Motion for Summary Judgment

(The Following is a Joint CCDL and CCS Address)

Dear CCDL and CCS members and key donors,

This past Friday on August 23rd, the 2nd Amendment challenge to Connecticut’s new firearms law took a significant step forward with the filing of plaintiffs’ Motion for Summary Judgment and supporting memorandum of law. A motion for summary judgment is a legal device that asks the court to decide a case expeditiously “on the papers,” without the need for discovery and a trial. Cases that are appropriate for this type of early disposition are those where the key facts are not disputed by the parties and the case turns solely on the court’s interpretation of one or more questions of law.

As stated in plaintiffs’ brief, “The firearms and magazines that Connecticut bans are lawfully manufactured (many in Connecticut itself) and are lawfully purchased by millions of Americans after passing the National Instant Criminal Background Check … as well as state-required checks. … They are in common use by plaintiffs and millions of law-abiding citizens for self-defense, sport, and hunting… Restrictions on such guns and magazines are anything but long-standing, and remain outliers nationwide. The laws of most states and federal law have no restrictions on magazine capacity or the number of rounds that may be loaded in a magazine, nor do they restrict guns that some choose to call “assault weapons.” As such, plaintiffs’ brief argues, “like the handgun ban in Heller, the ban on common firearms and magazines here is categorically void under the Second Amendment.”
Further, plaintiffs’ brief argues, the new Connecticut firearms law is unconstitutional because it “arbitrarily establish[es] categories of persons who can and cannot buy the weapons” providing preferred treatment to certain retired government and private security personnel. And, finally, the brief argues, the statute is void because it is unconstitutionally vague. The next step in this case will be the filing of the State’s opposition brief, and potentially the State’s own cross motion for summary judgment, both of which are due in early September.

As of now, our challenge to the State’s evisceration of rights long held inviolable is well-positioned to correct the legislature and governor’s misguided course — whether that correction occurs at the district court or eventually on appeal. We are enormously proud of the individual plaintiffs – June Shew, Stephanie Cypher, Rabbi Mitchell Rocklin, Peter Owens, Andrew Mueller, and Brian McLain – as well as of retailers Hiller Sports, LLC and MD Shooting Sports LLC and the amici law enforcement personnel — who have invested themselves personally in overturning this patently unconstitutional law. We are especially proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with you – the loyal and brave patriots throughout this State — in our fight to protect the fundamental rights of all citizens.

(Read our MSJ brief here: Motion.Summary.Judgment.pdf)

Warm regards,

Scott Wilson,
President- CCDL, Inc.

and

Bob Crook,
Director- CCS

Press Release – RE: Toni Boucher For Governor

Groton, CT August 27th, 2013

The President for the Connecticut Citizens Defense League (The state’s largest grass-roots 2nd Amendment rights group) offered comments on an exploratory gubernatorial run by state Senate Toni Boucher.

CCDL President Scott Wilson stated the following: “Senator Boucher Voted in ‘lock step’ with the Republican leadership in the passage of a historic gun control law which alienated many law-abiding people”.

“With very little consideration to the several hundred thousand gun owners in Connecticut, it is hard to fathom anyone who voted for Senate Bill 1160 could consider a legitimate run for higher office in this state”.

“Very simply, gun owners have had it with these law makers”.

The CCDL President went on to state that they would work hard to call out and expose those that voted for the law’s passage from both parties.

5th Annual Family Picnic

Less than a week away!
On Saturday Aug. 24th, CCDL will once again host our Annual Family Picnic at Boothe Memorial Park in Stratford.

We’ll supply the burgers, hotdogs, drinks and condiments. You can bring the family, the chips, dip, or whatever side dish (and a utensil to serve it) you’re most famous for making, and some lawnchairs or a blanket to sit on. (Helpful hint: write your name on a piece of masking tape and attach it to your bowls/spoons/etc so you are sure to get them back)

This is a FREE event for CCDL members and their families. Bring some cash, we’ll have our usual merchandise for sale, as well as raffling off lots of prizes. (The more raffle items the better, if you would like to donate something to the raffle, that would be great! It doesn’t have to be gun-related or expensive, anything legal that other people might like.)
You’ll also be able to buy tickets for the our Litigation Fundraiser Raffle, with a grand prize of a custom motorcycle!

