Brady vs. Lucky Gunner

Recently, the Brady Bunch tried to sue Lucky Gunner Ammo and several other online retailers for lawfully selling items that were later used in the Aurora, Colorado movie theater shooting. The judge in that case rightfully dismissed it, and ordered the Brady Campaign to reimburse the defendant’s legal fees.

Lucky Gunner has graciously offered to donate their share of the settlement (when they get it) to various gun rights groups such as CCDL. They will determine how much each group gets by the number of votes each group gets in a poll on their website. These are all deserving groups, but we ask that you please go and vote for CCDL. As a 100% donation driven non-profit organization (501c4), even a small share would help us to continue to our fight to protect and restore YOUR rights here in Connecticut.

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Of course you can also still donate directly to our Litigation Fund, where every penny donated goes directly to the costs of Shew V Malloy; the federal court case hoping to overturn Connecticut’s unconstitutional antigun laws.
http://ccdl.us/blog/donate/

Meeting Reminder – June 9th

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, June 9, 2015.
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

  • The decision in the Federal Court Appeal that CCDL and other litigants are suing over (Shew v Malloy) should be here soon. We are days away from the typical time frame that an appellate court takes to reach a decision. We have a very special meeting for Tuesday, which will include a visit from Chris Conte. Chris is litigation counsel for NRA-ILA and has done a lot to help coordinate legal legwork associated with this case. Chris will talk about the lawsuit’s future and other aspects of Connecticut gun rights.
    Connecticut Local Counsel Martha Dean will be in attendance and so will Tom King, the President of the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association. NY is fighting the SAFE Act law which is similar to the law that we are fighting here in CT (PA 13-3/13-220).
  • A full post-legislative breakdown will be presented by CCDL Legislative Coordinator Ray Bevis. Ray will be providing statistics about membership involvement and effectiveness at the meeting. He has worked very hard this session along with Chris Lemos to bring Legislative information to our members in real-time.
  • Jonathan Hardy will talk about recent events with the BFPE and permit issues.
  • We will be talking about the upcoming CCDL Family Picnic as well as the Poker Run.
    The CCDL Family Picnic date has been set for 9/19/2015 at Boothe Memorial Park in Stratford. A flyer for the event should be available soon.
    The CCDL Poker Run is set for 9/26/2015. All proceeds go to support the lawsuit against the unconstitutional gun law (PA 13-3/13-220) that passed in 2013.
    Mark your calendars!
  • Christian Ragosta. the NRA Grass Roots will be in the house to answer questions.

Merchandise
We sell CCDL merchandise at the meeting, buy it there and save on shipping.
We also sell limited edition items that are not available in our online store. Right now we have patches, pins, and magnets (perfect to put on your car, gun safe, or refrigerator). We also sell the car decals in assorted colors besides white.


Food Drive
CCDL collects canned goods/non-perishables at all our meetings to be donated to local charities. The holiday season may be over, but people still need to eat. Please bring non perishables to the meeting. If everyone that attends brought at least one canned good we would be helping to feed MANY!

Middletown Elks
44 Maynard St
Middletown, CT 06457
June 9, 2015 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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Press Release – 2015 Legislative Session Is Over

06/04/2015
For Immediate Release:

The Connecticut Citizens Defense League (The state’s largest grass-roots gun rights group) is expressing its appreciation for the State Legislature’s decision to cease action on bills that would have seriously affected due process rights of gun owners. Particularly Senate Bill 650.

Comments from CCDL President Scott Wilson:

“Fortunately many legislators came to realize that there are already statutes that protect potential victims against domestic violence. If someone truly is a threat to an individual, or if there is proof of active violence, Connecticut state law already has those potential victims covered”.

“Persons who never threatened or harmed anyone would have automatically lost possession of their personal property for two years or longer if SB650 had become law. We are talking about people potentially being punished who have never committed a crime, or been convicted of any wrongdoing. That is a harsh and unjust outcome to imagine”.

Wilson concluded:

“CCDL would like to thank our members for contacting and communicating with their legislators, and for testifying publicly in Hartford this year. Hopefully this outcome marks a shift back towards common sense legislation that impacts gun rights”.

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About the CCDL: The Connecticut Citizens Defense League was formed in 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 over 18.000 members across the state.

