Poker Run Tomorrow

Don’t forget! The CCDL Poker Run is tomorrow! The weather is looking like a great autumn day, so come on out and enjoy a nice ride or drive followed by food, music and prizes.
See details here: http://ccdl.us/blog/poker-run-2016/
Note, the post has been updated with directions to each stop and a map.
See you there!

CCDL Poker Run

On Saturday September 24, 2016 CCDL will be hosting our 4th consecutive poker run!

This year we have changed the route and will be starting at the Meriden Motor Boat Club located at 267 Airline Ave in Portland and end at Doody’s Totoket Inn located at 465 Foxon Road in North Branford.

We are planning a HUGE party and we will be rocking with the band Wastin’ Bullets which is one of Connecticut’s best honky tonk/country bands. Both motorcycles and cars are welcome to participate in the run, and EVERYONE is welcome to attend the after-party whether you ride or not.

Registration is from 9:30 – 10:30am. Breakfast sandwiches and coffee will be available for purchase at the start of the run. The cost is $20 per rider or driver and $15 per passenger. The cost includes the after-party. At the Meriden Motor Boat you will be given directions to the various locations.

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 the Doody’s Totoket Inn. Prizes will be awarded at the end for the top five poker hands.

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

We’ll have special 2016 CCDL Poker Run shirts and bandanas 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.

Sponsors include: By Carrier Custom Home Builders, Haymond Law, Connecticut Cruise News, C&D Arms Supply, Blue Trail Range, Ron’s Guns, Branford Gun Club, Guilford Sportsmen’s Association, New Haven Sportsman’s Club, Newington Gun Exchange, TC Facility Services, Blue Mobile Wash, Nick’s Roofing & Siding LLC, A Great Start Shooting School, Connecticut Sporting Arms, Chris’ Indoor Range, Hoffman Gun Center & Indoor Range

We are still accepting sponsorships.  Please contact Michele McBrien at 203-645-2116 for more information.


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)

You may also download and print out the directions to each stop and a map of the route:
poker run directions(pdf)
poker run map (pdf)

For more info: please email: technology@ccdl.us.

Last year’s ride was the largest poker run in the state! Let’s make it an even greater success this year!

Come join us in support of our Second Amendment Rights!

2016 Poker Run Shirt

2016 Poker Run Shirt – front
Flyer

State Reps Dubitsky & France Discuss Future Gun Control Bills

Appearing September 6, 2016 on The Lee Elci Show, State Reps Doug Dubitsky and Mike France were asked a key question by the host regarding the likelihood of future gun control bills in the legislature.

The discussion that followed was very foretelling of what is, and is not likely to happen in the next legislative session. The entire segment is 15 minutes long and well worth listening to, but if you’re pressed for time and just want to hear the part about guns you can fast-forward to the 5:45 mark.

As we have been saying since the last legislative session, 2016 may be the most important election for gun owners in the history of Connecticut.

As a reminder of what our members can do to make a difference in the upcoming election, CCDL has a published list of endorsed candidates who need our help and support. Please contact Pro 2nd Amendment candidates in or near your House and Senate legislative districts, and ask how you can help them before November elections.

Just a small amount of time spent helping can make a difference in whether or not a candidate wins or loses. Rest assured if our side loses, there will be more gun control bills that pass and become law.

This Saturday – 8th Annual Family Picnic

On Saturday, August 27th from 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM, the Connecticut Citizens Defense League will host its 8th Annual Family Picnic.

The event will take place at Boothe Memorial Park, 5800 Main Street in Stratford, CT – Lower Picnic Areas

Picnic

This event is open to all CCDL Members and to the public free of charge. Everyone is encouraged to attend this event to celebrate our rights in Connecticut to Keep and Bear Arms. Come and get to know us, and learn more about what CCDL does to protect your rights as a gun owner in the state of Connecticut.

Come and enjoy typical picnic fare – burgers, hotdogs, salads, desserts, soft beverages, and more. This will be an alcohol free gathering.

Bring your kids! Bring your dogs!

Any lawful forms of firearm carry are allowed and encouraged! If you will be carrying a firearm, please exercise safety and caution as we will be in the eyes of the public. Firearms must remain holstered for the duration of the event to ensure safety.

CCDL merchandise and membership sign-up will be available onsite. There will be games and prizes for all to participate in and enjoy.

Please let us know if you plan to contribute a food item. Salads, desserts, and snack items are suggested.

Please email events@ccdl.us

For a printable flyer – Click Here

Note: Please do not park on the grass. 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 actually almost as close as the parking lot, and you wont have to walk up and down the hill.

(Click map for larger version)

(Click map for larger version)

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.

