Governor Malloy Community Forum – East Hartford, April 3

Governor Dan Malloy and Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman will again be holding a community forum, this time in East Hartford on the evening of Thursday, April 3, 2014. Malloy says this is an opportunity to discuss his agenda for the future with Connecticut residents. The Governor said he would like to discuss finances, job growth, education and the state’s minimum wage. We think it’s an even better opportunity to discuss your gun rights, just like you did a few weeks ago. Maybe you could ask him about this too? [video]

The forum is scheduled to be held from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. (yet again, just one hour) in the Council Chambers on the second floor of Town Hall, 740 Main St., East Hartford, CT.

If you would like to ask the Governor a question you should arrive as early as possible before the event and get on the sign-up sheet to speak.

More information can be found on the Governor’s website here.

April 5th Rally – Press Release

Groton, CT- March 31st, 2014

The Connecticut Citizens Defense League (The state’s largest grass roots 2nd Amendment rights group) will be hosting a gun rights rally at the Capitol in Hartford. The rally will take place on Saturday April 5th from 12:00pm-3:00pm. The event is being attended by 2nd Amendment supporters from numerous states. Limited parking is available at the capitol, with public parking available throughout the area. The rally marks one year since Governor Malloy signed a massive gun control act into law.

CCDL President Scott Wilson stated the following: “We intend to gather in a peaceful manner and we are as determined as ever to see this law overturned in federal court, or repealed by the state legislature one day”. “We can assure our elected officials that we do not accept this unjust law as a permanent fixture in our lives.” Wilson also went on to say: “Connecticut gun owners appreciate the support from other states that have reached out to us recently”. ”We look forward to standing alongside our fellow citizens us on this day”.

Speakers for the event will include several political candidates, 2nd Amendment Rights Supporters, 2nd Amendment Rights Attorneys and others. Representatives from the National Rifle Association will be on hand also. CCDL is asking those that plan on attending to be aware of all state and federal firearms laws. Please visit their website for additional details: www.ccdl.us
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Press Contact: Scott Wilson (CCDL President) Email: president@ccdl.us

About the CCDL: The Connecticut Citizens Defense League was formed in February 2009 by a small group of concerned citizens as a non-partisan organization to advocate second amendment rights in the state of Connecticut. Since their founding, the group has grown to more than 13,000 members. Thanks to this large supportive base across the state the CCDL has become a fixture of the capitol, and well recognized by committees that see firearms related bills.

CCDL is also actively involved at the state Board of Firearms Permit Examiners. As the go-to organization in the state they are consulted with regularly by lawmakers who have questions and concerns about pending legislation or existing laws. For more information regarding CCDL, please visit http://www.ccdl.us

Long Gun Permits

Just a reminder, on April 1, 2014 the last major part of Connecticut’s unconstitutional new gun laws takes effect. Starting April 1st, you will no longer be able to buy a rifle or shotgun with just a hunting license or 14 day waiting period. You will be required to have ONE of the following:
  ‣ valid Pistol Permit
  ‣ valid Eligibility Certificate to Purchase Pistols or Revolvers
  ‣ valid Eligibility Certificate to Purchase Long Guns

You will also now have to complete an Application to Purchase Firearms (DPS-67-C), a Sale or Transfer of All Firearms form (DPS-3-C) in quadruplicate, and call DESPP for an authorization number. Just like you do now for a handgun. Remember, just like with handguns, the seller must retain the DPS-67-C for 20 years, and copies of the DPS-3-C must be given to the buyer, DESPP’s Special Licensing and Firearms Unit, and the buyer’s local police department. The seller and the buyer must retain the DSP-3-C for 5 years.

If you don’t have one of the above 3 permits, you can get a Long Gun Eligibility Certificate Application Packet by calling the Special Licensing and Firearms Unit at 860-685-8290. You may also download a screen-fillable pdf of the application itself here. The cost for the application is $35.00 for a 5 year term. An additional $50.00 for the State Fingerprints and $15.00 for the Federal Fingerprints are also associated with the application. State law § 29-37q requires that not later than 60 days after receipt of the national criminal history records check from the FBI that the application be approved or notification of denial be made.

