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April 1, 2016

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

The Big Bang Annual Raffle is Back!

The Big Bang Annual Raffle is our primary fund raising event for the year and is vitally necessary to our continued success.

Drawing will be held at noon on April 29, 2016 at the GOAL office.

Tickets: $10 each, three for $20, ten for $50.

This year we have 10 fabulous firearms that you will surely get a "kick" out of!

  1. Mossberg MVP Rifle 7.62mm
  2. Ruger Redhawk Hunter Revolver .44 mag
  3. Auto Ordnance M1 Carbine .30
  4. Windham Weaponry Muddy Girl AR-15 Rifle 5.56mm
  5. CAI WASR-10 Rifle 7.62x39
  6. Savage 220 Camo Shotgun 20ga
  7. Mossberg MVP Predator Rifle 5.56mm
  8. Ruger SR1911 Pistol .45 ACP
  9. S&W M&P-10 Rifle .308 cal
  10. Mossberg 930 Shotgun 12ga

Drawing held April 29, 2016 at 12:00 PM at the GOAL office, you need not be present to win. Odds determined by number of tickets sold. All federal and state gun laws apply. All prizes are to be claimed within 30 days from the drawing.

Please note! Due to federal regulation we cannot send ticket stubs for any raffle via the mail.

GOAL Alerts - The Second Amendment Is Under Attack!
Please check your town meeting warrant for anti Second Amendment articles.  Early detection is the key to stopping these attacks.  If you find anything, please email mike@goal.org
**Longmeadow Alert**   NO on Articles 27, 28, 29!

A few updates on the alert regarding the three articles to be voted on at town meeting on May 10th.
  • GOAL Members in Longmeadow have organized and set up a website - please follow it and share! http://www.longforliberty.org/
  • The Articles are now numbered 27, 28, 29. 
  • GOAL has confirmed that Select Board Member Alex Grant is the proponent of the three articles.  Alex is a federal prosecutor and submitted the articles via citizens petition.
  • A Life Member of GOAL and Longmeadow resident, Walt Lamon has volunteered to lead the effort to stop the unconstitutional articles.  If you are a Longmeadow resident who would like to be involved, please contact Walt via email.
Here is the GOAL Alert:

GOAL has learned that Longmeadow Massachusetts will be voting at town meeting on May 10th and could vote in some drastic anti-Second Amendment measures.

Please see the text of Article’s 26, 27, 28 from the 2016 town meeting warrant (see below).  This was sent to us by a member.  These articles are an outright assault on your Second Amendment rights.  Article 26 would ban lawful carry of firearms on all town property including sidewalks.  Article 27 would require gun registration upon renewal of license.  Article 28 would ban many commonly owned firearms and magazines

Please know that the warrant is yet to be finalized.

Town Meeting begins May 10, click here for more information.

If you live in Longmeadow please plan on attending town meeting and voting NO on all three articles!  

Click here for more information.

***Ipswich Alert*** NEW!

GOAL has learned that there is a hunting/discharge ban on the town warrant for the May 10th Annual Town Meeting.  The proponent of the article wants to ban the safe and lawful discharge of firearms on private property. See Article 27 on page 38. (note it's mistakenly marked as Article 25)

Town Meeting is May 10, if you are an Ipswich resident please attend and vote NO.

http://www.ipswichma.gov/DocumentCenter/View/8215
***Westport Alert*** NEW!

GOAL has learned that there is a citizens petition on the town meeting warrant, see Article 28, (page 10).

This is yet another citizens petition filed with the intent of restricting freedom. If you live in Westport, please plan on attending town meeting May 3rd and voting this nonsense down.

http://westporttownmeeting.com/5-3-16%20ATM%205th%20Draft%2…
**Lexington Alert** 

The town of Lexington will vote on Article 34 at town meeting beginning on April 6, 2016.

The article, (as of today) is to be submitted to town meeting as a non-binding resolution, it is no longer a ban.  While this is good news we need to point out that the basic premise of Article 34 is an insult to all law abiding gun owners. His logic is also flawed in that he insinuates that a gun is inherently "dangerous". A firearm is an inanimate object incapable of doing anything on its own. The only thing that has the potential for being dangerous is the person and there is nothing in any of the versions of Article 34 which addresses this. It's just more bigotry, harassment and blame of lawful gun owners. For this reason GOAL will ask that our members and the residents of Lexington continue to oppose Article 34.