So come to Boothe Memorial Park and enjoy the day with other CCDL members. Bring blankets, chairs, and your family. Come have a good time, relax, and get to know other CCDL members a little bit better.

As I said, this a family picnic. There will be horseshoes, frisbees and wiffle balls, and all sorts of games for kids young and old. There is no alcohol allowed in the park, but pets on a leash and lawful carry of firearms are permitted. Please use an appropriate holster, and keep it holstered.

When: August 24, 2013 from 11am until 4pm.
Where: Boothe Memorial Park
5774 Main St. Putney
Stratford, CT 06614

Note: Please do not park on the grass. If the parking lot is full (it’s a little small), you can park nearby on Putney Chapel Way (see the map below), and walk into the park from there. It’s actually almost as close as the parking lot, and you wont have to walk up and down the hill.

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DIRECTIONS
FROM RT. 15N (MERRITT PARKWAY)
Take exit 53; at end of ramp take a right; bear right (almost immediately) at next
intersection onto Main St. Putney; follow ¼ mile and Boothe Park will be on your
left.

FROM RT. 15S (MERRITT PARKWAY)
Take exit 53; at end of ramp take a left; bear right at next intersection onto Main
St. Putney; follow ¼ mile and Boothe Park will be on your left.

FROM I-95N
Take exit 33 and follow signs to RT 110; stay on RT 110 (East Main St.) one mile
to traffic light at intersection of East Main St. and Main St.; take right onto Main
St. (still RT 110); take 3rd left by bearing onto Main St. Putney (pond on left);
follow for approx. ½ mile and Boothe Park will be on your right.

FROM I-95S
Take exit 38 to Merritt Parkway RT 15S and follow directions above from RT
15S.

Litigation Fundraiser – Raffle

UPDATE 8/27/2013: More locations!
UPDATE 8/22/2013: Still MORE locations added to the list! Go out and buy some!
UPDATE 8/19/2013: More locations added to the list. Still more to come!

CCDL is holding a raffle to raise money for our lawsuit against Connecticut’s unconstitutional new gun laws. Tickets are $20 each, and only 2000 (correction) 2500 tickets will be sold with all proceeds going to the litigation fund.
We’ve got over 20 prizes, with the top prize being a custom Harley Davidson motorcycle. Other prizes include a ATI Cavalry O/U shotgun, a Charter Arms Chic Lady .38 revolver, a Ruger 10/22 Takedown rifle, and a Ruger LCP .380  pistol.
24 prizes total, and like I said only 2000 2500 tickets, so those are some pretty decent odds.

The drawing will be held on September 21, 2013 at King 33 Training in Southington, CT. This will be the final stop for our 2nd Amendment Poker Run (more on that shortly), winners need not be present to win, but you DO need to be eligible and permitted to win the firearms.

There are several ways to buy raffle tickets.
You can come to our next monthly meeting in Middletown. That will be on September 10th.

You can visit one of the following stores during normal business hours (If you arent sure of the hours, call before you go. Many small shops have reduced hours or close weekends during the summer.):

Woodbridge Firearms Trading Post
2828 Selden St
Woodbridge, CT 06525
Note: Woodbridge also sells CCDL shirts, hats, and car decals

Outpost Guns & Ammo
1031 Norwich-new London Turnpike
Montville, CT 06382

Connecticut Sporting Arms, LLC
1179 Foxon Rd. (Rt. 80/22)
North Bradford, CT 06471

Southbury Trading Post
102 Playhouse Corner
Southbury, CT 06488

Center Sports of Columbia
3 Orlando Drive (Route 66)
Columbia, CT 06237

Ceniccola’s Italian Deli & Pizzeria
36 Killingworth Turnpike
Clinton, CT 06413

Brooklyn Trading Post & Academy
106 Tripp Hollow Rd
Brooklyn, CT 06234

Hiller Sports, LLC
4 New Canaan Ave.
Norwalk, CT 06851

King 33 Training
75 Aircraft Rd
Southington, CT 06489
Mon – Fri: 3pm – 6pm

There will also be roving ticket sales set up at various other times and locations around the state.

