GOAL Education

We provide a wide array of courses and offer everything from a class for new shooters to certification training for those wishing to become firearms instructors.

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Our GOAL is Education. We believe that safe firearms handling lessons serve as a core element of preserving the public safety. Our staff provides quality training for individuals interested in the proper use, handing and safe storage of firearms. We provide courses to new shooters, as well as certification training for those wishing to become firearms instructors. We also provide referrals to instructors around the state.

Youth Education. GOAL firmly believes that the future of our nation depends on our youth. If we don’t want our children to think of guns as toys, or worse yet, as a way to solve arguments, we must education them. Therefore, we promote the National Rifle Association’s award-winning Eddie Eagle® GunSafe program, which teaches children and important safety message. Our members and activists have been successful at getting the program into elementary schools across the state to teach the life saving message to young children. If they find a gun, “STOP! Don’t Touch! Leave the area. Tell an adult.”

Gun Owner Education. Due to the overwhelming number of local, state and federal firearms laws, GOAL is a highly respected source of information for the state’s licensed gun owners. Our popular Massachusetts Firearms Law book is currently in its eighteenth printing. We have researched and created fact sheets on subjects ranging from the licensing structure of Massachusetts gun laws to the transportation and storage requirements for gun owners in the Commonwealth. We have debuted several courses for current gun owners and sportsmen and women on intermediate topics or introductions to new shooting sports and disciplines. For the full range of these seminars, check out the training and education schedule.

Upcoming events

    • 07/27/2022
    • 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • GOAL HQ
    • 11
    Register

    KNOW THE LAW

    John McAdam, Ph.D.

    KNOW THE LAW

    CASE STUDIES OF USE OF FORCE

    Wednesday, July 27, 2022

    5:30 PM – 9:30 PM

     

    The law of self-defense includes statutory law, case law and jury instructions.  Case studies are an effective strategy for LTC citizens to learn the law through real-world examples.  The case studies presented during this KNOW THE LAW session will provide LTC citizens with the opportunity to both apply their knowledge of the law of self-defense or to learn about the law of self-defense via the real-world use of force. Case studies represent a practical and effective way to better understand any subject and thus the law of self-defense.  As true in many fields of study, we learn through the experiences and often through the mistakes of others.  Learning through case studies provide us with the opportunity to apply, analyze and evaluate situations – all of which are considered to be the highest forms of learning.  Focus of this session is on Massachusetts law.

    • 08/13/2022
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • GOAL HQ 361 West Main St Northbourough, MA 01532
    • 5
    Register

    Instructor Jim Colonies

    This course is perfect for Range Safety Officers / Instructors and is open to all. Participants practice first aid and CPR skills on manikins and watch the AHA course videos. A skills evaluation is conducted during the session. Successful completion results in a two-year Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED certification eCard from the American Heart Association. Students are required to purchase and bring to class the AHA workbook https://shopcpr.heart.org/heartsaver-fa-cpr-aed-student-workbook and CPR Mask https://www.redcross.org/store/adult-child-and-infant-cpr-mask/5000SGI.html?cgid=cpr-masks-and-face-shields#start=7&cgid=cpr-masks-and-face-shieldsfrom the AHA at a nominal fee.

    • 09/20/2022
    • 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • GOAL HQ: 361 W. Main St Northbourough MA
    • 10
    Register

    Course Description:


    This 4-hour concealed handgun seminar is designed for individuals who are currently carrying a concealed firearm or those who are considering firearms for self-defense. This course will be taught by Attorney Lisa Steele Esq. and Jon Green. Lisa Steele is an AWARE Board Member and an appellate attorney who practices in both Massachusetts and Connecticut.  She has special interest in, and expertise in, lethal force issues. She has written briefs for lawyers (“Defending the Self-Defense Case”) and articles for the public (“Owning and Carrying Non-Firearm Weapons”).  Lisa organized an AWARE class on Courtroom Survival.  She is co-chair of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) Forensic Evidence Committee.  Jon Green is GOAL’s Director of Education and Training and Owner of Range Success. He has over 20 years as a full time curriculum author, firearms and MA gun law instructor, having trained thousands of individual from basic to advanced courses of study. Guests will have the opportunity to try on many of the newest and most popular holsters and carry systems from various manufacturers. Certificates will be awarded for full attendance. This is a non-live-fire course. 

    Topics include:

    • Lawful use of deadly force and its aftermath
    • Concealment methods & carry option for different environments
    • Mace, pepper spray, Kubotan, and other less than lethal force tools
    • Product overview: guns, holsters, ammunition, and other essentials
    • Training resources and references
    • Question and answer period
    • 09/26/2022
    • 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • GOAL HQ
    • 11
    Register

    JOHN MCADAM, PH.D.