Member Meeting Tonight

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, August 9th, 2016.

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
• Candidate Forum:
   ∙ Bob Siegrist – Candidate 36th House District
   ∙ Devin Carney – State Rep 23rd House District
• Family Picnic (August 27th, volunteers needed)
• Poker Run discussion (September 24th, volunteers needed)
• CCDL PAC update
• Presentation on election volunteer efforts
• CCDL Legislator of the Year 2016 Presentation
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. For hunting season we have camo/blaze hats, $25 each.
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
August 9, 2016 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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2016 Candidate Endorsements

The Connecticut Citizens Defense League is a non-partisan, grassroots organization devoted to advocating rights affirmed by the Constitutions of the United States of America and the State of Connecticut.

For the upcoming 2016 election, the CCDL Executive Committee has considered the past voting record and views that each candidate holds with respect to our constitutional rights.

This year, our job of vetting candidates has come with some regret. Some legislators we endorsed in the past have voted for a gun control bill (HB5054) this past session. Interestingly enough, some legislators who voted for gun control in 2013 reversed course and did not support gun control efforts this year. While we applaud this turn around, at this time we simply cannot endorse candidates who supported SB1160 in 2013.

One important point: This year, more legislators from both parties voted for anti-gun bills, than voted for them during the emotionally charged 2013 session. This trend should concern all gun owners, and be a cause for them to actively support the following candidates:

CCDL Endorsed Candidate List updated 8/26/16

CT House:
District  Candidate Name  Towns Represented

8 Timothy J. ‘Tim’ Ackert – Columbia, Coventry, Tolland, Vernon
13 Mark Tweedie – Glastonbury, Manchester
23 Devin R Carney – Lyme, Old Lyme, Saybrook, Westbrook
24 Jim Sanders – New Britain, Newington
30 Chris Morelli – Berlin, Southington
33 Linda J Szynkowicz – Middletown
34 Melissa H. Ziobron – Colchester, East Haddam, East Hampton
35 Jesse D MacLachlan – Clinton, Killingworth, Westbrook
36 Bob Siegrist – Chester, Deep River, Essex, Haddam
37 Holly H Cheeseman – East Lyme, Salem
38 Lauren Shaw – Montville, Waterford
39 Andrew Lockwood – New London
40 John F Scott – Groton, Ledyard
41 Aundre P Bumgardner – Groton, New London
42 Mike France – Ledyard, Montville, Preston
44 Anne Dauphinais – Killingly, Plainfield
45 Kevin Skulczyck – Griswold, Lisbon, Plainfield, Sterling, Voluntown
47 Doug Dubitsky – Norwich, Sprague, Franklin, Lebanon, Lisbon, Hampton, Chaplin, Canterbury, Scotland
49 Tony Fantoli – Windham
50 Pat Boyd – Brooklyn, Eastford, Pomfret, Union, Woodstock
52 Kurt Vail – Somers, Stafford
53 Sam Belsito – Ashford, Tolland, Willington
57 Christopher C Davis – East Windsor, Ellington
61 Tami Zawistowski – Suffield, East Granby, Windsor
62 Bill Simanski – Barkhamsted, East Granby, Granby, New Hartford
63 Jay M. Case – Colebrook, Goshen, Torrington, Winchester
64 Brian Ohler – Canaan, Cornwall, Goshen, Kent, Norfolk, North Canaan, Salisbury, Sharon,Torrington
66 David T Wilson – Bethlehem, Litchfield, Morris, Warren, Woodbury
68 Eric C. Berthel – Oakville, Watertown, Woodbury
70 Rosa Rebimbas – Naugatuck
73 Steve Giacomi – Waterbury
76 John E Piscopo – Burlington, Harwinton, Litchfield, Thomaston
77 Cara C Pavalock – Bristol
78 Whit Betts – Bristol, Plymouth, Terryville
80 Robert C. ‘Rob’ Sampson – Wolcott, Southington
83 Joseph Vollano – Berlin, Meriden
85 Serge G Mihaly – Wallingford
86 Vincent Candelora – Durham, Guilford, North Branford, Wallingford
88 Marjorie Bonadies – Hamden
89 Lezlye Zupkus – Bethany, Cheshire, Prospect
90 Craig Fishbein – Cheshire, Wallingford
103 Andy Falvey – Cheshire, Southington, Wallingford
113 Jason Perillo – Shelton
118 Rick Varrone – Milford
119 Pam Staneski – Orange, Milford
122 Ben McGorty – Shelton, Stratford, Trumbull
131 David K. Labriola – Naugatuck, Oxford, Southbury

