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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.

1st Gun Bills Of 2017 PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 12 January 2017 07:40

The 2017 Connecticut state legislative regular session started January 4th and Adjourns June 7th. The first few days are mostly formalities, but now we're starting to see the first proposed gun bills coming out. Remember, these are just proposed bills right now, but this is the best time to kill the bad ones and prevent them from moving ahead, or voice your support for the good ones.

CCDL is also going to try to start tracking more sportsmen related bills, since there is a lot of overlap between gun owners and sportsmen. You'll see those bills listed after the gun bills.

Click here to read the rest on the CCDL Blog

 
CCDL Monthly Meeting - January 10th PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 09 January 2017 11:21

CCDL holds its monthly general membership meeting at 7:00pm on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at the Elks Lodge in Middletown, CT. The next meeting is January 10th.
All CCDL members are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Meeting Agenda:

  • Discussion on 2017 legislative session
  • Gubernatorial and statewide constitutional offices discussion
  • 8th Anniversary Dinner discussion
  • Special legislative guests: Rep Eric Berthel (68th House State Rep)
  • CCDL Legislative Workshop (Q&A Session to follow)
  • Special Elections- Due to a handful of legislators being selected for appointments, there will be a number of special elections coming very quickly.
    ∙ Senate District 32: (all or part of Oxford, Seymour, Washington, Bethlehem, Watertown, Roxbury, Woodbury, Bridgewater, Middlebury and Southbury.)
    ∙ Senate District 2: (Bloomfield, Hartford, Windsor)
    ∙ House District 15 (West Haven)
     These elections will affect your 2nd Amendment rights! Find out how you can help!

Avoid the wait and shipping fees! The full selection of CCDL merchandise is always for sale at our meetings, including many items not sold on our website.

8th Anniversary Dinner Tickets On Sale
Tickets for our Anniversary Dinner will be for sale at the meeting. See here for more information.

 
Press Release – Proposed Olympic Pistol Regulations PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 03 January 2017 18:32

01/03/2016
For Immediate Release:

(Groton, CT) - The Connecticut Citizens Defense League (The state's largest gun rights organization) is opposed to some of the regulatory recommendations from the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection that pertain to Olympic Competition Pistols. The firearms in question fell under the State's definition of assault weapons when amended language was passed under Public Act 13-3 and 13-220.

CCDL notes that there are just 10 days to enter public comments to try to get DESPP to factor in their objections to the regulatory changes.

Statement from CCDL President Scott Wilson:

"There are two parts of the proposed language changes that would likely impact would-be Olympic target shooters. First off, Sec. 53-202b-5(a) 6 is an unnecessary burden that creates another obstacle for an Olympic hopeful to obtain these very expensive and calibrated pieces of equipment. These types of guns are never used to commit violent crimes".

"The second more troubling issue with the language is Sec. 53-202b-5(a) 9. This language essentially states that unless you are already sanctioned by the Olympic Committee or some other national or international committee, you cannot get the approval to possess one of these firearms. How does one train to become an Olympic-level competitor without access to the equipment needed in the first place? It's a dreadful Catch 22".

Wilson also stated:

"It is important to point out that these firearms would still be regulated by all other state and federal law. We feel applying “assault weapon” definitions to these extremely rare and specialized types of firearms is pointless".

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About the CCDL: The Connecticut Citizens Defense League was formed in 2009 by a small group of concerned citizens as a non-partisan organization to advocate second amendment rights in the state of Connecticut. Since their founding, the group has grown to over 25,000 members from across the state. Thanks to this large supportive base, the CCDL has become a fixture at the state capitol, and well-recognized by committees that see firearms related bills. As the go-to organization in the state they are consulted regularly by lawmakers who have questions and concerns about pending legislation or existing laws. For more information on the CCDL please visit: http://www.ccdl.us

 
8th Anniversary Dinner PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 10 December 2016 13:19

Where does the time go? Come celebrate CCDL’s 8th anniversary with a dinner event to be held February 18th, 2017 at the Aquaturf Club in Plantsville. Relax, enjoy a meal, and share a well deserved night out. We've added over 25,000 members since that first dinner, come pat yourselves on the back.

Tickets may be purchased at our monthly meeting or online, and you must show your ticket at the door to gain entry. Tickets are $57 per person when ordered online in our web store. Tickets ordered online will not be shipped. They will be held at the door under the name used to order them.

Dinner will be buffet style, salad and cheese tables are on the menu as well. This event is 4pm-9pm, with dinner to start at 5:30. We will have some speakers, but not TOO many! This is a night to sit back and enjoy a well deserved meal. Bring some cash for raffle tickets and the bar! All lawful forms of carry are permitted and encouraged, but remember the Aquaturf does serve alcohol. Please carry (and drink) responsibly.

The Aquaturf is located at 556 Mulberry st, Plantsville CT, 06479. Their phone number is 860-621-9335.

Purchase tickets online HERE.

 
Statement on Boughton Exploratory Committee PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 22 November 2016 16:31

11/22/2016
For Immediate Release:

(Groton, CT) - The Connecticut Citizens Defense League (The state's largest gun rights organization) release the following statement after Danbury mayor Mark Boughton announced the creation of an exploratory committee for the governor's seat in 2018.

Statement from CCDL President Scott Wilson:

"Mark Boughton was a member of the gun control group "Mayors Against Illegal Guns". The Mayor also made several public statements about recently passed anti-gun laws that were very troubling to gun owners in Connecticut.

Mayor Boughton did finally severe his affiliation with MAIG towards the end of his last gubernatorial campaign because his being associated with gun control hurt his campaign. As far as CCDL can tell, there has been no outreach or attempt by the mayor to mend any fences. We must assume his position hasn't changed in the last few years.

We hope that the mayor of Danbury is aware that gun owners do vote, and they do not forget."

Wilson also stated:

"It would be an extremely difficult hurdle for any candidate to overcome a prior platform position that included gun control in a statewide election. Mayor Boughton would not just be campaigning in Danbury, but across the entire state".

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About the CCDL: The Connecticut Citizens Defense League was formed in 2009 by a small group of concerned citizens as a non-partisan organization to advocate second amendment rights in the state of Connecticut. Since their founding, the group has grown to over 25,000 members from across the state.

Thanks to this large supportive base, the CCDL has become a fixture at the state capitol, and well-recognized by committees that see firearms related bills.

As the go-to organization in the state they are consulted regularly by lawmakers who have questions and concerns about pending legislation or existing laws. For more information on the CCDL please visit http://www.ccdl.us

Press Contact:
Scott Wilson
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