Judiciary Meeting Today To Propose Anti-Gun Bills

Today the Connecticut Judiciary Committee will be meeting to vote on what bill concepts to raise this legislative session. The meeting will take place immediately following a public hearing on unrelated matters.

On the Judiciary’s agenda for today are three gun related bill concepts;


  • An Act Concerning Bump Stocks

  • An Act Concerning Ghost Guns

  • An Act Concerning Open Carry

We do not have the bill numbers or language at this time. They’re just voting to raise the bill concepts for now. We won’t get the bill information until the committee actually votes to raise the concept and files it.

You can watch the hearing live starting at 10AM at:
http://ct-n.com/ctnplayer.asp?livestream=1

Today’s meeting agenda can be found at:
https://www.cga.ct.gov/2018/juddata/ca/2018CA-00216-R001000JUD-CA.htm

Please note that because of the unpredictable length of a public hearing, we are unable to give an actual start time for the Judiciary Meeting.

Also, the hearing video is hosted on YouTube. If access to that happens to be blocked on your network, you can also try this link:
http://ct-n.com/ctnplayer.asp?livestream=1&youTubeDoNotForce=true&DVR=off

Press Release – Parkland, Florida

02/15/2018
For Immediate Release:
The Connecticut Citizens Defense League (the state’s largest grass roots gun rights group) makes a statement on yesterday’s Florida shooting.

Comment from CCDL President Scott Wilson:
“While we wait for more facts to come out from the investigation, we know that the person responsible for this mass murder was someone who was a known threat to the safety of students and staff at this school. With this in mind, we wonder if more could have been done to protect this school. We also believe that the behavioral red flags being mentioned in current media reports should have been taken seriously and addressed proactively by those who were aware.”

Wilson Added:
“While some politicians are calling for more laws that will do nothing, the public should be aware that numerous existing laws were broken in this mass murder, and more laws will not stop a deranged person from killing.”

“In the meantime, our hearts go out to the families of these victims. We continue to oppose violent crime. All violent crime, not just those committed with firearms.”

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

Repost – Blog Updates By Email

Today is the start of the 2018 State Legislative Session.

We already know there will be proposals to ban “bump stocks” (along with anything that might make a gun cycle faster than stock), making or assembling your own gun from parts, and another attempt at $300 permit fees.

Like we’ve done in the past, I’m going to repeat a few old blog posts for the new members and also as a refresher for the older members. First up is how to subscribe to these blog updates by email.

CCDL usually sends out 1-2 emails a month to keep our members updated on what’s going on with the organization and our gun rights. With the political climate the way it is, things sometimes happen far too fast to wait for a monthly email. A good way to stay up to date with everything happening is to subscribe to this blog. Just look down the right side of the blog home page (http://ccdl.us/blog/) and you will see a place to enter your email address. It looks like this:

Simply enter your email address and press the subscribe button.
You will then get a confirmation email from “CCDL Blog”. Open that email and press the Confirm Follow button. Now you will get an email when there is a new post here. Don’t worry, if you ever change your mind, every email has a link to unsubscribe.

One last thing, if you are active on Facebook, besides the Official CCDL page, there is also a CCDL discussion group. It’s a good place to interact with fellow CCDL members.

CCDL Joins Amicus Brief in Duncan v. Becerra

Last week CCDL joined over twenty other law enforcement and firearms rights groups in filing an amicus brief in the 9th Circuit Court case of Duncan v. Becerra. This is a case regarding California’s ban on possession of magazines holding over ten rounds with no grandfather clause.
That’s right, confiscation of lawfully obtained private property.

Now it seems that every time we file one of these briefs, someone always complains that we’re getting involved in cases that don’t impact our members. Why is a Connecticut group wasting resources on a problem 3000 miles away in California?

It should be obvious, but apparently it isn’t. These cases can have a HUGE effect on gun rights nationwide. That’s why many of these same groups filed briefs in our case. If California is allowed to confiscate lawfully obtained magazines because they exceed an arbitrary capacity, how soon before other states like our own follow?