The Long Gun Eligibility Certificate will also allow you to buy ammunition, but it does not allow you to purchase handguns, or carry handguns in public.

sample Long Gun Eligibility Certificate

Martha Dean to Hold Initial Press Conference March 18, 2014

Just received this from Martha Dean:

AVON –    Martha Dean, Republican candidate for governor, will hold a press conference to formally announce her entry into the Connecticut Governor’s race on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. at the Old State House, 800 Main Street, Hartford.  Dean will outline her vision for Connecticut, her platform, and take questions from the media. All are welcome to attend.
Martha Dean is an attorney who was the Republican nominee for Attorney General of Connecticut in both 2002 and 2010.  In the 2010 Attorney General race Dean won 44% of the vote. Dean’s campaign for Governor is focused on placing Connecticut on strong economic footing while ensuring that citizens are protected from government policies that infringe upon their most fundamental rights.

Martha Dean Enters Governor’s Race

Attorney Martha Dean has been one of the lawyers working tirelessly on our lawsuit against Governor Dan Malloy and the state of Connecticut for their unconstitutional gun laws. But that wasn’t enough.
Now Martha is going after Malloy’s job too! Here’s the press release, hot off the wire:
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Martha Dean Enters Governor’s Race

 AVON –    Martha Dean has just announced she has entered the Connecticut Governor’s race. Dean is an attorney who was the Republican nominee for Attorney General of Connecticut in both 2002 and 2010.  In 2010, Dean won 44% of the vote in the race for Attorney General. She is in private practice in Avon, Connecticut.  Dean’s campaign for Governor is focused on placing Connecticut on strong economic footing while ensuring that citizens’ are protected from government policies that infringe on their most fundamental rights.

 Attorney Dean will be holding a press conference concerning her platform and to answer questions from the media on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at time and location  to be announced.

 

This message is paid for by Martha Dean for Governor – Nathan Schindler, Treasurer.

Approved by Martha Dean.

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If you would like to donate to Martha’s campaign, you can do so here.

Governor Malloy Community Forum – Meriden, March 13

Governor Dan Malloy and Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman will again be holding a community forum, this time in Meriden on the evening of Thursday, March 13, 2014. Malloy says this is an opportunity to discuss his agenda for the future with Connecticut residents. The Governor said he would like to discuss finances, job growth, education and the state’s minimum wage. We think it’s an even better opportunity to discuss your gun rights, just like you did last week.

The forum is scheduled to be held from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. (again, just one hour) in the gymnasium of John Barry Elementary School at 124 Columbia Street, Meriden, CT. [map]
Remember, no firearms on school property.

If you would like to ask the Governor a question you should arrive as early as possible before the event and get on the sign-up sheet to speak.

More information can be found on the Governor’s website here.

Meeting Reminder – 3/11/2014

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, March 11, 2014.
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
As the election season (and hopefully the weather!) starts to warm up, we’ll be inviting candidates to address the members at our meeting to discuss their views on the 2nd Amendment. This month we’ll have:

• Mark Lauretano (Candidate for 64th House Seat) www.lauretanoforthe64th.com

• Mike France (Candidate for 42nd House Seat) website coming soon

• John French (Candidate for 29th Senate Seat) www.frenchforsenate2014.com

• Heather Somers (Candidate for Lt Governor) www.somers2014.com

Consider bringing your checkbook or some extra cash to donate to these folks if you like what you hear. Remember, the best way to stop antigun laws and repeal the ones we have is to get progun candidates elected!

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

Back by popular demand – magnets!
Our latest limited run product is a return of the CCDL logo magnets. These are about the same size as our regular decals, but printed on a flexible magnetic material and are perfect for people who don’t want to permanently attach a vinyl decal to their vehicle. Priced at $5 each and sold at the meeting only.

BLOWOUT SALE! The last of the special shirts made for the Poker Run Fundraiser will be on sale at the meeting only for $10 $5 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 over, but people still need help year round. Please give what you can for those that need our help.

Middletown Elks
44 Maynard St
Middletown, CT 06457
March 11, 2014 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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Fake News

UPDATE 3/10/2014: Second story updated below

There are several stories going around involving the Connecticut Police. The first one is one about how most of the CT police are refusing to register their so-called assault weapons. The original story is here: “Connecticut halts plans to round up firearms after finding most cops in the state are on the list”
The fact that the story is posted on a satire website seems to be lost on most people, judging by the number of times it’s been emailed to me or posted on Facebook. The very title of the website should be the first clue, “Call the Cops: America’s 27th most trusted source for public safety news”. The top of the page also lists “Our latest 12% factual headlines”. In case you’re still not sure, the bottom of the page contains a disclaimer:

This site is a satire of the current state of Law Enforcement, Fire Fighting and Emergency Medical work. Stories posted here are not real and you should not assume them to have any basis in any real fact. Heck we tend to leave in spelling and grammer errors just to prove we is not the professional media. No reference of an individual, company, or government entity seeks to inflict malice or emotional harm.

Yet this story still continues to be spread as the truth.

