Help Needed: End CT Democratic Leaders Partisanship

We apologize for the lengthy post, and we know many members are busy with the holidays, but this is important. Please read.

Call to Action: 
Help End CT Democratic Leaders Partisanship
Governor Malloy and the Connecticut Democratic Party have been turning the 2nd Amendment and the 14th Amendment into a partisan issue. They are implying that only Republicans support the 2nd Amendment.
Since CCDL is a nonpartisan organization, we are asking CCDL members to call and email those Democrat legislators we have previously endorsed, and ask them to speak out and oppose Governor Malloy’s intention to sign an executive order that would violate both the 2nd Amendment and 14th Amendments.  (See: Press Release On Malloy’s Latest Executive Action)
What We Need CCDL Members To Do
1) Call and email the legislators listed below. Thank them for their past support on helping to protect the 2nd Amendment. If you live in their district, be sure to inform them of this. As a constituent, your voice carries more weight. If you are not sure who your state senator and representative are, you may enter your address here and find out: https://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/menu/cgafindleg.asp
2) Tell them you are unhappy that the governor and the Democrat Party are painting lawful gun owners as extremists.
3) Let them know leadership is making it seem as if every elected Democrat is anti-gun and “on-board” with what the governor intends to do.
4) Let them know that you will support them in 2016 if they continue to support the 2nd Amendment and oppose the governor’s violation of due process and misuse of watch lists for unintended purposes.
5) Ask these legislators what their opinion is of the governor’s plan to impose an executive action that would revoke permits to carry a firearm, block sales of firearms, and quite possibly lead to the confiscation of legally owned private property. It is important to know where they stand. We need a written response to back up their position one way or the other.
6) Let them know that the Governor’s plan is a violation of due process. Ask them to contact the governor’s office directly and tell the governor his plan is wrong, and that it violates both the U.S. Constitution and our State Constitution. Ask to be sent a copy what they send the governor.
7) Remember these are elected officials who have stood by us in the past. CCDL endorsed all of these legislators in 2014.
8) Let these legislators know that there are people on these lists who have no ties to terrorism whatsoever, and that just because they are on this list it does not mean that they are an actual terrorist.  This is important to pass along to your legislators. They may not be aware of this fact.
9) For more details, see this press release from CCDL: http://ccdl.us/blog/2015/12/17/on-partisan-comments/
Getting them on record is important. Please forward any responses to president@ccdl.us and vicepresident@ccdl.usPlease call and email these legislators Today. This is crucial!
2014 CCDL Endorsed Democratic Legislators:
Ed Jutila (D) – 37th House District Ed.Jutila@cga.ct.gov
Home: 860-739-7730 Capitol: 860-240-8585

Frank Nicastro (D) – 79th House District Frank.Nicastro@cga.ct.gov
Home: 860-585-6070 Capitol: 860-240-8585

Linda Orange (D) – 48th House District Linda.Orange@cga.ct.gov
Home: 860-537-3936 Capitol: 860-240-8585

Danny Rovero (D) – 51st House District Danny.Rovero@cga.ct.gov
Home: 860-774-3792 Capitol: 860-240-8585

Kevin Ryan (D) – 139th House District Kevin.Ryan@cga.ct.gov
Home:860-848-0790 Capitol: 860-240-8504

Louis Esposito (D) – 116th House District Lou.Esposito@cga.ct.gov
Home: 203-397-8588 Capitol: 860-240-8500

Andrew Maynard (D) – 18th Senate District Maynard@senatedems.ct.gov
Capitol: 860-240-0591

Catherine Osten (D) – 19th Senate District Osten@senatedems.ct.gov
Capitol: 860-240-8600

7th Anniversary Dinner

Where does the time go? Come celebrate CCDL’s 7th anniversary with a dinner event to be held February 20th, 2016 at the Aquaturf Club in Plantsville. Relax, enjoy a meal, and share a well deserved night out.
We’ve added over 20,000 members since that first dinner, come pat yourselves on the back.

Tickets may be purchased at our monthly meeting or online, and you must show your ticket at the door to gain entry.
Tickets are $57 per person when ordered online in our web store. Tickets ordered online will not be shipped. They will be held at the door under the name used to order them.

Dinner will be buffet style, salad and cheese tables are on the menu as well. This event is 4pm-9pm, with dinner to start at 5:30. We will have some speakers, but not TOO many! This is a night to sit back and enjoy a well deserved meal. Bring some cash for raffle tickets and the bar! All lawful forms of carry are permitted and encouraged, but remember the Aquaturf does serve alcohol. Please carry (and drink) responsibly.

