Member Update

To my fellow CCDL members –

This week we have all witnessed the horrible carnage committed by a mass murdering individual. With no respect for the lives of his victims, he went on a rampage that lasted for 10 minutes. Predictably, before all the victims were evacuated or any facts known, politicians were clamoring for more gun restrictions.

We are certain that we will be facing an untold variety of gun control proposals at the state, federal, and even local level. While we mourn for the victims of this senseless and violent act, the gun control lobby is already hard at work. They're working day and night to use this horrific event to further their agenda of restricting your rights. While we wait and see what legislators bring forth, we will undoubtedly need the effort and support or our members in the very near future.

This Tuesday evening at our monthly meeting in Middletown at 7:00pm, CCDL will take a moment of silence for those murdered and injured in Las Vegas this past week. Whether you can join us in person or not, we ask that you pause for a moment at 7:00pm in solidarity.
Come join us as we plan to continue the fight for our rights.

Scott Wilson – CCDL President


CCDL holds its monthly general membership meeting at 7:00pm on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at the Elks Lodge in Middletown, CT.

Our next meeting is Tuesday, October 10, 2017.

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

  • Moment of Silence
  • Updates on actions with the Middletown pistol permit process
  • Updates on actions with the Waterbury pistol permit process
  • Soto v Bushmaster Updates
  • CCDL Educational Legislative Shoot
  • Legislative proposals in wake of Las Vegas massacre

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.
We still have patches, pins, and magnets (perfect to put on your car, gun safe, or refrigerator). We also sell the car decals in assorted colors and sizes that you can’t get online.

Food Drive
CCDL collects canned goods/non-perishables at all our meetings to be donated to local charities. 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
October 10, 2017 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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CCDL Joins Amicus In Kolbe v. Hogan (Maryland)

Today, CCDL joined a number of law enforcement and gun rights groups in filing an amicus curiae brief in the case of Kolbe v. Hogan. This is a case in Maryland that seeks to overturn their unconstitutional ban on so-called “assault weapons”.

CCDL and our members have a vested interest in this case, as any ruling by the Supreme Court in this case would have a national impact on similar gun bans; including Connecticut’s.

You can read the brief as submitted here: USSC 17-127 Amicus Brief – Kolbe v Hogan (pdf)

2017 CCDL 2nd Amendment Poker Run – September 9th

Save the date for the 5th Annual CCDL 2nd Amendment Poker Run on Saturday, September 9, 2017.

Starting Location: Central Connecticut Arms – 130 Marlborough Street Portland, CT
Ending Location: Doody’s Totoket Inn – 465 Foxon Road, North Branford, CT.

Registration is from 9:30am – 10:30am at Central Connecticut Arms. Riders/drivers are $20, Passengers are $15, or you can just join us at the end location for the party for $15.
There will be food, refreshments, prizes, and live music from the band Wastin’ Bullets.
Motorcycles and cars welcome!

At each location you will pick a playing card from a deck. You can expect to drive between 50 and 70 miles total, and it will finish at Doody’s Totoket Inn.
Prizes will be awarded at the end for the top five poker hands and the worst poker hand.

If you just want to attend the party and not participate in the poker run, admission will be $15 per person payable at Doody’s Totoket Inn starting at noon. Admission includes food and entertainment. Drinks are extra.

We’ll have special 2017 CCDL Poker Run shirts for sale at both the start and the finish. Quantities are limited, when they are gone, that’s it.

All net proceeds go to fight for our 2nd Amendment rights.
Tell your friends!

This year you can register in advance on the website.
Sign up at: http://ccdl.us/shop/poker-run-preregistration

Sponsors include: By Carrier Custom Home Builders, 1 Stop Tactical, 3B Lawn Care, A Great Start Shooting School, Absolute Countertops, Blue Trail Range, Branford Gun Club, Central Connecticut Arms, Chris' Indoor Range, Connecticut Cruise News, Connecticut Firearms and Tactical, Connecticut Sporting Arms, Delta Arsenal, Guilford Sportsmen's Association, Hoffman Gun Center & Indoor Range, Hotsy-Clean, Law Dogs MC Connecticut, Mallico Construction, New Haven Sportsman's Club, Newington Gun Exchange, North Atlantic Sportsman, Proactive Self Defense, Sportsmen’s Outpost, Tactical Arms & Indoor Range, TC Facility Services, The Gun Store, The Miller Law Group, and The Powerwash Guys.