The second one is worse, in that it appears to be an actual hoax. Unfortunately it also had an air of legitimacy because it originated at a legitimate and well-respected website. I’m talking about “Some Connecticut police refusing to enforce AW law”, which was first posted on the website of noted firearm law specialist and author, attorney Dave Hardy. He writes that he was emailed by one Tyler Jackson, who is the head of the Connecticut Peace Officers Association. Mr Jackson writes that they would soon be publishing an open letter stating that the Connecticut police will not “be party to the oppression of the people of the state by enforcing an unconstitutional law”.
Sounds great, and the story has been picked up by many other media sites and passed along. Problem is there doesn’t seem to be a “Connecticut Peace Officers Association”. We have a “Police Association of Connecticut”, but they don’t list a Tyler Jackson as their head, or even a board member or spokesperson. Hardy has since updated the story, saying “…. I’d treat this as a possible hoax. I would have done more digging except that when I posted I was on a plane, as part of 4,000-miles-in-36-hours trip”.
UPDATE 3/10/2014
It looks like the hoaxster is doubling down on his story, so I’ll double down on busting it.
First, there is now a Wikipedia entry for the “Connecticut Peace Officer’s Association”.

The Connecticut Peace Officers Association (CPOA) is a Connecticut-based law enforcement organization. It is most known for its controversial resistance of the state’s restrictive gun laws. In 2014 it gathered 250 signatures from law enforcement officers around the state on an open letter refusing to enforce the new law.[1][2][3][4]

The organization was founded in 1992 in order to provide a united lobbying front for peace officers in the state. For most of its history it has been a marginal player in Connecticut politics.

Torrey Grimes is the current chairman of the CPOA.

Now, we could talk about the fact that in the 22yrs this org has supposedly been around, the only thing they’ve done worth noting is the alleged letter. Or we could talk about how a 25yr police veteran and head of a large organization has never been mentioned in any local news media (not even now, btw), or that public records don’t show a person named Torrey Grimes living in CT. Or maybe we could discuss how according to the revision history the wiki entry for this 22yr old group was created just today by none other than Tyson Jackson. Nah, let’s skip those. Let’s talk about how they lobby for peace officers in CT.
As we’ve mentioned in classes and blog posts about testifying in Hartford, any time you appear before the General Assembly its public record. Any documents you submit are public record. Now CCDL has been around just 5yrs. Click here to see all the written documents we’ve submitted in 5yrs. Now lets see how many documents the CPOA has submitted in 22yrs, click here. Also, if they are an actual lobbying group, their lobbyists need to be licensed with the Office of State Ethics. You can download lists of all the licensed lobbyists here. There is no listing for CPOA or any variations of their name.

Tyson Jackson has also published the promised article (minus the 250 promised signatures) at http://ezinearticles.com/?Connecticut-Gun-Confiscation-Law-Will-Not-Be-Enforced,-Police-Say&id=8366211. Now, one might wonder why an established organization would use a free article-hosting site instead of their own website. But let’s skip that. Let’s just look at Tyson Jackson’s picture, which is posted on both the article and his bio.

Now, compare That to photos of comedian Tim Northern. If you aren’t sure, check out Tim’s Facebook page.

Lastly, Jackson’s article also quotes ” John Porshboll, a lawyer who specializes in representing cops in disciplinary trouble with their departments”. Again, all lawyers must be licensed to practice in Connecticut, and the state makes it easy to check if they are. CT Attorney/Firm Lookup
No John Porsboll listed there. As a matter of fact, google doesn’t find any references to “Porshboll” anywhere in the world, except Jackson’s article.
BUSTED! Can we PLEASE stop passing this around as the truth now?

These stories play up our hopes that the police will not enforce an unconstitutional law, and I guess we really want to believe they’re true. But passing around wrong or misleading info doesn’t help. I’ve often said we have truth and facts on our side, all the anti’s have is emotion and lies. Let’s not stoop to their level….. we’re better than that.

4 Boxes

Because of recent national news stories (many misleading or inaccurate), there has been a huge surge in interest in our fight here in Connecticut. That’s a great thing. Not only is CCDL’s membership surging, but so are other rights groups’ as well. New groups are popping up all over in support of CT gun owners. That’s a great thing too. The more people involved, the better. But with that surge comes a few folks that either don’t understand our state’s laws, don’t understand the legal process, or don’t understand what CCDL has done, and is doing. Some of that stuff I want to try to address.

First though, there is an old adage about the four boxes of liberty. It usually goes like this:

“There are four boxes to be used in the defense of liberty: soap, ballot, jury and ammo. Please use in that order.”

