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About GOA

Gun Owners of America (GOA) was founded in 1976 by the late California State Senator H.L. (Bill) Richardson. The GOA Board of Directors brings over 100 years of combined knowledge and experience on guns, legislation, and politics. GOA’s Board is not satisfied with the “status quo.” Americans have lost some of our precious gun rights and we want them back! This is why GOA is considered the “no compromise” gun lobby.

From state legislatures and city councils to the United States Congress and the White House, GOA represents the views of more than two million gun owners whenever their rights are threatened.

PA State Director, Colonel Val W. Finnell, USAF Ret.

Dr. Val Finnell, Pennsylvania Director

Col. (Dr.) Finnell is a native of McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania, and currently resides in the Mechanicsburg, PA area, very close to the PA State Capitol Complex. 

He received his Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Washington and Jefferson College in 1990, a Doctor of Medicine degree from the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine in 1994, and a Master of Public Health (Health Services Administration) in 2008. Dr. Finnell completed a residency in Anatomic/Clinical Pathology at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and a second residency in Preventive Medicine/Public Health from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.

He retired in July of 2016 from the United States Air Force in the rank of colonel.

Dr. Finnell is a staunch advocate for the right to keep and bear arms for over 20+ years. He was the first president of the Virginia Citizens Defense League, a statewide grassroots organization dedicated to protecting the Second Amendment.

Under his leadership in Pennsylvania, the GOA-backed Constitutional Carry bill made it to Governor Wolf’s desk in November of 2021.

Grant Clarkson, Deputy PA Director

PA Deputy State Director, Grant Clarkson

Originally born and raised in Washington, D.C., Grant relocated with his family to Lebanon County, Pennsylvania in 2006, where he currently resides.

He graduated from Cedar Crest High School in 2015 before completing his studies at Arizona State University, where he earned a degree in Business and Political Science in 2019. Prior to joining the GOA, Grant served as a legislative assistant in Harrisburg for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.  He would later take on the role of statewide field director for Doug Mastriano’s 2022 Gubernatorial campaign.

Grant attributes his passion for the Second Amendment to his grandparents, who instilled in him a love for shooting from a young age. In his work with the GOA, he aims to defend and expand our freedoms not only in Pennsylvania, but across the United States as well