To save time on the day of the ride, you may fill out and print the registration form in advance and bring it with you. Registration Form (pdf)

If you want to print or view the route directions ahead of time they are here (pdf)

9th Annual Family Picnic

Our 9th family picnic? Where does the time go?

On Saturday, August 26th CCDL will once again host our Annual Family Picnic at Boothe Memorial Park – 5800 Main Street on Putney, Stratford, CT.

We’ll supply the burgers, hotdogs, soft drinks (no alcohol allowed in the park) and condiments. You can bring the family, the chips, dip, or whatever side dish (and a utensil to serve it) you’re most famous for making, and some lawnchairs or a blanket to sit on. (Helpful hint: write your name on a piece of masking tape and attach it to your bowls/spoons/etc so you are sure to get them back)

This is a FREE event for CCDL members and their families. Bring some cash, we’ll have all our CCDL merchandise for sale as well as a fun shirt sold especially for this event. We’ll also be raffling off lots of prizes. (The more raffle items the better, if you would like to donate something to the raffle, that would be great! Please contact Holly Sullivan and let her know what you’d like to donate. It doesn’t have to be gun-related or super expensive, anything fun and legal that you and other people would like to win.)

So come to Boothe Memorial Park and enjoy the day with other CCDL members. Bring blankets, chairs, and your family. Come have a good time, relax, make new friends, and celebrate our right to keep and bear arms. Come and get to know us and your fellow members, and learn more about what CCDL does to protect your rights as a gun owner in the state of Connecticut.

As we said, this a family picnic. There will be water pistols, horseshoes, frisbees, wiffle balls, and all sorts of games for kids young and old. There is no alcohol allowed in the park, but pets on a leash and lawful carry of firearms are permitted. Please use an appropriate holster, and keep it holstered.

When: August 26, 2017 from 11am until 4pm.
Where: Boothe Memorial Park
5774 Main St. Putney
Stratford, CT 06614

Note: Please do not park on the grass (unless directed to by the police) or in a handicap spot (unless you have the placard). If the parking lot is full (it’s a little small), you can park nearby on Putney Chapel Way (see the map below), and walk into the park from there. It’s against park rules to park on the grass, but in the past to police have allowed it in certain spots. Also don’t park along Rt 110/River Rd. It’s dangerous and you can’t actually access the park from there, even though it looks like it on the map.

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For a printable flyer you can give to friends or post at your gun club – Click Here (pdf)

DIRECTIONS
FROM RT. 15N (MERRITT PARKWAY)
Take exit 53; at end of ramp take a right; bear right (almost immediately) at next
intersection onto Main St. Putney; follow ¼ mile and Boothe Park will be on your
left.

FROM RT. 15S (MERRITT PARKWAY)
Take exit 53; at end of ramp take a left; bear right at next intersection onto Main
St. Putney; follow ¼ mile and Boothe Park will be on your left.

FROM I-95N
Take exit 33 and follow signs to RT 110; stay on RT 110 (East Main St.) one mile
to traffic light at intersection of East Main St. and Main St.; take right onto Main
St. (still RT 110); take 3rd left by bearing onto Main St. Putney (pond on left);
follow for approx. ½ mile and Boothe Park will be on your right.

FROM I-95S
Take exit 38 to Merritt Parkway RT 15S and follow directions above from RT
15S.

