Results from the first practical pistol match of the 2014/2015 season are posted on practiscore. Congrats to Mike P for starting the year out with a first place finish.
We will be holding an Introduction to Defensive Pistol class on Saturday, November 8th starting at 8:00am and running until approximately 5:00pm. Class size is limited to 20 students and students must pay in advance to reserve a spot. Cost will be $25 per student which includes lunch.
Prospective students should have attended the basic NRA pistol course or equivalent and must bring their own pistol or revolver, a safe outside of the waistband holster, three magazines or speed-loaders, a dual magazine or speed loader pouch, eye and ear protection, and approximately 200 rounds of safe ammunition.
Please contact Dave Joy to reserve a spot in the class.
Club member Steve Mauriello took the following pictures at the work party to share. We had a great turn-out and got a ton of work done, so thank you to everyone who showed up. (And thanks again to Steve for taking the pictures.)
Please join us for an evening with Melrose Alderman-at-Large Monica Medeiros. Monica is a Republican candidate for State Senator in the 5th Middlesex District, which includes Malden, Melrose, Reading, Stoneham, Wakefield and Precincts 1, 2, 3 & 8 of Winchester. She is a strong proponent of the 2nd Amendment and the Right to Keep and Bear Arms.
Please join us and support Monica even if she would not represent your area, we all need another pro 2nd amendment voice in the Senate!
All MVGC members are urged to attend. Bring your friends and family, everyone is welcome!
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 7TH
From 7pm to 10pm
ANTHONY'S FUNCTION HALL (Right across the street from Mystic Valley Gun Club)
105 CANAL ST
MALDEN, MA 02148
Hors d'oeuvres will be served and a cash bar will be available.
If you cannot make the event, please register and VOTE on November 4th!
It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of long time MVGC member Aldo Ray. Aldo was local Malden guy all of his life, serving our community on the Malden Police Department as a decorated patrol officer for 34 years. Those who knew him personally called him a great cop and a great guy. He will be missed.
Relatives and friends will gather in honor and remembrance of Allan's life at the Robinson Funeral Home, 809 Main St., Melrose during visiting hours on Sunday, October 5 from 2-7pm, and at the Vineyard Community Church, 47 Adams Ave., Saugus where his Funeral Service will be celebrated on Monday at 10AM.
Mystic Valley Gun Club is proud to partner with GOAL to offer the NRA Home Firearm Safety and Basic Pistol Instructors Class. The cost of the class is $250 dollars for GOAL members and $350 for non-GOAL members (a one year GOAL membership is only $30 bucks, so it makes sense to join.) Mystic Valley is offering a program to reimburse members who take the class and volunteer to help the pistol school (see Dave Joy or John Barry for details.)
The first class will run from December 12th through the 14th. Please CLICK HERE for the agenda.
First dibs on seats for this class will be given to MVGC members. If any open seats remain after mid-November they will be offered to the public. If you're interested in attending this class and becoming an NRA certified instructor, please reach out to Dave Joy to reserve your spot. There are a maximum of nine seats and we expect them to fill up quickly so advance payment is required to reserve a seat.
Additional classes may be offered in the future based on interest, so let us know if you're interested even if you can't make it to the class in December.
On Saturday, September 13th both ranges will be closed from approximately 8:30am to 5:00pm for a club work party. All members are encouraged to come down and help out - we have a ton of painting to do and also some light carpentry planned so come on down and grab a paint brush or a hammer.
GOAL is asking us to call our reps and ask them for a concurrence vote on H.4285. While this bill is by no means perfect it represents significant positive progress from where we started. Read more on GOAL's webpage here:http://www.goal.org/alert-defeat-chapter-180-part2.html
A lot has happened with Speaker DeLeo's gun bill since the last update. We've all been very busy following the bill though it's many changes and trying to understand what impact, if any, those changes would have on the legislation and, assuming it passes, gun owners. This is probably a good time to pause, summarize, and provide a few recommendations on next steps.
