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For Immediate Release:
The Connecticut Citizens Defense League (The state’s largest grass-roots gun rights group) is speaking out in opposition to recent statements made by Governor Malloy, and Senators Murphy and Blumenthal regarding the deceptively named “Denying Firearms and Explosives to Dangerous Terrorists Act of 2015”.
Comment from CCDL President Scott Wilson:
“I make no apologies for emphatically stating that all three of them are plainly and simply advocating for tyranny in the truest sense of the word. Everything that they are calling for is completely antithetical our rights as Americans. These proposals not only violate our 2nd Amendment rights, but our 14th Amendment rights as well. Their rhetoric about blanket gun control should concern every American regardless of their views on guns. They are actually advocating for the elimination of due process for citizens”.
Key Points about the Watch List:
1) For the purposes of this proposed legislation, a “terrorist” is anyone whose name appears on the FBI’s terror watch list. This is not a list of known terrorists. As the name implies, it is just a list of people the FBI is watching for information about terrorism. A person might be watched because a relative, acquaintance or coworker is suspected of terroristic actions. They themselves may be law-abiding citizens.
2) Anyone can mistakenly and unknowingly end up on the terror watch list. You do not have to commit any crime to be added to the list Infants, US senators, Nelson Mandela, and the entire Ford Motor Company have all been mistakenly added to the watch list.
3) There is no deliberate means to remove yourself from the list should you mistakenly end up on it.
4) The criteria to end up on the terror list are unclear and vague.
5) We do not have a clue who is adding names to this list. Adding someone to the list is purely a bureaucratic decision with no accountability, and no opportunity for an individual to refute being added to the list. If Malloy, Murphy and Blumenthal have their way, citizens who have been charged with no crime will lose their Constitutional rights with NO due process.
6) Gun sales to individuals who are on the watch list are already reported to and approved by the federal government. They decline the sales for actual criminals.
“Either we have rights as individuals, or we do not. Lawmakers continue to push down the road of gun control under the guise of concerns for safety, while many citizens in European countries are hiding behind locked doors wishing they had some means of protection with little help from police”.
“If there are actual terrorists with plots or crimes being committed, the Federal Government and police already have the authority to act accordingly, instead of utilizing some list and Gestapo-style tactics against large swaths of the population”.
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 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 http://www.ccdl.us
Plymouth is one of the few towns in Connecticut that specifically allows shooting clubs and ranges by permit as long as they meet all applicable regulations. These regulations currently include demonstrating that there will be no adverse effect on neighboring properties with respect to traffic, noise, and safety. The regulations also require supervision by qualified personnel, limit the range to sport shooting (ie skeet, trap, target) and limit the range to operation during daylight hours only. The town must issue a permit before they can operate, and the range must meet all other federal, state and local regulations (environmental, zoning, etc).
On Thursday, November 12, 2015 there will be a public hearing at Plymouth Town Hall to consider a petition to change this and outlaw all future outdoor firearm clubs or ranges. You may download a copy of the proposed amendment here: Proposed Amendments To Plymouth P&Z Regulations (pdf)
CCDL feels the current regulations more than adequately address both existing and any future shooting clubs. While there are currently two clubs located in town, there is no guarantee they will operate forever. If they close, not only do Plymouth-area residents lose a nearby place to safely and legally enjoy an American tradition, they lose a place to exercise a Constitutional right.
Also, while the petition is likely a reaction to a proposed private gun club, the petition as written would appear to outlaw outdoor shooting on private residential property as well. If this petition does move forward, this issue must be addressed and clarified.
We encourage all members, especially those who live and pay taxes in Plymouth to attend this public meeting and voice your opposition to this petition.
Both residents and non-residents may speak. You will have a 3 minute time limit, so make your points quickly. Please be polite and respectful, and be aware the media may be present. Limit your comments to how this regulation would effect you or the town.
Date: November 12, 2015
Time: 7:00pm (but we suggest getting there around 6:00-6:30)
Location: Town Hall – 80 Main St, Terryville, CT in the Community Room on the ground level. There is limited parking in the front of town hall but there is ample parking around back.
What else you can do:
•Write a letter to:
Plymouth Planning & Zoning Commission Chairman Carl Johnson; 80 Main St,
Terryville, CT 06786
Or submit by online form
•Email a “letter to editor” to your local paper saying how you oppose this and the negative effect this will have on the town.
Waterbury Republican-American: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Bristol Press: email@example.com
(Important: Include your full name, address and telephone number for verification purposes.)
If you have any questions contact CCDL Legislative Coordinator; Ray Bevis at firstname.lastname@example.org
CCDL holds its monthly general membership meeting at 7:00pm on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at the Elks Lodge in Middletown, CT. Our next meeting is Tuesday, November 10, 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.
- We are not done with litigation against the State of Connecticut!
Special Message from Lead Attorney David Thompson.
We will be broadcasting a recorded message from our lead attorney David Thompson (Cooper &Kirk). In this message David will give a run down of what can be expected with our lawsuit (Shew v. Malloy) against the State of Connecticut. This will include a rundown of current active similar cases in other circuits. We are not done!
- Project: #IamCCDL underway. What it is, how you can help; etc
- Discussion on 2016 Elections and how we all can make a difference.
- Presentation by CCDL member Robert Starr. Bob will be passing educational information along to members pertaining to editorial and letter writing. Anti-gun supporters work hard to sway public opinion via letters to newspaper editorial departments in CT. CCDL is looking to start activating members to start doing the same. We hope that CCDL can kick-start a successful effort to gain equal print space in Newspapers. This will be an informative and motivating discussion.
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 CCDL 2015 Christmas ornaments for $5 each. Only 100 were made, so get them early! For hunting season we have camo/blaze hats, $25 each.
We still have patches, pins, and magnets (perfect to put on your car, gun safe, or refrigerator). We also sell the car decals in assorted colors and sizes that you can’t get online.
CCDL collects canned goods/non-perishables at all our meetings to be donated to local charities. The holiday season is here, and the local food banks get stretched thin. Please bring non perishables to the meeting. If everyone that attends brought at least one canned good we would be helping to feed MANY!
44 Maynard St
Middletown, CT 06457
November 10, 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!!