Soto v. Bushmaster

**FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE**

Connecticut Citizens Defense League Files Brief Opposing Lawsuit that Seeks to Make Gun Manufacturers Liable for Gun Crimes Because Firearms are “too Dangerous” for Law-abiding Citizens

June 20, 2017  (Groton, CT)
The Connecticut Citizens Defense League (CCDL) has filed an amicus curiae brief in the Connecticut Supreme Court opposing an attempt to impose legal liability on the manufacturers and sellers of the firearm used in the Sandy Hook tragedy. The Supreme Court case (Soto v Bushmaster), brought by lawyers representing the estates of several victims of the shooting, is based on the novel theory that the firearm used in the shooting is “too dangerous” to sell to ordinary, law-abiding citizens, and that the makers of the gun should thus be on the hook whenever it is misused to cause injury. But as CCDL’s brief points out, the particular type of firearm used by Adam Lanza at Sandy Hook in fact has about one-fourth as much firepower as many ordinary hunting rifles, because it uses lightweight ammunition. And crime statistics show that ordinary handguns are over fifteen times more likely to me used by “mass shooters” than the model of firearm chosen by Lanza. If the defendants are held liable in this case, then, it will set a precedent that would expose businesses to legal liability each time they sell virtually any type of firearm in Connecticut.

The State Superior Court rejected the Plaintiffs’ theory, noting that it “would be a dramatic change in tort doctrine.” But the Plaintiffs have now appealed to the Supreme Court.

“The implications of the radical theory of tort law advanced by Plaintiffs’ lawyers in this case are dangerous and breathtaking,” said Scott Wilson, President of CCDL. “When you realize that by every empirical measure, the type of firearm at issue in this case is less dangerous and less likely to be used in any kind of violent crime, including mass shootings, than an ordinary hunting rifle or handgun, it becomes clear that this is just the latest effort in the long-running campaign by anti-gun activists to make the manufacturers of any firearm liable simply because criminals or the mentally unstable misuse their product.” But the Second Amendment protects the right to sell firearms to lawful citizens, according to multiple federal court decisions; and a federal statute also generally forecloses attempts to make firearm manufactures and retailers liable for the misuse of the firearms they sell, so long as the sale itself was lawful. “Plaintiffs’ effort to choke off the sale of virtually all ordinary firearms is contrary to both the Constitution and federal law,” Mr. Wilson said. “CCDL hopes that our brief will help the Supreme Court to recognize the truly radical—and unconstitutional—implications of this lawsuit.”

The full brief can be downloaded here: CCDL-Amicus-AS-FILED (pdf)

Amicus Application Accepted

The Connecticut Supreme Court has accepted CCDL’s application to appear as Amicus Curiae (friend of the court) in the case of Soto v. Bushmaster, as well as approving our full legal team.

This means the court agrees that CCDL and it’s members have a legitimate interest in this case and it’s outcome, and they will allow CCDL to explain why we believe that a ruling for the plaintiffs in this case could seriously jeopardize the ability of law-abiding citizens to obtain lawful arms in Connecticut.

Our legal team is putting the final touches on the actual brief, which we hope to be able to share with our members as soon as possible.

Soto-v-bushmaster amicus application granted (pdf)

June Member Update

CCDL Monthly Meeting – June 13th
All members are welcome and encouraged to attend

CCDL holds its monthly general membership meeting at 7:00pm on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at the Elks Lodge in Middletown, CT.
All CCDL members are welcome and encouraged to attend.
Meeting Agenda:

  • Wrap up for 2017 legislative session
  • Gubernatorial and statewide constitutional offices discussion
  • Candidate for state-wide office- Peter Lumaj
  • Updates on actions with the Waterbury pistol permit process
  • Updates on actions with the Middletown pistol permit process
  • Information on the CCDL Family Picnic
  • Poker Run update
  • CCDL amicus brief filing (Soto v Bushmaster)
  • CCDL educational legislative shoot

Avoid the wait and shipping fees! The full selection of CCDL merchandise is always for sale at our meetings, including many items not sold on our website.


Legislative Session

Legislative Coordinator Ray Bevis will report on “how we did” at the upcoming meeting. This is a tremendous opportunity for our members to hear about how we did this year in Hartford. Ray will include some of the key highlights of the session, and compare our efforts from a few years ago to this year. Every year that CCDL is around, we grow, we learn and we mature as an organization to better serve our faithful members.


Meet Candidate for State-Wide Office Peter Lumaj

2018 candidates for state-wide office are emerging. One such candidate is Peter Lumaj. While CCDL has not endorsed any candidates for any race in 2018, we will point out that Peter has been endorsed by CCDL in the past. Peter is a staunch supporter of our 2nd Amendment rights, and if you come and listen you will see exactly why.


