Gun Owners MUST Stand together

As many members might know, there is a large Fishing and Hunting Show held every year at the Convention Center in Hartford. Every year CCDL has a table there. Not to sell merchandise, not to solicit donations (though we’ll gladly accept donations toward the Litigation Fund there), but just to educate and raise awareness.

Now, this is a hunting a fishing show, not a “gun” show, so even though guns are often used for hunting, we sometimes encounter what some might call “anti-gun gun owners”. The members staffing the table had one at our booth today, and I think it illustrates perfectly how much work is still needed to educate our fellow gun owners. Because it’s not just the AR-15 and Glock owners that are having their rights trampled on, it’s ALL gun owners, even the hunters and sport shooters. There is no need to go into all the details, suffice to say this gentleman’s argument was along the lines of we don’t need AR-15s or standard capacity magazines. His Remington VersaMax 12g shotgun was all anyone should need.

Now, everyone has different opinions, and he’s certainly entitled to his. However, he’s not entitled to his own facts. One of those facts is that as we’ve warned about many times, a key point of the recommendations coming from Governor Malloy’s Sandy Hook Advisory Commission is an outright ban (no grandfathering in of current owners) on the possession of any gun CAPABLE of being made to fire more than 10 rounds without reloading. While our friend’s Remington most likely only holds 3 shells plus one in the chamber, it’s CAPABLE, with a simple swap of the magazine tube, of holding 10 or more shells.

His “only gun I need” is about to go on the chopping block and he doesn’t even know it because he’s still got his head in the sand like an ostrich. I have to wonder when’s the last time he tried to buy a box of shells? Maybe he’s still working off that box of 25 from a few years ago, and doesn’t even realize yet he can’t buy more without a permit now. I’d like to think that if he knows and understands that Connecticut wants to make it harder for him to buy ammo, and even wants to take away his duck hunting gun that he will be signing up as a FREE CCDL member as soon as he gets home. I’d like to think he will stand side-by-side with the black rifle owners and the pistol shooters in Hartford when it comes time to testify against these unconstitutional attacks on our rights. I’d like to think that we got through to him.

Even if we didn’t, there are thousands, maybe hundreds of thousands of gun owners just like him here in Connecticut. CCDL currently has over 17,000 members. Just think if every single member reached out to someone like our friend at the show and recruited them as a new member? We’d be over 30,000 strong for the next public hearing!

Sandy Hook Commission Report – Final Draft

For your weekend reading, here’s the final draft of the report from the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission. If you want a basic idea of what’s inside without reading all 256 pages, read our prior posts.

SHAC – Final Draft Report (pdf)

Heads Up

Yesterday, the Joint Judiciary Committee voted to have a public hearing on Proposed Senate Bill SB650. As typical, it was done by voice vote so there is no record of which way the committee members voted. No date has been set yet, but it’s listed as “Reserved for Subject Matter Public Hearing” which means they intend to hear multiple related bills on the same day. Now while it’s possible it will be a “gun bill day”, most likely this will get lumped in with a bunch of other domestic violence bills. CCDL strongly opposes this bill on the grounds that it violates a person’s constitutional right to due process by confiscating legally owned personal property without a proper hearing. Even though the date has not been set, you may begin to submit email testimony now to
Remember to follow these helpful tips when submitting your testimony. Testimony Tips
Also, check the list of committee members here, if one happens to be your senator or representative, be sure to contact them directly as well.



