December 9th General 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, December 9, 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
Earlier in the day, oral arguments in our lawsuit will be heard at the appellate court in New York. CCDL execs attending that hearing will be back in time for our meeting and will discuss their take on how the arguments went. Unfortunately, we will not be allowed to record the court proceedings. Anyone planning on attending the court hearing should read the info posted here.

Merchandise
We sell CCDL merchandise at the meeting, buy it there and save on shipping.
We also sell the limited edition items below that are not available in our online store.

Patches and Pins
We still have some of our limited run CCDL patches and pins. These $5 each and are meetings-only items, not for sale on the website.

Logo 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 upon us, and this time of the year the strain on food kitchens is great. 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
December 9, 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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Gun Groups Head To Court

Tomorrow, December 9th, 2014 The Connecticut Citizens Defense League, the Coalition of Connecticut Sportsmen, and all the other litigants in Shew v Malloy (our lawsuit against CT’s unconstitutional gun laws) will be in New York City before the Second Circuit Court Of Appeals.
Oral arguments will be heard in Courtroom 1703 of the Thurgood Marshall US Courthouse located at 40 Foley Square in New York City. The hearings start at 1pm, but there are 4 cases ahead of ours, including the NY challenge to their (un)SAFE Act. Spectator seating is limited, so if you want to sit in the courtroom you need to get there early.
This is a federal court proceeding, not a rally, so please dress and act accordingly if you are going to attended. Also no weapons or recording devices (including cell phones) will be allowed in the courtroom. Arguments for our challenge are expected to last approximately 20 minutes.
We plan to be back in time to attend the member meeting in Middletown at 7pm, where we’ll discuss how things went.

Important Meeting For Chester Residents

The Chester Board of Selectmen are meeting this Tuesday, December 2nd at 7:00 pm to further discuss the (non)issue of “target shooting and discharging firearms in a residential area”.
In the past, CCDL members made a strong showing during these meetings. Hopefully we will continue to have our voices heard.

CCDL members who live in Chester believe current laws adequately address the issue. They feel there is no need for further regulations against Chester taxpayers who chose to safely exercise their 2nd Amendment rights on private property.

We suggest getting there early, we understand there have been some “issues” in the past with moving the meeting location at the last minute.

When: December 2, 2014 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Where: Chester Town Hall
203 Middlesex Avenue, Community Meeting Room, Second Floor

If you live in Chester, please try to attend this meeting. If you have any progun friends there, please share this with them.

Here’s the link to the meeting agenda on the Chester town website http://chesterct.org/?ai1ec_event=board-of-selectmen-meeting-26&instance_id=1740

November Meeting Reminder

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, November 11, 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 a sign of encouragement to our cause, a number of seats were picked up by pro 2A candidates. We will be discussing this at this meeting. Please come join us. We have published numerous blog posts in recent days and weeks that have explained our positions regarding this past election.

Legislative Public Testimony Workshop
Learn how to make a difference “before” and when gun bills get introduced. From preparing written testimony to public hearings, CCDL will cover it all in this short workshop that will take place during the meeting. It is critical that we prepare and participate in the next legislative session.

Merchandise
We sell CCDL merchandise at the meeting, buy it there and save on shipping.
We also sell the limited edition items below that are not available in our online store.

Poker Run Shirts & Bandanas
If you didn’t get to buy these cool shirts and bandanas at the Poker Run a few months ago, we still have some left. They will be for sale at the meeting.

Patches and Pins
We still have some of our limited run CCDL patches and pins. These $5 each and are meetings-only items, not for sale on the website.

Logo 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 upon us, and this time of the year the strain on food kitchens is great. 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
November 11, 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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Something Fun To Do This Weekend

If you are looking for something to do this weekend, why not head on over to the Branford Gun Club on Saturday for their Lucky Target & Line Shoot Fundraiser? All profits go to the CCDL Litigation Fund to support the court battle to restore our gun rights here in Connecticut.

When: Saturday November 8, 2014
Time: 9:00am – 1:00pm
Where: Branford Gun Club, 40 Red Hill Rd, Branford, CT 06405
For more info you can contact Dave Bicknell through Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dave.bicknell.7

CCDL Responds To Republican Geniuses (Cafero, Weicker and Shays)

This is a guest post by CCDL president Scott Wilson.

