7:03 PM 9/11/2012
Open meeting with introduction, pledge, and moment of silence.
 
7:07 PM 9/11/2012
Executive Reports - President
- Held executive meeting (Metacon Plaque Presentation, Hunting and Fishing show, New Britain, Events Coordinator
- Attended NB Law and Finance. Testified on ordinance in committee. Ordinance to be voted on by full council Sept. 13th.
- Attended CCDL picnic.
- Radio interview on 94.9 FM twice. Will be taking radio host and his son to a shooting range.
 
7:10 PM 9/11/2012
VP not in attendance
 
7:10 PM 9/11/2012
Executive Reports - Secretary
- Nothing to report.
 
7:11 PM 9/11/2012
Treasurer
- $1854 - Donations and merchandise sales
- $792 - Expenses
- Picnic was a money maker this year, which it normally isn't.
 
7:13 PM 9/11/2012
Membership
- Had great time at picnic with family.
- 10 new members signed up AT the picnic.
- 66 total new this month
- Total Membership: 2381
 
7:15 PM 9/11/2012
Events - not in attendance
Tech - not in attendance
PR - not in attendance
 
7:16 PM 9/11/2012
Merch
- Sending out merchandise
- Received order of shirts
 
7:18 PM 9/11/2012
Newtown Gun Discharge ordinance
- The police commission (body of non police officers overseeing safety issues) made a proposal to the town council which would prohibit shooting on private property within the town not approved by the police chief.
- Board asked for details on how many and their nature.
- Police commission took an ordinance from the town of Wilton and made some modifications to it and presented it to the board.
- If this even gets passed, it's still months away.
- This is currently not at a point where a public hearing is being held, but if it makes it far enough, there WILL be a public hearing.
- The board has a monthly meeting, that's NOT a public hearing, where anyone can make public comments.
- If you decide to comment on this ordinance, be respectful.
- We are far from an ordinance being voted on.
- There is no state law prohibiting target shooting on private property. There is an 'unlawful discharge for a firearm' can probably be used to arrest someone being reckless in shooting a firearm.
- The Newtown gun club is working against the proposed ordinance.
 
7:41 PM 9/11/2012
Legislative initiatives
- Legislators are already looking at new gun control legislation.
- Expect to see ammo purchases restrictions, concealed carry mandate, among others.
- YOu need to be prepared before the session opens.
- Find out who your legislators are after the election. Let them know how you are. Make frieds with them.
- Get well versed on as many gun issues as you can. Open Carry vs. Concealed Carry, Permit Process, etc.
- You have a lot of power to make a difference. Donate to campaigns, comminucate with legislators, volunteer your time.
 
8:02 PM 9/11/2012
Testimony Training
- Probably a shortened training session on how to give testimony at the legislature at Dec. general meeting.
- Additional 'full' trainning sessions may be held at locations around the state.
 
8:03 PM 9/11/2012
Upcoming Elections
- November is crutial. Connecticut is in play at presidential and local levels.
- Elections can be made or broken by a few votes.
- Important to pay attention to the raced.
- CCDL will post endorsements on the website soon.
- Volunteer your time, donate to candidates, make sure your friends are registered to vote. Offer rides to polling places for elderly friends or get absentee ballots.
- If you don't have candidates in your district that you can support, you can donate to candidates in other districts.
 
8:10 PM 9/11/2012
Board of Firearms Permit Examiners, and other topics.
- Hearing is this Thursday @ 12 in the DPS Headquarters.
- A few denials, mostly revocations. Revocations tend to take longer because these people had their permits taken from them.
- Watching hearings is a good way to learn about the process.
- Malloy doesn't like the fact that a gun organization gets to pick a person on the board and is blocking the appointment.
- If you want up to date info on anything gun related in CT, check out Facebook. Discussions generally give really good insights to these topics.
- The media keeps giving wrong information.
- Rather than posting news stories to your Facebook page, share it from our page so people are directed to these conversations.
- When you see a news story with incorrect or misleading information, post a polite comment correcting it.
 
8:25 PM 9/11/2012
Other things we're working on
- Candidate survey - working on revising it and will vote on it in committee soon.
- Education committee - generated lots of internal discussion with the member survey. We'll work with Eric offline on it.
- Picnic - Lots of fun, but not wheelchair accessible.
 