CCDL Files FOIA Requests With Two Cities

In an effort to address the many concerns of pistol permit applicants in several municipalities in Connecticut, CCDL has requested data from two cities: Waterbury and Middletown. Numerous applicants have reportedly been delayed far beyond the statutorily required 8-week period to issue or deny pistol permits. Once the data is reviewed, and if systemic problems are indicated with one or both cities, we will more than likely consider several courses of action to correct these issues.


CCDL Readies Amicus Filing (Soto v Bushmaster)

CCDL has applied to the CT State Supreme court to submit an Amicus Curiae Brief (Friend of the Court Brief) in support of Bushmaster Firearms International LLC. The case known as ‘Soto v Bushmaster’ has been ongoing for some time, and CCDL will withhold any further statements on the case until the court accepts our petition for the brief to be filed. The application is a matter of public record on file with the State Supreme Court as of May 30, 2017. You may view a copy of the application here: Application-of-CCDL-for-permission-to-appear-as-amicus-curiae.pdf


CCDL Summer Events

The 9th Annual CCDL Family Picnic is set for August 26th is Stratford Connecticut At Boothe Memorial Park. This picnic is free to our members, and more details and a flyer will be published soon.

CCDL Poker Run is a go for Saturday, September 9th. Additional setails to follow soon!

CCDL files Application to CT Supreme Court

CCDL has applied to the CT State Supreme court to submit an Amicus Curiae Brief (Friend of the Court Brief) in support of Bushmaster Firearms International LLC.

The case known as ‘Soto v Bushmaster’ has been ongoing for some time, and CCDL will withhold any further statements on the case until the court accepts our petition for the brief to be filed.

The application is a matter of public record on file with the State Supreme Court as of May 30, 2017. You may view a copy of the application here: Application-of-CCDL-for-permission-to-appear-as-amicus-curiae.pdf

Permit Issue Resolved in the City of Hartford

On May 1st, CCDL President Scott Wilson communicated with Hartford Police Chief James Rovella regarding his department’s refusal to accept numerous pistol permit applications.

These particular applications were refused by the police department because they did not include an additional signed waiver that would have allowed for intrusive privacy violations. The Connecticut State Statues (29-28a) do not allow the Hartford PD to require such additional waivers in addition to the state approved application.

The CCDL President offered to schedule a meeting between CCDL and Hartford city officials to discuss this matter.

On May 5th a reply came back to CCDL from Hartford Deputy Police Chief Dustin Rendock indicating that they had conducted a review of their pistol permit procedures, and that they were eliminating the waiver altogether. The Deputy Chief also asked CCDL to contact the rejected pistol permit applicants in Hartford to see if we can get them to resubmit their applications.

The next step that CCDL will take is to contact the Board of Firearms Permit Examiners to communicate the resolution to any applicants in Hartford they know of who might have been affected by the waiver requirement.

CCDL wishes to thank the Hartford Police Department for taking positive and expedient action to rectify this matter. We are thankful that by bringing this issue to their attention it has been resolved.

CCDL also wishes to thank our members for standing behind us, and also for their patience while we work to resolve other issues in several other municipalities across the state.

Carry On!

Press Release – “Show Your Papers” Bill Defeated

04/06/2017

For Immediate Release:

(Groton, CT) – The Connecticut Citizens Defense League (The state’s largest gun rights organization) issues the following statement on HB6200 –  “AN ACT CONCERNING THE PRESENTATION OF A PERMIT TO CARRY A PISTOL OR REVOLVER”

Statement from CCDL President Scott Wilson:

“CCDL is pleased that HB6200 appears to be dead at this stage of the game. This bill was not only an unnecessary intrusion, it was advertised as something that is it was not.”

“The usual gun control proponents have for 2 years now failed to convince two different committees that there really is a need for what they’ve sought. We really appreciate the hard work of our members to help stop this bill. We could not have done this without the time and effort that they have dedicated.”

“Hopefully as time passes, our legislators will understand more about the issues that plague society, and start addressing the root causes of violence with real solutions.”

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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 27,000 members from across the state.

Thanks to this large supportive base, the CCDL has become a fixture at the state 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