CT Senate:
District  Candidate Name  Towns Represented

2 Theresa Tillett – Hartford, Bloomfield, Windsor
6 Charles Paonessa – Berlin, Farmington, New Britain
7 John A. Kissel – East Granby, Enfield, Granby, Somers, Suffield, Windsor, Windsor Locks
8 Kevin D Witkos – Avon, Barkhamsted, Canton, Colebrook, Granby, Hartland, Harwinton, New Hartford, Norfolk, Simsbury, Torrington
13 Len Suzio – Cheshire, Meriden, Middletown, Middlefield
16 Joe Markley – Cheshire, Prospect, Southington, Wolcott, Waterbury
18 Heather Somers – Griswold, Groton, North Stonington, Plainfield, Preston, Sterling, Stonington, Voluntown
19 Barbara Crouch – Columbia, Franklin, Hebron, Lebanon, Ledyard, Lisbon, Marlborough, Montville, Norwich, Sprague
19 Catherine A. ‘Cathy’ Osten – Columbia, Franklin, Hebron, Lebanon, Ledyard, Lisbon, Marlborough, Montville, Norwich, Sprague
20 Paul M Formica – Bozrah, East Lyme, Montville, New London, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook, Salem, Waterford
22 Elaine Hammers – Bridgeport, Monroe, Trumbull
29 John French – Brooklyn, Canterbury, Killingly, Mansfield, Putnam, Scotland, Thompson, Windham
30 Craig A Miner – Brookfield, Canaan, Cromwell, Goshen, Kent, Litchfield, Morris, New Milford, North Canaan, Salisbury, Sharon, Torrington, Warren, Winchester
31 Henri R Martin – Bristol, Harwinton, Plainville, Plymouth, Thomaston
32 Robert J. ‘Rob’ Kane – Bethlehem, Bridgewater, Middlebury, Oxford, Seymour, Southbury, Roxbury, Washington, Watertown, Woodbury
33 Art Linares – Chester, Clinton, Colchester, Deep River, East Haddam, East Hampton, Essex, Haddam, Lyme, Old Saybrook, Portland, Westbrook
35 Tony Guglielmo – Ashford, Chaplin, Coventry, Eastford, Ellington, Hampton, Pomfret, Stafford, Tolland, Union, Vernon, Willington, Woodstock

US House:
District  Candidate Name

1 Matthew Corey
2 Daria Novak
3 Angel Cadena
5 Clay Cope

US Senate:
Candidate Name

Dan Carter

*CCDL reserves the right to add or remove candidates as they are vetted by the Executive Committee. This page may be updated to reflect that.

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8/28/2016 – Added:
CT House 39 Andrew Lockwood
CT House 50 Pat Boyd
CT House 66 David T Wilson
CT House 118 Rick Varrone
CT Senate 6 Charles Paonessa
CT Senate 22 Elaine Hammers

8/8/2016 – Added:
CT House 45 Kevin Skulczyck
CT House 83 Joseph Vollano
CT House 88 Marjorie Bonadies

8/8/2016 – Corrected:
CT House 63 Jay Case (corrected towns covered)

7/4/2016 – Added:
CT House 68 Eric Berthel
CT House 86 Vin Candelora

6/29/2016 – Added:
CT House 78 Whit Betts
US House 1 Matthew Corey

Supreme Court Declines To Hear Challenge

**FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE**

U.S. SUPREME COURT DECLINES TO HEAR CHALLENGE TO CONNECTICUT’S BAN ON POPULAR SEMI-AUTOMATIC FIREARMS

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA – The United States Supreme Court declined on Monday to review a lower court’s ruling refusing to strike down on Second Amendment grounds Connecticut’s ban on certain semi-automatic firearms including the most popular rifles in the Nation. The Connecticut Citizens’ Defense League (CCDL) and other plaintiffs challenged Connecticut’s ban in 2013, arguing that the ban openly flouts the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in District of Columbia v. Heller, which held that law-abiding citizens have an individual right to keep commonly owned firearms in their homes for self-defense.

According to Scott Wilson, President of the CCDL, the banned firearms are very rarely used by criminals, and the only things that distinguish them from non-banned firearms are external features such as thumbhole stocks and pistol grips that promote safe and accurate use. While criminals typically do not use the banned firearms, law-abiding citizens do. Mr. Wilson stated that “the firearms the State has chosen to ban are very frequently used by law-abiding citizens for lawful purposes such as home-defense, hunting, and target shooting. In fact, one of the banned firearms, the AR-15, is the best-selling rifle in the United States.”