    KNOW THE LAW


    Monday, September 26, 2022

    11:00 AM – 3:00 PM


    Legal self-defense in Massachusetts requires 5 Elements. 

    Those Elements are:

    INNOCENCE                     IMMINENCE        

    PROPORTIONALITY     AVOIDANCE         REASONABLENESS

    To defend yourself legally all 5 Elements are required.  Thus, if you are forced to go to your firearm for self-defense, you must know each of these 5 Elements and the legal interpretations of each.  To break one of the 5 Elements would put you in jail.  Remember, the courts expect you to KNOW THE LAW.

    • 09/27/2022
    • 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • GOAL HQ
    • 12
    Register

    John McAdam, Ph.D.

    KNOW THE LAW

    THE CASTLE DOCTRINE:

    MASSACHUSETTS FOCUS

    Tuesday, September 27, 2022

    5:30 PM – 9:30 PM


    The concept of a man’s home as his castle is an ancient concept that harkens back to the days of Rome and passed onto us through British Common Law.  While the CASTLE DOCTRINE is a widely accepted law, it is often mis-understood by many, including those you would think know the law.  The CASTLE DOCTRINE law is more restrictive in the use of deadly force than one might imagine.  This is particularly the case in Massachusetts. While one always has the right to defend oneself, the specific requirements of legal self-defense whether outside of one’s home or inside one’s castle are critical legally.  One must always remember that the courts expect you to KNOW THE LAW.  

    • 11/08/2022
    • 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • GOAL HQ
    • 12
    Register

    John McAdam, Ph.D.

    KNOW THE LAW

    THE AFTERMATH OF USE OF FORCE

    INCLUDING DEADLY FORCE

    Tuesday, November 8, 2022

    5:30 PM – 9:30 PM

     

    In the unfortunate event that you had to use your gun for self-defense you will be thrusted into a second fight, the legal fight.   Many experts contend that the legal fight can be equally as significant as the physical fight.  Even the most responsible gun owners have little insight of the legal jeopardy brought on after a use of force event.  Knowing what to expect and how to best represent yourself with the 9-1-1 Call, the responding police and the detectives are critical factors in establishing and maintaining your innocence.  Even innocent citizens need to know how to communicate with police, the importance of their rights, and why having an attorney schooled in the law of self-defense is important.  The AFTERMATH OF USE OF FORCE session will provide you with the insights as to how best protect yourself legally while also being cooperative with police.

    • 11/12/2022
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • GOAL HQ 361 West Main St Northbourough, MA 01532
    • 8
    Register

    Instructor Jim Colonies

    This course is perfect for Range Safety Officers / Instructors and is open to all. Participants practice first aid and CPR skills on manikins and watch the AHA course videos. A skills evaluation is conducted during the session. Successful completion results in a two-year Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED certification eCard from the American Heart Association. Students are required to purchase and bring to class the AHA workbook https://shopcpr.heart.org/heartsaver-fa-cpr-aed-student-workbook and CPR Mask https://www.redcross.org/store/adult-child-and-infant-cpr-mask/5000SGI.html?cgid=cpr-masks-and-face-shields#start=7&cgid=cpr-masks-and-face-shieldsfrom the AHA at a nominal fee.

    • 11/15/2022
    • 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • GOAL HQ: 361 W. Main St Northbourough MA
    • 12
    Register

    Course Description:


    This 4-hour concealed handgun seminar is designed for individuals who are currently carrying a concealed firearm or those who are considering firearms for self-defense. This course will be taught by Attorney Lisa Steele Esq. and Jon Green. Lisa Steele is an AWARE Board Member and an appellate attorney who practices in both Massachusetts and Connecticut.  She has special interest in, and expertise in, lethal force issues. She has written briefs for lawyers (“Defending the Self-Defense Case”) and articles for the public (“Owning and Carrying Non-Firearm Weapons”).  Lisa organized an AWARE class on Courtroom Survival.  She is co-chair of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) Forensic Evidence Committee.  Jon Green is GOAL’s Director of Education and Training and Owner of Range Success. He has over 20 years as a full time curriculum author, firearms and MA gun law instructor, having trained thousands of individual from basic to advanced courses of study. Guests will have the opportunity to try on many of the newest and most popular holsters and carry systems from various manufacturers. Certificates will be awarded for full attendance. This is a non-live-fire course. 

    Topics include:

    • Lawful use of deadly force and its aftermath
    • Concealment methods & carry option for different environments
    • Mace, pepper spray, Kubotan, and other less than lethal force tools
    • Product overview: guns, holsters, ammunition, and other essentials
    • Training resources and references
    • Question and answer period

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