General Meeting Minutes - 2014-10-14
7:05 Open Meeting
Scott appeals to CCDL members to get involved in a campaign for a pro-gun candidate.
7:12 Executive Reports - President
Communicated with Attorneys and 2A candidates
Participated in media interviews and fielded e-mails.
Conducted an executive meeting in Middletown
Worked on 2nd round of endorsements
Volunteered at the Poker Run
7:13 Executive Reports - Vice President
Delivered the non-perishable food donations to the Bridgeport Rescue Mission
Helped at the 2nd CCDL Poker Run
Arnie at CT Sporting Arms donated $300 from his customer
Dave Bicknell is running a Lucky Target Shoot and a Line Shoot
7:16 Executive Reports - Secretary
Helped at the 2nd CCDL Poker Run
7:16 Executive Reports - Treasurer
Niantic Sportsman's Club raised $180 by passing a hat at the last meeting.
New Haven Sportsmen's Club has decided to donate $1,000 per month for 12 months to the CCDL Litigation effort
After making an additional payment to the IRS, we have finally received our 501(c)(4) status. [Reminder: donations to CCDL are not tax deductible]
Operations Fund
Income: $6,248
Expenses: $6,844
Total donations received: $546k
Legal Fees to date: $363k
Fundraising costs: $23k
Other costs and fees: ~$2k
7:24 Special Guest - Bob Seigrest
Candidate 36th Connecticut House District -
Town of Chester is holding a public information session Oct. 21st regarding a ban target shooting on private land. If you live in the area, please show up and voice your opposition.
7:26 Pistol Permit Case
Scott Lazurek, a CCDL member, was arrested and his permit to carry a firearm revoked while open carrying. All charges were dismissed and the Board of Firearm Permit Examiners (BFPE) reinstated his permit after over a year delay because of case backlogs.
A few weeks ago the State Attorney General’s Office made the unprecedented decision to take both Mr. Lazurek and the BFPE to court in an attempt to overturn the Board’s decision and again revoke Mr. Lazurek permit.It’s important to note here that Mr. Lazurek works in a profession that requires him to carry a firearm. The State’s actions are not just impacting his right to bear arms; it’s taking away his income.
CCDL is not involved in this case, but it’s importance to the rights of all gun owners in Connecticut should be obvious. Scott Lazurek needs all the help possible fighting to keep his right to carry a firearm, and by extension his profession.
[During the meeting, a collection was taken up for Scott's cause. Members donated $1,210 that was given directly to Scott's lawyer.]
7:35 Coordinator Reports - Membership
Attended the Poker Run on a motorcycle and took a bunch of pics. They'll be posted sometime soon.
15,725 members
461 new this month
7:35 Coordinator Reports - Fundraising
No events planned right now.
Poker run brought in a total revenue just over $15,000. Net profit was just under $9,000.
375 registered participants
450 total showed up including volunteers
7:36 Coordinator Reports - Merchandise
We still have a number of special even t-shirts available only at meetings for $10.
- I vote 2A
- Poker Run
- Family Picnic
7:38 Legislative update
These are the ideas legislators are floating around right now:
- Annual licensing renewal (at $70/year)
- In-person licensing only
- Expanding the AWB
- Getting rid of the AWB in favor of California-style 'approved firearms list'
- 50% ammo tax
- One gun per month limit
- 7 round mag limit
- ammo storage limits in your home
- reloading components limit
- insurance for gun owners
- no more mail-order ammo
- 'Smart' gun technology
- only able to purchase ammo for guns you currently own
- firearms registration every X number of years with a fee per gun
- Microstamping
- Serial numbered ammunition
- disaster recovery and forced evacuation with firearms legislation
7:43 Metacon Gun Club Presentation
Metacon has donated $750 to the CCDL operating fund
Additionally, when Metacon members renewed their memberships this year, they could donate an additional amount to CCDL. Metacon was able to raise $1,700 from that effort.
7:45 Garde Arts Center
Foley, Malloy, and Visconti to debate 10/16 at 7pm.
There will be a pro-Foley rally before the debate starting at 5. Wear your CCDL shirts. Rally will be across the street near Tony D's. Foley signs will be available and tickets to the debate will also be available.
7:48 Litigation Update - Chris Conte - NRA-ILA
Main Brief (Us) and Amicus Briefs filed. Respondent's (Connecticut) reply and Amici filed. Our reply brief has also been filed.
