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March 11, 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.

**Lincoln MA Alert**  NEW!

GOAL has learned that the town of Lincoln will be voting on anti Second Amendment rhetoric, in the form of a town meeting article (36).

Article 36 will be voted on at town meeting, beginning Saturday, March 19th at 9:30 AM, more info here: http://www.lincolntown.org/index.aspx?NID=257

Text of Article 36 here: http://www.lincolntown.org/DocumentCenter/View/20836

If you are a resident of Lincoln please attend town meeting and vote no.

Lincoln residents should be concerned that their town is wasting time and valuable resources voting on an article which is nothing but anti Second Amendment propaganda. 

**West Boylston Alert**  

Anti Second Amendment Activists renew their push for rights suppression, if you are a West Boylston resident please attend this important hearing.

PUBLIC HEARING - ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS
The Zoning Board of Appeals will hold a Public Hearing at the West Boylston Town Offices, 140 Worcester Street, West Boylston, MA, on Thursday, March 24, 2016, at 7:45 p.m., to act on the petition of George Bilotta, Loree Griffin Burns, Jessica Frenger, Patrick McGreal, Timothy C. O’Brien, Mary Ellen Davis, Rich Wall and John Sullivan, individually and on behalf of Concerned Citizens of West Boylston, for Administrative Appeal of the decision of the Interim Building Commissioner/Zoning Enforcement Officer to deny the request for an Order concerning the property at 241 and 251 Laurel Street, West Boylston,MA, to stop a gun firing range on this property. Record title of this property stands in the name of Almstrom Realty Trust, Wayne Almstrom, Trustee, 241 Laurel Street, West Boylston, MA. Copies of the petition are on file in the office of the Town Clerk, 140 Worcester Street. All interested parties are invited to attend the hearing.

Kristina Pedone, Chair
Toby S. Goldstein, Secretary

GOAL Alert:  Town of Lexington Voting To Ban Commonly Owned Firearms & Magazines

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

The article, if passed, will ban many commonly owned firearms and magazines in the town of Lexington. Currently the town of Lexington has over 800 residents who are duly licensed to own firearms. Should this article become law it would affect an untold amount of firearms, which are currently legally owned.

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 March 21, 2016 and speaking out against this attack on our Second Amendment.

Learn About The Issue - "Why the Lexington Gun Ban is a bad idea!"

Click here for a printable fact sheet with info about firearms licensing, the Second Amendment and the firearms, which are targeted by this proposal.

Click here for more information
Article 34 In The News

Hundreds attend special Lexington selectmen's meeting on potential ban on assault weapons

By Caitlyn Kelleher  - ckelleher@wickedlocal.com

Posted Mar. 9, 2016 at 3:50 PM - Updated Mar 9, 2016 at 4:27 PM

LEXINGTON Hundreds turned out March 8 for a special meeting of the Board of Selectmen, most to express their opposition to a proposed bylaw that would limit they types of guns Lexingtonians can store in town.Robert Rotberg is presenting a citizens’ petition article to the annual Town Meeting that would amend the town’s bylaws to outlaw some types of semi-automatic guns, as well as magazines with more than 10 rounds of ammunition. Rotberg, based on a request by selectmen, is considering proposing a resolution that would urge the state Legislature to “strengthen state laws banning assault weapons."Town Meeting starts March 21, although Rotberg's article will not be taken up that night.

LexforLiberty.org - "It's far from over"

The Lexington residents group urges continued action.

This past week saw the Board of Selectmen, the Lexington Police Department, and Lexington Town Counsel all unanimously oppose Article 34.  To be sure, it was a good week by any measure.

Nonetheless it is crucially important that we keep up the fight, and that we keep our foot on the gas until we can finish this once and for all on April 6.

Despite the overwhelmingly negative reception Rotberg received on Tuesday night, he has signaled, in another lengthy screed on the LexTMM forums, that he intends to soldier on with this ill-advised measure.  He is soliciting buy-in from other Town Meeting Members, and, in some cases, receiving it.

From the small sampling of opinions on the LexTMM forums, it is difficult to determine exactly how much support Rotberg has.  You can be sure, however, that so long as he believes he has a chance, he will persevere.

