The Connecticut Citizens Defense League (CCDL) is a non-partisan, grass roots organization advocating for the right to keep and bear arms (RKBA) in Connecticut. Formed in 2009 and headquartered in Groton, CT the CCDL boasts over 20,000 members statewide as of December 2015.

Q: Is the CCDL available to answer questions about firearms, laws, or current events?
A: Absolutely. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will answer your question or point you to someone who can.

Q: I would like to talk to a member who lives in a particular town.
A: Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will do our best to find a member willing to speak with the media.

Q: Can I contact the CCDL membership directly?
A: Our membership list is not available to the public or general membership. However, in some cases it may be possible to reach our members through one of our monthly email alerts, or through an Executive Intermediary.

Q: How can I meet with the CCDL?
A: We hold a member meeting on the second Tuesday of every month at the Elk’s lodge in Middletown, CT. Generally most of the executive board attends, so this is an excellent opportunity to meet us and ask questions. We ask any media to notify us of their presence in advance.

Q: Someone claiming to be a member of the CCDL has said or done something crazy!
A: Membership to the CCDL is free and anyone can join at any time. Only executive members are authorized to act as agents for the organization. If the person is not listed on our website (www.CCDL.us) under the Contacts section it is unlikely that they are an Executive Member. Fortunately, we all respond to email very quickly and many of us are happy to give our phone numbers to the media to confirm or discuss stories like this.

Q: I heard the CCDL supports sensitive issues like open carry.
A: The CCDL supports any lawful firearm carry. Currently there is no law against visibly carrying a firearm in the state of Connecticut, provided the carrier has a valid CT pistol permit. To many people any firearm related issue is sensitive; this is exactly why the CCDL was formed: To better inform the public and legislators as to the facts, history, and statistics regarding firearms for sport, hunting, or defense.