You can read the entire amicus brief here (pdf file): CCDL amicus brief Duncan FILESTAMPED.pdf

If you would like to see other documents file in this case, click here.

Press Release – Proposed Bump Stock Ban

For Immediate Release:

(Groton, CT) – The Connecticut Citizens Defense League (The state’s largest gun rights organization) issues the following statement in response to Governor Malloy’s 2018 bumpstock initiative.

Statement from CCDL President Scott Wilson:

“Lame duck Governor Malloy is not surprisingly going back to the well of gun control yet again, perhaps to distract from his poor approval ratings. It is key that the public be aware the legislation proposed today is simply feel good in nature. The devices in question that Malloy seeks to ban are not needed to replicate the rapid rate of fire. This effect can be easily accomplished by the use of a belt loop, a rubber band, or even just by holding a firearm a certain way. Moreover, the devices themselves can be easily made in a typical basement shop using everyday materials.”

“Connecticut already has a very punitive ban on the same types of firearms that were used in the Las Vegas mass murder, as well as a magazine capacity limitation to 10 rounds or less. This fact already renders devices such as bumpstocks mostly ineffective.”

“While these devices are not commonly owned by the vast majority of legal gun owners, we need to see the language of any bill that comes out to see if there are other ways legal gun owners might be impacted.”

-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 30,000 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: www.CCDL.us

A Look Back At 2017

It’s the last day of 2017. As we prepare to ring in the new year, we’ve compiled a little list of some of CCDL’s activities during the last year.

January

34 gun bills were introduced

CCDL conducted three Legislative Workshops

February

CCDL meeting with House Minority Leader Themis Klaridis to discuss issues

Large media event at the capitol that also included the NRA and NSSF

Public hearing in Harford

CCDL Signed Amicus Brief for Peruta v CA

CCDL Anniversary Dinner (view photos)

March

public hearings for:

Finance Revenue Bonding (Permit Increases) GB-787 (video)

Judiciary Committee Hearing for HB6300 (Show your permit) and HB7259 (Reciprocity) (video)

CCDL Legislative Breakfast

Monthly meeting cancelled – weather conditions

April

HB 6200 defeated in committee

May

Application for Amicus Brief for Soto v Bushmaster filed in CT Supreme Court

Permit issues in city of Hartford resolved

June

Amicus Brief (Soto v Bushmaster) accepted by the CT Supreme Court

FOIA requests filed with Waterbury and Middletown

July

Monthly Meeting – routine business

August

CCDL joins Amicus Brief in (Kolbe v Hogan)

CCDL Family Picnic (view photos)

September

5th Annual CCDL Poker Run (view photos)

Legislative Shooting Event State legislators and staff spent the day learning about and shooting various firearms

October

Resolution with the City of Middletown

Proposed antigun ordinance in Southbury

November

Public hearing on proposed antigun ordinance in Southbury – awesome turnout! (view video of hearing)

Food Drive – While CCDL collects food donations year-round, our members were especially generous during the holidays. All donations go to local churches and shelters to help feed those less fortunate than ourselves.

Southbury ordinance proposal defeated! Thank you CCDL members.

Melissa Ziobron Named CCDL Legislator of the Year

CCDL attended oral arguments for Soto v Bushmaster

December

Monthly meeting


Aside from these events, CCDL took part in numerous other public appearances and events. These included the CT Hunting and Fishing Show, Super Sunday, Middletown Motorcycle Mania, and numerous other events around Connecticut.

CCDL would like to thank all our volunteers and attendees that have continued to help the organization grow even further this past year!

9th Anniversary Dinner

Come celebrate our anniversary at the 9th Annual CCDL dinner, to be held February 10, 2018 at the Aquaturf Club in Plantsville. Relax, enjoy a meal, and share a well deserved night out.

Tickets may be purchased at our monthly meeting or online, and you must show your ticket at the door to gain entry.
Tickets are $57 per person when ordered online in our web store. Tickets ordered online will not be shipped. They will be held at the door under the name used to order them.