To stop this 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.

Take Action!

Lexington residents need to contact their town meeting members and urge them to vote NO on Article 34.

Click here to see a precinct map for LexingtonClick here for a listing of town meeting members.

Plan on attending town meeting April 6, 2016 and speaking out against this attack on our Second Amendment.

Click here for more information
Important Info From LexForLiberty.org

Important Information on April 6 Town Meeting

To all those who are planning to use their 1st Amendment Rights to protect their Second, please be aware of the following:

At the Town Meeting on April 6.

1) The Chief of Police has asked for no concealed or open carry, regardless of license, and will not admit anyone who is.  They will use metal detectors and bag checks.  Please avoid incident and respect the Chiefs’ authority, even if you disagree with it.
2) People should dress as you would for a traditional business meeting.  Range attire and/or clothing with political/firearm themed messages will not help articulate the arguments against the Resolution.
3) If you speak, don’t use accusatory or intimidating language.  Stick to the facts.  You will have a better chance of speaking if you “pre-register” with Moderator Brown before the meeting, who will call on you (see below).
4) Clapping and cheering and otherwise being overly vocal will work against the effort, whereas calm, quiet presence, acknowledged by those who speak, will be much more effective than loud obnoxiousness.

Our main focus is defeating Article 34 at the Town Meeting on April 6.  However, mark your calendars and stay tuned for details of a “Protest Town Meeting Passage of Article 34” rally planned for Apr. 9 should that be necessary.

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**West Boylston Alert **  

The discussion will continue at Zoning Board Hearing April 21.

The citizens group who are working to suppress freedom in W. Boylston via forcing Wayne's Weaponry to cease lawful discharge of firearms on his property will have to wait until the next hearing, scheduled for April 21st.

At last nights hearing it was decided that the lawful discharge will be strictly limited to certain times/days.

Hopefully this will be reversed at the next hearing to that people can get back to enjoying exercising their Second Amendment freedom.

If you are a W. Boylston resident, please plan on attending the next hearing in support of Wayne at the West Boylston Town Offices, 140 Worcester Street, West Boylston, MA.

Also, there is a fundraiser for Wayne at the Kasbar in Worcester, 234 Southwest Cutoff Rd, April 10th from 4:00 - 8:00 PM $10.00 at the door.  Stop by, have dinner, get a raffle ticket and help Wayne offset his legal fees.
Gun Groups Push to Make Silencers Easier to Purchase, Own

Hearing Protection Act would remove restrictions on suppressors

Gun rights advocates hope to remove a number of federal restrictions related to the purchase and ownership of firearm silencers.

The Hearing Protection Act would exempt silencers from the National Firearms Act of 1934, a law that also regulates fully automatic weapons. Under the current law, individuals who wish to purchase a silencer must pay a $200 tax and wait several months for the ATF to process paperwork on the item before bringing the accessory home. The process is more complex than buying a firearm.

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Running for State Rep or Senate?  Let us know!

2016 is an election year for the MA general court and other offices.  If you are planning to run for a seat, please let us know by filling out one of our candidate questionnaires!

GOAL Notes
Shoot-B-Q June 18th, Get Your Tickets Today!
"Firearms, Food & Fun!"

Join us at Hopkinton Sportsmen's Association - Saturday June 18, 2016 for an afternoon of range fun followed by a BBQ bash, complete with beer tent, cigars and more!

No need to bring your guns, we'll be supplying them for you! Best part of all, you will have a chance to win a gun just by participating!

This event is a benefit for the GOAL Foundation, GOAL's 501c3 non-profit entity. 

Corporate Sponsorship Opportunities!  If you are interested in sponsoring this event we have many great opportunities and all donations are tax deductible.  Please contact GOAL President of the Board Jay Beard for more information.

Sponsor the Shoot-B-Q!   As a fundraiser for our non-profit 501c3 entity, the GOAL Foundation all Shoot-B-Q support is tax deductible!  If you or your company would like to support this great day of firearms, food and fun!  Please contact GOAL President of the Board, Jay Beard.