Bill No.: SB-650 Amendment Letter:
Chair: COLEMAN, E Motion: KISSEL, J Second: DOYLE, P


Reserved for Subject Matter Public Hearing

Language Change:

voice vote passed




Absent and Not Voting

Voice Vote







yea nay abstain absent yea nay abstain absent
Sen. Coleman, E. S02 Rep. Morris, B. 140
Rep. Tong, W. 147 Rep. ODea, T. 125
Sen. Doyle, P. S09 Rep. ONeill, A. 069
Rep. Fox, D. 148 Rep. Porter, R. 094
Sen. Kissel, J. S07 Rep. Riley, E. 046
Rep. Rebimbas, R. 070 Rep. Sampson, R. 080
Rep. Adinolfi, A. 103 Rep. Serra, J. 033
Rep. Aman, W. 014 Rep. Shaban, J. 135
Rep. Arce, A. 004 Rep. Simmons, C. 144
Rep. Baram, D. 015 Rep. Smith, R. 108
Rep. Berger, J. 073 Rep. Verrengia, J. 020
Sen. Boucher, T. S26 Rep. Walker, T. 093
Rep. Buck-Taylor, C. 067 Sen. Winfield, G. S10
Sen. Bye, B. S05
Rep. Candelora, V. 086
Rep. Carpino, C. 032
Rep. Currey, J. 011
Rep. Dillon, P. 092
Rep. Dubitsky, D. 047
Sen. Flexer, M. S29
Rep. Fritz, M. 090
Sen. Gerratana, T. S06
Rep. Godfrey, B. 110
Rep. Gonzalez, M. 003
Rep. Hewett, E. 039
Rep. Labriola, D. 131
Rep. Lemar, R. 096
Sen. Linares, A. S33
Rep. McGorty, B. 122
Sen. McLachlan, M. S24

Vote date:

2/11/2015 10:00:00 AM

Correction date:

Meeting Reminder – Tonight

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, February 10, 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 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
February 10, 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 – Malloy’s Domestic Violence Proposal

For Immediate Release:

The Connecticut Citizens Defense League (The state’s largest grass roots gun rights group) Is speaking out in opposition to the so-called Domestic Violence Proposal released by the Malloy Administration this past Friday.

Comments from CCDL President Scott Wilson:

“It’s clear to myself and the membership of our organization that Governor Malloy simply does not like the notion of private gun ownership, and will use any tactic or excuse to erode constitutional rights. This is simply a ploy by the governor and his cronies to further erode human rights”.

Wilson Stated:
“Our organization does not want someone that has committed Domestic Violence or has acted out in a threatening manner to possess firearms. With that said, there are already existing ways to protect real victims of Domestic Violence in Connecticut. If someone is clearly a victim of Domestic Violence, or have been threatened, the use of ‘Risk Warrants’ under (CGS 29-38c) is a tool readily available to law enforcement”.
“This proposal is yet again another attempt by Governor Malloy and certain legislators to undermine the rights of Connecticut citizens. Once firearms are confiscated even on a so-called temporary basis, it may become very difficult in some cases for individuals to get their legally acquired property back. Even if the basis of some of these claims are proven to be meritless. Citizens of Connecticut  should be afforded a proper hearing before a judge before any property can be seized”.
Press Contact:
Scott Wilson
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 17.000 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

Scott Wilson Sr.
CCDL, Inc.

Sandy Hook Commission – Part 2

Two weeks ago Governor Dan Malloy’s Sandy Hook Advisory Commission met to discuss their recommendations to be published soon in their final report. You can read about that here.

Today they met again, to go over some final details. CCDL Executive Board member Ray Bevis sat through the whole thing and took notes, so the rest of us wouldn’t have to. If you would like to watch a recording of the 1 hour 20 minute meeting, you can do so here.
Keep in mind, while some of their recommendations are already in place here in CT, the commission hopes these recommendations will be implemented nationwide. Here are Ray’s notes:

• The commission final report will be around 100 pages.

• There will be a dedication to the victims of the Sandy Hook shooting, and to victims of gun violence statewide. Nancy Lanza is specifically not included.

• A section of the report is going to be a summary of events. This section will be a very graphic description of the SHES shooting. Members of the commission feel it’s necessary to rehash the trauma of the day, to make sure the reader feels upset and angry. They said this is necessarily powerful and needed for their gun recommendations.

• They have scheduled the final action meeting for February 13 Friday at 9:30am. This will most likely be their last meeting before they present the report to Malloy.

