More Amicus Briefs

Today we have two more Amicus Briefs that have been filed in support of our federal appeal of the Shew v. Malloy decision.

The first comes from a group of organizations, headed up by Gun Owners of America (GOA). It also includes the Gun Owners Foundation, U.S. Justice Foundation, Oregon Firearms Educational Foundation, The Lincoln Institute for Research and Education, The Abraham Lincoln Foundation for Public Policy Research, the Institute on the Constitution, the Conservative Legal Defense and Education Fund, and the Policy Analysis Center.

The second brief comes from the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF). Both are well written, and make strong points in support of our case. Go read them!

GOA Amicus Brief (pdf)

NSSF Amicus Brief (pdf)

Memorial Day

In Flanders Fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

By: Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918)
Canadian Army

Litigation Update – Amicus Brief

Amicus Brief is short for “Amicus Curiae Brief”. Amicus Curiae is Latin for “friend of the court”. It’s a legal brief filed with the court by someone who is not an actual party to the litigation, but who believes that the court’s decision may affect its interest. Well, yesterday the Attorney Generals from twenty-three states filed an Amicus Brief in support of our appeal in Shew v. Malloy. Those states are Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, and Wyoming. All 23 of these states agree that Public Act 13-3 infringes upon the rights of the citizens of Connecticut, and if allowed to stand may eventually set a precedence for infringing upon the rights of all US citizens. You may read or download a copy of the brief here:
Shew v Malloy States’ Amicus Brief (pdf)

Appellate Brief Filed

As President Scott Wilson mentioned yesterday, a brief was filed today with 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals. It outlines our case and why we believe the court’s ruling against us in Shew v. Malloy was wrong. I’m certainly no expert, but I think our legal team makes an excellent case on multiple fronts. If you want to know where the donations are going, this is a perfect example. It should be obvious to anyone reading it that a huge number of hours of research have gone into this (all billable, I’m sure, LOL!).

2nd Circuit Appellate Brief (pdf)

Fundraising Nets Tremendous Gains

The following is a member update from CCDL President Scott Wilson

When CCDL first vowed to help lead an effort to challenge any new anti-gun laws, we started earmarking funds immediately. Using funds from our operations account, we quietly set off on the path to mount a proper challenge to what would become Public Act 13-3. We started this well in advance of that law even being written. Understanding the costs that are associated with a major federal 2nd Amendment lawsuit (both DC v. Heller and McDonald v. Chicago cost well over $1,000,000 each),  we felt it was important to start early and keep at it as long as it takes.

Shortly after, an alliance was formed between the Connecticut Citizens Defense League and the Coalition of Connecticut Sportsmen, who along with other plaintiffs would file suit against the State of Connecticut. The National Rifle Association has also been helping from behind the scenes in numerous ways.

To date, the mindset of our attorneys in this legal action has been to not disclose the amount that has been collected for the lawsuit. Since the State is now well aware that we are committed to see this matter through to the end, that time has passed.

For all of the efforts of this organization, numerous gun clubs, certain firearms retailers and individuals the funds collected so far are approaching the half a million dollars mark. While we have a very long way to go, we realize how important it is to let everyone know that all of the fundraising, contributions and other efforts are keeping this case moving forward. Our case against the State (Shew v. Malloy) is now headed into the appellate level (2nd circuit court of appeals). A brief will be filed with the Appellate Court this Friday, May 16th.

The path to victory is unfortunately long and expensive, but the cost of defeat is far worse.
On behalf of the Executive Board of CCDL I would like to thank our members and all 2nd Amendment supporters for your efforts in bringing us to where we are today. Carry On!

Scott Wilson

Meeting Reminder – 5/13/2014

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, May 13, 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
A litigation update will be provided to our members at our general meeting regarding the appeal to the 2nd Circuit Appellate Court in Manhattan.
We are pleased to have Chris Conte (Litigation Counsel) join us from the NRA-ILA. Chris will give an update regarding the upcoming filing of the appeal and accompanying briefs. The NRA-ILA has been helping to orchestrate many aspects of our legal challenge from behind the scenes.

