Troop E (Montville) Permit office Closed For Renovation

TROOP E PERMITTING OFFICE CLOSED WHILE UNDER RENOVATION
Residents may report to Troop C in Tolland

Due to renovations at the Permitting Office located at State Police Troop E in Montville, effective immediately, the office will be closed to the public.

During the week of April 14, 2014, to April 17, 2014, residents may go to Troop C located at 1320 Tolland Stage Road, in Tolland (860) 896-3271, for permitting.

It is anticipated that the Troop E office will re-open in May upon the completion of the renovations. For updates on the reopening/new schedule please refer to our website www.ct.gov/despp

For questions, residents may contact the Special Licensing and Firearms Unit at (860) 685-8494.

CCDL Press Release On Mark Boughton’s Resignation From MAIG

Groton, CT
CCDL President Scott Wilson Speaks out on gubernatorial candidate Mark Boughton and Michael Bloomberg’s anti-human rights organization ‘Mayors Against Illegal Guns’:

 

“We are pleased that Mark Boughton has ended his affiliation with Michael Bloomberg’s organization, although I am not sure that the timing of his departure will help his campaign at this point, or even if his leaving MAIG was intended for that purpose”.

“CCDL certainly does appreciate Mayor Boughton’s stating his recent revelations about the organization. ‘Mayors Against Illegal Guns’ is not concerned with taking guns out of the hands of criminals. It has always been about creating as many difficulties and obstructions as possible to disarm law abiding citizens.”

“Americans have the right to protect themselves and their families, and Mr. Bloomberg continually dismisses that notion. That fact that former Mayor Bloomberg makes sure that he has personal bodyguards further underscores his hypocrisy”.

 

About the CCDL: The Connecticut Citizens Defense League was formed in February 2009 by a small group of concerned citizens as a non-partisan organization to advocate for second amendment rights in the state of Connecticut. Since their founding, the group has grown to more than 13,000 members. Thanks to this large supportive base across the state the CCDL has become a fixture of the capitol, and well recognized by committees that oversee firearms related bills.

 

CCDL is also actively involved at the state Board of Firearms Permit Examiners. As the go-to organization in the state they are consulted with regularly by lawmakers who have questions and concerns about pending legislation or existing laws. For more information regarding CCDL, please visit http://www.ccdl.us


 

Friday Special Election – East Granby, Suffield, Windsor

On Friday April 11, 2014 there will be a special election in the 61st Assembly District to fill the House seat that had been held by Rep. Elaine O’Brien (D) before her recent death. O’Brien voted yes last year to take away your gun rights. The 61st District is made up of East Granby, Suffield, and parts of Windsor.

The only pro-gun candidate in this election is Tami Zawistowski. Tami has publicly stated that if she had been in office, she would not have voted for the recent anti-gun bill. Tami ran for this same seat in 2012, and lost by less then 500 votes, so we have a really good chance to flip a House seat from anti-gun to pro-gun. And that’s what we MUST do. As long as the anti’s have a majority in the House and Senate, they are going to keep chipping away at your right to keep and bear arms until it’s gone completely.

To learn more about Tami and her views on other issues, visit her website at TamiZForThe61st.com.
You can also like her Facebook page at facebook.com/TamiZForThe61st.
If you are not sure where to go to vote, you may look it up here.

Meeting Reminder – 4/8/2014

CCDL holds its monthly general membership meeting at 7pm on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at the Elks Lodge in Middletown, CT. Our next meeting is Tuesday, April 8, 2014.
All CCDL members are welcome and encouraged to attend. We have a request from the property owners to please do not park on the grass when attending the meeting.

Meeting Agenda
As the election season (and hopefully the weather!) starts to warm up, we’ll be inviting candidates to address the members at our meeting to discuss their views on the 2nd Amendment. This month we’ll have:

• Sal Lilienthal – Candidate US Congress 5th District – SallilienthalForCongress.com

• Kie Westby – Candidate CT Attorney General – KieForAG.com

• Aundre Bumgardner – Candidate Ct House District 41 – AundreBumgardner.com

Consider bringing your checkbook or some extra cash to donate to these folks if you like what you hear. Remember, the best way to stop antigun laws and repeal the ones we have is to get progun candidates elected!

Merchandise
We sell CCDL merchandise at the meeting, buy it there and save on shipping.

NEW! Pins and Patches
Our latest limited run items are CCDL pins and patches. These are so new I don’t have prices or a photo yet, but they should be for sale at the meeting tomorrow. These are meetings-only items, and are not on the website. UPDATE: Pins and patches are $5 each.

Back by popular demand – magnets!
The return of the CCDL logo magnets. These are about the same size as our regular decals, but printed on a flexible magnetic material and are perfect for people who don’t want to permanently attach a vinyl decal to their vehicle. Priced at $5 each and sold at the meeting only.

