Press Release – Lawmakers Demand Stores Ban Guns

01/29/2015
for Immediate Release:

(Groton, CT) The Connecticut Citizens Defense League addresses letter from members of Connecticut’s Congressional Delegation sent to the Connecticut Food Association.

Comments from CCDL President Scott Wilson:
“Senators Blumenthal, Murphy and representative Esty are over-stepping their bounds with regards to their authority. Instead of concerning themselves with federal issues, they are using the Federal Government letterhead to harass a state level association (Connecticut Food Association). This is a bully tactic that is being deployed by legislators that in reality have little to say about Connecticut state laws. What the three of these people are doing has absolutely zero to do with state law anyway. Esty, Blumenthal and Murphy are actually trying to circumvent existing state law by forcing retailers into enacting a policy that dictates the manner in which law-abiding citizens can carry firearms.”
“As a 2nd Amendment rights organization, we wish to remind our two senators and representative that there are nearly 250,000 legal carriers of firearms in Connecticut. Their attempt to arm twist the Connecticut Food Association into imposing a policy on lawful gun owners is beyond their job description, and does nothing to enhance public safety. They should concentrate on fixing Washington, because it needs it”.

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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 22,000 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

Scott Wilson Sr.
President
CCDL, Inc.
www.ccdl.us

This is the letter that was sent to the Connecticut Food Association
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In Case You Missed It

In case you missed CCDL president Scott Wilson and attorney Craig Fishbein on the radio Saturday, we have the audio. Scott and Craig were on 94.9fm with Dan Newmyer and Devin Keehner from the website CTNewsBreaker.com.
Listen while they discuss various gun-related topics, including the upcoming legislative session, 2016 elections, gun-rights activism, Shew v Malloy, the function of the BFPE and appellant rights regarding appeals.
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Listen to part 1:

Listen to part 2:

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CCDL On WJJF-FM 94.9 Saturday

This Saturday (1/23) CCDL president Scott Wilson and attorney Craig Fishbein from the CT Board of Firearms Permit Examiners (BFPE) will be on 94.9 WJJF-FM in Ledyard from 8:00am-9:00am. Scott and Craig will be interviewed by Dan Newmyer and Devin Keehner on their radio show “Political Class”. Dan and Devin also run the website “Connecticut News Breaker“. If you can’t pick up the station, you can listen live from your computer or smartphone at 949newsnow.com.

Scott and Craig will be discussing various gun-related topics, including the upcoming legislative session, 2016 elections, gun-rights activism, Shew v Malloy, the function of the BFPE and appellant rights regarding appeals. Make sure you listen!

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The Irony Of Gun Grabbers

Today is the day we celebrate the birth and life of civil rights leader Dr Martin Luther King, Jr.

Today is also the day that various anti-gun groups will gather in Newtown to protest your right to self-defense.

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Oh, the irony of people rallying to limit the constitutional rights of those they dislike on the very day that we celebrate a man who gave his life fighting for all Americans to be guaranteed those same constitutional rights.

A man who was denied the right to lawfully keep and bear arms based on the color of his skin, but defied the law to exercise that basic human right.

A man who these same anti-gun groups would today condemn and demand be jailed because he illegally owned guns without any background checks.

And while it is true that later in life King himself decided to go unarmed, much has been written about how his supporters continued to possess firearms in defense of both themselves and Dr. King.

“The right to defend one’s home and one’s person when attacked has been guaranteed through the ages by common law.” – Martin Luther King, Jr. 1967

CCDL is asking people to come out and show your opposition to this intrusion upon your rights. See this previous post for more details.

Counter-Protest The Antigun Rally in Newtown!

According to a letter recently published in The Newtown Bee, the antigun crowd is planning another protest for Monday, January 18th, in front of the headquarters for the National Shooting Sports Foundation. In part it appears they are protesting the NSSF’s Project ChildSafe. For the life of me I can’t figure out why people who claim they aren’t actually anti-gun but just pro gun safety would oppose an actual, effective gun safety program is beyond me.
I would think if they really wanted to stop the violence and promote gun safety they should protest in front of a drug gang’s headquarters or in a high crime neighborhood. I can only guess it’s because we’re safe and law-abiding gun owners and the NSSF is located in a nice suburban neighborhood, and drug dealers are scary  criminals and hang out in the bad part of the big city?

Whatever their reasons, they say they are speaking for all of us. We need you to show up and show them that’s not the case. Connecticut has a large number of legal gun owners. We’ll be meeting in front of the NSSF headquarters at 3:30pm, located right off rt 25 at 11 Mile Hill Rd, Newtown. Parking is tough, but you can park behind the Reed School, by the soccer and baseball fields on Old Farm Rd (see map below). DO NOT PARK on Tinkerfield Rd. Any crossing of Mile Hill Rd. is prohibited, except up by Reed School where you park.
Remember you are technically parking on school grounds.

  • Bring Pro2A signs.
  • Bring American flags.
  • Bring a sign thanking the NSSF for what they do.
  • BE RESPECTFUL AND POLITE! Don’t let someone goad you into an argument or fight. Remember the media will be there.

What: Counter-protest in support of the NSSF
When: Monday, January 18, 2016 at 3:30pm
Where: NSSF Headquarters, 11 Mile Hill Rd, Newtown, CT 06470

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Meeting Reminder – January 12th

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, January 12, 2016.
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.

This is our big “kick-off” meeting for the New Year. Your help is needed!

Meeting Agenda

  • CCDL will conduct our yearly Legislative Workshop. This includes a PowerPoint presentation and informational handouts to prepare our membership for any gun control bills that may emerge this session. The 2016 session convenes February 3rd and adjourns May 4th. This is both educational and informative. The only way to defeat new gun control proposals is by gun owners engaging our legislators.

  • NRA-ILA State Liaison Christopher Kopacki will be on hand to introduce himself.

  • NRA Grassroots Coordinator Christian Ragosta will also be back for a visit.

  • Discussion on 2016 elections and how we all can make a difference.

  • Len Suzio (past State Senator for District 13), and possible candidate will be a guest as well.

  • Matt Maxwell (candidate US Congress 5th District) will be on hand as well.

  • Discussion on proposed federal legislation and executive orders 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. 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
January 12, 2016 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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