2016 GOAL Cup
Saturday, April 9 9 AM - 2 PM - Southborough Rod and Gun Club 254 Fruit St, Hopkinton, Massachusetts 01748

The Trap Committee of Southborough Rod and Gun Club and GOAL invite you to the Annual GOAL Cup Trap Championship, to be held at Southborough Rod and Gun Club, 254 Fruit St, Hopkinton MA, on Saturday, April 9.  Squadding begins at 8 AM, First shots at 9.  Course of fire is 50 Singles (16 yards).  Trophies will be awarded for High Gun, High Lady, High Junior (Under 18 the day of the event) and High Team of Five.  Teams may be made up the day of the shoot.  Dinner to follow the event.  Entry fee is $40. Net proceeds benefit GOAL.  Fee includes all targets for record, and the meal.  We have been receiving donations , and in addition to the Trophies, High Gun will get A $75 gift certificate to Cape Gun Works, and $50 to B&K Sales; High Lady $50 to Cape Gun Works;  High Junior $50 to B&K Sales.  More to come!  SRGC is a Green Club, and non-toxic shot is required.  Ammo will be available the day of the event.  

Event will be held, regardless of weather. Rules subject to change up to the first shot.

Pre-registration and payment is requested!
Please contact Mike Pearson at mikep25straight@gmail.com to sign up or for more info.

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Break Clays With The GOAL Board!

Join us Sunday April 10th at Petersham Gun Club for fifty rounds of sporting clays!  Bring your 12 ga or 20 ga.  Shooting will be followed by lunch and a short GOAL board meeting, please ask family and friends to join you for a great day of shooting in the woods, breaking bread, and breaking clays with like minded friends.

Registration at 9 AM shoot at 10 AM please call Jay Beard by Friday April 8th with head count for lunch and shoot 508-868-4021.
GOAL Training - 2016 Schedule - New Coursed Added!

Have you checked out the GOAL Training schedule for 2016? We have a huge variety to choose from and more on the way.  Remember, GOAL members always get a discount and all proceeds go directly towards our continued efforts to protect & restore Second Amendment freedom in MA.
Women On Target, Sign Up Today!

GOAL presents Women On Target events all over Massachusetts. If you are interested in a great day of fun and education for ladies only please contact us by clicking here !

2016 Schedule: (look for more dates soon)

Westwood Gun Club - Two Dates! Saturday April 2, 2016 - 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM or Saturday June 11, 2016 - 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. Westwood Gun Club 25 Trailside Road Medfield, MA. Pre-registration is required. To register, contact Mark Gentile via email: president@westwoodgunclub.us

The Nimrod League of Holden - April 9, 2016 - 9:00am to 5:30pm Click here for more information or to sign up.

The Fin, Fur & Feather club of Natick & Wellesley - June 4, 2016 - 8:00am to 4:15pm - Limited to 50 students. Pre-registration is required, contact Mary at emilyoz@juno.com or by calling 508-533-5572. Please note this event has a rain date scheduled for June 11, 2016.

The North Brookfield Sportsman's Club - June 25, 2016 - 8:15am to 5:00pm - Limited to 24 students and will include: pistol, rifle, shotgun, and archery. Pre-registration is required, Please contact Jean Underwood at 508-867-7855 for registration.

Click here for more information.

Club Events
  • Worcester Pistol & Rifle Club - 100th Anniversary Celebration! The Worcester Pistol & Rifle Club will be commemorating the club's 100th anniversary with a celebration at Wachusett Country Club, scheduled for May 7, 2016, beginning at 6:00 PM.  If you are a WP&R member in good standing and would like to attend, please RSVP to Ann Kerouc
  • Leominster Sportsmen's Club - Patriot's Day "Rattle Battle" Rifle & Pistol Plate matches April 17th starting 9am, cost $10. Bring your buddies, your favorite rifle, sling, extra clips/mags & 50-100 rounds, and your pistol or revolver & 50 rounds (more if you're a good shot).  10 point bonus for competing with fixed bayonet {remember Bunker Hill?}  details: lsa-ma.org
  • Lowell Sportsmen's Club: May 15th, 2016, 1-4pm - Spring Fling - all ranges and activities open to the public.  May 21st, 2016, 8am-1pm  Flea Market and Pork Roast - to reserve a table ($20) leave a message for Brian at 978-692-2622.  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 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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