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

PA Deputy State Director, Suk Yee Smith

Suk Smith, Deputy PA Director

Suk Smith is the Pennsylvania Deputy State Director for GOA.

Before joining GOA Suk Smith graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Management.

Suk is also a USCCA qualified instructor in Concealed Carry and Home Defense as well as Women’s Handgun and Self-defense. She is also an NRA certified instructor in Basic Pistol. Suk is the lead firearms training instructor at Shogun Elite, LLC. Suk is also a Professor-6th Degree Black Belt in Kenpo Karate and the co-owner of The Dragon’s Way School of Kenpo specializing in unarmed self-defense and leadership training.

Suk was born and raised in Jersey, Channel Islands where guns were totally confiscated and illegal. There she realized the importance of gun ownership and when she immigrated the United States of America, she quickly obtained her concealed carry license and has not looked back since.

Suk has been very active on many political campaigns where she served as the 2nd Amendment Director. She is very committed to the 2nd Amendment and the value of personal gun ownership.