As president of the Connecticut Citizens Defense League (The state’s largest grass-roots gun rights group), I’d like to respond to recent comments made by Chris Shays, Larry Cafero and Lowell Weicker.
(see “GOP could have avoided gun fight by picking McKinney over Foley” and “Cafero on Foley Loss: ‘He Was The Wrong Republican’“)

If these defacto election analysts are looking to place blame on anyone, they should look at how certain leaders in the GOP leadership treated gun owners during and after the gun bill hearings in 2013. They joined forces with the anti-gun leadership of the Democratic party and helped them ram through massive gun control.

It is Mr Cafero’s own fault that his notions of running for governor were derailed, and the reason McKinney failed in his bid as well. If John McKinney was such a great candidate, why didn’t he win the Republican convention or primary election?

People should start to realize that gun owners are not going to sit by and be led around by the nose by gun grabbing politicians. If this is the case, the GOP should be prepared to suffer more losses in future elections

Serious candidates need to learn how to articulate 2nd Amendment positions better, and how to counter anti-gun propaganda. These are our Constitutional Rights we are talking about, after all.

It’s easy for these failed politicians to play Monday morning quarterback, but I can guarantee that they or any other Republican who supports gun control will face the same outcome in future elections that we’ve witnessed this year.

Despite the top-tier loses, the Republican under-ticket did better this year than it has since 1994. Had the antigun McKinney been the GOP candidate, does anyone think groups such as CCDL and the NRA would have invested the same amount of time, energy and money into this election?

It is important to note that all but one Democrat incumbent who lost this election voted to support last year’s gun control law, and only one Republican incumbent to vote against it lost. Even Democrat House leader Brendan Sharkey admits the gun control bill clearly had an effect on recent Democrat losses.
(see “Republicans Now Hold Most Seats In Connecticut House Since 1994“)

Not all Republicans are gun owners, but it is a fact that most gun owners vote Republican. Political strategists that spew this type of hindsight rhetoric would be wise to keep that in mind.

Press Release – Election Comments

11/05/2014
For Immediate Release

The Connecticut Citizens Defense League (The state’s largest grass-roots gun rights group) comments on the Gubernatorial/Electoral outcome in Connecticut.

Comments from CCDL President Scott Wilson:
“While the overall campaign theme of this election has been centered around our State’s economy and financial woes, citizens that own firearms showed up and voted like never before.”
“In spite of the results, we are proud that our members and other gun owners put forth a tremendous effort to protect their constitutional rights. In particular, we are happy about some of the house races and victories for other 2nd Amendment candidates.”.
“CCDL thanks its members for all of their hard work and efforts in his election. We will continue to work on firearms issues throughout Connecticut as is usual’”

One critical point that the CCDL president noted was the fact that Malloy lost in Newtown:
 ”We could not be happier that the majority of Newtown residents did not buy into Governor Malloy’s gun control schemes. Malloy lost Newtown”. – Scott Wilson

Press Contact:
Scott Wilson
860-235-7490
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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 16.000 members across the state.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.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

Scott Wilson Sr.
President
CCDL, Inc.
www.ccdl.us

How We Did

Here’s our 2014 endorsed candidates list. As the election results come in (or until I fall asleep!), I’ll update the candidates green for win or red for lost.
If you want to see how your town voted, you can check the SOTS website here.

Governor Tom Foley
Lt. Governor Heather Somers
Atty.General Kie Westby
Sec.Of State Peter Lumaj

US House 1 Matthew Corey
US House 2 Daniel Reale
US House 2 Lori Hopkins-Cavanaugh
US House 3 James Brown
US House 5 Mark Greenberg

CT Senate 2 Theresa Tillett
CT Senate 7 John A. Kissel
CT Senate 8 Kevin D. Witkos
CT Senate 13 Len Suzio
CT Senate 15 Karl D. Shehu
CT Senate 16 Joe Markley
CT Senate 17 Phillip Tripp
CT Senate 18 Andrew M. Maynard
CT Senate 19 Steven Everett
CT Senate 19 Catherine A. ‘Cathy’ Osten
CT Senate 29 John French
CT Senate 30 Clark J. Chapin
CT Senate 32 Robert J. ‘Rob’ Kane
CT Senate 33 Art Linares
CT Senate 35 Anthony ‘Tony’ Guglielmo