Thanks to this large supportive base across the state the CCDL has become a fixture at the Capitol, and well-recognized by committees that see firearms related bills.

As the go-to organization in the state they are consulted regularly by lawmakers who have questions and concerns about pending legislation or existing laws. For more information on the CCDL please visit http://www.ccdl.us//

Press Contact:

Scott Wilson
president@ccdl.us
860-235-7490
www.ccdl.us

SB650 – Quick Update

CCDL’s Legislative Coordinator Ray Bevis spent all day and night in Hartford yesterday following the closing days of the 2015 legislative session (Thank you Ray!). Here’s a quick update he sent in after finally getting home early this morning:

The bill SB650 was called in the senate last night. An amendment was called, debated, voted on and the amendment passed. Then another amendment was called by Senator Joe Markley. While Senator Markley was summarizing his amendment, Senator Duff who is the majority Leader and is his job to set the daily agenda / calendar interrupted Senator Markley to temporarily pass on the bill and move onto another bill.
This is just a passed temporarily on the agenda. It is not a passing of the bill. The bill is still on the senate agenda but passed by temporarily. They can come back to it but with a deadline so close we think that is unlikely to happen. But IF this bill was to be called again in this session it would still need to be called in the senate and senator Markley would continue with his summation of his amendment.

CALL Your Legislators Today!

CALL your legislators today! The CT General Assembly will be voting on a bill that will seize firearms, ammunition, permits, and certificates from lawful gun owners without evidence, without witnesses, without a police report, and without a chance to be heard. This bill is called S.B. 650 – AN ACT CONCERNING TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDERS.

Last year in Connecticut 45% of these temporary restraining orders were found to be false after the judge was able to hear from both sides. Temporary restraining orders are based solely on the accuser’s word. No evidence is required.

Tell your legislators to protect the ability for the victims to defend themselves. Tell your legislator not to support a bill that will disarm someone without the constitutional right to be heard first. This bill will give abusers, stalkers, and rapists a way to disarm their victims.

To find your legislators and their contact info, go to: http://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/menu/cgafindleg.asp
Your immediate action is needed! Make sure your voice gets heard, call your legislator today.

Memorial Day

In Flanders Fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

By: Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918)
Canadian Army

Two Years

Two years ago today we filed a lawsuit, Shew v. Malloy, against Connecticut’s new (at the time) unconstitutional gun control law, Public Act 13-3. You can read the press release from that day here. We’re still waiting for the latest ruling in that case, which hopefully will be issued any day now. We just want to thank everyone who’s helped get us this far. You’ve helped us retain some of the best Second Amendment lawyers in the country to help fight this thing. And fight we will. All the way to the Supreme Court if necessary, to restore your rights and bring Connecticut back in line with its constitution and the majority of the country.
Thanks for your donations, and thanks for standing with us.
Carry on!

SB650 – Looney/Coleman Amendment

Yesterday state senators Martin Looney(D) and Eric Coleman(D) introduced an amendment to Senate Bill 650, which we’ve talked a lot about. The 24 page amendment basically replaces the original SB650 in it’s entirety. It’s going to take some time to analyze everything, but one change jumps out right now. “The department’s determination not to reinstate any such permit that has been revoked may not be based solely upon the issuance of such expired ex parte order.”
That can be read a few ways, but my gut feeling is since it’s coming from staunch antigunners Looney and Coleman, it’s not good. I’ll include the changes in context for comparison:

Original version
(d) If a state permit or temporary state permit for the carrying of any pistol or revolver is revoked because the person holding such permit is subject to an ex parte order issued pursuant to section 46b-15, as amended by this act, or 46b-16a, upon expiration of such order, such person may notify the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection that such order has expired. Upon verification of such expiration and provided such person is not otherwise disqualified from holding such permit pursuant to subsection (b) of section 29-28, the department shall reinstate such permit.

New version
If a state permit or temporary state permit for the carrying of any pistol or revolver is revoked because the person holding such permit is subject to an ex parte order issued pursuant to section 46b-15, as amended by this act, or 46b-16a, upon expiration of such order, such person may notify the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection that such order has expired. Upon verification of such expiration and provided such person is not otherwise disqualified from holding such permit pursuant to subsection (b) of section 29-28, the department shall reinstate such permit. The department’s determination not to reinstate any such permit that has been revoked may not be based solely upon the issuance of such expired ex parte order.

