Press Release – 2015 Legislative Session Is Over

For Immediate Release:

The Connecticut Citizens Defense League (The state’s largest grass-roots gun rights group) is expressing its appreciation for the State Legislature’s decision to cease action on bills that would have seriously affected due process rights of gun owners. Particularly Senate Bill 650.

Comments from CCDL President Scott Wilson:

“Fortunately many legislators came to realize that there are already statutes that protect potential victims against domestic violence. If someone truly is a threat to an individual, or if there is proof of active violence, Connecticut state law already has those potential victims covered”.

“Persons who never threatened or harmed anyone would have automatically lost possession of their personal property for two years or longer if SB650 had become law. We are talking about people potentially being punished who have never committed a crime, or been convicted of any wrongdoing. That is a harsh and unjust outcome to imagine”.

Wilson concluded:

“CCDL would like to thank our members for contacting and communicating with their legislators, and for testifying publicly in Hartford this year. Hopefully this outcome marks a shift back towards common sense legislation that impacts gun rights”.


About the CCDL: The Connecticut Citizens Defense League was formed in 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 over 18.000 members across the state.

Thanks to this large supportive base across the state the CCDL has become a fixture at the Capitol, and well-recognized by committees that see firearms related bills.

As the go-to organization in the state they are consulted regularly by lawmakers who have questions and concerns about pending legislation or existing laws. For more information on the CCDL please visit

Press Contact:

Scott Wilson

13 thoughts on “Press Release – 2015 Legislative Session Is Over

  1. Great news! Thank you, Ray Bevis for your selfless dedication and for keeping us informed. Thank you Scott Wilson and the many others whose efforts made this a win for all of us.

  2. Thank you for your dedication to cause of true rights. Carry-on.

  3. What about the law that passed requiring a permit be provided if requested by Police? Could you get us a view on that?

    • You mean HB7027
      It’s not exactly what you say it is. Here’s the pertinent text of the law:

      (b) The holder of a permit issued pursuant to section 29-28, as amended by this act, shall carry such permit upon one’s person while carrying such pistol or revolver. Such holder shall present his or her permit upon the request of a law enforcement officer who has reasonable suspicion of a crime for purposes of verification of the validity of the permit or identification of the holder, provided such holder is carrying a pistol or revolver that is observed by such law enforcement officer.

      Bold is mine. Police need to observe you are carrying a gun AND have a reasonable suspicion you are committing a crime before they can ask for a permit.

      • So, in the mind of the police officer/law enforcer, if he/she believes you are “causing a disturbance– disturbing the peace” because you open carry that would satisfy the law? Sneaky, ambush law making. Suppose Malloy tries to get something like this through at the eleventh hour when law makers are tired and just want to go home and sleep. It would be a typical Malloy Ploy. I hope they have a good coffee machine there and make plenty of strong black coffee.

      • So what if police officers are told to assume that you are NOT a licensed permit holder. Then, if they see you carrying (despite it being your legal right) they can assume that you’re illegally carrying which is reasonable suspicion. Sounds like a dangerous law to me.

  4. The battle over SB650 is not over. In the next extended session we have to be extra vigilant that SB650 or a similar new bill drawn up hastily and put in at the eleventh hour does not get voted on and approved by the Malloy Political Machine. I do not trust Malloy and his Political Machine to do right by us.

  5. Don’t get too excited and let apathy get the best of you. Don’t slumber and get comfortable over a perceived “victory”. Keep being sheepdogs and continue to push against the tyrants in power. They will not stop, but, will only seek another way to strip you of your liberties.

    • Davidmcbeth: Excellent question. We should try to find out. Might come in handy the next time. We would know who our silent friends are even if the other side didn’t. Might work better that way.

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