Groton, CT - January 5th, 2012 - The Connecticut Citizens Defense League (The states largest grass roots gun rights group) is speaking out on state rep Stephen Dargan's proposal to publicize the names of permit holders that own and carry firearms.

CCDL President Scott Wilson Has this to say: "After contacting Stephen Dargan's office on New Years day to point out the dire and unintended consequences this proposal would have if passed, we believe that logic and reason will prevail either with representative Dargan himself or with any committee a bill such as this would go before. Essentially public knowledge of who owns or may carry firearms also points out who does not own firearms. A criminal market would be created for two types of criminals, those who like to steal firearms for sale on the streets, and for those that like to commit various crimes against unarmed persons which would be seen as easy and helpless targets. This has to make sense to anyone".
CCDL members are preparing to stand behind their 2nd amendment rights, by contacting their elected officials, preparing for public hearings. Legislative training workshops hosted by CCDL have been ongoing since before the Newtown tragedy. And will be hosting several more at various locations across the state.
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Groton, CT - January 5th, 2012 - The Connecticut Citizens Defense League (The states largest grass roots gun rights group) is speaking out on state rep Stephen Dargan's proposal to publicize the names of permit holders that own and carry firearms.

CCDL President Scott Wilson Has this to say: "After contacting Stephen Dargan's office on New Years day to point out the dire and unintended consequences this proposal would have if passed, we believe that logic and reason will prevail either with representative Dargan himself or with any committee a bill such as this would go before. Essentially public knowledge of who owns or may carry firearms also points out who does not own firearms. A criminal market would be created for two types of criminals, those who like to steal firearms for sale on the streets, and for those that like to commit various crimes against unarmed persons which would be seen as easy and helpless targets. This has to make sense to anyone".

CCDL members are preparing to stand behind their 2nd amendment rights, by contacting their elected officials, preparing for public hearings. Legislative training workshops hosted by CCDL have been ongoing since before the Newtown tragedy. And will be hosting several more at various locations across the state.
Tomorrow morning, Sunday 12/23/2012, two of CCDL's executive members will be on television.
CCDL Treasurer John Beidler @ 10:00am on FOX 61 "The Real Story."
CCDL Executive member Jonathan Hardy @ 11:00 am on WFSB 3 "Face the State"
Tomorrow morning, Sunday 12/23/2012, two of CCDL's executive members will be on television
CCDL Treasurer John Beidler @ 10:00am on FOX 61 "The Real Story."
CCDL Executive member Jonathan Hardy @ 11:00 am on WFSB 3 "Face the State"
Groton, CT - December 14, 2012 - The Connecticut Citizens Defense League (CCDL) sends out their heartfelt sympathies to the victims, families,and the entire community of Newtown, CT in the wake of today's school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. It is impossible to comprehend the full scope of this tragedy, and the lasting damage to children of such young age. You will remain in our thoughts and prayers throughout this ordeal and beyond.

CCDL President, Scott Wilson, also had this to say: "We, as law abiding gun owners abhor senseless and violent acts that harm our fellow human beings - especially innocent children. There have been, many statements condemning firearms and gun owners as a result of this tragedy. This was an act of deranged behavior from a mentally ill individual, not of decent and law abiding people that own guns and respect life. The members of CCDL weep with our fellow citizens of Connecticut".
Groton, CT - August 21, 2012: The Connecticut Citizens Defense League (CCDL), the state's largest grassroots second amendment advocacy group, has officially endorsed Wayne Winsley in his run for the U.S. Congress representing Connecticut's 3rd district. Scott Wilson, president of the organization, had this to say: "Wayne is an exceptional candidate that we can count on to uphold our constitutional right to keep and bear arms when he heads to Washington. The Executive Committee of CCDL is proud to endorse Wayne Winsley for Congress." It is the organization's hope that its members evaluate Mr. Winsley for themselves and consider supporting as well as voting for this new candidate. With his excellent history of support of our universal right to bear arms Mr. Winsley would certainly be a beacon of hope in Washington for the citizens of Connecticut.

Wayne Winsley Campaign site: http://www.winsleyforcongress.com/

CCDL Releases Statement on Colorado Movie Theater Incident

Groton, CT – July 23, 2012 – The Connecticut Citizens Defense League (CCDL), Connecticut's largest and most active grassroots gun rights organization, today released a statement regarding the movie theater shooting in Aurora, CO. Says CCDL President Scott Wilson: "The Connecticut Citizens Defense League expresses its heartfelt sympathies towards the victims and the families of the recent tragedy in Aurora, CO. Any instance where violence of this nature occurs, it leaves a mark on our society that is very simply impossible to erase. May there be peaceful days ahead for those affected by this terrible event."

In the past few days, we have heard many calls from elected officials all over the country for increased gun control. The CCDL is prepared to continue working against any further restrictions of our gun rights, which would punish law abiding citizens for the actions of a madman.

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Sincerely,

Bennett Prescott
Public Relations Coordinator
Connecticut Citizens Defense League

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CCDL Honors Rob Sampson as Legislator of the Year for 2012

Groton, CT (July 11) – The Connecticut Citizens Defense League (CCDL), Connecticut's largest grassroots gun rights organization, for the first time will be presenting a Legislator of the Year award. This award is given to the legislator who has done the most for the gun rights of state residents, regardless of political affiliation. Candidates must have not only a good pro-rights voting record for the year, but also have taken time to be involved with shooting organizations and events, and demonstrated the kind of political backbone it takes to stand up for what is right year after year.

For 2012 the award will be given to Rob Sampson, a representative of the 80th district and resident of Wolcott. Rob was instrumental in introducing and championing several pieces of pro gun legislation in the 2012 legislative session, as well as helping the CCDL with an inside view of proceedings and regular updates on the fate of several pieces of legislation they were fighting against.

One of Rob's greatest contributions was the introduction of HB5245,  An act that if it had passed in the Senate, would have created fair and uniform criteria for pistol permit applicants. This Bill passed through the House 141 to 0.

Says CCDL President Scott Wilson: "The CCDL is pleased to honor Rob Sampson as the first recipient of this award. Representative Sampson has shown that he respects the rights of his constituents, and all Connecticut citizens, through his legislative efforts." The entire executive board extends its congratulations and thanks to Mr. Sampson for his tireless work, and hopes that this small token will help convey our gratitude.

The award will be given to Rob in a special ceremony during the CCDL's next general meeting on August 14th at the Elks Lodge on 44 Maynard st. in Middletown, CT. For more information please visit http://www.ccdl.us/. To write Rob yourself and thank him for his great work on the behalf of gun owners statewide, visit:  http://cthousegop.com/rob-sampson/