There is much truth to that statement.

Soap Box
Let’s start with the soapbox, and how it relates to CCDL and our state. The first step in the fight for our rights is to speak up and let our voices be heard. CCDL has helped organize gun owners to do just that at dozens of rallies, public hearings, and political events since our inception just 5yrs ago. We’ve continued to do that. Just yesterday CCDL members packed a community forum and forced Governor Malloy to face an issue he surely wishes would go away in an election year. And of course we’re organizing a huge rally to protest the anniversary of our loss of rights, with people from around the country joining us in solidarity.

Ballot Box
The second step in the fight for liberty is the ballot box. The BEST way to protect your rights is to elect politicians who respect those rights and will not infringe upon them in the first place. Every election, CCDL does it’s best to identify and promote pro-Second Amendment candidates, and support the ones already in office. We offer them a chance to address our members at our meetings, and we encourage people to support their campaigns in every way possible. Sometimes our support is less apparent. The fact is right now our issue is very polarizing here in Connecticut. A very public push by CCDL for a progun candidate may generate an offsetting push by those who wish to restrict our rights. In that case we may work more quietly and directly with our members and with the respective campaigns. We’ve also been very successful in getting CCDL members elected to local Republican and Democratic Town Committees. This is vitally important because those committees influence what candidates get to go to the general election in the first place. Again, because in many towns ours is a polarizing issue, Town Committee members may not be wearing CCDL shirts and yelling “shall not be infringed!” at meetings, but we’re there, and we’re trying to make a difference.

Too many people think “I can’t do that”, or “why bother, my vote doesn’t count anyway”. Well, that’s a pile of poo. There are less then 2 million registered voters in CT, and in most towns only 30-60% of them actually vote in an election. There are also an estimated 500,000 lawful gun owners here in Connecticut. That means gun owners could potentially make up 25-50% of the vote. If every gun owner voted, and voted to protect their rights, we could win almost any election. Look at our last election for Governor in 2010. Just 1,145,799 people voted in that election. Dan Malloy won that election by just 6,404 votes. I’ll say that again. Malloy won by just 6,404 votes. That’s just about half of the current CCDL membership. If just 40 gun owners in each town had bothered to take 15 minutes out of their day and vote against Malloy (who was a known antigunner) and any other antigun legislators in their district, then maybe, just maybe we would not have the fight on our hands that we have today. EVERY VOTE MATTERS!

Jury Box
That fact is too many gun owners were complacent back in 2010. We allowed the most antigun governor (and many would argue one of the worst ever on many other issues as well) in the history of this state to be elected, and he then signed into law one of the most unconstitutional laws ever. Almost everything the antis had been dreaming of for decades became law.
Rather then wait for another chance at the ballot box, CCDL joined with others and advanced to the next level; the jury box. We have been the driving force in a federal lawsuit aimed at overturning the law. Here’s where some of the criticism starts to come in. I understand people want and expect instant gratification, especially when it comes to our constitutional rights. And really, in a perfect world, we should get it. But we don’t live in a perfect world, and the legal system is both slow and expensive to navigate. We filed our lawsuit as soon as possible after the law was signed. We’re less than a year into that process. For comparison, the landmark DC v. Heller decision took 6yrs start to finish. The McDonald v. Chicago case took 3yrs.
In my opinion, Connecticut is still in the jury box stage.
No, the first court hearing did not go the way many had hoped, but that really doesn’t matter. We’re appealing, which is just the second rung up the ladder to the top of the jury box. Even if we had won, the state would surely have appealed themselves, and we would be in the exact same place we are today. And while we didn’t win, we didn’t exactly lose. The judge in that case also helped us by reconfirming certain facts that may be useful down the road.
Remember, from day one our legal team has prepared for the fact that we may go all the way to the Supreme Court, like with Heller and McDonald. A careful observer may have noticed that our lead attorney at this stage is licensed to practice in both CT and NY. It’s no coincidence that he is also representing the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association in their lawsuit against the very similar NY antigun law also recently passed. Gun owners in both states, with assistance from groups like CCDL, NYSRPA, and the NRA must be prepared to fight this all the way. A win would help gun owners nationwide by hopefully settling once and for all that the 2nd Amendment is NOT limited to muskets or deer rifles or 10 round magazines.

Now, a supposedly progun group out there has accused CCDL of running some type of “scam” by “still collecting donations for an already failed lawsuit with no hope of winning” or some crap like that. Personally it didn’t make a lot of sense. Remember, Heller and McDonald had losses along the way, and yet they prevailed. They prevailed even though they originated in lower courts that were just as anti-gun as ours. They prevailed in a Supreme Court which has pretty much the same political makeup as we have now.

