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January 22, 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.  
GOAL Alert:  Town of Lexington Voting To Ban Commonly Owned Firearms & Magazines

Info:

Lexington Town Meeting Member Robert Rotberg has initiated an attack on the Second Amendment.

Rotberg initiated a citizen's petition (article) modeled after the Highland Park IL gun ban. If passed, this article would 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.

Lexington residents need to contact their town meeting members and urge them to vote NO on Mr. Rotberg's article.

Take Action!

If you are a resident of Lexington, please contact your town meeting representative and urge them to vote NO on the article filed by Mr. Rotberg. (at this time we do not know what number the article will be)
See contact info for town meeting members below. 

Plan on attending town meeting March 21, 2016 and speaking out against this attack on our Second Amendment.

Click here to see a precinct map for Lexington.

Click here for a listing of town meeting members.

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/
Lexington Discussion At GOAL Annual Meeting - January 31st.

GOAL Members!  The Annual Meeting is scheduled the same weekend as the Marlborough gun show.  Come for both!
  • GOAL's Annual Meeting of the Membership. $25.00 cost includes buffet breakfast - Review, discuss, exchange ideas - LEXINGTON!
  • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM - Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel & Trade Center, 181 Boston Post Rd W, Marlborough, MA 01752, United States (map)
  • To purchase tickets/reserve your seat - contact Angela: angela@goal.org 
    click here to purchase online.
    Or call 508-393-5333

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.

Noted Instructor To Speak At GOAL Annual Meeting.

Alex Hartmann is the Owner and lead instructor for OSOK Industries. 

Alex will be discussing: a number of subjects including; Sniping: myth vs. reality, reintegration, The role of GOAL, the shooting sports as they pertain to life, being a “great American”, making a difference in the community and more.

Alex is a former Marine Scout/Sniper and current security contractor with a wide variety of skills and experience as both an operator and an instructor.  He is a graduate of courses such as; USMC Scout/Sniper Basic Course, USMC Scout/Sniper Team Leader Course (High Shooter Award and Instructors Choice Award), USMC Special Operations Training Group Urban Scout/Sniper Course, U.S. Navy Survival Evasion Resistance and Escape Course (SERE Level C Full Spectrum), USMC Combat Hunter Course, Deployment Medicine Intl. Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) Live Tissue Course, Sig Sauer Academy LE Semi-Auto Pistol Instructor Course, and Sig Sauer Academy Active Shooter Response Instructor Course.  He also holds Instructor certifications from the NRA in Pistol, Rifle, Personal Protection, and is a NRA Range Safety Officer.  Alex is certified by the Massachusetts State Police as a Basic Firearms and LTC Instructor and by the Massachusetts Municipal Police Training Council as a Police Firearms Instructor.  Alex has real world experience in both Iraq and Afghanistan and strives to bring those lessons learned to the Law Enforcement Sniper community.  He is a member of the NTOA and several other professional organizations.
Boston Globe Edits GOAL's Op-Ed
 
The Boston Globe asked GOAL to write a piece in support of our Second Amendment and legal possession of AR15 style rifles. 

We wrote that the high profile mass murders happen "predominately" in "gun free" zones and they would not run that language. They chose to instead edit it to, "Many of the mass murders".

Also note, the picture to the right of John Rosenthal of Stop Handgun Violence.  He is holding a firearm with a Boston Police Dept. evidence tag.  We have to ask, why is the Boston Police Dept. supplying firearms to Stop Handgun Violence for their press conference?  
***ALERT*** Governor Baker supporting "No Fly" legislation.

GOAL has learned that Governor Baker is supporting legislation filed by Representative Lori A. Ehrlich which would allow state officials to deny rights with no due process.

See Governor Baker Speak In Support Of The Legislation Here.

Governor Baker can be reached by phone at: 617.725.4005

Rep Ehrich's bill would do away with due process for MA citizens who appear on one or more of the federal watch lists, see below for more info:

  • There is zero statutory criteria or due process for inclusion on the lists.
  • These lists would be run by unelected officials with no oversight and no accountability.
  • Should your name wind up on the lists you will be virtually powerless to find out why you are on it, or to have it removed.
  • The government is not required to tell you why you are on the lists.
  • There is no due process, no right to a trial, nothing, you can wind up on the lists and lose your rights.

Legislation of this nature goes directly against the Constitution and must be stopped.

Please call, mail and email Governor Baker today, ask him not to support HD4331 "An Act relative to denying firearms and explosives to suspected terrorists" or any other proposal which would arbitrarily deny or suppress our Constitutional rights.

No On HD4331!

Governor Baker can be reached by phone at: 617.725.4005

Email: constituent.services@state.ma.us

Address: Massachusetts State House, Office of the Governor, Room 280, Boston, MA 02133

Scholarship Available to MA Junior Conservation Camp

GOAL Paul J.  Kress Scholarship Opportunity  

GOAL is offering an annual scholarship to the Massachusetts Junior Conservation Camp this year for a young woman between the ages of 13-17.  (GOAL will alternate years between young women and young men).

The annual scholarship to the camp is named for Paul J. Kress. Paul was a past President of GOAL, the Legislative Director for the Massachusetts Wildlife Foundation, outdoor writer, and mentor to many in the sporting and writing community.  

The camp is a two-week, overnight co-ed camp.  The time is filled with fun, educational opportunities from shooting ranges to forestry to boating, and more.  More information can be found about this exciting summer event by going to: www.juniorconservationcamp.org.   If you are interested in being considered for this scholarship, please send us a letter that contains the following:  
  1. Name, address, phone number and email;
  2. A little about your past outdoor experience;
  3. A short paragraph about why you would like to attend the camp.
Applications should be sent to:   Gun Owners’ Action League Camp Scholarship Program PO Box 567 Northborough, MA  01532   Deadline for entry is April 1, 2016
GOAL Notes
GOAL Annual Breakfast & Meeting of the Membership - January 31, 2016
Scheduled the same weekend as the Marlborough gun show.  Come for both!
  • GOAL's Annual Meeting of the Membership. $25.00 cost includes buffet breakfast.
    Review, discuss, exchange ideas!
  • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM - Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel & Trade Center, 181 Boston Post Rd W, Marlborough, MA 01752, United States (map)
  • To purchase tickets/reserve your seat - contact Angela: angela@goal.org 
    click here to purchase online.
    Or call 508-393-5333
RSO Class At Riverside - Sign Up Today!

NRA Basic Range Safety Officer Course - February 27-28, 2016

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

Course Location: Riverside Gun Club, 16 Wilkins Street, Hudson, MA 01749

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

GOAL Board Of Directors Elections
Reminder to members, elections scheduled for February 2016
This winter GOAL will once again be holding an election to our Board of Directors.  This important process ensures that GOAL has important guidance and oversight as we move forward and continue to grow.  GOAL members should note this for a number of reasons.  To be eligible to vote or run for the board you must be a member in good standing for at least 3 years and/or a life member.  Please keep this in mind should you receive a renewal notice in the next few months.
Club Events
  • 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 Steel Rimfire 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.org for 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
  • Wrentham Sportsman's Association - December 13 - Pistol, Center Fire.  December 27 - Military rifle.  All events - $20.00 entry fee. 1:00 pm start.    
  • 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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