Comments On Today’s Decision

Below is the press release on today’s Appellate decision in Shew v. Malloy, the lawsuit against Connecticut’s unconstitutional gun laws.

For Immediate Release:

The Connecticut Citizens Defense League (The state’s largest grass-roots gun rights group) reacts to the Appellate decision handed down today. CCDL is one of the named Plaintiffs in the Shew v Malloy federal lawsuit. The case argues against a number of the firearms laws that were enacted with the signage of Public Act 13-3

The Federal Lawsuit against Public Act 13-3 has waged on since May 22nd of 2013.

Comment from CCDL President Scott Wilson:
“We along with our fellow plaintiffs were hopeful for a more favorable decision from the 2nd Circuit, but we are not surprised that this decision was handed down from this level. We are working with our team of attorneys and other plaintiffs and preparing for the next round”.

“We knew all along that we would end up appealing to the Supreme Court to overturn this clear injustice of our 2nd Amendment rights. We have 90 days from this ruling, and our attorneys will file a petition for certiorari within that time frame”.

Wilson concluded:
“We know that we are on the right side of this matter, and Connecticut gun owners will not surrender our constitutional rights. We will exhaust every possible avenue to preserve those 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 nearly 20,000 members from across the state.

Thanks to this large supportive base, the CCDL has become a fixture at the state 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

17 thoughts on “Comments On Today’s Decision

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  2. After November and Hillary (or Biden or Sanders) gets elected as president and they fill any potential vacancies on the SCOTUS to fulfill their liberal agenda there will never be a chance to overturn this unconstitutional law. The latest track record for the SCOTUS has been to deny hearing any more gun cases…stating that they already made their ruling with Heller.

  3. Simply, we, CCDL, must raise more money. A lot more money. We must keep up the PR fight in the media, we must continue to grow to 20,000+ members-30,000+ members and more and use our vote at the ballot box to remove those in office who intend to eliminate ot constrain our 2ND Amendment Rights. The possibility of SCOTUS not ever hearing our case is a real possibility. But voting out the “Gun Grabbers” is still a real possibility. The more members we have (and we need more to show up for monthly meetings and events) and the more we can get them to turn out for meetings at the capital, take a political role in upcoming elections, promote our position, the better. Whatever we can do to band together with other gun rights groups, nationwide, then the more effect we will have in Congress and at the Executive level.

    “The right to bear arms (all arms of our choice) shall not be infringed” It really is that simple.

    • While I agree, it’s not going to happen. There are too many ignorant or uninformed gun owners or ones that just don’t care. I ask this. WHY does the NRA have a mere 5 million members?? It should be 20 or 30 million. Imagine if that were the case. If we end up with a Democrat winning the 2016 election it is GAME OVER. The SCOTUS will be rigged and the only choice will be to move to gun friendly states and ensure that those states NEVER turn blue.

  4. In view of today’s decision and the long fight ahead, I’m making my donation to the Litigation Fund NOW and I urge everyone who has an interest in seeing her or his Second Amendment rights protected to do the same. Thank you Scott and keep up the Good Fight!

    • I did so he minute I read the case. I will continue to donate regularly.

      “No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms. The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government”

      — Thomas Jefferson, 1 Thomas Jefferson Papers, 334

  5. The unconstitutional, intolerable acts have been upheld in a liberal activist court, no surprise there. The original ruling in Kommiecticut was made on January 30, 2014 by the TRAITOR federal judge Alfred V. Covallo. As we know, he ruled on his own with no hearings or testimony. Quoted from page 3 of the text of his ruling: “The court concludes that the legislation is constitutional. While the act burdens the plaintiffs‟ Second Amendment rights, it is substantially related to the important governmental interest of public safety and crime control.” Hmmmm…..I don’t seem to remember the ability to burden or trample rights clause in The Constitution in the interest of “crime control” or “public safety.” I do seem to remember something about “shall not be infringed.” I do not hold out any hope for a SCOTUS review, never mind any favorable rulings.

    No matter. The Armed Civil Disobedience of Non-Compliance sweeping the state and the nation renders ALL their BS gun confiscation schemes NULL & VOID. I no longer concern myself with unconstitutional treasonous rulings from rogue courts. WE WILL NOT COMPLY, and so far, they will not enforce.

    As always…still their move, and all I hear are crickets.

    The time is drawing near to refresh the tree of liberty.

    • While I commend yur reference to one of our great Founding Fathers, Jefferson, we must take a crawl-walk-run approach. Go through the system making every effort to have it work for us. Use the ballot box to the greatest extent possible. Convert the general public to our side. Reinforce that potential comfiscation will only leave criminals and terrorists with weapons. So we continue in the courts, elect officials favorable to our position, get the 100,000,000 legal weapons owners on our side, build CCDL, build the NRA and the NAGR, GOOA, etc., keep up the information flow to media (even those who oppose us),

      We can only win against the Democrat-Socialist-Progressives by attrition in their numbers, a constant vigil to maintain our rights, gaining control of the legislative system, recruiting all ages and groups to our mission, promoting firearms ownership and safety, and always support CCDL.