The Aquaturf is located at 556 Mulberry st, Plantsville CT, 06479. Their phone number is 860-621-9335.
Click the BUY NOW button to purchase tickets.





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Press Release – Partisan Comments By Democrats

12/17/2015
for Immediate Release:
(Groton, CT) The Connecticut Citizens Defense League offers commentary on partisan statements from both Governor Malloy and the Connecticut Democratic Party.

Comments from CCDL President Scott Wilson:

“First off, due process protections outlined under 14th Amendment are not extremist views. Nor are any other constitutionally protected rights extremist. Our country is based on these principles. I personally can not help but wonder aloud what Dannel Malloy was swearing to uphold when he took the Oath of Office”?

“Secondly, why is our governor and the Connecticut Democratic Party trying to turn these particular rights into a partisan issue in the first place? CCDL is a nonpartisan organization. I feel the overwhelming need at this point to remind both Malloy and the Connecticut Democratic Party that there were a number of Democrat house representatives and two state senators that opposed his prior gun control measures, and many of those legislators were supported by gun owners and CCDL when they ran for reelection in 2014. In the past, CCDL honored former State Rep Steve Mikutel as our Legislator of the Year. He was an exceptional legislator and a Democrat who understood constitutional rights were to be cherished and nurtured, unlike our current governor”.

“Right now many of Democrat legislators have been quiet in regards to Malloy’s intended executive action. I know that CCDL members are interested in what those views are, considering the upcoming election season.”

“Lastly; the Governor recently referred to CCDL as “out of step” with Connecticut. The polls and many comments I have seen indicate that it is the Governor who is out of step. Regardless of whether or not people decide to own a gun or not, rights matter to every citizen of Connecticut, and every American. If we are so “out of step” as the Governor claims, why did the ACLU-CT state that they have “severe reservations about the reliability and constitutionality of government watch lists”? Why does USA Today, while supporting assault weapon and magazine capacity bans say “Using a secret and sloppy list to take away a constitutional right is a bad idea” and “denying a constitutional right for certain citizens, based on a secret government list, just doesn’t meet the test of American values”. Why is gun ownership at the highest level the state of Connecticut has seen in modern history?”

2014 CCDL Endorsed Democratic Legislators:

Ed Jutila (D) – 37th House District
Frank Nicastro (D) – 79th House District
Linda Orange (D) – 48th House District
Danny Rovero (D) – 51st House District
Kevin Ryan (D) – 139th House District
Peggy Sayers (D) – 60th House District
Louis Esposito (D) – 116th House District

Andrew Maynard (D) – 18th Senate District
Catherine Osten (D) – 19th Senate District

Source of Statements made by Governor Malloy:
http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/local/Gun-Rights-Advocates-Call-on-Gov-Malloy-to-Stop-Guns-Order-362533741.html

Source of Statements made by the Connecticut Democratic Party:
http://ctdems.org/2015/12/gun-debate-emerges-following-california-shooting/

Source of ACLU-CT Quote:
http://www.acluct.org/updates/statement-from-the-american-civil-liberties-union-of-connecticut-on-government-watch-lists/

Source of USA Today Quote:
http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2015/12/10/no-fly-list-guns-terror-watch-list-congress-editorials-debates/77113240/

–End–
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

Press Contact:
Scott Wilson
president@ccdl.us
860-235-7490

Alert: Urgent Action Required!

Governor Malloy is planning on implementing an Executive Order that would deny purchases of any firearm by citizens of Connecticut who may be on a Federal Government watch-list. There are many people on this list who do not belong there. Not only does Governor Malloy intend to decline purchases to those who may be on a government list, he intends to revoke pistol permits, long arm eligibility certificates, and ammunition certificates as well. This action would remove due process and violate the rights of any citizen affected.
Important Note:
When asked by media, the governor stated that people who are on this list should not possess firearms. This seems to indicate that Governor Malloy might be making plans to implement confiscation of firearms possessed by individuals who have not been charged or convicted of any crime.

Please Call and Flood Governor Malloy’s Office Today!
Phone: (860)566-4840
Or leave an online response here: link

Let him know that this impending Executive Action is wrong. Feel free to use some of these points below in your statements:
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 to actual criminals.
7) The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has recognized that these lists are inaccurate, unconstitutional, and unfairly target Muslims and people of color, and is currently suing the federal government over their use. They also caution that these lists “shouldn’t be used to restrict people’s freedoms.”

Also:
CCDL is concerned that if there is a person actually connected with terrorism, the revocation process will tip them off and possibly hamper a federal investigation.