Lastly, to throw in the towel now and say there is no hope for success in the jury box stage, means your only remaining method left to reclaim your rights is the ammo box.

Ammo Box

Molon Labe!
From my cold dead hands!
You can have my guns one bullet at a time!

Some people/groups seem to think we’re at this stage.
God I hope not.
This stage is war. Real mutha-effin’ war, not some movie or video game. This is your friends and loved ones dying, and they aren’t going to respawn in the next level.
I can only assume most of the people pushing for this next step either have no actual experience with war, or even a real self-defense shooting. Either that or they plan on being safely far away hiding in their mommy’s basement when it starts. They’re hoping some one else pulls that trigger first, because if they really believed everything they type on the internet, we’d be hearing about their glorious deaths in a hail of bullets. If we were really lucky, Palin Smith would even be there to capture the jack-booted brown shirts battling the Klingon patriot warrior for YouTube.
But that’s not happening.
So either there are a whole lot of chickenshits out there pounding out threats in a basement somewhere, or we’re not really at the ammo box stage yet.
Or both.

Now I’m sure there are a few sick bastards who really do want to see the poop hit the fan, but the rest of these people are just backing themselves into a corner with no way out alive. The thug in the Governor’s office is not going to back down, he can’t. Government never admits it’s wrong. So whatcha gonna do?
Whatcha waitin’ for?
If you really believe there is no other option left, you should be out there eliminating your oppressors already. Be the badass hero you claim to be and pull the trigger already. Save yourself from the tyranny the rest of us sheeple are too stupid to stop. I’m sure once you eliminate a few of those gun grabbers with your mad skillz learned playing Call Of Duty on the X-Box for 8hrs a day, Malloy and the State Police will immediately decide the best way to end the violence will be to repeal all the gun laws ASAP.

Since it appears nobody is actually doing the above, I think it’s safe to assume we have NOT exhausted the other, non-violent options yet.
The police are NOT kicking down doors and confiscating guns, registered or not, yet. So for now, shut up, sit down, and go back to honing your skills on Black Ops while the grownups continue to work on a solution that DOESN’T involve your family and mine getting killed.

Speaking of registration… I’ve also heard a few people say “CCDL wanted us to comply with unjust laws!” and “CCDL is Malloy’s puppet!”. Interestingly enough, I’ve heard others say “CCDL told us to not to comply with the law, now we might be in trouble!”. Someone else said “CCDL called gun owners ignorant for not registering!”
All are wrong. From day one we’ve been of the opinion that how you handled this is a personal decision only you yourself can make. All we’ve tried to do is make sure gun owners had all the information and resources made available to them to make their own decision. For those that decided to register, we tried to ease the burden imposed by the state. We made the registration forms available and provided notary services free of charge. We answered thousands of questions and tried to make sure those that didn’t need to register did not mistakenly do so. We even stood with them in those horrible lines.

I know plenty of you (many personally) who intentionally did not comply. Great! I support your choice too. But it’s a sad fact that many gun owners didn’t comply by choice. Despite all the media attention, they either “don’t pay attention to political stuff” or they just didn’t realize the law applied to them.
No, not you.
If you’re reading this you’re involved and aware, at least you are now. I’m talking about all those gun owners who didn’t bother to vote against Malloy and the gun grabbers in 2010. I’m talking about the gal with a Glock 17 she keeps in the nightstand for protection and hasn’t shot it except for 15 rounds when she bought it. I’m talking about the guy who ran out and bought an AR-15 in 2008 when Obama was first elected because all his friends told him to buy it before all the guns were banned, and it’s been sitting in his closet ever since. I’m talking about the guy who has the magazine from his grandfather’s Korean War M1 Carbine on the shelf with the triangle folded American Flag in a case.
I’m talking about the guy with the $2500 .22 target pistols, as well as the 25yr old who bought a Walther P22 for plinking on the farm. These gun owners are not ignorant, but they are ignorant of the law. They didn’t even know their guns are now illegal. Maybe some of them tried to read the law, but face it, Public Act 13-3 is so long and poorly written even the State Police don’t really know what is or isn’t legal. While it should be obvious to anyone with an IQ above friggin’ moron that CCDL does not support unconstitutional laws, we think that these once lawful gun owners, who are now felons through no action or fault of their own, should be allowed to register without penalty, if they choose to.
CCDL supports the rights of ALL lawful Connecticut gun owners; even the ones who don’t know yet that their rights have already been infringed.