CCDL 2013 Year End Address

 “Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience”.– C.S. Lewis

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2013 has been the toughest of years for Connecticut gun owners. Though this has been a difficult year, I have been inspired from all that have helped to defend our rights.

From the beginning of the year, the odds were that we were not going to get out unscathed by legislative action.  Still, in spite of the odds, CCDL members dug in to try and stop the proposed anti-gun legislation. Though we were not able to stop Public Act 13-3 from becoming law, I wholeheartedly believe that we did force legislators to take other Bills off the table prior to its passage.

Growth- CCDL Grew exponentially this past year. We had 2,499 members on December 14th 2012, and as of December of this year, we have nearly 11,000 members. Many of our new members joined during the peak frenzy of the aftermath of Sandy Hook. Many had more questions that no one knew the answers to yet.  I sincerely appreciate the patience and understanding by all during that particular time period. The executives that are charged with running and maintaining the organization received hundreds of emails a day. Somehow we managed to navigate through the chaos and uncertainty that came along with our growth.

Activism- After witnessing the extremely large turnout at our general meetings post Sandy Hook which includes rallies, public hearings, lobby day and also the many fundraisers across the state, I am humbled by the showing and the effort of those that became involved. This is a task that was not made easy for many. The overwhelming majority of our members have busy lives which include work, family, and other priorities. Still the fact remains that if we do not involve ourselves in matters such as 2nd Amendment rights, others that care to destroy our rights will still be out there. .

Litigation- CCDL has joined with other plaintiffs in legal action (Shew v. Malloy) for the purpose to overturn Public Act 13-3. Working with other groups that include the NRA has been a tremendous effort thus far, and one that we are proud of.

Donations from numerous gun clubs, shooting leagues, gun stores and gun ranges from everywhere in the State has helped immensely. CCDL is extremely appreciative of these donations and support. Donations from CCDL members have proven invaluable, and without them, the legal challenge might ultimately fail.

 

Closing- We look forward to oral arguments on January 30th of 2014 in Federal court.

Renew your spirits for the New Year is nearly upon us. We are in for a hell of a fight in the coming days and weeks beyond.

On behalf of the Executive Committee of CCDL, We thank all you for everything that our members have done this past year. Please stand with us 2014!

Happy New Year to All of Our Members!

Scott Wilson
President- CCDL

 Carry On!

Last Day

If you plan on registering your so-called assault weapons and magazines that hold over 10 rounds, today is the deadline.

If you are going to Middletown to hand them in personally, expect limited parking and VERY long lines. Also they will be closing early because it’s New Years Eve. I’ve heard both 3pm and 4pm close times mentioned. It is unknown what may happen if you are still in line at that time.

If you are mailing your forms in, they MUST be postmarked before midnight tonight. Most Post Offices will also be closing early because of the holiday. Most will be closing the lobby at 12 noon. That will also be the last collection time from the mailboxes there, no matter what time is stated on the box. Some locations may stay open later, but you should assume they won’t.

If you still need any forms, you may download them here:
http://ccdl.us/blog/2013/10/10/forms/

If you have any questions, look here first:
http://ccdl.us/blog/2013/12/23/registration-faq/

If you need forms notarized or don’t have a printer, Woodbridge Firearms Trading Post will be open from 10am until 4pm today, and they will have a Notary Public on hand, as well as copies of all forms needed. There is a post office (that closes at noon) nearby.

Questions About “Assault Weapon” Registration & Magazine Declaration

With just about a week left before the December 31, 2013 deadline to register your so-called assault weapons and large capacity magazines, we’re getting a ton of emails with questions like how to fill out certain parts of the forms, or what does or doesn’t need to be registered or declared. I’ll try to answer some of the most common questions here to save time for everyone. If you have a question about the AW/mag registration that isn’t answered here, feel free to ask in the comments and someone will try to help.

Q: Where can I find the forms I need to register my AW or magazine?
A: All the forms you need can be found here: http://ccdl.us/blog/2013/10/10/forms/

Q: Do I need to deliver my forms in person, or may I mail them in?
A: You may do either. If you deliver them in person, be aware that the lines may be long.
If you are mailing them in, it is suggested you send them ‘Certified Mail, Return Receipt Requested’ so you have confirmation they were delivered. In either case they must be dropped off or postmarked before January 1, 2014.

Q: What is the address to mail my forms in or drop them off?
A: Mail or deliver completed forms to:
Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (DESPP),Special Licensing and Firearms Unit,
1111 Country Club Road, Middletown, Connecticut 06457-2389

Questions About the Assault Weapon Registration Form

Q: What do I put down on the 2 lines that ask for certificate number?
A: Nothing. Leave them blank. The state will fill those in when they issue the certificate

Q: What do I enter as ‘Importer’ on the assault weapon registration form?
A: If the firearm was made in this country, or sold through a US division of the manufacturer, then you do not need to put anything. Leave it blank or enter ‘N/A’.
If the firearm was manufactured in another country, it may have been brought into the country by a second company. That company’s name will also be marked somewhere on the receiver or barrel. This is probably most commonly seen with Russian firearms such as Saiga or other AK-styled weapons. Century International Arms is one major importer; you may see it marked as just C.I.A. on your firearm

Q: Where do I go to get my thumb print done for the registration form?
A: There is nothing in the law that prescribes who must do the thumb print, so you may do it yourself. I suggest you practice a few times on a blank paper first before doing it on your form. Here is a good video showing how police do it: http://youtu.be/d7N-4UNAzsw
If you don’t think you can do it yourself, you may try your local police department. People have had mixed results with this. Some departments will do it right away, some want you to schedule an appointment, and some may not want to do it at all.