The fight is far from over.  It is more important than ever to let your Town Meeting members know where you stand, and to be present for the Town Meeting on April 6.

(Note:  Per Police Chief Corr, no firearms will be allowed on April 6, and attendees will be screened accordingly.  Please come unarmed.)

Follow Lexforliberty.org for more info.

Suppressor & Non-Resident Bills Receive Favorable Vote!

Good news out of the State House! 

The Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security has released our Suppressor bill, S.1271 (filed by Sen. Don Humason) and our Non-Resident LTC bill, S.1287 (filed by Sen. Mike Moore) with a Favorable vote.

At this time we do not know the destination of these bills, we will update as soon as we know.

We would like to thank Senator Humason, Senator Moore and the Public Safety Committee Chairs, Senator Timilty and Representative Naughton for the progress on this important legislation.

Please take a moment to send them a note of thanks and remember, these bills still have a ways to go before they become law, the work will continue!

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.

Jim Wallace on air today!  GOAL Exec. Director Jim Wallace will appear on WMEX 1510 AM radio at 3:00 PM today with Michele McPhee. He will be discussing many issues including Lexington and legislation at the State House. Thanks in advance for having us on! Tune in online here: http://radio.securenetsystems.net/v5/WMEX
GOAL Podcast, The Primer! 

New from GOAL, the Primer!

The Primer is a MA issue focused Second Amendment podcast. On episode 1 we sit down with GOAL Executive Director Jim Wallace and discuss all kinds of things, legislation at the State House, Lexington, Lowell, No Fly and more.  Episode 2 features GOAL Director of Education Jon Green, we discuss how to get a MA LTC/FID, MA law, the AG "

This podcast should be available on iTunes and other popular podcast resources soon, please keep an eye out!

Voting for the NRA Board?  Please consider our friend and colleague Tom King!
If you are voting in the NRA elections, please consider voting for our friend Tom King of the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association. http://nraontherecord.org/tom-king/

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


Squadding at 8:00 AM first shots at 9:00 AM

Open to all GOAL Members! Shooters of all abilities and ages are encouraged to compete.

Course of fire: 50 Singles (16 yards)
Trophies for: High Gun, High Lady, High Junior, High Team of Five. A Junior is under 18 years of age on the date of the Event. Team of Five may be “made up” the day of the Event.

Entry fee of $40 Includes all targets for record, and post-event meal. Net proceeds to benefit GOAL. Practice rounds will be available, at Club Member prices. SRGC is a Green Club: only non-toxic ammo is permitted. 12 and 20 ga. ammo will be available.

Ties will be decided by a Step-Back-Sudden-Victory shoot-off. Winner of High Gun is not eligible to win other individual Trophies. Except as noted above, current ATA rules will apply. The Trap Committee will direct the Event. Committee decisions are final.

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.

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.

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
  • Lunenburg Sportsmens Club - Gun Show - 250 Reservoir Rd, Lunenburg, Ma 01462 Saturday March 26, 2016 - 9:00 am- 3:00 pm - Door Prize - Refreshments - 60 Table - Info contact Ruby Shannon 978-827-5217. $4.00 Admission
  • Lowell Sportsmen's Club: NSSF Rimfire Challenge, Saturday, March 19th 9am - Great fun for all skill levels from the first time shooter to the skilled competitor, the National Shooting Sports Foundation SteelRimfire Challenge is a .22 rifle and pistol event focusing on marksmanship, speed, and fun.  This event is open to everyone age 15 an up.  Cost is $15 (which includes ammo), visit http://www.lowellsc.orgfor more info and to register.
  • Swift River Sportsman's Club - Tickets are now available for the Swift River Sportsman's Club Remington 870 12g shotgun combo raffle. Comes with a 26" bird barrel and a 20" slug barrel. Must be 18+ years of age with valid FID or LTC required to purchase a ticket. Winner will pick up gun at R&R Sport Shop in Belchertown. To be drawn on March 9 at monthly meeting. Tickets are $20 each and only 100 will be sold.  Contact Laura Lavallee at 413-883-3840 for tickets.
  • 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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