We have video of Senator Coleman describing the amendment.

We also have the full 24 page amendment. SB650 Amendment (pdf)

And, if you’re really interested, you can watch the entire 7.5 hour long senate session here.

Reminder – May 12th Monthly Meeting

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, May 12, 2015.
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

  • We are in the last full month of the legislative session for 2015. This is our last chance to communicate with legislators about the two remaining gun related bills: Senate Bill 650 and Governor’s Bill 6848. These bills will eliminate the right to “due process” for gun owners in certain instances.
  • CCDL’s Legislative Coordinator Ray Bevis will give a breakdown on leftover gun related bills and our strategy.
  • Pre-planning for a number of events will take place. This will include discussions about our annual family picnic, the poker run, and possibly a legislative trap shoot event.
  • Any updates on Shew v. Malloy that are available will be given. We are now 5 months past the date of oral arguments at the 2nd Circuit Appellate level, and we’re hoping to hear something very soon.

Merchandise
We sell CCDL merchandise at the meeting, buy it there and save on shipping.
We also sell limited edition items that are not available in our online store. Right now we have patches, pins, and magnets (perfect to put on your car, gun safe, or refrigerator). We also sell the car decals in assorted colors besides white.


Food Drive
CCDL collects canned goods/non-perishables at all our meetings to be donated to local charities. The holiday season may be over, but people still need to eat. Please bring non perishables to the meeting. If everyone that attends brought at least one canned good we would be helping to feed MANY!

Middletown Elks
44 Maynard St
Middletown, CT 06457
May 12, 2015 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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Partial Victory – Still Work To Do

The wording just got finalized and posted for SB650 and HB6848. Because of your testimony, emails, phone calls and visits, both bills have been amended.

S.B. 650
Amendment A:
if the court issues an ex parte order against a respondent who is a peace officer as defined in section 53a-3, such hearing shall be held not later than five days from the date of the order.

Amendment B:
(d) If a state permit or temporary state permit for the carrying of any pistol or revolver is revoked because the person holding such permit is subject to an ex parte order issued pursuant to section 46b-15, as amended by this act, or 46b-16a, upon expiration of such order, such person may notify the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection that such order has expired. Upon verification of such expiration and provided such person is not otherwise disqualified from holding such permit pursuant to subsection (b) of section 29-28, the department shall reinstate such permit.
http://www.cga.ct.gov/2015/TOB/s/pdf/2015SB-00650-R02-SB.pdf

The Gov. Bill 6848 has the same wording of amendment B added.
http://www.cga.ct.gov/2015/TOB/h/pdf/2015HB-06848-R01-HB.pdf

At least on paper, this appears to be at least a partial victory, but we must not get complacent.

  • These bills STILL violate “due process“.
  • There is also still no provision for the return of lawfully owned firearms, magazines and ammunition, especially those that are now banned under Governor Malloy’s unconstitutional Public Act 13-3.
  • The bill and the amendment still “revoke” your permit. This may seem like splitting hairs, until you go to renew your CT permit, move to another state, or apply for a non-resident permit in another state. On the CT permit renewal form it asks “Have you had a firearms permit, permit application or eligibility certificate of any kind from ANY jurisdiction in the United States denied, suspended or revoked?”
    Most other states include similar language. This means, despite a court finding a lawful gun owner innocent of the accusations in an ex parte restraining order, he/she’s record will be forever marred by the event; in essence forced to defend themselves anew every few years come renewal time.

We must continue to contact our legislators (see this post for more info). Thank them for the language in Amendment B, but continue to voice your concern for the issues that have not been addressed yet.


Shameless plug: CCDL is leading a federal lawsuit to overturn 13-3. We have assembled a legal team comprised of some of the very best 2nd Amendment lawyers in the country. Such a lawsuit is extremely expensive, and to date we’ve spent in the area of $600,000, and it’s projected to cost us at least another $1 million. CCDL is an all volunteer, not for profit organization. We don’t even charge a membership fee! (If you are not already a member, join here.)
We also don’t have some foundation or billionaire ex-mayor giving us cash. This lawsuit is funded solely by people like you and I who support the right to keep and bear arms. If you would like to donate directly to the litigation fund, you may do so here. http://ccdl.us/blog/donate/