Hearing date tentatively set for week of 12/8. As we get closer to the hearing a final date will be set by the Court.
100% of the legal fees paid by the CCDL litigation fund go directly to fund the legal team for Shew v Malloy. None of it stays with the NRA.
Our case will be argued in tandem with the NY case
While the states and laws are different, the constitutional issues are largely the same.
Please limit attendance to those who can dress nicely and sit quietly.
The 2nd Circuit is not known for making quick decisions. Additional 2A cases are in the 9th, 4th, and 10th circuits. We don't need to win all of these cases, but we need to win one of them all the way.
CCDL presented another check for legal fees to the NRA for $123,000
8:03 Break
8:15 Special Guest coming to Connecticut
Colorado Recall organizer Timothy Knight will be in CT later this month to help raise awareness and get out the gun vote.
Joining Tim will be Sean Maloney of the Buckeye Firearms Association
8:21 Candidates for office
Pablo Soto - 83rd State House District
Steven Everett - 19th State Senate District
8:26 Craig Fishbein
This election is important. Talk to your neighbors, family and friends. Tell them how important it is.
Malloy lies when he says this new bill is preventing crime. There are no numbers showing that. Everything he claims it's doing was in place before the bill was signed. People are being swayed by the lies.
This will be a close election. Perception is important. Flood the public with images of gun owners supporting pro-gun candidates.
8:30 CT Oathkeepers
Will be at the Veterans Day parade in New Haven. 11/2 @ 12:30.
Don't assume people know about our cause. Get the word out.
8:35 Close of meeting
Meeting started at 7:03 with National Anthem and Pledge of Allegiance
Opening remarks by Scott
Legislation enacted 1 year ago
Anti gun foes trying to lull owners to sleep
Public hearing tomorrow on 3 bills
Anti gunners end goal is a long term plan of disarmament
Submit testimony and attend the hearings if at all possible
Presidents report
3 month mark from oral arguments in the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals
Perhaps up to 6 months before a ruling
Been communicating with media, legislators
Writing testimony
VP Report
Food bank donation delivery
Fighting for our rights
Attend Legislature for testimony if at all possible
writing testimony to submit.
Treasurers Report
The fight against the anti-gun crowd will take years
Don't lose the fight, don't give up don't stop
Educate other gun owners and friends
As of the end of February:
Peoples Bank     $7675
Paypal                $4565
Donations+Tix    $2990
Merchandise       $2361
Total                     $5351
Paypal fees/shipping    $370
Supplies/printing           $1081
Web,Hall, Tax                $4632
Total                             $6083
Peoples Bank Litigation    $78,134
Total Litigation income      $580,882.62
Expenses Legal                $485
Bank Fees                        $260
Misc                                   $24
Operational money to Litigation fund $4677
Due to operational account from Lit    $3807
Events Report
Dinner plans  Sunday @5:30  New Life Church
Gifts on hand Guns and ammo
Hunting and Fishing show
Snow on setup day.
Met an anti-gunner
Met a lot of people and got the word out
14 Volunteers so was well covered.
Legislative Report
Changes to Testify procedure
Bottleneck at metal detectors
Get to LOB early
Decorum - Don't rise to anti-gunners bait, they want us to look bad.
Submit written testimony
Plan to spend all day there
Food and wifi (free and open) available in LOB, bring a phone charger
Permit issues
Towns are charging the wrong fee for background check $16.50 let Jonathan know.
Merchandise Report
Few Poker run shirts left, 2 picnic left
$5 section
Decals, Bling, etc, and we take paypal credit
Guest - Senator Joe Markley
Stay involved
3 Bills pending
1 "safe storage" bill
2 Domestic violence bills
None of the 2 DV bills address violation of rights and no due process
Kudos to Rob Sampson for his work
Elections have consequences and the anti's know it
Some very strong 2A folks got elected
Plans to attach distasteful amendments and counter proposals to bad bills
Safe storage = Burglar protection act
Pledge to remember the votes and fight them at the polls
Keep getting strong legislators elected.
Question and answers.
Break at 8:00pm
Ray Bevis - Legislative breakdown
3 bills we are against
Metal detector etiquette
Meet in Rm 2500
Stickers to show CCDL membership/support
Lottery system to testify 8:30-10:00am
After 10am you go to the bottom of the list
Show up to see testimony even if you don't testify.