8:36 PM 9/11/2012
Close of meeting
7:03 PM 9/11/2012
Open meeting with introduction, pledge, and moment of silence.
 
7:07 PM 9/11/2012
Executive Reports - President
- Held executive meeting (Metacon Plaque Presentation, Hunting and Fishing show, New Britain, Events Coordinator
- Attended NB Law and Finance. Testified on ordinance in committee. Ordinance to be voted on by full council Sept. 13th.
- Attended CCDL picnic.
- Radio interview on 94.9 FM twice. Will be taking radio host and his son to a shooting range.
 
7:10 PM 9/11/2012
VP not in attendance
 
7:10 PM 9/11/2012
Executive Reports - Secretary
- Nothing to report.
 
7:11 PM 9/11/2012
Treasurer
- $1854 - Donations and merchandise sales
- $792 - Expenses
- Picnic was a money maker this year, which it normally isn't.
 
7:13 PM 9/11/2012
Membership
- Had great time at picnic with family.
- 10 new members signed up AT the picnic.
- 66 total new this month
- Total Membership: 2381
 
7:15 PM 9/11/2012
Events - not in attendance
Tech - not in attendance
PR - not in attendance
 
7:16 PM 9/11/2012
Merch
- Sending out merchandise
- Received order of shirts
 
7:18 PM 9/11/2012
Newtown Gun Discharge ordinance
- The police commission (body of non police officers overseeing safety issues) made a proposal to the town council which would prohibit shooting on private property within the town not approved by the police chief.
- Board asked for details on how many and their nature.
- Police commission took an ordinance from the town of Wilton and made some modifications to it and presented it to the board.
- If this even gets passed, it's still months away.
- This is currently not at a point where a public hearing is being held, but if it makes it far enough, there WILL be a public hearing.
- The board has a monthly meeting, that's NOT a public hearing, where anyone can make public comments.
- If you decide to comment on this ordinance, be respectful.
- We are far from an ordinance being voted on.
- There is no state law prohibiting target shooting on private property. There is an 'unlawful discharge for a firearm' can probably be used to arrest someone being reckless in shooting a firearm.
- The Newtown gun club is working against the proposed ordinance.
 
7:41 PM 9/11/2012
Legislative initiatives
- Legislators are already looking at new gun control legislation.
- Expect to see ammo purchases restrictions, concealed carry mandate, among others.
- YOu need to be prepared before the session opens.
- Find out who your legislators are after the election. Let them know how you are. Make frieds with them.
- Get well versed on as many gun issues as you can. Open Carry vs. Concealed Carry, Permit Process, etc.
- You have a lot of power to make a difference. Donate to campaigns, comminucate with legislators, volunteer your time.
 
8:02 PM 9/11/2012
Testimony Training
- Probably a shortened training session on how to give testimony at the legislature at Dec. general meeting.
- Additional 'full' trainning sessions may be held at locations around the state.
 
8:03 PM 9/11/2012
Upcoming Elections
- November is crutial. Connecticut is in play at presidential and local levels.
- Elections can be made or broken by a few votes.
- Important to pay attention to the raced.
- CCDL will post endorsements on the website soon.
- Volunteer your time, donate to candidates, make sure your friends are registered to vote. Offer rides to polling places for elderly friends or get absentee ballots.
- If you don't have candidates in your district that you can support, you can donate to candidates in other districts.
 
8:10 PM 9/11/2012
Board of Firearms Permit Examiners, and other topics.
- Hearing is this Thursday @ 12 in the DPS Headquarters.
- A few denials, mostly revocations. Revocations tend to take longer because these people had their permits taken from them.
- Watching hearings is a good way to learn about the process.
- Malloy doesn't like the fact that a gun organization gets to pick a person on the board and is blocking the appointment.
- If you want up to date info on anything gun related in CT, check out Facebook. Discussions generally give really good insights to these topics.
- The media keeps giving wrong information.
- Rather than posting news stories to your Facebook page, share it from our page so people are directed to these conversations.
- When you see a news story with incorrect or misleading information, post a polite comment correcting it.
 