8/16/2013
10:30am-6:30pm
Sportsmen’s Outpost, 415 Wolcott Rd, Wolcott, CT

8/17/2013
10:30am-4:30pm
Sportsmen’s Outpost, 415 Wolcott Rd, Wolcott, CT

8/23/3013
10:30am-5:30pm
Hiller Sports, 4 New Canaan Ave, Norwalk, CT

8/24/2013
10:30am-4pm
CCDL Family Picnic, Stratford, CT

8/31/2013
10am-3pm
Northeast Firearms, 97 Old County Rd, Windsor Locks, CT

8/31/2013
10am-1pm
Bethany Firearms, 5 Amity Rd, Bethany, CT

9/6/2013
10am-6pm
Hoffman’s Gun Center, 2686 Berlin Turnpike, Newington, CT

9/7/2013
10am-6pm
Hoffman’s Gun Center, 2686 Berlin Turnpike, Newington, CT

9/7/2013
11am-4pm
North Atlantic Sportsman, 600 Main St, Monroe, CT

9/8/2013
10am-5pm
Hoffman’s Gun Center
2686 Berlin Turnpike
Newington, CT 06111

More locations to come!

Grand Prize!

Wish Them Luck!

This week CCDL founding members Lenny and Virginia Benedetto will be competing at the Grand American World Trapshooting Championships in Sparta, IL. Virginia is the 2013 Connecticut state womens trapshooting champion, and she will be representing our state at this prestigious event.
Break those clays!

Oh, and in case anyone gets any funny ideas, they left behind 2 large dogs and a well-armed house-sitter.

SPARTA, IL – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) welcomes the Amateur Trapshooting Association (ATA) Grand American World Trapshooting Championships to the World Shooting and Recreational Complex (WSRC) in Sparta, Illinois.

The Grand American is scheduled for August 7-17 at the 1,600-acre WSRC, home to the event since 2006.

More than 17,500 shooters are expected to participate in 24 competitive events during the 11 days of ‘The Grand’ in southwestern Illinois.

“We are thrilled to again welcome the Grand American, the premier world-class shooting sports event, to the Land of Lincoln,” said IDNR Director Marc Miller. “The World Shooting and Recreational Complex is the perfect place for the Grand, and shooters, spectators and other visitors can expect a warm welcome from citizens, businesses, and local officials in Sparta and throughout the region.”

From August 3-6, the WSRC will also host the AIM Grand National Youth Trapshooting Championships. AIM stands for Academics, Integrity, and Marksmanship and includes shooters age 23 and younger. AIM shooters compete in the trap shooting disciplines of singles, doubles, and handicap and some competitors will receive collegiate scholarships during the event.

The WSRC features 120 trap fields spanning three-and-a-half miles; 1,000 campsites; ample parking; a full-service events center and vendor mall; and, on-site food service from Joe Boccardi’s. In addition to the trap shooting facilities, the WSRC is home to skeet, sporting clays, archery, and cowboy action shooting facilities, with events and open shooting opportunities year round.

“The WSRC is a destination for outstanding shooting sports events throughout the year, highlighted by the Grand each August,” Miller added. “Youth events are also among the highlights, including the recent Scholastic Clay Target Program National Championships, where more than 1,600 young athletes from throughout the country competed right here in Sparta on July 14-20. They are the future of sport shooting.”

The Grand American is one of the nation’s oldest sporting events, begun in 1893. The first Grand American using clay targets was held in 1900. For complete details on the ATA Grand American, go to the ATA website at www.shootata.com.

For more information on the World Shooting and Recreational Complex, check the IDNR website at www.dnr.illinois.gov.

Membership Meeting – 8/13/2013

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, August 13, 2013. All CCDL members are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Meeting Agenda
Lead Attorney Brian T Stapleton will update our members on the progress of the litigation against the State of Connecticut. He will also be taking questions from the audience. A lot has happened since his last visit in May, so be sure to come join us! 
Attorney Brian T Stapleton is a partner with the New York based law firm of Goldberg Segalla.

We will also be selling raffle tickets at the meeting. Tickets are $20 each and we can not take credit cards at the meeting. The raffle is to raise money for our litigation fund. The grand prize is a custom motorcycle, and there are plenty of firearms and other prizes too.