Further Reading:
ACLU – Until No-Fly List Is Fixed, It Shouldn’t Be Used To Restrict People’s Freedoms
CNN – No-fly nightmares: The program’s most embarrassing mistakes
Huffington Post – 7 Ways That You (Yes, You) Could End Up On A Terrorist Watch List
The Boston Globe – Guns and the ‘No-Fly’ grandstanders

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Press Release On Malloy’s Latest Executive Action

12/10/2015

For Immediate Release:
(Groton, CT) The Connecticut Citizens Defense League is speaking out against Governor Malloy’s executive order seizing firearms and denying purchases to individuals who are on Federal Government “lists”.

Comment from CCDL President Scott Wilson:
“Governor Malloy is planning to take what is in our view unconstitutional executive action that would prohibit firearms purchases and seize firearms of individuals who have not been indicted or convicted for any crime. While we are all concerned about terrorism, this approach is very un-American and shameful”.

Wilson Added:
“Governor Malloy has gone even further into the deep end than ever before. His planning on denying purchases and likely seizing firearms of individuals are on a list that have not been charged or convicted of any wrongdoing is antithetical to every value that this country was founded on. There are millions of people on these lists, many who are not criminals or terrorists, and do not belong on it”.

“Seizing firearms from individuals would be a clear violation of ‘due process’ under the 14th amendment of our constitution, and i have a hard time envisioning a judge appointed by the state of Connecticut who would issue a warrant to search and seize when the federal Government has not even done so in a wide-spread manner. Even the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has recognized that these lists are inaccurate, unconstitutional, and unfairly target Muslims and people of color Since the governor does not have access to these federal “lists”, my hope at this point is the feds will analyze Governor Malloy’s intent and decline access. This is very scary to think that police will be showing up to houses to seize firearms from people who may have done nothing wrong. It spells serious trouble”.

“The governor of Connecticut has pushed the envelope to beyond extreme by treating citizens of the United States in this manner. I hope people realize that this pattern of abuse is how totalitarian governments operate”.

Wilson Finished:
“CCDL will not rule out any legal course of action to halt this imminent Executive Action”
–End–

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

Press Contact:
Scott Wilson
president@ccdl.us
860-235-7490

About Yesterday’s (Non)Decision by the Supreme Court

This is a guest post by CCDL president Scott Wilson.
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While yesterday’s decision to deny cert in Friedman v Highland Park was disappointing, we knew that this would be likely. The fact remains that SCOTUS repeatedly kept conferencing the petition. This underscores that the matter is significantly important, but it was not the right time yet to hear a petition of this sort.

Some important things to note:
The inaction of the Supreme Court to not review Friedman v Highland Park is not based on merits of the case.

The Supreme Court will often decline the first case that comes before it to allow for other courts to offer a broader view of things to come.

There are differences between the opinions that came out of the 7th Circuit (Highland Park) and the 2nd Circuit (our case as well as New York’s). As such, arguments from our attorney in our petition to the Supreme Court will be tailored somewhat differently based on this.

We are still waiting on an opinion from the 4th Circuit (Maryland) in a similar case as well. One way we can be helped is if the Circuit renders a favorable opinion for the plaintiffs in that case. This is possible, but there is no certainty. Our hope is that the opinion gets published prior to our deadline to submit our appeal.

My statement as of now is this:
This has been a long fight from all of you to get to this point. Everyone has worked so hard, and in so many different ways to get us where we are, now we have to hang in there a bit longer.
I personally would rather go down swinging and maybe connect than to do nothing. Being that many of our rights in this country are on a downward trajectory as it is, the alternative we faced was to do nothing and accept our ultimate fate. I do not want to look back on my life one day years from now and think that we just let it all happen, and did nothing to try to stop it. To all of you, who feel the same way; thank you!

My final thoughts:
The Governor of Connecticut yesterday released a press statement after the ‘denial for Certiorari’ was released. In his press release, he sounded off in a manner which indicates he believes the Supreme Court’s “non-decision” was an ultimate victory for anti-gun laws. I’d like to take the opportunity to make sure that the governor of this state understands that we are not done, and I hope he enjoys a brief respite built upon the smoldering embers of our Constitution.

Scott Wilson – CCDL President

December Meeting Reminder

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, December 8, 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.

Food Donations for the Holidays
Please Bring a Non-Perishable Food Donation if Possible.

Meeting Agenda:

  • For the nearly the past 6 years, CCDL has accepted food donations at every meeting, and then distributed them to help those in need. The holiday season is a tough time for many, so we are reminding those who will attend our December meeting to bring  something along if possible.   
  • Project: #IamCCDL underway. What it is, how you can help; etc
  • Discussion on 2016 Elections and how we all can make a difference. 
  •  Update on “Letters to the Editor Resource Guide”. Anti-gun supporters work hard to sway public opinion via letters to newspaper editorial departments in CT. CCDL is building a resource guide to counter anti-gun efforts.
  • Discussion on proposed Federal Legislation involving firearms

Merchandise
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, this is your last chance to buy one before Christmas!
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.

