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

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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/

 

June 14th 2011 (Groton, CT) – The Connecticut Citizens Defense League (CCDL) on Monday joined eighteen other gun organizations representing hundreds of thousands of gun owners from twenty states and the District of Columbia by signing an Amicus Curiae brief in Peterson v. Garcia, et al. This landmark court case, filed by the Second Amendment Foundation, seeks to redress an affront to the rights of American citizens by the city of Denver, Colorado which does not permit the lawful carrying of firearms by residents of many states like Connecticut. This court case falls perfectly in line with the goals of the CCDL, which seeks to protect the fundamental right of all Americans to keep and bear arms. Denver's anti-firearm law is heinous and does little but create victims out of otherwise well intentioned citizens, and therefore must not be allowed to stand.

"This is about more than gun ownership." said organization president Scott Wilson after signing the brief. "This lawsuit is about one state saying that citizens from another state, honest citizens who have passed rigorous background checks to receive a concealed carry permit in their home state and perhaps others, are criminals if they enter the city of Denver with a handgun. This unequal treatment can have no benefit but to create victims out of good Americans who must render themselves defenseless simply due to geographical location. Our utmost appreciation goes out to the Second Amendment Foundation for their hard work on this case."

The Colorado case is another milestone on the road that was laid down by Heller v. District of Columbia in 2008 and continued in McDonald v. Chicago in 2010. These cases have stemmed the anti gun tide of the last half decade that has helped increase the violent crime rate in many of America's cities by denying law abiding citizens the right to self defense. The CCDL is thrilled to be a signatory on this new Amicus Curiae and a part of these court cases, and hopes that by influencing firearm legislation out of state the benefits of firearm ownership will be better understood and appreciated at home in Connecticut.

For more information, please visit: http://www.ccdl.us/attachments/192_Peterson%20Amicus%20Brief%20-%20Filed.pdf

The Second Amendment Foundation may be reached at http://www.saf.org

 

About the CCDL:
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.

The CCDL logo may be downloaded here: http://ccdl.us/images/CCDL/ccdl_logo.jpg

May 11, 2011 (Groton, CT) – Popular Connecticut gun rights organization the Connecticut Citizens Defense League (CCDL) is now collecting canned goods at all of their meetings and events. Donations will be given to the Bridgeport Rescue Mission and St. Johns Church in Sandy Hook. Scott Wilson, president of the volunteer organization, says "Community action has always been a part of our mission, we don't want to be seen as a group that only cares about guns. Firearms are just one part of the equation that represents individual liberty, and a lot of individuals have lost much of what they've spent their lives trying to build. Helping others is a moral imperative for us, just as we promote firearms ownership to lower the crime rate and keep the good guys safe." The CCDL holds regular meetings at 7:00 p.m. on the second Tuesday of every month at the Middletown Elks Lodge. Meetings are open to everyone but come early as seats fill up quickly.

 

For more information visit http://www.ccdl.us

Image attached, caption: CCDL Members at their 2nd Annual Picnic

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CCDL President Scott Wilson  was interviewed on the Lee Elci Show on Dec. 18th from 9:00am to 9:30am. Scott spoke about the CCDL mission, and potential upcoming legislative proposals. Interviewed along with Scott was CCDL Events Coordinator Kevin Borgnis,talking about the upcoming 2nd Amendment March on Hartford slated for Saturday April 10th, 2010 at the Capitol. The Lee Elci Show is broadcast on FM 104.7 (WXLM). Click below to listen to the interview (about 22 minutes).

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