Carry On, Legally

Tuesday, July 30th, come ask your questions about the new laws. This is not a CCDL sponsored forum, but the legislators themselves put this together. Remember, these are the good guys who voted against the new laws. They don’t like them any more than you do, they’re just trying to help us understand them.
If Southington is not near you, please contact your legislators and see if they can schedule something similar.
Carry On!

Southington Municipal Center – Public Assembly Room
200 North Main St, Southington, CT
July 30, 2013 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Litigation Schedule

A lot of people have asked about our lawsuit, and when/what is happening. I said we would let you know as soon as we knew. Well, now we know something.
It’s not much, just a schedule of when all the various briefs by both sides must be submitted.
Here ya go: Shew-v–Malloy amended scheduling order (pdf)

Press Release On Senator McKinney Gubernatorial Run

Groton, CT July 23rd, 2013

The President for the Connecticut Citizens Defense League (The state’s largest grass roots gun rights group) offers comments on a gubernatorial run by Senate minority leader John McKinney.

CCDL President Scott Wilson: “Senator McKinney was instrumental in implementing a historic gun control law with zero consideration for the constitutional rights of law abiding gun owners. With his deliberate act of siding with gun control supporters, there will be no support from CCDL for his run”.

The CCDL President also stated that other elected officials who went along with the Senate leader and voted in favor of the gun control law, could expect the same from the organization.

John McKinney for Governor?

UPDATE: There is an official statement from CCDL President Scott Wilson posted here.

So it seems it’s official; Senator John McKinney will be running for governor of CT in 2014.

McKinney lives in his own little dreamworld where gun owners don’t mind the new gun control laws that he helped write (those same laws that CCDL and other gun rights groups are working hard to overturn), and we don’t vote.

If you are a registered Republican, contact the CT state GOP chairman. Contact your 2 State Central Committee reps. Tell them gun owners are not happy with McKinney. Tell them if there is a primary we will vote for his opponent. If he still wins the primary or there is no primary, we will not vote for him in the election.
Tell them we want a governor who will uphold our rights and the State Constitution.
Tell them we want them to put forward a candidate who will uphold the party platform.

Remember, last election Republican Tom Foley lost to Malloy by only 5,637 votes. There are over 8500 CCDL members, 200,000 people with a carry permit, and upwards of 500,000 gun owners total in this state. If the CTGOP wants 4 more years of Malloy, go ahead and put up McKinney because gun owners would rather keep Malloy in office than reward McKinney.
We’re that mad.

Amicus Briefs Filed in Support of Litigation

In support of the current litigation that CCDL is involved in with other groups and individuals, a number of interested parties have filed Briefs in the Connecticut District Federal Court that compliment our claim. The Amicus Briefs claim that public act 13-3 ‘AN ACT CONCERNING GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION AND CHILDREN’S SAFETY’ is unconstitutional, and that the law makes people less safe. CCDL Welcome’s the support from these organizations and individuals!!
Here Are the Briefs:

SHEW v. MALLOY Amicus Brief for Pink Pistols (pdf)
SHEW v. MALLOY Amicus Brief filed for Various Retired Police (pdf)
SHEW v. MALLOY Amicus Brief filed by the NRA (pdf)

Names of Organizations Which Filed Briefs:

Pink Pistols
Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund
Law Enforcement Action Network
International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers
A number of Active and Retired Connecticut Peace officers
The National Rifle Association

Pro 2A Legislator of the Year Award

The CCDL Executive committee has selected the legislator for the “Legislator of the Year” award. This award was first presented last year to state rep Rob Sampson (District 80).

This year, CCDL is proud to honor state rep. Steve Mikutel from the 45th district.

Steve’s strong statements in opposition to gun control during public hearings and floor votes, as well as his willingness to break ranks from the overwhelming viewpoint of his party regarding gun rights showed tremendous conviction.

Steve will be joining us to receive this award at our August meeting on August 13th. Please join us for this occasion as we honor him for his hard work in defense of the 2nd Amendment.
Congratulations and Thank You Steve!!

