he is unfit to be a judge if he had any involvement in Healey's heightened enforcement of the state's assault weapons ban.

The Gun Owners Action League, based in Northborough, urged supporters to call Baker's office and the Governor's Council and to "strongly oppose" any and all judicial nominees who worked for Healey.

Baker last week nominated Christopher Barry-Smith, the first assistant attorney general, to a slot on the Superior Court bench. An Arlington resident, Barry-Smith, who worked for Healey's three predecessors, has served as Healey's first assistant attorney general since she took office in 2015. Barry-Smith joined the attorney general's Consumer Protection Division in 1997, left for private practice in 1999 and in 2002 returned to the attorney general's office, according to the governor's office.

Read more.

Alert Update:

Please continue contacting the members of the Governors Council and urge them not to nominate Christopher Barry-Smith to the Superior Court. As part of AG Healey's staff he has been an active participant in obfuscating FOIA requests, and worse, attacking a civil right. We cannot expect a fair trial from Barry-Smith. Please call them, then follow it up with a hand written letter. The council will meet on 10/26/16 to decide on Barry-Smith.

Click here for contact info for Governor's Council members

Click here for GOAL's original alert

POSTPONED - GOAL Freedom Relay Rally 

We Will Revisit This Protest

We have to postpone the Freedom Relay, originally scheduled for October 15th due to the Boston Common being completely booked, we will revisit this protest soon. 

Also, please note that there was no issue regarding the issuance of the permit other than the Common being booked every weekend though November.

2016 GOAL Club Seminar

Date: Sunday, November 6, 2016
Place: NORCO Sportsman’s Club Address: 91 Houghton Rd, Princeton, MA 01541

Time: Check in 8:30 am Duration: 9 am – 3 pm  

Dear GOAL Affiliated Club Member,   GOAL is announcing its latest annual club seminar to be held on Sunday, November 6, 2016.  The seminar focuses on all aspects of running a firearms club. The following are some of the guest speakers and topics of discussion:  
  • Insurance & Liability: Arlene Pucillo of Charles River Insurance
  • Legal Issues, Protecting Your Club: Attorney Ed George
  • Range Management: Jon Green, GOAL’s Director of Education and Training
  • Club Administration: Jim Wallace, GOAL’s Executive Director
  • Range Design and Lead Management: Scott Kranz, Senior Project Manager with AECOM
  • National Shooting Sports Foundation: Zach Snow, Shooting Promotions Manager NSSF
Affiliated club members have the ability to send a number of attendees free of charge, depending on their level of affiliation.  

People you may wish to send: Club President, Secretary, Treasurer, Range and/or Facility Manager and any potential planning committee members.  

RSVP – Deadline is Monday, October 31, 2016.

Please return the form to GOAL PO Box 567 Northborough, MA 01532.   If you have any questions about the seminar, you can forward those to Jim Wallace at
Help Us Get Candidates Graded!

Candidate ratings are an important part of making an informed decision on election day

We need your help! MA House and Senate elections will be here soon. Please contact any challenging candidate running for a #MASen or #MAHouse seat (not incumbent) in your district and encourage them to fill out a GOAL Candidate Questionnaire! Here's a link to the online version.
The Lucky 20 Raffle Is Back!
The Lucky 20 Raffle, our biggest & most popular fundraising raffle is back!  As always each ticket gives you up to 20 chances to win up to 20 guns!
GOAL Training - 2016 Schedule - New Coursed Added!

Still time to sign up for Precision Marksman Level 1 with Alex Hartmann!
October 29 - 30 at Pelham Fish & Game - Learn surgical precision with your rifle!  Click here for more info or to sign up.

New classes added for late fall!   We have added new late fall dates for two of our most popular classes, Utah CCW and MA Gun Law for Citizens. These fill up fast so don't delay and get your spot!

Club Events

  • Lowell Sportsmen's Club: Ruger 10/22 Fun Shoot: Sat. Oct. 22 (10/22!) 9am, bring whatever 10/22 setup you have!; Rimfire Steel Challenge: Sat. Nov. 5, 9am (ammo provided); Annual Lucky Target Turkey Shoot: Sun, Nov. 20, 1-5pm - come win a turkey for Thanksgiving!  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 for more

  • 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,    
  • Leominster Sportsmen's Club - Women On Target - October 23, 2016, click here for details.
  • Petersham Gun Club - DOUG GRIFFIN MEMORIAL 410 SHOOT,  Sunday Sept 25th, 10am start. Prizes awarded to top 3, cost is $25 includes lunch. Contact

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

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