Dinner will be buffet style, salad and cheese tables are on the menu as well. This event is 4pm-9pm, with dinner to start at 5:30. We will have some speakers, but not TOO many! This is a night to sit back and enjoy a well deserved meal. Bring some cash for raffle tickets and the bar! All lawful forms of carry are permitted and encouraged, but remember the Aquaturf does serve alcohol. Please carry (and drink) responsibly.

The Aquaturf is located at 556 Mulberry st, Plantsville CT, 06479. Their phone number is 860-621-9335.

Next Member Meeting – November 14th

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, November 14, 2017.
All CCDL members are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Meeting Agenda

  • Updates on actions with the Middletown Pistol permit process (Victory)

  • CCDL Amicus Brief (Soto v Bushmaster) oral arguments breakdown

  • CCDL Legislator of the Year presentation

  • Southbury proposed ban

  • Discussion on state elections 2018

  • Last chance to pre-order pocket knives
  • Merchandise
    We sell CCDL merchandise at the meeting, buy it there and save on shipping.
    We also sell many 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
    Don’t forget – CCDL collects nonperishable food items at our monthly meetings to be donated to charities. With the holidays coming, please remember those who are less fortunate than ourselves.

    Middletown Elks
    44 Maynard St
    Middletown, CT 06457
    November 14, 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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Update on Proposed Ban In Southbury

For prior posts about this proposed gun ban in Southbury, click here.

There was a great showing of CCDL members for the November 2nd board of selectmen’s meeting. Over 700 people were in attendance, and the vast majority were Second Amendment supporters. 48 people stood up and spoke against a firearm ban and only 13 people spoke in favor of such an ordinance.

After a presentation by Southbury’s Resident State Trooper at the meeting, the trooper requested that the Board of Selectmen revisit and clarify two existing town firearm ordinances (one for town parks and one for town open spaces) to determine if these also ban permit holders or does a permit meet the “except by special permit” clause in the ordinances. Southbury Selectman George Bertram has said in an email, that he will also work to rescind both local ordinances that currently restrict legal firearms in Southbury. He doesn’t believe that Southbury should be in the business of adding restrictions to the legal carry of firearms. He said, “CT has enough (restrictions) already, in my humble opinion.”

The board of selectmen ran out of meeting time because they only had the use of the high school until 11PM. They had to table their discussion about the firearms ordinance until the November 16th meeting. Their next meeting will most likely again be at Pomperaug High School, 234 Judd Rd, Southbury, CT at 7PM in the auditorium. They will most likely not take any more public comments at the next meeting, but will vote on whether or not to continue to explore a firearms ban on town property, town building and at town events. With this proposal coming from the Southbury Democratic Town Committee and with the Republicans still holding the majority of the seats on the board after the elections, it is unlikely that this will move forward.

CCDL will of course continue to monitor the situation, and alert our members and supporters if further action is required.

Melissa Ziobron, 2017 Legislator Of The Year

The CCDL Executive Board proudly selects Melissa Ziobron as the 2017 CCDL Legislator of the Year.

Announcing the award, president Scott Wilson stated the following:

“CCDL would like to express our gratitude for the hard work that Melissa has done to protect our rights as citizens of Connecticut. While many other legislators were very helpful to kill pistol permit fee increase proposals or other gun related bills, this particular year, Melissa has stood out.”

“With Melissa’s effort to get ahead of this important issue, CCDL was able to muster support in time to testify before her committee and oppose these proposed fee increases. In a year of serious fiscal shortfalls, this was no small feat. CCDL and every permit holder owes Melissa a debt of gratitude. We would like to extend our heartfelt appreciation to her on behalf of our members.”

Melissa serves the 34th house district (Colchester, East Haddam and East Hampton). As a ranking member of the Appropriations Committee, she kept a keen eye on budget proposals that would have severely impacted the fees for pistol permits. These proposed fee increases would have been devastating to many gun owners in the state.

Melissa will be attending our monthly meeting to receive her award. CCDL invites our members to join us at the Elks Lodge (44 Maynard St) on November 14th 7:00pm in Middletown, CT to honor her.

Melissa Ziobron