Food Drive
CCDL collects canned goods/non-perishables at all our meetings to be donated to local charities. The holiday season is over, but people still need help year round. Please give what you can for those that need our help.

Middletown Elks
44 Maynard St
Middletown, CT 06457
April 8, 2014 7:00pm-9:00pm
Please park in the event lot to the left of the building (looking at it from Maynard St) and enter the upstairs banquet hall at the front of the building. please do not park on the grass!!


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Rally Live Streaming

Of course we really hope you are here in Hartford right now for the big rally, but for those who just can’t make it, we are going to attempt to broadcast it live right here. We’ve never tried this before, so I apologize in advance if it doesn’t work. It was kind of a last minute idea, and by the time you read this, we’ll already be at the rally. If it works, you should be able to watch the rally below. If it doesn’t work, we’ll still have it all up on our YouTube channel as soon as possible. And since you couldn’t make it, you can still help out by making a donation to our Litigation Fund, which goes toward fighting this unconstitutional and ineffective law in federal court.

Video streaming by Ustream

If the above isn’t working, try this link: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/connecticut-citizens-defense-league

UPDATE: Stay tuned, we’re working hard to edit all the video and photos from yesterday. Subscribe to our YouTube channel to see the video’s as soon as they’re posted.

Connecticut Chooses Liberty

As I hope everyone by now knows, we’re having a rally at the State Capitol this Saturday, April 5th, and it’s shaping up to be huge. (you ARE going, right?)
Well, the people who support restricting your Constitutional rights know about it too, and they’re scared.

They’re scared because they underestimated the backlash to Public Act 13-3, which turned tens of thousands, maybe even hundreds of thousands of law-abiding Connecticut voters into potential criminals overnight.

They’re scared because they thought we would give up our rights quietly, and then forget all about it. Instead, a year later we’re louder and larger and more organized than ever.

They’re scared because support for their anti-gun agenda is at an all-time low, both nationally and here in Connecticut.

They’re scared because they see what’s happening to legislators who voted against our rights. Many once popular politicians who aspired to higher office have seen their support dry up. Others, who have won by small margins in the past are simply retiring, apparently figuring it’s better to quit then get voted out.

They’re scared because despite their lies and flawed, biased polls, they are realizing that dancing in the blood of children is no longer effective in advancing their agenda.

They’re scared because even other historically anti-gun states like Illinois are rolling back gun control laws.

They’re scared of YOU.

And just like a wild animal that doesn’t understand reason and facts, when they are scared they lash out and attack. It doesn’t matter if what they are saying is untrue. It doesn’t matter if what they want actually makes them less safe. Like an animal, all that matters is what they feel. They attack what they fear most. YOU.

As part of those attacks, they’ve been spreading vicious lies. They claim to be on the right side of history. They say you’re a bully for exercising your 1st and 2nd Amendment rights. They say you’re part of the lunatic fringe. They even have the nerve to compare you to the KKK!

But that isn’t good enough. They’re trying to amplify their weak voice with the use of social media. They’ve set up a “Thunderclap” to try to spread their message of hate.
What the heck is a Thunderclap?

If a tweet falls in the forest…
Social media is an easy way to say something, but it’s a difficult way to be heard. Thunderclap is the first-ever crowdspeaking platform that helps people be heard by saying something together. It allows a single message to be mass-shared, flash mob-style, so it rises above the noise of your social networks. By boosting the signal at the same time, Thunderclap helps a single person create action and change like never before.

You don’t need a huge following for a successful Thunderclap.
A user with 200 Facebook friends could amplify her message better than someone with 3,000 friends. It all depends on your cause’s voice and shareability—and how much your friends are engaged. Thunderclap has already reached millions of people. Check out some of the successful projects on our homepage!

The tipping point
The beauty of Thunderclap is that it sets the goalposts: one message, one number, one date. It’s a common threshold you and your supporters work toward together. It’s a tangible way to measure awareness.

You can see their Thunderclap here.

Now, thanks to our friends at CT Carry, there is a competing Thunderclap you can use to counteract the antis. Please, if you have a Facebook, Twitter, or Tumblr account sign up for the Connecticut Chooses Liberty Thunderclap.

Signing up with your various accounts only takes seconds, and it’s vital that we show that we the people are actually the ones on the right side of this issue.

The second thing they are doing is this: Starting at 9:30am tomorrow (Friday, April 4th, 2014) they are going to start calling your state legislators and urge them to support restricting your rights.
We need to counteract that too. So tomorrow morning at 9:15am, I want you to settle down with your phone and start calling yourselves. Tell your legislators the new laws do NOTHING take guns away from criminals or to make people safer; all they do is restrict the rights of law-abiding citizens like yourself. Remind them that you are a voter, and this election you intend to vote 2A. After you get off the phone, I want you to follow-up with emails. After you email, we want you to facebook and tweet them. We want you to be respectful, reasonable, and factual, but we want you to speak up! If you let the other side win at this, they are going to think they have support to restrict you rights further and further until you have none. They want to use your home state as an example to disarm gun owners nationwide. We must not let that happen.