Q: Do I have to register my .22 rimfire rifle as an Assault Weapon?
A: .22 rifles are a bit confusing, because they rushed new bills into law without reading then had to rush another new bill into law to fix their mistakes.
Technically….. by the letter of the law if you legally purchased a .22 rifle in CT BEFORE Public Act 13-3 was signed into law on 4/4/2013 or AFTER Public Act 13-220 was signed on 6/18/2013 and it is still in that configuration (you haven’t added any “evil features” that did not come on the gun) you do NOT have to register.
If you purchased the .22 rifle between those dates, it can have all the evil features you want, but technically they had to be installed in that timespan, and the rifle must be registered if it has more then the permitted 2 “evil features”, one of which is the detachable magazine. So, by the letter of the law, unless the rifle was purchased between 4/4 and 6/18 of this year, it is illegal to have more then 2 evil features, period. In an AR styled .22, that would probably be detachable mag and pistol grip. It doesn’t need to be registered, but it can’t also have more features like an adjustable stock.
If you purchased between those dates, it can legally have more then 2 features (if they were installed during that time), but if it has more then 2 features it must be registered as an Assault Weapon before 1/1/2014.

Questions About the Large Capacity Magazine Declaration Form

Q: What do I put down for:
Make A: The manufacturer of the magazine; if known. If you don’t know, enter “unknown”.
Type A: The caliber of the round you load in the magazine
Capacity A: The number of rounds the magazine holds
Number A: The number of magazines of this exact make/type/capacity magazine you have.

NOTICE:
THE CONTENTS OF THIS DOCUMENT IS INTENDED FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY AND DOES NOT CONSTITUTE LEGAL ADVICE.

Member Meeting – 12/10/2013

IMPORTANT UPDATE!

TONIGHT’S MEETING HAS BEEN CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER.
SEE YOU IN JANUARY!

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, December 10, 2013.
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
• Attorney Martha Dean will be in attendance to provide the latest information on our upcoming lawsuit. (Shew v. Malloy).

• Legislative Public Testimony Workshop – Learn how to make a difference “before” and when Gun Bills get introduced. From preparing written testimony, to Public Hearings, CCDL will cover it all in this workshop. It is critical that we prepare and participate in the next legislative session.

• Plans are underway to renew fundraising efforts in early 2014. Come find out how you can volunteer to help.

• We will have Notaries on hand to help process registration paperwork free of charge. Please have your forms filled out and ready to go so we have time to get to everyone. If you need the forms, they can be downloaded and printed out from this link. If you are a member of our Facebook Group, we have a special section where you can ask any questions you might have. Link.

Merchandise
We sell CCDL merchandise at the meeting, buy it there and save on shipping.

BLOWOUT SALE! The last of the special shirts made for the Poker Run Fundraiser will be on sale at the meeting only for $10 each! If you don’t have one yet, this might be your last chance to buy one. Supply is limited to whatever is on hand at the meeting. When they’re gone, they’re gone forever.

Food Drive
CCDL collects canned goods/non-perishables at all our meetings to be donated to local charities. The holiday season is here, please give what you can for those that need our help.

Middletown Elks
44 Maynard St
Middletown, CT 06457
December 10, 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. please do not park on the grass!!


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Speaking Of Lawsuits

Earlier I mentioned the NSSF lawsuit being dismissed. Well, in related news, OUR lawsuit was assigned a court date today.
I was waiting for a little more info, but since CCDL President Scott Wilson just mentioned it on John Rowland’s radio show on WTIC, I’ll go ahead and give you what little I know so far.
The hearing is set for January 30, 2014 at 1:00 PM in Courtroom One of the Abraham A. Ribicoff Federal Building, 450 Main St., Hartford, CT before Judge Alfred V. Covello.

UPDATE 1/21/2014: The judge has canceled oral arguments, and intends to issue a decision based on the evidence submitted. There will be no hearing on 1/30/2014

Judge Rejects Lawsuit

No, not our lawsuit, but the one brought by the National Shooting Sports Federation.
As most of you know, there have been several different lawsuits based on CT’s recent passage of unconstitutional gun laws, including the one CCDL is a part of. Each lawsuit addresses a different part of the problem. The NSSF’s lawsuit attacked the improper way the law was passed using the “Emergency Certification” process.

Yesterday Chief U.S. District Judge Janet C. Hall ruled that the NSSF lacked the standing to challenge the law. Now, to be perfectly clear, that doesn’t mean the judge sided with the state or ruled that the process was legal, she just ruled that the NSSF was not directly impacted by the process, so they couldn’t sue. You can read more about legal standing here, and you can read the full court ruling at the link below.
NSSF-Decision-Granting-Motion-to-Dismiss.pdf.

No word yet on if the NSSF plans to appeal the ruling, but we’d like to thank them for all the effort so far, as well as their support of our own lawsuit.