8:25 PM 9/11/2012
Other things we're working on
- Candidate survey - working on revising it and will vote on it in committee soon.
- Education committee - generated lots of internal discussion with the member survey. We'll work with Eric offline on it.
- Picnic - Lots of fun, but not wheelchair accessible.
 
8:36 PM 9/11/2012
Close of meeting
7:07
Opening of meeting and introduction
 
7:12
Executive Reports - President
Attended OathKeepers meeting where Stuart Rhodes was the speaker
Worked with Amy
Worked with Republican legislators work on laguage regarding moving the BPFE into another department
Met with attorney to discuss possible restructuring
 
Executive Reports - Vice President
Attended meeting with Attorney
 
Executive Reports - Treasurer
Refund of $62.50 overpayment received from caterer.
Donations from the Ye Connecticut Gun Guild gun show finally received
 
Executive Reports - Secretary
Attended meeting with Attorney
 
Coordinator Reports - Membership, Events
Not Present
 
Coordinator Reports - Tech
Upgraded Facebook group and create Facebook page for CCDL.
Posted articles to website and sent emails to members.
 
Coordinator Reports - PR
Wrote press reelase about joining the Second Amendment Foundation's Amicus Curie
 
Coordinator Reports - Registers Agent
Reserved picnic area for Augest 27th
 
7:17
Coordinator Reports - Merchandise
Currenting filling back orders
Getting car vynals
 
7:18
Legislative Update with Amy S.
Possible the most gun-related bills brought up in a long time
Huge turnout at multiple hearing on multiple bills in multiple committees. This posed a problem with mobilizing our members but we did well.
Legislation was changed as a direct result of CCDL member comments.
Passed 5263 - Permit renewal by mail. Had 26 co-sponsors, but where added only AFTER it received much positive testimony from citizens
Thank your legislators who signed on
Prices do not get raised as a result and this goes into effect in October.
Passed - Federal Firearm Relief Bill (Federal mandate to provide path for those committed by a court to a mental health facility to restore their 2nd amendment rights)
Passed - 6581 - This was a DMV bill allowing an exemption of motor vehicle inspectors from having to get permits to carry in order to carry a firearm while on duty.
Passed 6629 - domestic violence bill - changes process for siezing firearms from those already prohibited
Passed 1017 (which became another bill number. Unsure of new number) BPFE moving to Office of (unclear) Accountability. Not merging with DPS.
Now that bills have been passed it will take time for them to come into effect and regulations to be written.
Special session is coming in fall, so we need to be watchful.
Good time to meet with ligislators since they're not as busy with current legislation. Tell them what wrong with the system.
967 was killed in committee. Could not get it passed as an amendment either.
Any legislator introducing pro-gun legislation or ammedments - thank them.
Ammunition bill probably failed but unknown if it was attached to anything else.
Assault weapon ban fight coming to federal level again.
 
7:43 Membership
30 new member this month.
1583 total
 
7:44 Open forum
US Concealed Carry Association provides insurance policy in case you are in a situation where you need to defend yourself. Different levels depending on level of membership. Covers cibil and criminal cases. NRA has a similar program.
Does CCDL have any kind of relationship with NRA or GOA? We've talked, also talked with SAF about court case. NRA is in the loop on CT issues, but we don't know how far that information is going.
Estelle from We The People of CT, Inc. It's a CT lobby group for the consitutiont. Non-partisan lobbying organization looking for 175,000 people to join. Also looking for Citizen Constitution monitors to keep track of subjects of legislation/legislators and notify group to address it. Membership is $25/year. wethepeopleofct.com
 
8:07 Break
 
8:18 Special Guest Daria Novak
 
8:34 Pistol Permit Issues
ctpistolpermitissues.com
Info on towns - if no ling for your town or one near you, please get an application and send it, along with any additional requirements/notes to Jonathan.
2x2 photo is only for non-residents. You do not need it for a resident permit.
Some towns are saying that the NRA basic pistol certificate has a 1 year expiration. It does not.
Woodbridge/West Hartford/Norwalk all want a hold harmless agreement signed allowing them to talk to your employer and preventing you from suing you if your employer fires you as a result of that discussion.
68% of permit revocations/denials are overturned.
Should look for a way to have records expunged after some period of time.
No stop-gap measure for when bourd overturns and police-chief will won't issue. Board has to take chief to court.
 
