Free Bumper Stickers

While I don’t usually use this blog to promote businesses, a company recently made a very generous offer and I want to pass this on. Here’s the email I received:

We are sad to see that the CT legislature has failed to have courage to tackle the root causes of violence. To help aid in removing these misguided individuals from office, we are offering the attached bumper stickers completely FREE to any resident of CT. They may order them directly at

http://domagron.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=37_42_149&products_id=3075

and

http://domagron.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=37_42_149&products_id=3076

To ensure that we have quantity for everyone, there is a limit of 1 per household of each type. This is offer is limited to quantity on hand and will be filled on a first come/first served basis. Feel free to let your members know.

Regards,
DOMAGRON
www.domagron.com

I already placed my order, and I did not have to provide any info other then standard shipping address and email. No credit card or anything like that.

I don’t know who Domagron is, or where they are located, but thank you!

Understanding CT’s New Gun Laws – April 29

Understanding CT New Gun Laws
Monday, April 29, 2013. 6:00-7:00 PM
Municipal Center PUblic Assembly Room, 200 North Main Street
Southington, CT

Markley, Adinolfi, Sampson all voted NO on SB1160, so expect a different tone to this meeting then the last one with Fasano and Yaccarino.

Guest Post – Making Up For Lost Time

Note: This is a guest post by CCDL member Brian Saucier.
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Two months of intense lobbying along side all of you culminated on April 3rd in the Senate gallery. There I sat for 6 hours and listened to Senator after Senator applaud themselves and tell each other how wonderful they were for trampling on the Constitution. That celebratory display of tyranny hit home really hard. I now fully understand the cost of apathy.

My apathy is turned to passion, passion to replace my two representatives with people who share, rather than despise, my values. I can say with no doubt that will think about how I can replace them every single day between now and November 2014.

Litigation is crucial to protect and restore our rights, but I am hesitant to put my faith in a slam dunk case that will restore the 2A to full “I got my permit in 1791” status. Heller was considered a victory but look at how it was relentlessly twisted against us this year. Maybe I will be surprised but I expect to see only incremental gains from the courts. These gains will be set against the endless incremental attacks from the other two branches of government.

That is, unless we take back the elected positions. As many of them as we possibly can.

We have over 7000 members in the CCDL and we all need to support the legal challenges however we can, but there is a spot for every single one of us jump in politically and turn this ship around.

If running for office does not make sense for you, then help find the right candidates and back them with everything you got. Get involved with your local RTCs or DTCs (whichever is the most welcoming to our cause) and make your voice heard.

Just showing up to vote in November is the equivalent of locking your door and considering yourself safe. My apathy was forced into passion and I am going to make up for lost time in the next few years. How about you?

Senator Chris Murphy Google+ “Hangout” Tonight 6pm

According to Twitter and Facebook posts, Senator Chris Murphy will be trying out Google+’s Hangout feature tonight at 6pm to answer questions from Connecticut residents. According to his posts, you can Tweet or post your questions using the hashtag #AskMurphy. You can also watch it streaming on Youtube on his YouTube channel.
I was holding off posting this until I found out more details, but it’s now almost 6pm, and I haven’t seen any link yet to the Google+ hangout.

Almost Rally Time!

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.

Gov. Malloy in Torrington – April 17th

This might be a good event for some CCDL members to show up at to “discuss the state’s pressing issues face-to-face” with Governor Malloy:

Governor Dannel P. Malloy and Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman will host a community forum in Torrington on Wednesday, April 17, 2013, from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the auditorium of Torrington City Hall (140 Main Street).

These town hall-style events provide an opportunity to discuss the state’s pressing issues face-to-face with state residents. They are open to the public; tickets are not necessary and seats are available on a first come, first served basis.

Those who would like an opportunity to ask a question should arrive a little bit earlier to fill out the sign-up sheet. Doors open at 6:15 p.m.

Important April 20th Rally Update

Note: This is a guest post by CCDL Events Coordinator Chris Duffy
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A representative of the Capitol Police called me this morning. We spoke for a good while about our rally on Saturday, and what effects the bombing in Boston will have on us. So read, and then re-read.

  1.  The Capitol police always reserve the right to search bags and packages. If you are carrying what appears to be a heavy bag, or something looks amiss, than be prepared to show the contents of any bags and/or packages.
     