Yet Another Lawsuit Filed

This time it’s the National Shooting Sports Foundation, filing on behalf of the gun manufacturers.


For immediate release

July 8, 2013

For more information contact:

Mike Bazinet

Firearms Industry Files Suit Alleging Process Used to Pass Gun Regulations Violated Connecticut Statutes and Constitution

NEWTOWN, Conn. — The National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®), the trade association for the firearms and ammunition industry, today filed suit in federal court for the District of Connecticut alleging that Governor Dannel Malloy and the leadership of the Connecticut General Assembly misused the so-called “emergency certification” exception to circumvent the safeguards of the normal legislative process and in violation of Connecticut statutory law in order to pass Senate Bill 1160, a package of strict gun control regulations.

The suit further alleges that enactment of the new law violates fundamental due process rights guaranteed by both the Connecticut and United States Constitutions. NSSF is asking the court to declare the law invalid and issue an injunction prohibiting its enforcement.

“A 139-page bill was assembled behind closed doors, bypassing both the public hearing and committee processes, and quickly sent to floor votes on the same day in both the House and Senate where legislators did not have adequate time to even read the bill. The governor then signed the package into law the next day. All of this is in violation of guarantees citizens are supposed to have under Connecticut State Statutes and protections in our State and U.S. Constitutions for which our forefathers fought,” said Lawrence G. Keane, senior vice president and general counsel, NSSF. “Our suit focuses on this abuse of process that has resulted in enacted law that does nothing to improve public safety, while resulting in adverse effects on law-abiding citizens, manufacturers, retailers and sportsmen’s organizations.”

The filing can be accessed at

The Connecticut Law Tribune recently editorialized on this topic. That editorial can be accessed at


About NSSF®
The National Shooting Sports Foundation® is the trade association for the firearms industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of more than 8,000 manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen’s organizations and publishers. For more information, log on to

Reminder – Membership Meeting – 7/9/2013

Don’t forget to come out to the 2nd Amendment Pig Roast TODAY, Sunday July 7th! See this post for more info.

Reminder: 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, July 9, 2013.  All CCDL members are welcome and encouraged to attend.

The Connecticut Citizens Defense League strives for hands on activism from our members. We want an organization for us all to be proud of as we put forth effort to fight for our 2nd Amendment rights in our beautiful State. See you there!

We sell CCDL merchandise at the meeting, buy it there and save on shipping. Also, we collect canned goods/non-perishables at all our meetings to be donated to local charities.

Middletown Elks
44 Maynard St
Middletown, CT 06457
June 11, 2013 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.

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Happy Independence Day

Below is a message from CCDL President Scott Wilson:

As we look back on the meaning of Independence Day, now more than ever we realize how far our great country has strayed from what our founding fathers had envisioned for citizens of a free nation.

It would be very easy for any of us to wring our hands, shrug our shoulders and give up against the onslaught of unprincipled totalitarianism with which we have been utterly besieged.

While we take pause to celebrate Independence Day with our loved ones and our close friends, let us realize that the spirit of our founders lies within each and every one of us. Let us stand side by side with one another and hold firm to our belief in the principles that made this the Greatest Nation on Earth.

Carry On!
Scott Wilson
CCDL President

March With CCDL in the Enfield Parade – July 6th

Come Join members of CCDL and the Connecticut Oath Keepers on Saturday July 6th, and march with us!

If you can make it, CCDL will be in Section (group) 2. We will assemble and stage at 1318 Enfield St, across from the Enfield School between 9:30 am and 10:30 am. Be advised that the roads in the surrounding area of the parade will be closed to traffic by 10:30 am. Leave extra time to find parking. There will be folks directing and informing the marchers exactly where to assemble.

Wear your CCDL gear or patriotic clothing. No signs, and nothing political. American flags would be great! This is a parade to celebrate Independence Day, not a rally.

UPDATE: It has been noted that the staging area appears to be school property. Plan accordingly.