You will get 3 minutes to address all 3 bills
Use personal scenarios if you have them to grab their attention
If you can get them to ask a question you get extra time to answer and elaborate
Dress code - No camo please
Should be streamed on CT-N for those who can't come.
Mona Starwhiskey
Metacon is hosting the 12th annual Women on Target shooting clinic on Saturday June 6th.  Start at 8am
1 hour safety training
1 hour range
1 hour range
Open to 13 or older (13-18 must be accompanied by an adult)
$65 per person
For more info take a flyer or ask questions
8:38pm  Close of meeting
General Meeting Minutes - 2014-04-08
7:06 Open Meeting
7:10 Executive Reports - President
Communicated with Attorneys and 2A candidates
Participated in media interviews and fielded e-mails.
Attended the NY and Connecticut gun rights rallies
7:10 Executive Reports - Vice President
Delivered the non-perishable food donations to the Bridgeport Rescue Mission
Attended the Executive Member Meeting
Ordered more magnets ($5 @ meetings)
Ordered rally signs
Attended the NY and Connecticut gun rights rallies
7:12 Executive Reports - Treasurer
Please don't fold the money you put into donations buckets. It makes more work for us
$26,676 income
$20,123 net expenses
7:15 Coordinator Reports - Membership
13,382 members
735 new this month
7:16 Coordinator Reports - Events
Attended the Executive meeting
Did lots of leg work for the CCDL Rally
Put on the CCDL Rally
7:16 Coordinator Reports - Fundraising
Sun. May 18th @ Cadillac Ranch from 12-4
$20/person all proceeds going to Litigation fund
Tickets available online and @ next meeting
Try to buy early so we get a good head count.
Wildcat Hill will be the band.
Concealed carry only (at request of Caddilac Ranch)
June 5th, Cenicolla's Deli in Clinton is having another Pig Roast
7:20 Coordinator Reports - Merchandise
Iron-on patches are now available at meetings
Also lapel pins
7:21 Coordinator Reports - Technology
Few updates to the website. Sent out e-mails to members
7:22 Open forum
7:55 Penny Bacciochi for Lt. Governor
Penny is having an event at Tommy's Pizza in Middletown
At 4:30 on May 13th.
7:58 Litigation Update
Appeal deadline is May 16th.
Brian Stapleton may be attending the May meeting.
Tami Zawistowski for State Rep in 61st district
Friends of NRA in Torrington needs commitee members to help plan and organize.
8:02 Break
8:15 Liam Heller
Handed out 500 pocket constituations and raise $650 for the Litigation Fund
8:17 Candidate: Kie Westby - Attorney General
8:24 Candidate Sal Lilienthal - 5th District US Congress
8:29 Candidate Walter Reddy - 26th State Senate District
8:36 Candidate Aundré Bumgardner - 41st State House District
8:47 Candidate Doug Dubitsky - 47th State House District
8:51 Pro-2A candidate list
Brian trying to put a website together to coordinate efforts and consolidate info
8:53 Upcoming events
Poker run and family picnic are being planned.
Additional fundraisers
8:55 Candidate Richard Demko - 105th State House District
8:57 Close of Meeting
General Meeting Minutes - 2014-09-09
7:06 Open Meeting
7:12 Executive Reports - President
Communicated with Attorneys and 2A candidates
Participated in media interviews and fielded e-mails.
Conducted an executive meeting in Middletown
Worked on 1st round of endorsement
7:13 Executive Reports - Vice President
Delivered the non-perishable food donations to the Bridgeport Rescue Mission
Picked up, delivered, and hauled more picnic stuff than can be listed
Arrived at the park at 7:30 to empty vehicle and start setup.
Gave remaining bread from picnic to BRM
Execuive Members put together a thank you letter to the Stratford Chief of Police for the great way his officers handled the 'man with a gun' call. VP printed and mailed the letter.
Ordered new return address labels for all shipping and mailing needs.
Interviewed for an article in the CT Post
Attended the Executive Member Meeting.
