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April 8, 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.
  • Get involved!  The Longmeadow Liberty Group is meeting in the dining room of the senior center on Greenwood, Monday April 11 - 7:00PM
  • 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 27, 28, 29. 
  • 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…
**Lexington Update** 

Lexington Town Meeting Members Ignore Gun Owners, Vote Yes On Article 34

On Wednesday April 6th, the elected representatives of the town of Lexington voted affirmatively on Article 34, 105 - 62, to initiate a town wide discussion on "gun violence".

This discussion will be hosted and sponsored by the League of Women Voters, a group that has time and again testified for restricting Second Amendment freedom.

How can a fair discussion take place, based on this knowledge?

The article that they voted on was written in a manner which already concluded that there is a "need" to orchestrate greater restrictions on our freedom in the name of "safety".

How can a fair or reasonable outcome be expected based on this?

Disappointing result for the town of Lexington, the elected officials of which smeared the town's place in history this evening.

Article 34 Proponent Cites Cracked Magazine.

Turns out that the article proponent, Robert Rotberg knows very little about firearms.

As the proponent of Article 34, Robert Rotberg was given ample time to discuss his proposal and why he personally believes that the government should essentially destroy the Second Amendment rights of Lexington residents and Americans across the country.

During his presentation he stated that "assault weapons" are capable of firing 600-900 rounds per minute.  Later when he was questioned about this, it became readily apparent that he has zero knowledge about firearms of any sort, he also admitted to having never fired a semi automatic firearm of any sort.  He literally did not know that one bullet is fired per trigger pull.

When he was done admitting that he knew nothing of firearms, he promised to share his source for the 600-900 round per minute claim.

As it turns out, his source was a satire magazine called "Cracked".

Regardless, enough of Lexington's Town Meeting Members were hooked by his sensational sounding (and false) statistics to support him via a yes vote.

**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.
GOAL News - April 2016 - Online!

Here's the electronic edition of GOAL News.

GOAL News, Print Edition - April 2016: Spring Surprise Attacks on 2A, Alerts, Legislation Update, our friends from Commonwealth Second Amendment (Comm2A) update us on SCOTUS scolding MA SJC, Reloading Bench and more!

Read online here: http://goal.org/newspaper-archive.html

Maura Healey Targets ‘Ridiculous’ Gun Culture

First openly gay attorney general says civil rights should be on everyone’s agenda.

Maura Healey has one word to describe the gun lobby — ridiculous.

The Massachusetts attorney general says it’s “ridiculous” the National Rifle Association has so much control over gun rights debates. “Ridiculous” that Congress won’t allow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to study gun violence as a public health issue. And “ridiculous” that people who are a danger to themselves and others can get guns.

“This is a public health crisis in our country and we have a moral imperative to address this issue,” Healey said in an interview.

Read more

GOAL note: How can we, as law abiding gun owners expect anything close to equal protection under the law when our top lawyer is going around the state making comments like this?  This is very disappointing for many reasons, is crime in the Commonwealth so low that she has no actual crime to prosecute?

Nevada Gun Owners Looking For Help

Passing the word for our friends at the Nevada State Association, their Second Amendment rights are under full attack from billionaire Michael Bloomberg's anti-freedom lobby, Everytown for "gun safety".

If you know anyone in NV, please pass the word!

Click here for more information.
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 - Postponed!  **PLEASE NOTE**

The GOAL Cup, originally scheduled for tomorrow, Saturday, April 9 has been postponed, we will post a new date soon, thanks and sorry for any inconvenience.

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,
This Sunday!

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
  • 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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