An Open Letter To Senator Murphy

Greetings Senator Murphy,

Your recent call for increased infringements on the rights of Americans (more gun control) coupled with decreased vetting of foreign entities has now reached ‘the Lunatic Fringe’.

Our organization (Connecticut Citizens Defense League) has no opinion on immigration as a sole subject, but when you conjoin calls for gun control along with mass immigration of foreigners, it is obvious what you are attempting to do.

You are now prioritizing non-citizens over legitimate citizens of the United States by calling for gun control to accommodate those non-citizens. The purpose of your idea is simply to push fanatical gun restrictions any way that you can. This reasoning is simply unacceptable to most Americans.

Let’s face it Senator Murphy, the bottom line is that you very simply do not trust your fellow Americans with firearms. The fact that you cling to this position is clearly evidenced by your ceaseless calls for gun control. What is particularly troubling is the fact that you are doing so while admitting that some immigrants from certain regions of the world may be so dangerous that we need to ban legal firearms to reduce the ‘risks’ of these people being here. It is sheer lunacy that you would risk the lives of your fellow citizens in such a manner if given the opportunity.

Your way would make all of us less safe if you eliminate the means for us to protect our lives and our families. Therefore, you and your beliefs are more dangerous to this nation than any immigrant from anywhere in the world ever could be.

Scott Wilson
President
CCDL, Inc.

New Proposed Gun Bills – January 24th

Here’s your dose of gun related bills proposed for today.

Remember, you can always see the full list of bills CCDL is tracking this year by clicking the “Pending Legislation” button near the top of the page, or bookmarking this link: www.ccdl.us/blog/2017-legislation

That page will also show the official position of the CCDL Executive Board on bills once we have one.

Proposed H.B. No. 6636 REP. DUBITSKY, 47th DIST.; REP. BOYD, 50th DIST. ‘AN ACT CONCERNING PERMIT AND CERTIFICATE TO CARRY A FIREARM RECIPROCITY’, to secure permit or certificate reciprocity between Connecticut and other states that have substantially similar standards for carrying a concealed firearm.
REF. JUDICIARY

Proposed H.B. No. 6644 REP. FISHBEIN, 90th DIST. ‘AN ACT CONCERNING THE THRESHOLD DATE FOR CONVICTIONS FOR POSSESSION OF SMALL AMOUNTS OF MARIJUANA AS A DISQUALIFIER FOR A PISTOL PERMIT’, to change in the pistol permit section the threshold date of conviction for possession of small amounts of marijuana from October 1, 1994, to October 1, 2015, to conform with the effective date for changes made to the drug possession statute.
REF. JUDICIARY

Proposed H.B. No. 6690 REP. DAUPHINAIS, 44th DIST. ‘AN ACT ALLOWING EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES PROVIDERS TO CARRY A FIREARM’, to allow emergency medical services providers to carry a firearm if they have a permit.
REF. PUBLIC HEALTH

Proposed H.B. No. 6694 REP. SREDZINSKI, 112th DIST. ‘AN ACT REQUIRING A CRIMINAL HISTORY RECORDS CHECK FOR PERSONS WHO ENROLL IN A CLASS FOR CERTIFICATION AS EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES PERSONNEL’, to require a criminal history records check for persons who enroll in a class for certification as emergency medical services personnel.
REF. PUBLIC HEALTH

Two More Bills

After some discussion, we’re adding two more proposed bills to our tracking list. Both bills deal with the sale of ivory, which may concern CCDL members since many old firearms used ivory for front sight beads, decorative inlays, or handgun grips. (Many old knives and musical instruments used ivory as well.)
These bills will also be added to the complete list of bills CCDL is tracking, which you can see by clicking the “Pending Legislation” button near the top of the page, or bookmarking this link: www.ccdl.us/blog/2017-legislation

Proposed H.B. No. 6335 REP. URBAN, 43rd DIST. ‘AN ACT PROHIBITING THE SALE OF IVORY AND RHINOCEROS HORN IN CONNECTICUT’, to minimize the illegal trade of ivory and rhinoceros horn, which may fund terrorist activities.
REF. ENVIRONMENT

Proposed H.B. No. 6338 REP. BOLINSKY, 106th DIST. ‘AN ACT CONCERNING THE SALE AND TRADE OF IVORY AND RHINOCEROS HORN IN THE STATE’, to prohibit the sale and trade of ivory and rhinoceros horn in the state while preserving the antiques trade in Connecticut.
REF. ENVIRONMENT

New Week – New Gun Bills

Here are the new proposed gun bills for Monday, January 23, 2017.