Food Drive
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!

Middletown Elks
44 Maynard St
Middletown, CT 06457
December 8, 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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Are You An Extremist?

So apparently now “Due Process” is an extremist view according to the Connecticut Democratic Party.

The Connecticut Citizens Defense League, just like their allies in the national and state Republican Parties, is fighting to make sure terrorists have access to deadly weapons. This is beyond extreme. To try to use the Second Amendment to claim that Congress cannot regulate terrorists’ ability to do harm to our citizens with firearms is just plain wrong.

And yet Republicans in the Senate last night – spurred on by the extremest views of the NRA and CCDL – blocked a bill that would have blocked people suspected of terrorism from obtaining weapons.

So “innocent until proven guilty,” which has been the law of the land since the beginnings of this country, is now an extremist view.

CCDL is a nonpartisan organization. Many of our members are registered Democrats. As an organization we have endorsed many progun Democrats, and have even honored a Democrat as our “Legislator Of The Year“. We know this political rhetoric is coming from the leadership, not well-informed rank-and-file members.

Does anyone else actually believe in revoking rights guaranteed by the state and federal constitutions and written into law, without any hearing? Without any chance to defend yourself? Without any due process?
Because that’s exactly what this is about.

The surprising thing is many of these same people were opposing this very same watch list not long ago. Saying it unfairly targets Muslims, pointing out there is no oversight, mentioning how petty people have used it to punish people they don’t like (like the MD police office dept that submitted 50+ people from a democrat protest). They’ve pointed out ridiculous mistakes that went unnoticed, such as babies, senators, and the entire Ford Motor Company.

They’ve pointed out how easy it is for innocent people to mistakenly be added to these watch lists, and they’ve rightly pointed out that it’s hard to find out why you’ve been placed on these secret lists, and even harder to get off them, even if you were placed there in error. They admit the list is ineffective, and riddled with errors.
They’ve even gone to court, calling the list illegal and unconstitutional!

So for years, the terror watch list has been flawed, riddled with errors, and even called illegal and unconstitutional by the ACLU. This is not a list of known terrorists at all, and real terrorists certainly should not be allowed to freely walk the streets.

And now our President, our Governor, our Legislators, and the CT Democrat Party are calling for the rights of law-abiding citizens to be trampled upon without any due process at all based upon these same lists? The spokesperson for the CTDems goes so far as to call CCDL and it’s members extremists who are trying to aid terrorists? Because we expect our elected officials to follow the laws we elected them to protect?

If due process is an extremist point of view, I’m happily an extremist. What about you?

Now what?

Call Your US Senators Now!

We just received this from our friends at the National Shooting Sports Foundation.

NSSF has learned that anti-gun U.S. Senators are expected to bring up a vote at ANY MINUTE this afternoon on the previously defeated Manchin-Toomey “universal background check” amendment as well as an amendment expanding the prohibited persons list to anyone unknowingly placed on a secret, error-prone government list, the so called “terrorist watch list.”

Call your senators at 202-224-3121 as soon as you can and urge them to vote NO on both amendments.

Press Release – San Bernardino Shooting

12/02/2015
For Immediate Release:
The Connecticut Citizens Defense League (The state’s largest grass-roots gun rights group) is speaking out against calls for more gun control made by elected officials from Connecticut.
Comment from CCDL President Scott Wilson:
 “Once again we have Governor Malloy spouting off for more gun control before any facts are out about who may have committed the atrocity in San Bernardino and why they committed it. Once again we also have Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty, Senator Chris Murphy and Senator Richard Blumenthal parroting calls for more gun control out of their playbook. It is obvious that in their minds, law-abiding citizens of the United States would be better off walking around completely defenseless with no means to protect themselves”.
Wilson Added:
 “While CCDL typically tries to refrain from commenting in the early stages of mass murders involving firearms, it is becoming increasingly harder to do so given the fact that elected officials run to the microphone while these events are still in progress. A sane person would be foolish to listen to any of these people, given that their ultimate goal is to eradicate our 2nd Amendment, and to disarm the population of this country. Therefore, it is the duty of this organization to counter outrageous statements made to today from these officials”.
Wilson Concluded with a reference to last weeks press release:
 “Based on comments today by President Obama about possible terrorists, CCDL refers to a press release from last week for details”:
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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
Press Contact:
Scott Wilson
president@ccdl.us
860-235-7490