8:59 Picnic
Will be held Saturday August 27th at Boothe Memorial Park in Stratford.
Times TBD, but similar to previous years
 
9:00 Amicus Brief
CCDL signed onto an Amicus Brief with the Second Amendment Foundation.
Information linked on our website.
 
9:02 New London
No new information on concealed carry ban. Not a lot of cooperation with town manager.
 
9:03 Close of meeting
 
7:00 Open meeting and Introduction
 
7:03 Executive Reports - President
Attended executive member meeting where the following was discussed: Appreciation plaque for Metacon, Family picnic, campaign endorsements, elections, Hunting and Fishing show, CCDL blog, permit issues, and the 'Is That Legal' brochure.
Worked on New Britain ordinance 16-80
Communicated with New Britain City Counselors
 
7:05 Executive Reports - Vice President
Attended executive member meeting
Got new banners for the organization hung in CT Firearm and Tactical and Woodbridge Firearm Trading Post.
Put together a contract for both stores to sell CCDL shirts.
 
 
7:07 Executive Reports - Secretary
Attended executive member meeting.
Made another change to 'Is that Legal' brochure, but to hopefully put to rest confusion surrounding the 'transporting' section. Need to confer with E-board and wait for New Britain to resolve before it can be posted.
 
7:07 Executive Reports - Treasurer
149 total in donations and merchandise
390 in expenses
 
7:08 Coordinator Reports - Membership
31 new members this month
2240 total members
 
7:08 Coordinator Reports - Events
Executive meeting.
 
7:09 Coordinator Reports - Technology
Maintained website.
Emails to members.
Still owe a link to the CCDL Blog on the homepage. (http://ccdl.us/blog)
 
7:10 - Coordinator Reports - Public Relations
Bennett will be moving to Massachusetts and there will be an opening in this position.
If you're interested, please contact Scott at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Necessary materials will be provided to you.
 
7:11 Coordinator Reports - Merchandise
Filled outstanding orders.
Attended Executive Meeting
 
7:12 Family Picnic
Sunday, August 19th in Stratford at Boothe Memorial Park.
Official time is 11-4.
Setup will start at 10 and cleanup will go on until 5 if you're interested in helping out.
If you want to bring chips/desert/salad/etc. please contact Cheryl at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We're looking for volunteers to flip burgers.
This is a Family Friendly event. The park is pet friendly and has a playground for kids. We will have some 'lawn games' to play as well.
No alcohol is allowed because people will be carrying firearms. Open carry is allowed.
Bring Family and friends. If you can, RSVP on Facebook.
 
7:17 New Britain Ordinance
We've been trying to get the language changed to allow for concealed carry.
Another gun organization in the state submited a Freedom of Information Act Request looking for all communications regarding the ordinance change. This, coupled with one city counselor leaking information about the change to the media, has scared some of the city counselors and the ordinance change is now on hold.
Scott has sent an e-mail to the Counselors letting them know that CCDL has read and supports the new language.
 
7:22 Legislative Update
Jonathan and Amy have worked our a list of topics to go after next legislative session. These still need to be discussed by the executive members.
Might be setting up an information session on how to testify in Hartford. Session will cover how to write testimony and how to present it at the Capitol.
Still need to figure out how to do endorsements. Amy is lookin into the best way to do it.
If you live in a district with pro-, or anti-, gun legislators, please let us know. (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) We're a volunteer organization and can't have eyes everywhere all at once. We need your help.
 
7:29 Board of Firearms Permit Examiners
They're having an incredible 3 sessions this month. By statute only required to meet once every 90 days.
The board didn't want the calendar to extend, so they're adding another two days this month to make up for losing a meeting last month.
The queue for appeals is still pushing January, but much better than the 14 month backlog they had last year.
Jonathan to work on a course (to be held at Hoffman's) to walk people through the appeal process.
Next meeting for the BFPE:
Thursday, July 12, 2012 at 12 noon
Dept. of Emergency Services and Public Protection
1111 Country Club Rd.
Middletown, CT 06457
 
7:40 Merchandise
Current Merchandise Coordinator has conflict with increased activity at work. May not be able to reliably make the monthly general meetings.
We may be looking for an assistant to help at general meetings, but need to discuss further within the executive board.
 