As far as I could tell this will be their gun related recommendations:

• Gun seizures with ex parte temporary restraining orders.

• Gun seizures with gun violence restraining orders.

• Their verbiage is a combination from the California Bill 1014, CT proposed bill SB56, and recommendations from Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

• Mandatory background checks on the sale for transfers and firearms, including long guns, private sales and sales at gun shows.

• Requiring registration, including a certificate of registration, for any firearm. This certificate of registration should be issued subsequent to the completion of a background check and separate and distinct from a permit to carry.

• Require the renewal of firearms permits on a regular basis. This renewal process should include a test of Firearms handling capacity as well as understanding of applicable laws and regulations.

• Ban the sale, possession or use of any magazine or ammunition feeding device in excess of 10 rounds except for military and police use.

• Ban the possession or sale of all armor-piercing bullets regardless of caliber. A first-time offense should be classified as a class D felony.

• Allow the purchase of ammunition for registered Firearms only.

• Evaluate the best practices for the regulation or prohibition of the sale and purchase of ammunition via the Internet.

• Evaluate the effectiveness of federal law in limiting the purchase of firearms via the Internet for those who have passed the appropriate background screening.

• Limit the amount of ammunition that may be purchased at any given time.

• Prohibit the possession, sale or transfer of any firearm capable of firing more than 10 rounds without reloading. This would extend to military style Firearms as well as handguns. Law-enforcement and military would be exempt.

• Require that trigger locks be provided at time of sale or transfer of any firearm.

• Require that the state develop an update a best practices manual and require that all firearms in the home be stored in a locked container and adhere to these best practices; with current minimum standards featuring a temper resistant mechanical lock or other safety including biometrics device when they are not under the owners direct control or supervision. The owner should always be directly responsible for securing any key used to gain access to the lock container.

• Require non-residents seeking to purchase a firearm or ammunition in the State of Connecticut to obtain a Certificate of Eligibility and conform to all other regulations applicable to Connecticut residents.

• Require gun clubs to report any negligent or reckless behavior with a firearm, or illegal possession of any firearm or magazine, to the Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, Commissioner of Public Safety, and local law enforcement.

• Require promoters of gun shows to receive a permit from the Chief of Police or Chief Elected Official as well as provide notice to the Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection.

6 Year Anniversary Dinner

Come celebrate CCDL’s 6th anniversary with a dinner event to be held March 15th this year at the New Life Church in Wallingford. Relax, enjoy a meal, and share a well deserved night out.
Over the last six years, we have watched our membership grow to almost 17,000 members, which has been an incredible show.

Price is $40 per person, and you must show your ticket at the door to gain entry. Tickets may be purchased at our monthly meeting or online. Your ticket will be used for a special door prize, to be announced. Bring some extra cash for raffles!

Dinner will be buffet style, salad and cheese tables are on the menu as well. This event is 5:30-9pm. We will have some speakers, but not TOO many! This is a night to sit back and enjoy a well deserved meal.
New Life Church is located at 350 High Hill Rd., Wallingford CT, 06492. Map

Download a pdf version of the flyer here.

If you can not attend the meeting, tickets may be ordered online with a $2 surcharge per ticket to cover the costs. Tickets will be held at the door under the name used to order them. Tickets will NOT be mailed.

Proposed Bills For January 26

Proposed H.B. No. 6581 REP. MINER, 66th DIST. ‘AN ACT REQUIRING THE ADOPTION OF FIREARM REGULATIONS BY THE DEPARTMENT OF EMERGENCY SERVICES AND PUBLIC PROTECTION’, to require the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection to abide by the regulatory review process to implement gun control policies.

Proposed H.B. No. 6582 REP. MINER, 66th DIST. ‘AN ACT CONCERNING THE DEADLINE FOR REGISTERING AN ASSAULT WEAPON AND DECLARING POSSESSION OF A LARGE CAPACITY MAGAZINE’, to extend the deadline for registering an assault weapon and declaring possession of a large capacity magazine.