      If you closely analize the upcoming elections, especially at the state and local levels, our side should realize a great victory and the Democratics face a massive loss. And then in subsequent elections we can vote out the Malloy’s, Murphy’s, Blumenthals’ and the rest of the Hartford Gang that tries to obliterate our state and federal constitutional rights, granted by God, and not the government.

      We face a long and arduous war for our rights and we are just at the early skirmish stage and not a final battle. It may take years to win and victory will be ours if we persevere.

      (The right to bear arms shall not be infringed).

      • Our 2nd Amendment Rights have been under constant assault since 1934. Prior to that, citizens could be armed equal to the military. Being at war with these collectivist morons for 81 years is more than long enough for me. They will not back down or be happy until we are all COMPLETELY disarmed. This is not just conspiracy rhetoric, it is from their own words (just not the words they speak for “public consumption”). If you think anything is ever going to change by the ballot box here in Kommiecticut, you can forget it. The liberals giving away gubmint freebies to the cities of Hartford, New Haven, Bridgeport, Waterbury, etc. will keep this place deep blue and a socialist paradise FOREVER!

  6. The challenge should be in CT court on the basis that the defendants failed to amend the Connecticut Constitution prior to the passing the unconstitutional, repugnant statute.

    Regardless of the the federal appeal to the Supreme Court, the plaintiffs should also take this to Connecticut Superior. If plaintiffs win, it’ll take 2/3 majority to amend the CT constitution. See below.

    SEC. 15. Every citizen has a right to bear arms in defense of himself and the state.

    The probability of success, i.e. a court win & repeal of unconstitutional law would seem higher in CT court. If victorious, the defendants & anti gun pundits would be back at the starting line and the self-defense advocates would have time to regroup here in our home state. Lets take our constitutional right back!

  7. Actually, I think we have a good chance at the ballot box, homeless and welfare recipiants are the lowest # voting based upon registrations (they don’t own many sporting and target weapons). Illegals cannot vote yet, young blacks and hispanics are among the lowest voting percentage. So who votes, older conservative traditional Democrats, Republicans, Veterans, active military, hunters, sportsmen and sportswomen, need I say more about the market we must recruit to vote our position. Only about 16% of the population of CT live in these four towns. So that leaves 84% plus whomever we get from the four to recruit.

    And to get then interested, we have to address additional issues like the Ct Budget, $400,000,000 now short, taxes, small business regulations killing opportunity, overbearing state government, unemployment, etc. Get to their issues then get them to our platform.

    The constitution has lots of rights and more than the second amendent are being violated, like the four, fifth and tenth.

    I.E. we address their issues then we gret them to support ours.

    It is easy to quit, but the winner never quits.

  8. Wilson concluded:
    “We know that we are on the right side of this matter, and Connecticut gun owners will not surrender our constitutional rights. We will exhaust every possible avenue to preserve those rights”.

    I am not trying to be sarcastic at all with my comments, and not trying to open an old wound, so, please do not take it that way, but SHAME on all gun owners who registered their guns, mags and those who stood in lines to register their items with a tyrannical government. This was the worse thing y’all could have done. You gave the liberals an inch and rest assured they will take a mile. History teaches us over again that confiscation follows REGISTRATION, and given the right opportunity (or event) Connecticut is ripe for confiscation by the police, who according to Lt Vance, “will enforce whatever laws are on the books”

  9. Im sorry to say, I didn’t expect a different outcome. When a discussion over the most crystal clear,unambiguous statement such as Section 15 takes more than a minute…you know something is amiss. Understand, you are seeing history. Connecticut, ironically called the Constitution state is the litmus test to see how they can begin dismantling all of our rights. It begins here as a test, and then will be enacted nation wide.Imagine, we are petitioning the very entity(the government) for whom firearms exist in the peoples hands as a final defense. You are asking the foxes to watch the hens. What we are seeing here in the United States which began about the 1990s is the overt disregard for the people. The government has gotten so arrogant, it is no longer even paying lip service to the people as was once done in the last century.

    The reason there is peace in this country, is the quest of slow moving and imperfect justice. Many people, some consciously, other intuitively are aware that our way of life is in grave danger. The outcome of this “ruling” is preordained. The pressure to make it so has been coming from vantage points both visible and below the surface.

    It is clear that when the Second Amendment finally folds…all other rights will fall at rapid exponential speed. Is no one awake in the country any more?

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