The original bill, H.4121, is dead. The House Committee on Ways and Means basically scrapped it and started over. The good news is that they removed most (but not all) of the egregious proposals that were in the original version. We all applaud GOAL and the concerned citizens in MA who inundated the House with calls, letters, and emails voicing their strong opinions on the bill. Without GOAL leading the charge and the swift and tireless action of MA gun owners, we would certainly be in a much worse position with this bill.
Lesson learned: Action works. Though we as gun owners are a small minority in MA, we are a vocal one. We proved that calling, writing, emailing, and showing up in your representative's office is not a waste of time. Keep this in mind as we move forward.
On July 9th, Ways and Means presented the full House with H.4278. (You can read it here.) The House then proposed and voted on a number of amendments and, after a very long day of voting and debates, voted to pass the bill and send it along to the Senate. The worst part of the resulting House bill was a section that would extend "suitability" to applicants for FID cards, but other than that the bill was surprisingly benign considering the circumstances. (Keep in mind that just a few weeks ago they were talking about "a one gun a month" law, banning all private sales, extending the AG's "consumer protection" powers, etc. None of that stuff made it into the House bill because gun owners got active. We made our voices heard.)
Once the Senate got the bill, they got busy proposing their own amendments. Yesterday (7/17,) all of those amendments (something like 63 of them) were debated on the Senate floor, where they were either adopted, rejected, or withdrawn. At the end of the day, the worst part of the House bill (FID suitability) was removed but some anti-gun owner stuff was added. (For example punishing gun owners who are victims of theft.) The result was certainly not a perfect bill but it was a lot better than anyone expected, except, perhaps for the anti-gun organizations who are reportedly very upset.
This brings us up to date with where we are today. At this point the Senate bill will head back to the House for a concurrence vote. Basically this means that the House needs to vote to accept the amendments that the Senate made to the bill or not. If the House votes to concur the bill goes to the Governor for a signature. If they vote not to concur a new joint committee comprised of members of both the House and Senate will form to hash out a version that they can both agree on. The concurrence vote will likely happen today (7/18.)
What to do next:
- At this point it would be a good idea to call, write, email, etc your reps and senators who voted for the good amendments and against the bad ones and thank them for listening to reason. Unfortunately most of the amendments were not passed with a roll call vote so there is no record of who voted which way, but some amendments did have a roll call vote. For example, the roll call on the Senate amendment that deleted the FID suitability requirement is available here.
- Keep a close eye on GOAL's page where they are posting updates on this process, or if you haven't already, subscribe to GOAL email list so that you get the updates directly in your email. (You can also follow GOAL on Twitter or Facebook if that's more your style.)
Once again, thanks are due to GOAL for their strong leadership and to all Massachusetts gun owners for their tireless devotion and action throughout this process. This bill would have been MUCH worse if we had sat back and done nothing.
Jennifer Hogan, wife of long time MVCG member Mark Hogan and niece of MVGC VP John Barry passed away yesterday. On behalf of the leadership of the club and all our members we extend our condolences and prayers to the Hogan family.
Jennifer A. Hogan
July 10, 2014
Jennifer A. Hogan, 40 of Medford, died Thursday July 10, after a long illness in the Kaplan Family Hospice House, Danvers.
Born in Malden, she was a lifelong resident of Medford. Jennifer was employed by Berkshire Mortgage in Needham as a Closer for several years.
Beloved wife of Mark D. Hogan. Devoted mother of Kayla Davis, Emily and Lyndsey Hogan all of Medford and the late Robert Hogan. Cherished daughter of Linda J. (Barry) Davis of Medford and the late Jack K. Davis Jr. Loving granddaughter of Maria (Schenna) Barry of Medford and the late James R. Barry. Sister of Dawn Viliott of Reading.
Funeral from the Dello Russo Funeral Home, 306 Main St., MEDFORD Tuesday at 9 AM followed by a funeral mass celebrated in St. Francis of Assisi Church, 441 Fellsway West, Medford, at 10 AM. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. Visiting hours Monday 4-8. Services will conclude with burial at Oak Grove Cemetery, Medford.
In lieu of flowers memorial may be sent in Jennifer’s name to the Kaplan Family Hospice House, 78 Liberty St., Danvers, MA 01923 or a Charity of One's Choice.