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2014 Election Wrap Up – Where Do We Stand?

Wednesday Nov. 5, 2014. As the dust begins to settle from Tuesday night's election we are getting a look at what the 2015 MA Legislature will look like.

MA House of Representatives: The MA House gained 5 Republican seats. Of the 160 legislators we now have 61 pro Second Amendment legislators who are either GOAL rated "A" or scored a 100% on their candidate questionnaire.  There are 66 neutral legislators who are GOAL rated "B" or "C", and 31 anti Second Amendment legislators who are GOAL rated "D" or "F". There are two House races to be decided via recount.

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Natick Residents Vote for Freedom - Defeat Anti Rights Article on Town Meeting Warrant.

Congratulations to the citizens of Natick for taking a stand and protecting your rights. On Tuesday night the vote was overwhelmingly in favor of protecting our freedom.

A loud and clear message was sent, let's carry that into election day!

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GOAL Files Amicus Brief

GOAL’s position, as explained in detail in our Amicus Brief, is that the “suitable person” standard is unconstitutional on its face and as applied to Mr. Holden, especially with regard to the “core right” to have a handgun in the home, which right was established by the United States Supreme Court’s 2008 decision in District of Columbia v. Heller and its 2010 decision in McDonald v. City of Chicago.

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Governor Patrick Signs Chapter 284 into Law.

August 14, 2014: The bill is now known as the Acts of 2014, Chapter 284. On Wednesday August 13, 2014 Governor Patrick signed the newest chapter of Massachusetts gun legislation into law. Lets take a look at the many changes that will occur, what was stopped and what was gained by the passing of this legislation.

 

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MA Legislators Rally With GOAL

The Gun Owners Action League of Massachusetts (GOAL) today held a pro 2ndAmendment rally and lobby day at the Massachusetts State House. The State House Park Rangers at between 300-400 attendees estimated the attendance at the rally. The rally and lobby day was held to oppose Speaker DeLeo’s gun control bill, as originally drafted, H. 4121.

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Mass State House BostonGOAL Report: "An Act Relative to Gun Violence"

On Tuesday, May 27, 2014 House Speaker Robert DeLeo released “An Act Relative to the Reduction of Gun Violence” to the general public. Upon reviewing the legislation we were very disappointed. GOAL was hoping that after a year of hearings across the state a bill would be drafted that we could immediately support. Sadly, that is not the case.

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GOAL’s Review of the Report from the Committee to Reduce Firearm Violence


It is GOAL’s firm belief that any review of the Massachusetts gun laws must begin by acknowledging that the Commonwealth’s gun laws have been an abject failure. Since the passage of the 1998 gun control laws, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Injury Surveillance Program (ISP) reports that gun crime has drastically increased in the Commonwealth. In the same time period, licensed gun owners have been decreased by over 80%. In the absence of using these facts as a base, the report as a whole is made suspect regardless of whether we agree with parts or not. Unfortunately, the Committee chose to ignore these facts and instead relied on flawed testimony that attempts to paint the Commonwealth’s laws in a positive light.

Mass State House BostonGOAL DEBATES GROSSMAN;

INVITES ALL GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATES TO GUN ROUNDTABLE

BOSTON – Today, Jim Wallace of GOAL, on the steps of the Massachusetts State House, debated gubernatorial candidate Steve Grossman on gun policy. Wallace emphasized the plight of law-abiding gun owners who feel persecuted under the current Massachusetts laws and the abject failure of the current laws to reduce crime.


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pepper spray illegal in MAPepper Spray News.

5/21/14 Update: Yesterday the Senate released their version of the pepper spray bill.  It is unnecessarily convoluted and confusing.

While we are grateful to be moving forward in a positive direction, we are disappointed that a simple trip from point A to point B has become a route full of obstructions, detours and re-writes.

The good news is that the Senate bill, passed yesterday changes pepper spray/mace so that it is no longer classified as ammunition.