Contacting your legislator is easy. First go to this link and enter your address. It will then show your state and federal legislators. The (web) link will take you to their website, where you will find their phone number, email address, and facebook/twitter accounts if they have them. The (contact) link will take you directly to their email.

Remember, Friday, April 4, 2014 starting at 9:15am we need you to start calling, emailing, tweeting, and facebooking that you are pro 2nd Amendment and a voter. And of course we’ll see you Saturday at the Capitol Building in Hartford.
Carry On!

Governor Malloy Community Forum – East Hartford, April 3

Governor Dan Malloy and Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman will again be holding a community forum, this time in East Hartford on the evening of Thursday, April 3, 2014. Malloy says this is an opportunity to discuss his agenda for the future with Connecticut residents. The Governor said he would like to discuss finances, job growth, education and the state’s minimum wage. We think it’s an even better opportunity to discuss your gun rights, just like you did a few weeks ago. Maybe you could ask him about this too? [video]

The forum is scheduled to be held from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. (yet again, just one hour) in the Council Chambers on the second floor of Town Hall, 740 Main St., East Hartford, CT.

If you would like to ask the Governor a question you should arrive as early as possible before the event and get on the sign-up sheet to speak.

More information can be found on the Governor’s website here.

April 5th Rally – Press Release

Groton, CT- March 31st, 2014

The Connecticut Citizens Defense League (The state’s largest grass roots 2nd Amendment rights group) will be hosting a gun rights rally at the Capitol in Hartford. The rally will take place on Saturday April 5th from 12:00pm-3:00pm. The event is being attended by 2nd Amendment supporters from numerous states. Limited parking is available at the capitol, with public parking available throughout the area. The rally marks one year since Governor Malloy signed a massive gun control act into law.

CCDL President Scott Wilson stated the following: “We intend to gather in a peaceful manner and we are as determined as ever to see this law overturned in federal court, or repealed by the state legislature one day”. “We can assure our elected officials that we do not accept this unjust law as a permanent fixture in our lives.” Wilson also went on to say: “Connecticut gun owners appreciate the support from other states that have reached out to us recently”. ”We look forward to standing alongside our fellow citizens us on this day”.

Speakers for the event will include several political candidates, 2nd Amendment Rights Supporters, 2nd Amendment Rights Attorneys and others. Representatives from the National Rifle Association will be on hand also. CCDL is asking those that plan on attending to be aware of all state and federal firearms laws. Please visit their website for additional details: www.ccdl.us
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Press Contact: Scott Wilson (CCDL President) Email: president@ccdl.us

About the CCDL: The Connecticut Citizens Defense League was formed in February 2009 by a small group of concerned citizens as a non-partisan organization to advocate second amendment rights in the state of Connecticut. Since their founding, the group has grown to more than 13,000 members. Thanks to this large supportive base across the state the CCDL has become a fixture of the capitol, and well recognized by committees that see firearms related bills.

CCDL is also actively involved at the state Board of Firearms Permit Examiners. As the go-to organization in the state they are consulted with regularly by lawmakers who have questions and concerns about pending legislation or existing laws. For more information regarding CCDL, please visit http://www.ccdl.us

Long Gun Permits

Just a reminder, on April 1, 2014 the last major part of Connecticut’s unconstitutional new gun laws takes effect. Starting April 1st, you will no longer be able to buy a rifle or shotgun with just a hunting license or 14 day waiting period. You will be required to have ONE of the following:
  ‣ valid Pistol Permit
  ‣ valid Eligibility Certificate to Purchase Pistols or Revolvers
  ‣ valid Eligibility Certificate to Purchase Long Guns

You will also now have to complete an Application to Purchase Firearms (DPS-67-C), a Sale or Transfer of All Firearms form (DPS-3-C) in quadruplicate, and call DESPP for an authorization number. Just like you do now for a handgun. Remember, just like with handguns, the seller must retain the DPS-67-C for 20 years, and copies of the DPS-3-C must be given to the buyer, DESPP’s Special Licensing and Firearms Unit, and the buyer’s local police department. The seller and the buyer must retain the DSP-3-C for 5 years.

If you don’t have one of the above 3 permits, you can get a Long Gun Eligibility Certificate Application Packet by calling the Special Licensing and Firearms Unit at 860-685-8290. You may also download a screen-fillable pdf of the application itself here. The cost for the application is $35.00 for a 5 year term. An additional $50.00 for the State Fingerprints and $15.00 for the Federal Fingerprints are also associated with the application. State law § 29-37q requires that not later than 60 days after receipt of the national criminal history records check from the FBI that the application be approved or notification of denial be made.

The Long Gun Eligibility Certificate will also allow you to buy ammunition, but it does not allow you to purchase handguns, or carry handguns in public.

sample Long Gun Eligibility Certificate