  2. I have 8 or so volunteers that will be wearing neon yellow safety vests. They will have a few responsibilities. The first being to watch the border of Bushnell Park, and make sure no one crosses the park boundary line unintentionally. The second, is to watch for people who are carrying something that is now under the banned list (AR’s, FAL’s, Glock 19 with 33 round mags), and to politely tell them to run away as fast as they can.
     
  3. The CCDL have a very good history with the Capitol police. They have always been professional. And in usual times, if they see something that is a borderline no-no, they will say something to one of us board members or one of the volunteers. They usually allow us to self police, as to not cause a scene. We can NOT expect any leniency at the rally on Saturday. The bombings have put all police forces on a higher alert status, and as such, we have to expect them to be keeping a very practiced eye on all citizens who enter onto the Capitol grounds.
     
  4. Put on your thick skin. I repeat, put on your thick skin. There is always a chance that a/some protester(s) will show up. And rest assured, they are not always nice. The Capitol police will do their best to keep any protesters away from us, since we have a permit to gather and use the grounds. But understand, just two weeks ago, Jon Hardy and I were called baby killers, and told that we had the blood of innocent children on our hands for being gun right supporters. So, put on your thick skin, and ignore them if they show up. Most anti’s are nice, and non confrontational. But do not respond to ANY protester. Just let it go. The news will vilify us if there is even one confrontation. And if someone winds up on the 6 o’clock news for this reason, you will have to deal with me.
     
  5. DO NOT CARRY BANNED ITEMS. Should be self explanatory.
     
  6. Read this again.

Understanding CT’s New Gun Laws – April 22

I can’t vouch for how informational this will really be, but if you are in the area it might be interesting. Especially since Len Fasano and Dave Yaccarino both voted YES on SB1160. It wouldn’t surprise me if many CCDL members actually understand the law better then they do.

Enfield Town Chair To Skip GOP Dinner

According to a post on the Hartford Courant’s Capitol Watch blog, Enfield RTC chairwoman Mary Ann Turner will not be attending the state GOP’s annual Bush Dinner and fundraiser in Stamford this year. The reason is the GOP is awarding Senator John McKinney it’s highest honor; the Prescott Bush Sr. Award.

“The man may have done many things in his career that would warrant this accolade,” Mary Ann Turner wrote in a letter to her fellow chairs from north central Connecticut.

“But with the gun bill just passing and his finger printers [embedded] in the cement – I can’t support this total disregard for our constitution and our personal liberties,” she wrote.

“What you do is up to you and your town committee, but this may be the time we finally will get ‘leadership’ to understand, they can’t lead if we won’t follow,” Turner’s letter states. “Enfield is taking that stand.”

You can read the rest of the post here.

Good for her!
My wife and I are somewhat active in state politics, trying to help progun candidates get elected. My wife was recently asked by a high ranking member of the state GOP if we would be attending the dinner this year. Unlike last year, the keynote speaker is someone I’d really like to hear. Someone with solid 2nd Amendment credentials. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. My lovely bride replied almost exactly the same as Mary Ann Turner did, though I think my wife added that we might be there protesting outside, lol. I don’t know if I’ll do that, but I did send Governor Walker a message asking him to reconsider attending. Especially considering Senator McKinney’s vote on SB1160 was in direct opposition to the official Republican Party Platform. On the 2nd Amendment it says in part:

We uphold the right of individuals to keep and bear arms, a right which antedated the Constitution and was solemnly confirmed by the Second Amendment. We acknowledge, support, and defend the law-abiding citizen’s God-given right of self-defense. We call for the protection of such fundamental individual rights recognized in the Supreme Court’s decisions in District of Columbia v. Heller and McDonald v. Chicago affirming that right, and we recognize the individual responsibility to safely use and store firearms. This also includes the right to obtain and store ammunition without registration. We support the fundamental right to self-defense wherever a law-abiding citizen has a legal right to be, and we support federal legislation that would expand the exercise of that right by allowing those with state-issued carry permits to carry firearms in any state that issues such permits to its own residents. Gun ownership is responsible citizenship, enabling Americans to defend their homes and communities. We condemn frivolous lawsuits against gun manufacturers and oppose federal licensing or registration of law-abiding gun owners. We oppose legislation that is intended to restrict our Second Amendment rights by limiting the capacity of clips or magazines or otherwise restoring the ill-considered Clinton gun ban.

Now, McKinney (along with Larry Cafero and many others) completely went against that, as well as his oath of office with his support of SB1160. How can the Republican Party still honor such a man?