Northboro - Victory!

Northboro Residents Vote for Freedom. 5/1/14 Update: Victory! Article 58 was resoundingly defeated at town meeting last night.

Congratulations and thank you to the good citizens of Northborough who took a stand and voted for freedom. We are very pleased with the result.

GOAL 2014 Firearms Safety and Education Day for Massachusetts Legislators

Thank you to the NSSF, Smith & Wesson, Savage Arms, Kahr Arms/Auto Ordnance, Federal Ammunition, N.Leominster Rod & Gun Club and of course all of the volunteers that made the day possible. As always we had a great day of education, working with MA legislators and their staff, we're already looking forward to next year!

GOAL’s Review of the Report from the Committee to Reduce Firearm Violence
“Strategies for Reducing Gun Violence in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts”

It is GOAL’s firm belief that any review of the Massachusetts gun laws must begin by acknowledging that the Commonwealth’s gun laws have been an abject failure. Since the passage of the 1998 gun control laws, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Injury Surveillance Program (ISP) reports that gun crime has drastically increased in the Commonwealth. In the same time period, licensed gun owners have been decreased by over 80%. In the absence of using these facts as a base, the report as a whole is made suspect regardless of whether we agree with parts or not. Unfortunately, the Committee chose to ignore these facts and instead relied on flawed testimony that attempts to paint the Commonwealth’s laws in a positive light.

DCR Proposal - CMR Would Ban Lawful Posession of Firearms In Many Areas.

2/20/14 Update: For several months GOAL has been working with our members to address concerns with newly proposed regulations from the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), 302 CMR 12.00. The new regulations were a result of merging the old MDC regs with the Forest and Parks regs. These two entities were merged under the Romney administration. When the draft regulations were released, GOAL expressed deep concerns over some of the language concerning the mere possession of firearms as well as hunting issues. We urged our members to attend the hearings that were being held across the state to voice their concerns. As a result of our members doing so, GOAL has been able to work with DCR and the Department of Fish and Game to address our concerns. Currently DCR is in the process of redrafting the proposed regulations taking into consideration our concerns as well as those from other user groups. From what we have seen so far, we are pleased with the progress and will keep our members updated when the redraft is ready for public release. Thanks to all who took part in this effort. Read more

Scrap-ItGOAL Annunces Partnership with Scrap-It Inc.

New program will benefit shooting clubs and GOAL!

Scrap-It Inc, leaders in metals recycling and the Gun Owners’ Action League have teamed up to support our New England based gun ranges and shooting clubs in their pursuit of environment stewardship. All proceeds from the lead, steel and brass collected during the reclamation process will be split between GOAL, the gun club and Scrap-It, whereby 5% will be paid to GOAL, 22.5% to the gun club and 72.5% to Scrap-It.

Girl shooting AR15The Truth About “Assault Weapons". In the United States today Americans lawfully own an estimated 20-30 million rifles which are commonly used and often misconstrued by the media, politicians, and gun control advocates as “assault rifles”.

 

Here are some facts about these rifles. Thanks to the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) for some of the facts below: (note that the NSSF has labeled these rifles “Modern Sporting Rifles” (MSR).

 

Also note: there is an estimated 100 Million lawfully owned rifles of all types in the United States.

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Fast & Furious Scandal

11/6/14 Issa: Document dump shows Holder ‘at the heart’ of Fast and Furious debate. House oversight committee Chairman Darrell Issa told Fox News on Thursday that a massive trove of emails handed to his office on the eve of the elections indicates Attorney General Eric Holder was “at the heart” of deliberations over the Operation Fast and Furious scandal.

More than 64,000 pages of documents were given to the committee Monday night, a move Issa, R-Calif., said was a ploy to make sure they didn’t sway the election. But he said his staff is starting to go through them – already, one email exchange has surfaced in which Holder in 2011 blasted Issa “and his idiot cronies” looking into the botched anti-gun trafficking operation.

 

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