Latest Litigation Update

The attorneys in our appeal of Shew .v Malloy have filed a reply to the brief filed by the State of Connecticut in August. If you need a refresher, you can find that brief here. You can also find all the posts related to our lawsuit over CT’s unconstitutional gun laws here.

If you remember, the State’s “brief” was a whooping 178 pages of fiction. Even though our reply is only 47 pages, I think you will agree it is concise and factual, and refutes all of the State’s claims. I just want to thank everyone who has donated their time, energy and money to get to this point. It hasn’t been easy, and it hasn’t been cheap. Legal expenses are ongoing, so unfortunately so are our requests for donations. You can donate to our Litigation Fund at the link near the top of the page, or here.

Now, here’s the link to download our reply: 166 – reply brief in CT (pdf)

Poker Run Update & Route

REMINDER: The CCDL 2nd Amendment Poker Run is this Saturday, September 27, 2014!

The weather forecast right now is for 82° and SUNNY FOR SATURDAY!!!
Both motorcycles and cars are welcome to participate in the run, and EVERYONE is welcome to attend the after-party whether you ride or not. Registration is at Woodbridge Firearms, 28 Selden St, Woodbridge from 9:30-10:30. Cost is $20/bike/driver and $15 per passenger. Cost includes the after party at the Cadillac Ranch. NSSF is providing gift bags for the first 300 entries.

If you just want to join us at the party after, it’s $15 per person pay at the door. The after-party starts around 11:30am, and runs until 4pm.

We’ll have special CCDL Poker Run shirts and bandanas for sale at both the start and the finish. Quantities are limited, when they are gone, that’s it. ALL profits from this event go to the Litigation Fund which is being used to fight unconstitutional gun laws here in Connecticut.

The route of the rally is different from last year. Stops include Bozzuto’s Trucking, City Limits Cafe, Yankee Harley Davidson, and ends with a party at the Cadillac Ranch. The recommended route is below, we will also have sheets with the route and maps when you register.

At each stop you will draw a poker card from a deck. Best poker hands at the end of the run will win prizes, with the 1st prize being a $500 Cabela’s Gift Certificate donated by the NSSF!

Whether you ride or not, be sure to join us at Cadillac Ranch located at 45 Jude Ln in Southington for the HUGE party with great food, entertainment, GUN RAFFLES and of course, the Haymond Girls! A great mix of classic and southern fried rock will be provided by the Screamin’ Eagle Band and Jay Roberts. Our generous sponsors include: the National Shooting Sports Foundation, Connecticut Cruise News, Bachand & Bachand Law, Yankee Harley Davidson, Haymond Law, Doc’s Motorcycles, Cadillac Ranch and Woodbridge Firearms.
If you are on Facebook, you can RSVP on the event page there. If you still need more info: please email:

Last year’s ride was a GIANT success. Let’s make this the biggest annual poker run in the state!

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More Endorsements

The CCDL Executive Board held a special meeting last Tuesday night to vet additional candidates to endorse in the 2014 elections. After careful consideration, the CCDL Executive Board adds the following candidates for the General Assembly to our list of 2014 endorsements. As with our prior endorsements, we feel these candidates will help steer Connecticut in the right direction. CCDL reserves the right to still endorse other candidates as they are vetted by the Executive Board. See our complete updated list here.

CT House 9 Richard Lion
CT House 19 Mark Zydanowycz
CT House 23 Devin Carney
CT House 33 Linda Synkowicz
CT House 55 Gayle Mulligan
CT House 68 Eric Berthel
CT House 77 Cara Pavalock
CT House 82 Joshua Broekstra
CT House 83 Pablo Soto
CT House 85 Frank Apuzzo
CT House 117 Charles Ferraro
CT House 119 Pam Staneski

Senator Joe Markley

Ok, this morning I shared with you a video of the rabidly anti-gun Senator Don Williams.

Now let’s go to a video from CCDL’s 2014 Legislator Of The Year, Senator Joe Markley. Senator Markley shares his thoughts on the upcoming gubernatorial election. If you are still undecided who to vote for on November 4th (we of course hope you vote for our endorsed candidate, Tom Foley), pay close attention to this video and what’s at stake. If you know someone who is undecided, or wasn’t planning on voting this year, share this video with them.