The federal courts have split over the correct way to analyze Second Amendment challenges after Heller, with most courts applying a fairly weak form of review ordinarily reserved for less-important rights. The Plaintiffs, Mr. Wilson said, had hoped the High Court would step in and reaffirm that the Second Amendment is not a “second-class” right. The lower court’s decision in this case was particularly indefensible, as the unconstitutionality of Connecticut’s ban follows directly from the Supreme Court’s reasoning in Heller. Mr. Wilson suggested that the Court’s decision to decline review may have been influenced by the recent, unfortunate death of Justice Antonin Scalia, the author if the Heller decision.

“We fully intend to renew our challenge to Connecticut’s blatantly unconstitutional ban as soon as there are five Justices sitting on the Supreme Court committed to the proper understanding of the Second Amendment.”

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

Senate Minority Leader Supports the 2nd Amendment, But…

Len Fasano is Connecticut’s Senate Minority Leader. In 2013 he proudly supported Governor Malloy’s gun bans. This year however, he opposed HB5054, a gun confiscation bill.
On June 15th he was a guest on 94.9fm’s Lee Elci Show. Once again, the hot topic is gun control, and Fasano had PLENTY to say on the subject.

Before we go any further, take a listen to what he had to say about gun control and so-called “assault weapons”.

Now, CCDL prides itself on our attempts to build bridges and have good relationships with legislators, and that includes Len Fasano; but uninformed responses in the media that are way off base concern us. Referring to the AR-15 sporting rifle as an “AR-16”, calling it a “machinegun” (it’s not) and discussing how it’s used by the military (it’s not) just perpetuates the wrong information and outright lies being spread by the anti-rights crowd.

As an organization, and as voting citizens of Connecticut, we do not understand why our legislators continually fixate on inanimate objects instead of tackling the root causes of these types of problems.

We also feel that those legislators taking opposing views should at least have the basic knowledge and understanding about what they are talking about. Especially one of the leaders who was part of a historical legislative session surrounding exactly this key issue. Despite his attendance at a legislators only shooting event CCDL hosted last year to educate lawmakers, Fasano STILL does not appear to understand the differences between the AR-15 available to civilians that shoots 1 bullet per pull of the trigger (exactly like granddad’s old hunting rifle), and the similar looking but functionally different fully automatic M16 rifle that is only available to military and law enforcement; not the general public.

Election time is right around the corner. It is imperative that Connecticut gun owners do everything they can to get people elected who understand our rights and will fight to protect them. Contact to your current legislators. Educate them on the FACTS about firearms. Remind them how important your rights are, and that you’ll be voting for those who 100% support those rights. Don’t vote for someone who claims to support the 2nd Amendment, but then bargains it away when it comes up for a vote.

CCDL will soon be releasing our first round of endorsements to help you in finding pro2A candidates to support. When it comes out, PLEASE find at least one candidate you can donate some time/money toward.
Our rights depend on it!

Press Release – Orlando Nightclub Shooting

06/12/2016
for Immediate Release:

Scott Wilson, President of the  Connecticut Citizens Defense League, issues the following statements in response to Senators Blumenthal and Murphy’s comments about the Orlando nightclub mass shooting:

“While CCDL members and most compassionate Americans are still thinking only of the victims and families of this horrific act,  Senators Blumenthal and Murphy are more concerned with advancing their political careers. Once again our two senators are calling for more laws that would only impact persons who actually obey the laws of our society. The individual who perpetrated this mass shooting broke numerous laws, and it is bordering on insanity at this point for those looking to score political points over this incident to believe otherwise”.

“It is shameful that our two senators fail to address the root causes behind these incidents. They would rather curtail lawful gun ownership than deal with those more difficult issues.”

“Again we have  a shooting in a so-called ‘gun free zone’; a location where it is against the law for licensed and background checked persons to carry a firearm for protection. In Florida it is illegal to carry a firearm into any portion of an establishment that serves alcoholic beverages. Again, a murderer ignored the laws.”

Wilson went on to say the following:

“If certain lawmakers are looking to place the blame for these types of incidents, they should look squarely in the mirror and admit to themselves that the utopian fantasies of gun free zones simply do not work. For the proponents of gun control, these incidents are the gifts that allow them to renew the push for their failed agenda”.
–End–

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 23,000 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

Update On Supreme Court Case

Just a quick update to let our members know what’s happening with Shew v Malloy. As most know, we petitioned the Supreme Court to hear our appeal. The State of Connecticut has asked the court not to hear our case. You can read their argument why here:
Shew-v-Malloy 15-1030 – Respondents’ Opposition to Cert Petition (pdf)

Out legal team has fired back; pointing out how and why the State is incorrect. You can read our response here:
Shew-v-Malloy 15-1030 rb (pdf)