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Gun Owners' Action League
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February 19, 2016

Dear Mike,

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.

Alert - Action Items - Please Follow Up or Make A Call Today!

We currently have multiple alert - action items which need your attention. 

Three action items - Please take action today!
  • Call - Email - Write your state representative and state senator - urge them to oppose: 1. H.3476 Imitation Gun Bill, 2. H.3914 "No Fly" list legislation.  Also, ask them to support all GOAL legislation discussed yesterday at the public hearing - ask that they oppose all "opposed" legislation from yesterday.  Click here for GOAL's list of legislation heard yesterday with "support/oppose" position.
  • Ask your state representative and senator to contact the members and chairs of the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security - ask that they contact the committee members and ask that they support/oppose legislation listed above from yesterday's hearing - ask that they oppose the "No Fly" legislation and imitation gun bill.
  • Call - Email - Write the chairs and members of the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security - ask them to support/oppose legislation listed above - ask that they oppose the "No Fly" legislation.

Click here for GOAL's Action - Alert page with more information.

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 March 21, 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
Pro Second Amendment Lexington Residents Organize

Pro Second Amendment Lexington Residents have begun to organize against the unconstitutional article to be voted on at town meeting on March 21st. If you would like to follow to get the latest info, sign up on their website here:  http://www.lexforliberty.org/
RIP Justice Scalia

Antonin Scalia's work will be long remembered

"To be sure, Justice Scalia believed in enforcing constitutional guarantees. People unhappy with his jurisprudence concerning the Second Amendment (the right to bear arms) must contend with the implication of their views for his similarly strong dedication to the principles of the Fourth Amendment, barring unreasonable searches and seizures, and the Sixth Amendment, involving the jury right in federal criminal trials. Many a defendant did or will receive the benefit of Justice Scalia's work — often prevailing over other "conservative" members on the court — in recognizing individual rights. He twice provided the fifth vote to strike down under the First Amendment laws criminalizing flag-burning. This son of an immigrant was no proponent of flag-burning, but he saw it as protected speech."

Read more

Justice Scalia's Heller Opinion - A Landmark Decision

"Some have made the argument, bordering on the frivolous, that only those arms in existence in the 18th century are protected by the Second Amendment . We do not interpret constitutional rights that way. Just as the First Amendment protects modern forms of communications, e.g., Reno v. American Civil Liberties Union, 521 U. S. 844, 849 (1997) , and the Fourth Amendment applies to modern forms of search, e.g., Kyllo v. United States, 533 U. S. 27, 35–36 (2001) , the Second Amendment extends, prima facie,to all instruments that constitute bearable arms, even those that were not in existence at the time of the founding."
 
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Guns in spotlight as Baker works to fill SJC seats

This is why supporting pro Second Amendment Governors Council candidates is vitally important

By Andy Metzger

State House News Service

BOSTON -- Judicial views on firearms are likely to become an issue as Gov. Charlie Baker seeks to fill at least three seats on the state's highest court, a member of a judicial nominee review panel said Wednesday.

Jennie Caissie, whose district includes Townsend and the lone Republican on the eight-member elected Governor's Council that vets judicial nominees, found harmony with the gun views of Michele Ouimet-Rooke, the nominee for a Springfield District Court judgeship.
GOAL Notes
Membership Renewal Update:

The GOAL Staff receives many phone calls regarding email renewal notices.

Please note: In order to save postage, we automatically email a renewal notice to any member who has a valid email address.  This is not to say you MUST renew online…it’s just a reminder. If you do not want to renew online you can also mail us a check, or call us at the GOAL office.  Also note, to process the renewal, we only need your name and address, don't worry if you don't know your GOAL member number.
GOAL Training - 2016 Schedule - Sign Up Today!

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.

RSO Class Scheduled At Danvers - Sign Up Today!

NRA Basic Range Safety Officer Course

Course Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day

Course Outline:

  • MA Gun Law for the Range Safety Officer
  • Lesson I: Introduction to the NRA Basic Range Safety Officer Course
  • Lesson II: The Role of the Range Safety Officer & Range Standard Operating Procedures (SOP)
  • Lesson III: Range Inspection and Range Rules
  • Lesson IV: Range Safety Briefing
  • Lesson V: Emergency Procedures
  • Lesson VI: Firearm Stoppages & Malfunctions
  • Lesson VII: Test & Review
  • Various Live Fire Exercises and Demonstrations

Club Events
  • Franklin Rod and Gun Club, Come join us for our annual Game Supper - Sunday, February 21, 2016 at 2pm. We are located at 53 Florence Street in Franklin.  Cash bar opens at 1pm.  Ticket donations are $25 per person.  To reserve tickets or for more information please contact us at info@franklinrodandgun.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 th 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.
  • Leominster Sportsmen's Association will be holding its Winter Rifle Matches on Sunday mornings, starting December 6th through the end of March - 9-11am at Camp Bartlett, 1455 Elm St.  It's any rifle/any sights or scope, 20 shots in 20 minutes at 100 yards on SR-1 targets, standing ("offhand") in our heated range house. costs $5.  This is a great way to improve your marksmanship skills. All are welcome - grab your rifle & come on down!  The kitchen is open for breakfast 7-10am. www.lsa-ma.org 
  • 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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