As part of our continuing effort to educate members before the next election, we’ve been inviting candidates to address the members at our meeting to discuss their views on the 2nd Amendment. This month we’ll have:

• Carl Higbee – Candidate US Congress (4th District)

• Dave Walker – Candidate CT Lieutenant Governor

• Rob Kwasnicki – Candidate CT House District 59

• Lori Hopkins-Cavanagh- Candidate US Congress (2nd District)

• State Rep Dan Carter – CT House District 2

• State Senator Joe Markley – CT Senate District 16

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!

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

NEW! Patches and Pins
Our latest limited run items are CCDL patches and pins. These $5 each and are meetings-only items, not for sale on the website.

Back by popular demand – magnets!
The 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.

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
May 13, 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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Legislators Endorsing McKinney

Note: This is a guest post by CCDL President Scott Wilson.

During the gun control debates and subsequent vote over Senate Bill 1160 in 2013, a number of pro 2A legislators from both parties stood by gun rights supporters. In contrast, there were those that failed to support our 2nd Amendment rights. This latter group we have essentially written off as a lost cause.

It is now 2014, and some of those staunch and supportive state legislators who stood by us and voted to defend our constitutional rights last year are now endorsing State Senator John McKinney for Governor. These endorsements seem to put gun rights supporters in a dilemma. How can we rationalize supporting a legislator who votes our way one day, and then harms our cause the next day? One gets the feeling that it is back to business as usual in Hartford.

I will state my feelings directly without mincing any words.
There is no dilemma.
There is no accepting of legislators who endorse a candidate for governor that helped write the most damaging gun law in the history of our state. There is no accepting rationalization to support a John McKinney for Governor campaign. We should hold our legislators to consistent principles that do not waver, and these elected officials should have considered this before endorsing John McKinney.

Some of these legislators are retiring, so there is really no loss of skin for their actions, but others are running for re-election. Those that are running again certainly deserve to hear how we feel about their support for John McKinney.

CCDL and coalition partners that are teamed up in the ‘Shew v. Malloy’ lawsuit have so far exhausted tremendous time, effort and resources attempting to undo the damage that has been created from the passage of SB1160. Now our supposedly pro 2A legislators endorse John McKinney? Too much work has gone into this to let the possibility of another anti-gun candidate become the governor of Connecticut. In my mind, there is no justification of any kind that qualifies Senator McKinney for higher office. Those legislators who have endorsed him should realize this quite plainly.

Considering the resolve that these particular legislators have shown by standing up for the 2nd Amendment both last year and in prior years, we feel we have been let down tremendously by them on the back-end. I for one do not care how good people think John McKinney is in the legislature. When we needed him the most, he sold us out for a populist position and hurt Connecticut gun owners incalculably.

These pro 2A legislators that have publicly endorsed Senator McKinney may be wise to carefully consider their allegiance to him for two reasons:

  1. The mission is to defeat Dannel Malloy in November. There is no way that enough of the state’s 500,000+ gun owners will hold their noses and vote against their rights for McKinney to win.
  2. There is a tremendous risk that these incumbents will lose support from their gun owning constituents.

Either way, being the president of CCDL, I feel duty bound to point out those that seek to help elect John McKinney to higher office. Hence the need for this commentary.

Scott Wilson
President- CCDL, Inc.

CT State Senators that have endorsed John McKinney for Governor

CT State Reps that have endorsed John McKinney

And The 2014 Legislative Session Is Over

Unlike last year, this session ended without any overtly anti-gun bills passing. CCDL still needs to analyze some of the last-minute amendments to other bills, as well as everything they slipped into the 300+ page “implementer” bill, but it’s obvious nobody wants to raise the gun issue in an election year.
They think we forgot last year. They think we forgot SB1160, and who supported it. They think we forgot the other 125+ antigun bills they proposed.
We didn’t forget.

Day At The Ranch Fundraiser

Spend the day with us at the Cadillac Ranch Restaurant!
There will be raffle prizes, food, dancing, and the mechanical bull.
Live music by the band Wildcat Hill.
Best of all the profits go toward fighting CT’s unconstitutional gun laws.
$20 per person, plus a cash bar.
Tickets may be purchased in advance at our monthly meetings, online, or at the door if any are left.

   When: Sunday, May 18, 2014 from 12:00pm until 4:00pm
   Cost: $20 per person includes food. Cash bar and raffle items extra.
Where: Cadillac Ranch Restaurant
              45 Jude Lane
              Southington, Connecticut 06489    map

At the venue’s request, no open carry. Concealed carry only please.