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April 15, 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 -
Drawing April 29th!

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
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Help Us Stop Town By Town Attacks - We Need Your Help May 7th!

H.2158 Info Session - Please Attend!

Saturday, May 7, 2016 10:00 am - 1:00 pm @ Division of Fisheries & Wildlife HQ - Westborough, MA.

Help us stop the town by town attacks, we need your testimony!

If your local city/town is requiring anything extra of you to apply for a state firearm license, please attend this meeting and provide information to Rep. Vieira.  Along with your verbal testimony, it would be very helpful if you could bring documentation of the added requirements. This could be in the form of printouts from municipal websites, additional application forms from your city/town, etc.

Please click here for more information.    

**Longmeadow Alert**   NO on Articles 29, 30, 31!

A few updates on the alert regarding the three articles to be voted on at town meeting on May 10th.
  • Get involved!  Do you live in the Longmeadow area? Volunteer to become part of the solution by clicking here.
  • Follow the website! 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 29, 30, 31.  (note NEW numbers!)
  • 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*** 

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***

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…
Fact-checking the Claims Behind Article 34

This info will be presented in Longmeadow as "fact" as well.

If Lexington is serious about engaging in a town-wide dialog on gun violence, it is imperative that all participants be well-informed, and in possession of reliable, accurate data and statistics.

It was therefore disappointing at the Town Meeting of April 6 to watch Article 34’s proponent distributing pink handouts rife with misinformation, and to have no opportunity for effectively countering or responding to it.

Robert Rotberg’s “fact” sheet contained a number of outright falsehoods and misleading data, and repeatedly mixed “apples and oranges” by conflating general firearms statistics with “assault weapons” data.

In rather poor academic form, Professor Rotberg provided no sources or citations for the claims on his handout (one wonders whether his students were allowed to get away with such omissions.)

Read more.
**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.
Westford-based Pro 2A advocate speaks against gun control

I wanted to thank the editor for publishing my comments in the recent series on firearms. I do have three additional points I would like to make.

“Let's have an informed debate,” the editorial page stated at one point that as neighbors, we can discuss this issue better, and closed with, “Let's Talk.” All of which is fine, but excuse me if I then say, “I'll talk, but NOT about gun control.”

I'm well within my right to not compromise on my constitutional rights, aren't I? When terrorists go online and urge others to kill innocent people, do we suggest banning everyone's access to the internet? When the cops are 99.9 percent sure they know who committed the crime, do we tell them, “It's OK, you don't need a search warrant.”

I would love to talk, but when Mr. Don Detweiler, chairman of the Social Action Committee at Temple Isaiah in Lexington, says, “we don't want to take anyone’s guns away,” I have to wonder. Does Mr. Detweiler support his fellow Lexington citizen, Robert Rotberg, who submitted a citizen position that would ban the possession of a huge class of legal firearms? He certainly didn't denounce the move.

Read more.

The Primer - GOAL Podcasts - Listen In!

GOAL podcasts are a great way to get information while in your car, at the gym, or anytime you want to listen!

We have just started podcasting and they have been very well received!

The Primer - Official Podcast of Gun Owners' Action League

Subscribe to The Primer in iTunes! (or any other RSS based feed) using a laptop or PC, Copy this link, then open iTunes, choose file ->new podcast and paste the link, then hit enter.

Click here to go to GOAL's podcast page.

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.
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
  • Support the Maspenock Junior Rifle Team! Friday, May 6, 2016 Maspenock Rod and Gun Club Junior Rifle Team is holding a fundraising roast beef dinner and raffle at the club McGill Lane, Milford, Ma at 6:30 pm. $20.00 per adult, $10 children 5-10 and under 5 free! Food provided by Jeans Catering of Milford and the club bar will be open. For more information or to buy tickets please email Paul Young at info@ratherbeshooting.com or call 508-989-5679. Thank you!
  • 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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