As I said this morning, this might be the most important election of our lives. If Malloy and his anti-Constitution cronies get re-elected after passing one of the worst gun laws in the country, they will know they have free reign to go as far as they want with no repercussions. Want to know some of the things they have planned? Go back and watch Senator Williams video from this morning. If that doesn’t scare you, how about mandatory registration for ALL firearms? How about microstamping? How about mandatory “smart guns”? How about liability insurance for each and every firearm you own?

Watch Senator Markley’s video, and help us DEFEAT DAN MALLOY!

Senator Don Williams

I’m going to post a few videos today that I think should be of interest to CCDL members. Since they are on different topics, I’ll make separate posts.

The first video stars soon to be ex Senator Don Williams. As Senate President Pro Tem, Williams was instrumental in the crafting and passage of SB1160. When he saw the backlash from that, he decided to retire rather than risk being voted out of office.

Williams was a guest speaker at a recent event hosted by the extreme anti-gun group “Connecticut Against Gun Violence”. This group would more accurately be called “Connecticut Against Guns”, since the majority of their work is aimed at stopping law-abiding citizens from owning guns, not stopping gun violence. Someone at this event recorded it, and I’d like to share with you what Williams had to say. Watch the video, and listen to what the anti’s really think and say about your constitutional rights, and what their plans for the future are.
This is just another reason why you MUST show up on election day (November 4th) and vote for all the CCDL endorsed candidates, and support them any way you can until then. Don’t let the media or polls lull you into a false sense of security. Even if it looks like a candidate is a sure thing to win, show up and vote anyway. Voting is a right, just like the 2nd Amendment, and this may be the most important election of your life, so vote!

Kuck/Goldberg Case

I am just about to head out to the CCDL meeting tonight, but I just received a legal doc I’m sure many of you will want to see. While not directly related to our lawsuit, it is important to Connecticut gun owners. This is a petition for writ of certiorari in the Kuck/Goldberg case.
From the petition:

Questions Presented.
1. Respondents delayed 18 months and 22 months, respectively, to provide petitioners a
hearing after they suspended or revoked their permits to carry a firearm, a right guaranteed them
under both State and federal constitutions. Did this delay deny petitioners procedural due process?
2. Did the court of appeals misapply the Court’s Mathews factors in determining whether
respondents violated petitioners’ procedural due process rights, excusing the delay on the basis of
“routine administrative burdens,” an “overburdened bureaucracy” and their “good faith efforts to
address” this delay?

Sorry I don’t have more time to get into this, but if you read the petition you will get a pretty good understanding of the case.
Petition for Writ Of Certiorari (pdf)

Monthly Meeting Tonight

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, September 9, 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
Elections are in November and if Dan Malloy is re-elected gun owners can expect more restrictive measures to become law! Come learn how to help!

Guest Speakers
Several candidates seeking endorsements will be there to explain their views on your gun right.
We’ll also have some representatives for candidates CCDL has already endorsed, including representation for the Foley-Somers campaign. They will be available to tell you how you can help get our candidates elected.

CCDL Senate District Teams
We are continuing to build support pro-2A candidates in the senate districts that voted for SB1160. This effort is crucial if we are going to put an end to anti-gun bills from passing in the future. We are asking YOU to get involved in this process. Our meeting on Tuesday will again cover on how you can get involved in this effort as a first step.
This is where we can make the biggest difference!!

As of now we have four Senate districts that we are focusing on. There will be more to come.

Current District Commitment:
Senate District 13 Candidate: Len Suzio
Senate District 17 Candidate: Phil Tripp
Senate District 29 Candidate: John French
Senate District 33 Candidate: Art Linares

We will need support for other CCDL-endorsed Senate and House candidates as well… Please attend this meeting to learn more about how YOU can help. Check our list of endorsed candidates (more to come!) and see if there is someone nearby you can help out.
2014 Candidate Endorsements

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

New Shirts!
Let people know how you plan to vote in the November elections with these new “I VOTE 2A” CCDL shirts. This is a limited one time run, and will only be for sale at meetings and CCDL-hosted events.

Patches and Pins
We still have some of our latest limited run items; 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
September 9, 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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