We sell CCDL merchandise at the meeting, buy it there and save on shipping.
Speaking of merchandise, we will have a special limited edition CCDL shot(gun shell) glass for sale at this meeting. These are $5 each, and there were only 100 made. These will be sold at the meeting only, we are not putting them on the website or shipping them.

And don’t forget, we collect canned goods/non-perishables at all our meetings to be donated to local charities.

Middletown Elks
44 Maynard St
Middletown, CT 06457
August 13, 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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Guest Post – A Gun In A Newtown Coffee Shop

Note: This is a guest post by CCDL member Lou Carpenter.
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There is one other town between my home and Newtown. Through the years, I’ve spent a lot of time in the Newtown/Sandy Hook community, through friendships, working, shopping, dining, motorcycling, fishing, hunting, and drinking coffee. I too, have personal connections to some of the victims of the senseless tragedy that a madman committed that day. My prayers, condolences, and best wishes have been, and continue to be offered to those that are suffering from that unthinkable act of evil and violence.

I am also a gun owner. A legal, licensed, law-abiding, responsible gun owner. I belong to several firearms related organizations. Before now, you wouldn’t have known that though, as firearms issues have always been a matter of contention, and I had felt that it was a private issue for me. I’ve frequented Newtown’s businesses, dined in their restaurants, built some of the more affluent homes in the community, and spent countless hours drinking coffee. All with a concealed firearm. I’ve worked at your homes, conducted business, made small talk, joked and laughed, enjoyed friendships, frequented shops and restaurants- all while I had a handgun in my pocket. You didn’t know that I legally carried a firearm, I didn’t advertise it, and we all got along wonderfully. You welcomed me, accepted me, shook my hand, and asked me to keep coming back. You didn’t call me a ‘gun nut’ or ‘militant’ or ‘crazy’ or ‘violent’ or anything else. I was just any other guy out of the many that you would interact with throughout the course of the day. I felt respected, and welcomed.

Recently however, in light of the relentless and undeniable attack on our 2nd amendment rights, I’ve made a decision to be more vocal and open about my beliefs.

I wore my holster on my hip.

Instantly, the community viewed me differently. And while I understand the emotions that fuel those feelings, I believe they are misdirected. I am not Adam Lanza. My firearms have never committed any crimes. I am still the same sane, responsible, upstanding, law-abiding member of the community that I have always been. Nothing has changed, I am the same man I was before.

A gun did not cause Newtown’s tragedy that terrible day. A madman did. He murdered his own mother before lashing out at the community’s most innocent and defenseless members. Insanity was the catalyst that fueled those horrific events, not firearms. The failure to adequately address a young man’s obvious and apparent mental health issues allowed the unthinkable to occur. It wasn’t the rifle’s fault. It wasn’t the fault of my firearms, or those of my friends. It wasn’t the fault of the tens of millions of other gun owners across our nation.

Judging me, categorizing me, and vilifying me for my firearm is narrow minded and unfair. I am not the cause of your grief. A gun is not the cause of your grief. What is, is an untreated and unrestricted psychotic. That is the uncomfortable truth that we all need to face. As with other recent tragedies, firearms didn’t kill that day, a madman did. The answers lie in adequately identifying, treating, and caring for those that don’t have the ability to think and behave as responsibly and rationally as the rest of the community.

How about letting go of the anti-gun discourse for a little while, it’s not going to prevent another incident. Let’s all work together to understand and treat the mental health issues that were the real cause of the tragedy, that is where we might realize a measurable and lasting impact.

CCDL on Starbucks Appreciation Day

Groton CT 08/09/13

The President of the Connecticut Citizens Defense League (The States largest grassroots gun rights organization) made the following statement regarding Starbucks Appreciation Day:

“Starbucks Appreciation Day is a nationwide event. It is true that members of our organization have planned to meet at several store locations across the state to show gratitude for allowing the lawful carrying of firearms”.

“Patronizing Starbucks was not a planned or coordinated event by the leadership of CCDL in any way shape or form. Individual members from CCDL decided to meet on their own, and pay homage to the coffee chain”.

“While we fully support the rights of our members or other individuals to visit Starbucks when lawfully carrying a firearm, recent statements that were made by certain individuals do not constitute an official statement from CCDL”.