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Gun Owners' Action League
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January 27, 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.  
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

GOAL Annual Meeting

Annual Meeting of the Membership - GOAL Members Only  

Please Join Us - Saturday February 4, 2017 – 9:00 AM at Marlborough Holiday Inn!

January 27, 2017

Greetings!

On July 20, 2016, Attorney General Maura Healey launched an unprecedented and unchecked attack on our civil rights.  There was no public hearing, the legislature never debated it and the courts never vetted it.   

Additionally our civil rights were attacked at the local level; Lexington, Natick, Harwich and many other towns had articles filed to their town warrant.  These were a well-organized and sneaky attempt to suppress individual freedom in a way that few people would pay attention to, or so they hoped.   

Make no mistake, we are in for the fight of our lives and we are counting on you to help us restore and protect our Second Amendment civil rights!  

2017 will bring many challenges, the defense of our civil rights will take place in many arenas, be it a courthouse, town hall, or Beacon Hill, GOAL will be there and we will count on your generous support to enhance and enable our efforts.  

This begins on February 4th at our Annual Meeting.  Open to all GOAL members in good standing, join us to find out more information about the year that was, and our vision for 2017.  As always we will have a buffet breakfast followed by the meeting information and presentations.  

Please encourage every member that you know to attend, if you know someone who cares about our Second Amendment who is not a member, please encourage them to join GOAL and attend.   

It begins here, are you in?

GOAL Files Civil Rights Suit In Federal Court

CITIZENS UNITE TO CHALLENGE THE MASSACHUSETTS FIREARMS BAN

1/23/17

The Gun Owners’ Action League announced today that, together with individual Massachusetts citizens and small businesses, it has filed suit to end Massachusetts’ unconstitutional bans that prevent law-abiding, responsible citizens from buying and keeping in their homes the most popular rifles in the country, as well as most standard capacity magazines.

The Gun Owners Action League is a named plaintiff in the suit and is joined by individual and business plaintiffs who have had their Second Amendment rights infringed by Massachusetts.

Massachusetts prohibits the acquisition and possession of popular firearms and standard capacity magazines that are lawfully possessed by millions of law-abiding, responsible individuals across the nation. Attorney General Healey issued a Notice of Enforcement on July 20, 2016, retroactively expanding Massachusetts’ illegal prohibition of constitutionally protected firearms and magazines to include tens of thousands of Massachusetts Compliant Firearms that had been transferred in Massachusetts with the Commonwealth’s approval for almost 20 years.

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Healey Vows To Fight Lawsuit

Gun owners challenge assault weapons law; attorney general vows vigorous defense

BOSTON - A gun rights group, along with individual gun owners and retailers, is challenging the state's 1998 assault weapon ban in federal court, arguing the law unconstitutionally infringes on the right to bear arms and improperly bans an entire class of weapons.

The lawsuit, filed Monday by a group of plaintiffs including the Gun Owners Action League, names as defendants Gov. Charlie Baker, Attorney General Maura Healey, Public Safety Secretary Daniel Bennett, the Massachusetts State Police and State Police Superintendent Col. Richard McKeon.

Healey said Tuesday she would "vigorously defend" the law in court and that her office has been successful defending against Second Amendment challenges in the past.

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GOAL Legislation Page

We are continually updating our legislation page as bills are filed, please bookmark for quick reference!

Today is the deadline for filing legislation for the 190th General Court of the Massachusetts Legislature. 

Please take a moment to visit the page and read the summary of each bill so that you are familiar with the legislation.  Please note that the page is not complete yet and probably will not be until mid-week, next week when the MA Legislature website is up to date.

When the time comes to take action we will alert the membership and you will be prepared to take action and contact your legislators.
The Primer - Episode 16

Talking Lawsuits and Legislation

On this episode we are joined by GOAL Executive Director Jim Wallace.  We have a lot to talk about, we have filed a civil rights lawsuit in Federal Court against Attorney General Maura Healey, Governor Charlie Baker and other Massachusetts entities. 

We also talk about our legislative package for the 190th Massachusetts General Court.  As always we have a lot of important pieces of legislation to discuss and how you can help us move them forward towards becoming law.

As always we have lots of additional information on our website

Click here to listen online, or you can listen/subscribe on iTunes and please leave us a review/rating!

Suppressor Legislation News

Gun owners want silencers legalized

BOSTON — Gun enthusiasts are aiming to lift a ban on silencers, saying the devices long associated by Hollywood with gangsters and assassins have practical uses such as protecting hearing and reducing the noise at shooting ranges.

Massachusetts is one of nine of states that ban silencers, sometimes called sound suppressors. While law enforcement is allowed to use them, the general public cannot.

A proposal on Beacon Hill would legalize private ownership while preventing those with criminal backgrounds from purchasing them.

“There’s no evidence that allowing the sale and use of suppressors will increase crime,” said Sen. Michael Moore, D-Millbury, its chief sponsor.

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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!

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

  • Wrentham Sportsman's Club - shoot schedule - all begin at 1:00 PM - $20 entry fee. 1/29 Rim Fire Rifle, 2/12 Military Rifle, 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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