CCDL’s Rally For Your Rights is tomorrow. Are you excited? Are you attending? Are you getting everyone you know to attend?
I’m going to try and hit on some of the questions we’ve been getting. We’ve covered most of them here before, but this will put them all in one place.
What if it rains? Is there a rain-date?
No, there is no rain date. The rally will go on rain or shine. Some of our speakers like John Lott are flying in for the rally. They won’t be able to come back another time. Also our permit to use the Capitol grounds does not allow for a rain date. If we reschedule we have to go through the entire permit process all over again. The current weather report shows showers in the morning, ending around 9-10am. The rest of the day will be cloudy, with a high temperature around 60F.
Will there be buses running from Cabela’s again?
No, there are no buses from Cabela’s like there was for Lobby Day. Logistically it just doesn’t work for this type of event. Lobby day was an ongoing all day thing. People coming in, seeing their legislators and leaving.
The rally on the other hand has a fixed start and stop time (12-3pm), and the vast majority of people will stay for the entire thing. If we have 5,000 people at the rally (and I hope there are far more then that) you would need 100 buses all loading up at Cabela’s at the same time, all dropping off at the Capitol at the same time, and all picking people back up at the same time.
If you only had say 10 buses running (which would still cost a fortune, for Lobby Day there were 4 buses) they would have to start running full loads at 7am to get everyone there by noon, and the last people to leave the rally wouldn’t get back to Cabela’s until after 8pm.
There ARE some buses that have been privately chartered by gun clubs or individual members. If you belong to a club, check to see if they have a bus, and I know there is one leaving the Torrington area that I think still has some open seats. There is also some discussion on the Facebook Event Page about carpools.
If there are no buses, where can we park?
First, I strongly suggest carpooling. See above about buses. There is very limited parking at the Capitol itself, and half of that will be closed due to our rally. Expect the other half to be already filled due to an earlier event taking place inside. There is on street metered parking, and plenty of public lots and parking garages around the area. See this post for a map of most of them.
Can I carry a gun at the rally? Can I open carry?
CCDL supports ALL lawful means of carrying a gun. It is legal to carry a firearm on the grounds of the Capitol building. Open carry is legal in CT. CCDL takes no position on how one should carry other then carry legally.
If you have a permit and are comfortable with open carry, by all means do. Plenty of others will be as well. There are some caveats though. Most important, it is illegal to carry a gun in Bushnell Park, which is right next to the Capitol. Do not cut through the park to get to the Capitol if you are carrying a gun. You also can not carry inside the Capitol building itself (not that you should have any need to go in there). Remember what was legal to carry in public last month may not be legal this month because of the newly redefined Assault Weapon Ban. Any gun that falls under the ban (AR-15 style, AK types, pistols with over 10 rounds, etc) is no longer allowed to be carried in public. If you aren’t sure, don’t bring it. Handguns openly carried should be in some type of retention holster and remain holstered at all times. Long arms should be unloaded and trigger locked or zip-tied with the action open and kept pointed down. Capitol police will be on hand, and will act on anything illegal or unsafe.
Will there be shirts, stickers, merchandise, food, raffle tickets or anything else for sale there?
As per Capitol rules, there is nothing allowed to be sold on the Capitol grounds. CCDL does have permission to collect donations for the litigation fund. That’s it. Feel free to bring your own (non-alcoholic) drinks or food, but please take your trash with you when you leave. We want to leave the place cleaner then we found it.
Are there any security concerns because of recent terrorist events?
Yes. Expect Capitol security to be stronger then usual. Suspicious looking bags may be checked by police. Please, use common sense and everything will be fine. Don’t argue with police, or any counter-protesters that might show up. We could have a nice successful 3hr rally with 20,000 people, and if one person gets arrested or in a shouting match with someone, THAT’S what’s going to be all over the news. Don’t be that person.