Arnie at CT Sporting Arms donated $300 from his customer
7:16 Executive Reports - Secretary
Attended picnic and executive member meeting
7:16 Executive Reports - Treasurer
Attended meetings including the endorsements
Operations Fund
Income: $9,059
Expenses: $9,195
Total donations received: $533k
Legal Fees to date: $363k
Fundraising costs: $13k
Other costs and fees: ~$2k
7:22 Coordinator Reports - Membership
Designed and ordered poker run t-shirts and bandannas
15,264 members
531 new this month
7:23 Coordinator Reports - Events
Hunting and Fishing Show contract has been set up.
Anniversary dinner will be sometime in February or March
7:24 Fundraising
Poker run coming up on 9/27. Starting in Woodbridge ending at the Cadillac Ranch.
$20 for riders, $15 for passengers. $15 if you show up at Cadillac Ranch only for the festivities.
NSSF donated 300 gift bags for the first entrants.
Volunteers needed for 9/27 and to hand out flyers for cruise and bike nights.
Biks/cars/other vehicles are welcome!
7:32 Coordinator Reports - Permit Issues
Almost out to 2017 for hearings
Some of the Constructive Denials are being flushed out
Stuff is going on in Neighboring States regarding keeping permit info private. We need to stay vigilant on it.
Neet to support pro-2A candidates with your time and tell your friends.
There is a no guns = no business effort we should support
7:38 Lucky Target Shoot
Saturday November 8th @ Branford Gun Club
Pie shoot:
$2/slice - 15 slices be sheet
prize is a $15 gift card
On each sheet, slice with the most shots wins the gift card
Line Shoot:
10 spots at a time. Card with the most holes in each line wins
Also, come shoot trap - $5/25 shots
Pistol range will be open, too.
7:44 New Haven Sportsmen's Club Monthly donation
New Haven Sportsmen's Club has decided to donate $1,000 per month for 12 months to the CCDL Litigation effort.
7:45 Special Guest - Sean Cleary, CT GOP
(Tom Foley Campaign)
Come help good candidates at one of the CT GOP campaign offices to phone bank for candidates.
Sean is asking to donate 5 hours to make 250 phone calls.
7:50 CT Black Republicans and Conservatives - Regina Roundtree
Hosting a forum in Hartford Oct. 11, 9a-noon at the Mark Twain Museum
Within the urban community we often talk about gun violence but not the 2nd Amendment
Ken Blackwell and other 2A proponent speakers to talk to the community
Reaching out to faith organizations and non-profits to include then a conversation
"Negro and the gun" author will be there signing books.
7:55 Senate Race Effort - Tom Scott
Anti-gun groups have been quietly organizing people across the state
You don't need to know anything about campaigns to help. Just show up and offer to help. Campaigns know how to do this
Quinnepiac Poll coming out. Don't be encouraged and don't be discouraged.
Possible coming legislation if pro-2A candidates lose:
- Registration of everything
- Microstampiung
- "Smart" guns
- $3,000-$4,000 liability policy for gun owners under penalty of felony
Emails are great, but call people to encourage other to get involved.
8:05 Announcements
Hat city Friends of the NRA Banquet
8:08 Candidates Speaking to Members
Lori Hopkins-Cavanaugh - 2nd US Congressional District
Ruben Rodriguez - State Rep. 72nd House District
Charlie Ferraro - State Rep. 117th House District
Jesse McLaughlin - State Rep. 35th House District
Linda Szynkowicz - State Rep. 33rd House District
Richard Lion - State Rep. 9th House District
Andrew Lockwood - State Rep. 39th House District
Rob Kwasnicki - State Rep. 59th House District
Whit Osgood - State Senate 4th Senate District
Pam Staneski - State Rep. 119th House District
Art Linares - State Senate 33rd Senate District
Karl Shehu - State Senate 15th Senate District
Devin Carney - State Rep. 23rd House District
8:42 Craig Fishbein
CT Bar Association had a petition to join with the Brady Campaign's Amicus Brief against our lawsuit. The vote came down to a statistical tie and therefore died. One of Craig's interns joined the CBA just to vote against the proposal.
On CT Capitol Report notice the story of Malloy and CCSU at Yale and CCSU talking to young democrats.
Candidates need to see you involved. It's encouraging.
Put a sign in your yard. Perception makes a lot in an election.
We need to work hard. Write letters to the editor.
This is the most important election
8:47 Announcements
Chris Conte will be here next month to give a litigation update.
Timeframe for oral arguments _estimated_ for January.
8:52 Close of meeting.