Proposed S.B. No. 801 SEN. KISSEL, 7th DIST. ‘AN ACT PROHIBITING LOCAL REGULATION OF FIREARMS’, to prevent gun control by municipalities.

To see ALL the gun bills for this legislative session, click here.

New Proposed Bills – January 23

Proposed H.B. No. 6493 REP. CARPINO, 32nd DIST. ‘AN ACT CONCERNING BACKGROUND CHECKS’, to expand background checks in Connecticut to include a nation-wide background check.

Proposed H.B. No. 6495 REP. FRANCE, 42nd DIST. ‘AN ACT CONCERNING REINSTATEMENT OF FIREARMS PERMITS’, to permit a person whose firearms permit was wrongfully revoked to have such permit reinstated without having to go through an additional administrative appeals process.

Proposed H.B. No. 6496 REP. MINER, 66th DIST. ‘AN ACT CONCERNING THE SALE OF FIREARMS AND AMMUNITION TO OUT-OF-STATE PURCHASERS’, to allow for the sale of firearms and ammunition to out-of-state purchasers by providing reciprocity of firearm credentials between Connecticut and other states that have substantially similar or higher standards for carrying a firearm and purchasing ammunition.

Proposed H.B. No. 6497 REP. MINER, 66th DIST. ‘AN ACT CONCERNING THE REGISTRATION OF ASSAULT WEAPONS AND POSSESSION OF LARGE CAPACITY MAGAZINES BY PERSONS WHO MOVE INTO CONNECTICUT’, to allow any person who moves into Connecticut to register an assault weapon or declare possession of a large capacity magazine.

Proposed S.B. No. 645 SEN. LOONEY, 11th DIST. ‘AN ACT CONCERNING DEFINITIONS OF “DEADLY WEAPON” AND “DANGEROUS INSTRUMENT”‘, to clarify the statutes concerning definitions and classifications of weapons.

Proposed S.B. No. 650 SEN. LOONEY, 11th DIST.; SEN. DUFF, 25th DIST.; SEN. BYE, 5th DIST.; SEN. BARTOLOMEO, 13th DIST.; SEN. CASSANO, 4th DIST.; SEN. COLEMAN, 2nd DIST.; SEN. CRISCO, 17th DIST.; SEN. KENNEDY, 12th DIST.; SEN. FLEXER, 29th DIST.; SEN. LARSON, 3rd DIST.; SEN. WINFIELD, 10th DIST. ‘AN ACT CONCERNING TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDERS’, to provide greater protection to applicants who are granted temporary restraining orders by Connecticut courts.

To see ALL the gun bills for this legislative session, click here.

Proposed Gun Bills for January 22


Proposed H.B. No. 6199 REP. ORANGE, 48th DIST. ‘AN ACT CONCERNING ACCESS TO THE STATE-WIDE DATABASE BY PAROLE OFFICERS’, to grant parole officers access to the state-wide firearms database.

Proposed H.B. No. 6301 REP. CARTER, 2nd DIST. ‘AN ACT CREATING A DATABASE OF INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE PROHIBITED FROM PURCHASING OR POSSESSING A FIREARM DUE TO PSYCHIATRIC OR PSYCHOLOGICAL DISORDER’, to protect the public by creating a system that identifies individuals who should not be permitted to possess or purchase firearms due to psychiatric or psychological disorder.

Proposed H.B. No. 6302 REP. CARTER, 2nd DIST.; SEN. HWANG, 28th DIST. ‘AN ACT REQUIRING THE SAFE STORAGE OF FIREARMS’, to require the safe storage of firearms.

Proposed H.B. No. 6306 REP. FRANCE, 42nd DIST. ‘AN ACT CONCERNING THE FIREARM PERMIT APPEALS PROCESS’, to limit the time frame during which firearm permit appeals must be heard by the Board of Firearms Permit Examiners.

To see ALL the gun bills for this legislative session, click here.