Possible SCOTUS Case on Assault Weapons


This is a case in Illinois that is very similar to ours here in Connecticut. So similar in fact, that many of our lawyers are involved in that case as well; including lead attorney Dave Thompson.

This case is a little ahead of ours. The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals already issued a divided ruling supporting Highland Park’s gun bans a few months ago. Gun owners in IL are now petitioning the Supreme Court to review the lower court’s ruling. This is certainly a case for us to follow closely.

For those interested, we have the full 228 page petition here for download. Most of it is applicable to CT’s gun bans.
As filed Final Brief – Arie Friedman, et al v. City of Highland Park (pdf)

Meeting Reminder – July 14th

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, July 14, 2015.
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

  • Volunteers for 7th Annual Family Picnic – help needed
  • Volunteers for 3rd CCDL Poker Run – help needed
  • Upcoming municipal elections
  • Guest speaker – 2nd District U.S. congressional candidate Daria Novak
  • Litigation update (pending a ruling from the circuit court)

We sell CCDL merchandise at the meeting, buy it there and save on shipping.
We also sell limited edition items that are not available in our online store. Right now we have patches, pins, and magnets (perfect to put on your car, gun safe, or refrigerator). We also sell the car decals in assorted colors besides white.

Food Drive
CCDL collects canned goods/non-perishables at all our meetings to be donated to local charities. The holiday season may be over, but people still need to eat. Please bring non perishables to the meeting. If everyone that attends brought at least one canned good we would be helping to feed MANY!

Middletown Elks
44 Maynard St
Middletown, CT 06457
July 14, 2015 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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7th Annual Family Picnic


On Saturday September 19th, beginning at 11:00 AM, the Connecticut Citizens Defense League will host our 7th annual family picnic.

The event will take place at the Boothe Memorial Park – 5800 Main Street on Putney, Stratford, CT.

This event is open to all CCDL members and to the public free of charge. Everyone is encouraged to attend this event to celebrate our right to keep and bear arms. Come and get to know us, and learn more about what CCDL does to protect your rights as a gun owner in the state of Connecticut.

Come and enjoy typical picnic fare – burgers, hotdogs, salads, desserts, soft beverages, and more. This will be an alcohol free gathering.

Bring your kids! Bring your dogs!

Any lawful form of firearm carry is allowed and encouraged! If you will be carrying a firearm, please exercise safety and caution as we will be in the eyes of the public. Firearms must remain holstered for the duration of the event to ensure safety.

CCDL merchandise and membership sign-up will be available onsite. There will be games and prizes for all to participate in and enjoy.

Please let us know via email if you plan to contribute a food item. Salads, desserts, and snack items are suggested.

If you’ve never attended our annual family picnic before, check out the photos from last year and see all the fun you missed!

photo from last year’s picnic