• 09/01/2020 11:19 AM | Angela Fisher (Administrator)

    Tuesday, September 1, 2020

    It is primary election season in Massachusetts. Please take the time to support the candidates that strongly support your Second Amendment civil rights.

    This year’s primary list is very small. At our last count, of 200 seats in the Massachusetts State House approximately 160 seats have no competition. That speaks very poorly of our democratic republic.

    If there is a candidate listed in your district, please get out and support them. If there is no one in your particular district to support we ask that you try to find a way to help those elsewhere.

    Note: We only have information regarding these candidates.

    Voting and Early Voting Information: https://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/eleev/evidx.htm

    More voter resources: https://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/elevoterresources.htm

  • 07/16/2020 3:20 PM | Angela Fisher (Administrator)

    Since the COVID – 19 shut down by the government, access to firearm licenses have been a tremendous problem. For the most part, the majority of cities and towns have done a fair job with renewals by mail or email. The majority of the issues were regarding new/first time applicants. This was generally caused by the inability to take fingerprints.

    GOAL was considering filing a court action, but by the time we were able to find willing plaintiffs the potential case became, more or less, moot. This is because cities and towns began to reopen the process. Thus, a judge would have dismissed the case.

    Instead, GOAL continued to work with state public safety officials in an effort to get local authorities to start processing new applications. Within the past few weeks we have had some success. The majority of cities and towns have started to process new applicants again. With your help, we were able to identify local authorities that needed a nudge from the state to get going. The next problem is going to be the backlog of new applicants.

    With the fear of police defunding and riots across the country, there has been a rush of first time firearm license applicants. In a phone conversation with the Boston licensing officer, the Lt. told us they were “buried” in first time applications, numbering in the hundreds. Their problem is compounded by the non-officer staffers not being allowed to come back to work. Most public buildings are still closed to “non-essential” workers and the general public. That is only one city. Many more have similar issues.

    We were told today that the Boxborough Chief got creative and set up a drive through fingerprinting and application processing in one of the town garages. Now that is forward thinking!

    Also, contrary to some misinformation out there, the state Firearm Records Bureau (FRB) never stopped processing licenses. Even during the height of the COVID shut down the turn-around time at the state level was no more than a month. If you are being told your application is being delayed by the state, you can call the Firearms Record Bureau to find out where it stands: Phone(617) 660-4782

    The backlog of license applications is going to be the next big challenge. Some local authorities are telling new applicants the backlog is so big they may have to wait until January to get fingerprinted. This is completely unacceptable. People should not have to wait close to a year to acquire an unnecessary license to exercise a civil right they already have.

    GOAL would like to thank all those who forwarded us information regarding licensing problems. We were flooded with emails and we tried to at least respond to all of them. It greatly assisted our efforts to get things going again. The next piece we will need information on is extended waits to process licenses. If you are informed that your application process will take more than the 40 days allowed by law please let us know: Jim@GOAL.org

    Thanks again for all of the information and support during this civil rights crisis. GOAL will continue to do everything we can to protect your 2A civil rights.

  • 07/06/2020 12:17 PM | Angela Fisher (Administrator)

    GOAL has received countless contacts from potential new gun owners who are being blocked from applying for their first firearm license. What GOAL needs to know is:

    •   What municipalities are not processing applications? New or renewals.
    •   If your local authorities have started to process new licenses, how long are they saying it will be before you can come in for an appointment?
    •   Also, if they tell you, how many applications may be backlogged?

    Due to COVID-19, applications are piling up all over the state. Letting GOAL know how many applicants are in front of you, and how departments plan on catching up will be very helpful information.

    We need answers so that we may keep gun owners informed and work with the proper authorities to work on remedies. Once again, your 2A right is being infringed upon. It is unethical to place law abiding citizens on hold while the rest of the country reopens. There are plenty of vulnerable residents in the Commonwealth who rely on firearms for their personal protection. If you have any information please do not hesitate to email jim@goal.org . Don’t give up on your civil rights!

  • 06/15/2020 2:23 PM | Angela Fisher (Administrator)

    As GOAL members are well aware, there has been a months long struggle with local licensing authorities not processing licenses. This is especially the case with new applicants. The excuse for not processing new licenses has been that it is unsafe to take fingerprints and conduct the interviews. After four months, this is no longer a valid reason. We can all get our favorite fast food and coffee. To shut down access to a civil right is simply inexcusable.

    Trying to give people another option, GOAL suggested applying through the State Police. In accordance with MGL C.140 § 131(d) you may submit your LTC application to either your local authority or to the Colonel of the Massachusetts State Police (MSP).

    Without giving any explanation, the MSP returned people’s applications and simply stated they are no longer processing applications. (See copy of letter.)

    Below is the specific legal citation:

    C.140 section 131(d) Any person residing or having a place of business within the jurisdiction of the licensing authority or any law enforcement officer employed by the licensing authority or any person residing in an area of exclusive federal jurisdiction located within a city or town may submit to the licensing authority or the colonel of state police, an application for a Class A license to carry firearms, or renewal of the same, which the licensing authority or the colonel may issue if it appears that the applicant is not a prohibited person…

    Unfortunately, our rights are once again being ignored. We at GOAL understand how frustrating this situation may be, with local and state licensing authorities brushing off new LTC applicants This is unacceptable and should not be tolerated. As law-abiding citizens, we are not exempt from exercising our rights.

    Many people have contacted GOAL and asked why we have not filed a lawsuit concerning the issue. The simple answer is that no applicant has wanted to become a plaintiff. No plaintiffs, no lawsuit. GOAL will continue to work towards a solution.

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