Tell me about GOA.


Brother in Arms
February 28, 2006, 11:30 PM
I have seen people mention the GOA, and I understand that they are broken down into state chapters. I have been to the Maine GOA website and it looks like a good organization.

Can anybody give me an idea of what they stand for there platform ect. I am looking at the national site as well.


Brother in Arms

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March 1, 2006, 12:28 AM
They're more of a hard-line, no compromises on gun rights as compared to say, the NRA. In some states, they and their affiliates (direct or indirect) are more successful than the NRA, in others, the NRA has the upper hand. They aren't so into education and training like the NRA is, they're basically a one-issue group...the Second Amendment issue.

They're politician ratings are more honest IMHO because they don't really get into being "access oriented" and as such, they don't owe anyone any favors or play "lesser evils". I prefer their style to the NRA's, and I get legislative and important alerts typically 24-48 hours faster from the GoA than I did with the NRA. However, just joining either or even both is never enough. I suggest that either way, you initiate and maintain contact with your elected officials and send them letters or e-mails about issues important to you. The GoA prefabs letters and e-mails for you for this very purpose in regards to gun rights. The dialogue with elected officials is more important IMHO. Anyway, the GoA has served me well, I would recommend them to anyone interested in gun rights in this country.

March 1, 2006, 12:43 AM
Join GOA.
Join NRA.
Join JFPO.

It's not a sporting's your beliefs and your life. You don't need to pick one "winner".

They all want RKBA.
They all help the cause.
They all don't always get along with each other.

And they all have their good and bad points, but the beautiful thing is that you can spread out your personal support into a nice, strong portfolio of gun rights organizations for less than the cost of one used, beat-up shotgun.

March 1, 2006, 01:45 AM
I just looked into the ones I knew about and decided today to re-join the NRA. GOA was a close second. I may make a donation to them.

March 1, 2006, 04:00 AM
I'm a member of all three along with the Second Amendment Foundation.

March 1, 2006, 01:28 PM
I'll second the Second Amendment Foundation, in addition to the first three.


March 1, 2006, 01:50 PM
GOA ( provides useful email bulletins on legislative issues for prompt membership attention and are most representative of an effective lobbying process in my humble opinion. As a member, I feel that they are very efficient and potent.

They've just the kind of head-'em off at the pass attitude I like to see in action.

March 1, 2006, 02:18 PM
GOA is more hard-line RKBA than the NRA. They're not as big or as influential, but they serve as a good right-wing anchor point on gun issues.


March 1, 2006, 02:24 PM
NRA=Good Cop
GOA=Bad Cop

NRA to congress=="You're well advised to go along with our proposal. You don't want the GOA's ideas floating around as law."

Both have their place. Both do a good job.

March 1, 2006, 07:06 PM
Just as a data point, at least WRT National Parks, GOA is a co-petitioner to amend the NPS regs, but to the best of my knowledge, has not lifted a finger to help. My calls to them have gone unanswered. However, other gun rights organizations with 3 initials, who aren't necessarily official petitioners have been available for contact, discussion, help, etc. YMMV

March 1, 2006, 08:52 PM
Not impressed with them....they spend a lot of effort finding fault with what the NRA does, yet don't have much of a track record for their own accomplishments. What's puzzled me is why their web site contains links endorsing "Drugs & Guns".....?????

March 1, 2006, 09:01 PM
I just checked the GOA website, checked the links, did a search. I find nothing at all about drugs and guns.

March 1, 2006, 09:18 PM
Source that, Rembrandt?

March 1, 2006, 09:25 PM
I think it's happened once before.

If I recall, GOA is progressive (love using that word when it fits:) on CHL issues in addtion to RKBA issues.

In which case I need to join them too. Already an NRA member although I don't agree with everything they do and actually let my membership lapse for a while in the JBT days...

And as soon as I learn a bit more about TSRA, they might get a few of my bucks as well.

March 1, 2006, 09:29 PM
"Guns and Dope Party".....Linked under their political sites. Why anyone wanting to be taken serious would have this linked to their website is beyond me. Almost as radioactive as linking to a Nazi or KKK web site.

March 1, 2006, 09:38 PM
Ah, a true Libertarian group. :D

March 1, 2006, 11:29 PM
I'm a bit skeptical of the group; I've seen it noted that they spend much more than NRA-ILA in lobbying expenses, but I have to question the cost-effectiveness of that lobbying. Do they have a list of legislative successes?

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