7:47 UN Small Arms Ban Treaty (candid discussion)
Note: An open discussion was held during this time and many good points were brought up by the general members in attendance. They will not be transcribed here, but watch out for e-mails from CCDL with updates as we get into action.
 
8:12 Rob Sampson - CCDL Legislator of the Year
The CCDL Executive Board has chosen Representative Rob Sampson as the Legislator of the Year.
Rob couldn't be here tonight, but an official award ceremony will take place at the August 14th meeting. Please show up and bring your friends!
 
8:18 Another brief open discussion
 
8:28 Close of meeting
 

Monthly Meeting Minutes for May, 8th 2012
 
7:05 Pledge and Introductions
 
7:08 President's Report
Held Executive Meeting on 04/24/12
Discussed detail of the Rally
Attended 2A Rally at the State Capitol on 04/28/12
Worked with Woodbridge Firearms Trading Post for support
Attended Hearing in Woodbridge with many CCDL members
Communicated with State Senator on gun Bill HB5245
Contacted NBC 30 to ask them to update their news report indicating support for Woodbridge
 
7:10 Vice President's Report
Attended Executive Meeting on 04/24/12
Attended 2A Rally at the State Capitol on 04/28/12
Attended Woodbridge zoning meeting to Support Woodbridge Firearms Trading Post
Put a few people in contact with Jonathan H for help with revoked permit issues
 
7:11 Secretary's Report (not present)
 
7:11 Treasure's Report
Attended 2A Rally at the State Capitol on 04/28/12
Donations $186.00
Merchandising $209.00
Expenses $395.55
Discussed seminar on US Constitution
 
7:16 Membership Coordinator's Report
Preparations for 2A Rally
Manned Table at Hoffman's Gun Center on 04/22/12
Attended Executive Meeting on 04/24/12
Attended 2A Rally at the State Capitol on 04/28/12
85 New Members
2165 Total Members
 
7:18 Events Coordinator's Report
Attended 2A Rally at the State Capitol on 04/28/12
Attended meeting to Support Woodbridge Firearms Trading Post
 
7:20 Legislative Report
Explained misunderstandings about HB5245
Contacted Senators to push HB5245 forward
 
7:27 Technology Coordinator's Report
Added Pictures from Anniversary Dinner to website
Sent out campaign emails
Facebook updates
Website updates
Attended Executive Meeting on 04/24/12
Posted all available meeting minutes to website
Attended 2A Rally at the State Capitol on 04/28/12
Transferred Paypal funds to bank account
General member database and Website maintenance
 
7:29 Registered Agent
Attended Executive Meeting on 04/24/12
Attended and Video Taped 2A Rally at the State Capitol on 04/28/12
 
7:30 Merchandise Coordinator's Report (not present - read by Membership Coordinator)
Took T-shirt inventory and placed replenishment order
Manned Table at Hoffman's Gun Center on 04/22/12
Attended Executive Meeting on 04/24/12
Attended 2A Rally at the State Capitol on 04/28/12
Filled online orders
Attended Woodbridge meeting to Support Woodbridge Firearms Trading Post
Emailed State Senators on gun Bill HB5245
 
7:33 Mike Majewski Co-owner of the Woodbridge Firearms Trading Post thanked CCDL for the hard work
 
7:40 Kevin F pistol permit denial issues (much discussion)
 
8:10 Donations and short break
 
8:25 Polo shirt for Mike B in thanks for his DJ work at the Anniversary Dinner and the 2A Rally
 
8:27 John B on Agenda 21 (much discussion)
 
8:35 Scott W on Not endorsing candidates, instead maybe a list of approved Pro 2A candidates
 
8:38 Kurt on Questionnaire for candidates
 
8:41 Jonathan BOFE discussion
 
8:49 Cheryl on Family Picnic this summer, looking for new volunteer to help with Picnic coordination
 
8:52 Jonathan is looking for volunteers from all four corners of the State to help him dealing with the Pistol Permit issues.
 
8:57 Meeting closes