CT House 2 Dan Carter
CT House 8 Timothy J. ‘Tim’ Ackert
CT House 9 Richard Lion
CT House 12 Rusty Meek
CT House 15 James McGovern
CT House 17 Timothy B. LeGeyt
CT House 19 Mark Zydanowycz
CT House 22 Kathy Pugliese
CT House 23 Devin Carney
CT House 26 Peter Ceglarz
CT House 33 Linda Synkowicz
CT House 34 Melissa H. Ziobron
CT House 35 Jesse MacLachlan
CT House 36 Bobby Siegrist
CT House 37 Ed Jutila
CT House 39 Andrew Lockwood
CT House 41 Aundré Bumgardner
CT House 42 Mike France
CT House 44 Jonathan Cesolini
CT House 47 Doug Dubitsky
CT House 48 Linda A. Orange
CT House 50 Mike Alberts
CT House 51 Daniel S. Rovero
CT House 52 Kurt Vail
CT House 53 Sam Belsito
CT House 55 Gayle Mulligan
CT House 57 Christopher Davis
CT House 58 Tom Kienzler
CT House 59 Rob Kwasnicki
CT House 60 Peggy Sayers
CT House 61 Tami Zawistowski
CT House 62 Bill Simanski
CT House 63 Jay M. Case
CT House 64 Brian Ohler
CT House 66 Craig A. Miner
CT House 67 Cecilia Buck-Taylor
CT House 68 Eric Berthel
CT House 70 Rosa C. Rebimbas
CT House 71 Anthony J. D’Amelio
CT House 72 Ruben Rodriquez
CT House 74 Selim G. Noujaim
CT House 76 John E. Piscopo
CT House 77 Cara Pavalock
CT House 78 Whit Betts
CT House 80 Robert C. ‘Rob’ Sampson
CT House 82 Emil ‘Buddy’ Altobello Jr.
CT House 82 Joshua Broekstra
CT House 83 Pablo Soto
CT House 85 Frank Apuzzo
CT House 86 Vincent J. ‘Vin’ Candelora
CT House 89 Lezlye Zupkus
CT House 100 Angel R. Fernandez
CT House 103 Alfred C. ‘Al’ Adinolfi
CT House 105 Robert Willis
CT House 107 David A. Scribner
CT House 113 Jason Perillo
CT House 116 Louis P. ‘Lou’ Esposito Jr.
CT House 117 Charles Ferraro
CT House 119 Pam Staneski
CT House 120 Laura R. Hoydick
CT House 123 David ‘Dave’ Rutigliano
CT House 131 David K. Labriola
CT House 138 Janice R. ‘Jan’ Giegler
CT House 139 Kevin Ryan
CT House 144 Michael L. ‘Mike’ Molgano

This Is It

Today is the day. The day gun owners and freedom lovers finally get to vote to recall those who voted to take away your rights back in April 2013. Today is our recall election.

Polls in Connecticut are open from 6am until 8pm. If you haven’t voted in a few years, or just aren’t sure where to vote, you can look that up here. The 2 numbers following your state polling location are your state House and Senate district numbers. Check the list of CCDL endorsed candidates to see if you have a solid pro-gun candidate in your district. If not, check the NRA grades here and go with the best grade. Make sure you wear your CCDL clothing to the polls, and remember your gun permit is acceptable ID at the polls. We want everyone to know CCDL votes!

If you are not registered to vote, Connecticut allows same day voter registration, but not at the polls. Detailed information on how to do so can be found here.

If you have a few hours of free time, your CCDL endorsed candidates can still use you help with waving signs and talking to undecided last minute voters. Contact their campaign or just bring/make a sign and jump in! Remember to stay 100ft from the polls, the line should be marked.

That’s about it folks, by this time tomorrow we’ll either start down the path toward freedom, or head for the darkest days for gun owners in Connecticut history. Every vote matters!

A Thank You

This is a guest video post from CCDL President Scott Wilson

Note: Shortly after this was recorded, Unaffiliated candidate for governor Joe Visconti dropped from the race and asked his supporters to vote for CCDL-endorsed candidate Tom Foley. Scott Wilson and the rest of the CCDL Executive Board would like to thank Joe and his supporters for joining with us to defeat anti-gun governor Dannel Malloy.