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Tue Jul 14 @07:00PM - 09:00PM
Monthly CCDL Meeting
Tue Aug 11 @07:00PM - 09:00PM
Monthly CCDL Meeting

Our Mission Statement

The Connecticut Citizens Defense League is a non-partisan, grassroots organization devoted to advocating rights affirmed by the Constitutions of the United States of America and the State of Connecticut. We are especially dedicated to protecting the unalienable right of all citizens to keep and bear arms, for the defense of both self and state, through public enlightenment and legislative action.

We welcome anyone who believes that the defense of our constitutional rights is critical to the longevity of our freedom and to the success of this nation, and in particular that the rights to self defense and to keep and bear the arms to actualize that defense, are fundamental and undeniable.

June Meeting Reminder PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 08 June 2015 10:18

Major Updates at Tuesday's 06/09/15 Meeting


The decision in the Federal Court Appeal that CCDL and other litigants are suing over (Shew v Malloy) should be here soon. We are days away from the typical time frame that an appellate court takes to reach a decision. We have a very special meeting for Tuesday, which will include a visit from Chris Conte. Chris is litigation counsel for NRA-ILA and has done a lot to help coordinate legal legwork associated with this case. Chris will talk about the lawsuit's future and other aspects of Connecticut gun rights.  
Connecticut Local Counsel Martha Dean will be in attendance and so will Tom King, the President of the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association. NY is fighting the SAFE Act law which is similar to the law that we are fighting here in CT (PA 13-3/13-220).

Session Ends - SB650 Dead (for now)

Senate Bill 650 died at the stroke of midnight on the last day of the legislative session. With that, so did the last serious piece of legislation that could have crippled the rights of gun owners (sort of).  
While it is unlikely that this bill will come back in the pending Special Session, it might. CCDL is working with 2A friendly legislators, and monitoring what may come. 

One extremely important note to add to the end of the session is language that was included in the Second Chance Society Bill. This is a bill that will be the focal point of the special session. State Rep Doug Dubitsky (47th district) has made this public statement: 

A drafting "error" in the Governor's Second-Chance Society bill would have created new offenses which would disqualify Connecticut residents from possessing firearms. The bill would have generally reduced the penalty for drug possession to a misdemeanor, but it would also eliminate an entire category of minor drug-related offenses that do not currently make people ineligible to own firearms.

Credit for fighting this last minute goes to Rep Doug Dubitsky, Rep Cara Pavalock (district 77) and Rep Rob Sampson (district 80). If this had passed, it would have been a 2nd amendment rights stripping nightmare for many gun owners. 

A full post-legislative breakdown will be presented by CCDL Legislative Coordinator Ray Bevis. Ray will be providing statistics about membership involvement and effectiveness at the meeting. He has worked very hard this session along with Chris Lemos to bring Legislative information to our members in real time.
 
Contact Legislators PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 13 April 2015 09:32

Action Alert:

Contact Your Legislators, Input is Critical

Immediate Action is Needed on the Following Bills:
Governor's Bill 6848
Senate Bill 650

Emails, phone calls and/or personal visits can go along way to defeating these pieces of proposed legislation.  Tell your elected official to oppose both of these Bills.
These Bills passed out of the Judiciary Committee as Joint Favorable and could be voted on very soon!
They violate Due process of law. A right which is protected under the 14th amendment of the US Constitution and also Article 1 Sec 7 of the Connecticut State Constitution.
If either of these laws are passed, Connecticut citizens who have even a Temporary Restraining Order (ex parte) filed against them will not have an opportunity to be heard by a judge before firearms and ammunition are seized.
For more information on these Bills and Calls for actions by CCDL pertaining to these Bills, please see our blog.
Find and Contact your legislators.
 
Major Gun Bill Hearing - March 11 PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 06 March 2015 09:03

Gun Bill Hearing

Hartford 3/11/15


Major Public Hearing Wednesday
March 11th is going to be a “Gun Day” for public hearings.
The Judiciary Committee will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at 10:00 A.M. in Room 2500 of the LOB. Please submit 50 copies of written testimony to Committee staff at the time of sign-up. Testimony submitted after sign-up may not be distributed until after the hearing.

AN ACT CONCERNING FIREARM SAFETY
http://www.cga.ct.gov/2015/TOB/H/2015HB-06962-R00-HB.htm

AN ACT CONCERNING TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDERS
http://www.cga.ct.gov/2015/TOB/S/2015SB-00650-R00-SB.htm

AN ACT PROTECTING VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
http://www.cga.ct.gov/2015/TOB/H/2015HB-06848-R00-HB.htm

The Judiciary Committee will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at 10:30 A.M. in Room 2E of the LOB. Public speaker order will be determined by a lottery system. Lottery numbers will be drawn from 8:30 A.M. to 10:00 A.M. in Room 2500 of the LOB. Speakers arriving after the completion of the lottery will have their names placed at the end of the speaker list.

Please submit 50 copies of written testimony to Committee staff any day prior to the hearing but no later than 10:00 A.M. in Room 2500 of the LOB. Written testimony submitted by a person(s) or organization(s) which exceeds five (5) single-sided pages per bill or resolution will only be posted on the Judiciary Committee’s website at the discretion of the Judiciary Committee Chairs. Testimony received after the designated time may not be distributed until after the hearing.

Please email written testimony in Word or PDF format to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Testimony should clearly state testifier name and related Bills. The Committee requests that testimony be limited to matters related to the items on the Agenda. The first hour of the hearing is reserved for Legislators, Constitutional Officers, State Agency Heads and Chief Elected Municipal Officials.Speakers will be limited to three minutes of testimony. The Committee encourages witnesses to submit a written statement and to condense oral testimony to a summary of that statement.

Unofficial sign-up sheets have no standing with the Committee. All public hearing testimony, written and spoken, is public information. As such, it may be made available on the Judiciary Committee's website and indexed by internet search engines.
http://ccdl.us/blog/2015/03/05/upcoming-public-hearing-march-11th/

The CCDL Meeting will go on the night before as planned, and we will be discussing strategy for testimony for all of these Bills. See Info Below for meeting details.

All 2015 Legislative Info: 2015 Pending Legislation



The Legislative Office Building is located at 300 Capitol Avenue, Hartford
For Parking and other information:http://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/menu/drivingdirections.asp
 
Press Conference - Oct 27, 2014 PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 23 October 2014 19:50

Get Out the Gun Vote!

Press Conference- October 27th 
CCDL Members- Come Join Us!

Date: 10/27/2014
Time: 9:30am
Location: Connecticut State Capitol Building in Hartford - North Side Capitol Steps

The Connecticut Citizens Defense League invites our members and supporters to a press conference, welcoming 2nd Amendment activists Timothy Knight from Colorado, and Sean Maloney from Ohio.
Both of these individuals will be here in Connecticut to help trigger the 2nd Amendment vote November 4th.

Timothy Knight was the founder of the Infamous Colorado Recall elections in 2013. Sitting Colorado state legislators were removed from office for their anti-gun votes!

Sean Maloney is an attorney, 2nd Amendment Activist and Leader of the Buckeye Firearms Association.

CCDL is pleased that they are coming to Connecticut to offer their support with their 2 day visit (October 27th and October 28th). Timothy and Sean will be very busy with guest radio spots, visits to firearms retailers, and gatherings of 2nd Amendment supporters. As their itinerary becomes available we will be posting it on our blog.
 
Lucky Target & Line Shoot Fundraiser PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 04 October 2014 20:50

For more information contact:

Dave Bicknell through Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/dave.bicknell.7?fref=ts

LUCKY_TARGET

 
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