These are just the bills announced today. You can always see the full list of bills CCDL is tracking this year by clicking the “Pending Legislation” button near the top of the page, or bookmarking this link: www.ccdl.us/blog/2017-legislation

Proposed H.B. No. 6336 REP. LOPES, 24th DIST.; REP. LEMAR, 96th DIST.; SEN. MINER, 30th DIST. ‘AN ACT AUTHORIZING THE USE OF SUPPRESSORS ON HUNTING RIFLES’, to reduce hearing loss and hearing damage from firearm discharges.
REF. ENVIRONMENT

Proposed H.B. No. 6499 REP. OHLER, 64th DIST. ‘AN ACT ALLOWING POLICE ACADEMY FIREARM TRAINING TO SATISFY THE FIREARM TRAINING COURSE REQUIREMENT FOR A FIREARM PERMIT’, to permit the completion of a minimum basic training program conducted by the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection or the Police Officer Standards and Training Council to satisfy the firearms training course required for receiving a firearm permit.
REF. PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY

Proposed S.B. No. 557 SEN. FRANTZ, 36th DIST. ‘AN ACT CONCERNING LOWER-POWERED RIMFIRE TARGET PISTOLS’, to allow the purchase and possession of any .22 caliber rimfire target pistol.
REF. PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY

Proposed S.B. No. 558 SEN. MARKLEY, 16th DIST. ‘AN ACT CONCERNING RIMFIRE TARGET PISTOLS’, to exclude from the definition of “assault weapon” any .22 caliber rimfire target pistol that is designed for use in target shooting.
REF. PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY


CCDL is also going to try and start tracking more sportsmen related bills, since there is a lot of overlap between gun owners and sportsmen. So here are those bills we’re following.

Proposed H.B. No. 6322 REP. DAUPHINAIS, 44th DIST. ‘AN ACT AUTHORIZING THE UNLIMITED TAKING OF GAME PURSUANT TO A HUNTING LICENSE’, to remove limits on the number of game that may be taken pursuant to a hunting license.
REF. ENVIRONMENT

Proposed H.B. No. 6336 REP. LOPES, 24th DIST.; REP. LEMAR, 96th DIST.; SEN. MINER, 30th DIST. ‘AN ACT AUTHORIZING THE USE OF SUPPRESSORS ON HUNTING RIFLES’, to reduce hearing loss and hearing damage from firearm discharges.
REF. ENVIRONMENT

New Gun Bills For January 20th

Sorry for the late post, I was a little busy earlier today.

Here’s the bills proposed today, January 20, 2017.
These are just the bills announced today. You can always see the full list of bills CCDL is tracking this year by clicking the “Pending Legislation” button near the top of the page, or bookmarking this link: www.ccdl.us/blog/2017-legislation

Proposed H.B. No. 6193 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. ‘AN ACT CONCERNING THE DEFENSE OF A PERSON’S HOME, MOTOR VEHICLE OR BUSINESS’, to establish a rebuttable presumption in a self-defense claim that, when a person believes it necessary to use deadly force to repel an intruder, such belief is a reasonable belief.
REF. JUDICIARY

Proposed H.B. No. 6194 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. ‘AN ACT REPEALING GUN CONTROL LEGISLATION ENACTED IN 2013’, to repeal gun control legislation enacted in 2013.
REF. JUDICIARY

Proposed H.B. No. 6200 REP. SIMMONS, 144th DIST.; REP. TONG, 147th DIST.; REP. FOX, 148th DIST. ‘AN ACT CONCERNING THE PRESENTATION OF A CARRY PERMIT’, to require individuals openly carrying to produce their permit if their firearm is visible and if requested by a law enforcement officer.
REF. JUDICIARY

Proposed H.B. No. 6263 REP. SKULCZYCK, 45th DIST. ‘AN ACT REPEALING CERTAIN GUN CONTROL LEGISLATION’, to repeal gun control legislation enacted in 2013.
REF. PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY

Proposed H.B. No. 6264 REP. DUBITSKY, 47th DIST.; REP. ACKERT, 8th DIST. ‘AN ACT EXCLUDING RIMFIRE TARGET PISTOLS FROM THE DEFINITION OF “ASSAULT WEAPON”‘, to exclude from the definition of “assault weapon” any rimfire target pistols that are designed for use in target shooting events at the Olympic games.
REF. PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY


CCDL is also going to try and start tracking more sportsmen related bills, since there is a lot of overlap between gun owners and sportsmen. So here are those bills we’re following.

Proposed S.B. No. 503 SEN. LEONE, 27th DIST. ‘AN ACT PROVIDING FOR DISCOUNTED HUNTING, TRAPPING AND FISHING LICENSES FOR CERTAIN VETERANS’, to promote activities that may assist rehabilitation and recuperation for veterans with service-connected disabilities.
REF. VETERANS’ AFFAIRS

Proposed S.B. No. 509 SEN. MINER, 30th DIST. ‘AN ACT REQUIRING THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION TO ESTABLISH A DOVE HUNTING SEASON’, to allow dove hunting in Connecticut.
REF. ENVIRONMENT

Proposed S.B. No. 522 SEN. MINER, 30th DIST. ‘AN ACT AUTHORIZING BEAR HUNTING IN CONNECTICUT’, to authorize bear hunting in Connecticut.
REF. ENVIRONMENT

Proposed S.B. No. 524 SEN. MINER, 30th DIST. ‘AN ACT REQUIRING THE ADOPTION OF REGULATIONS TO ESTABLISH A LIFETIME HUNTING AND FISHING LICENSE’, to establish a lifetime hunting and fishing license.
REF. ENVIRONMENT

New Bills For January 19

Bunch of new bills today. The big one to watch looks like H.B. No. 6001, which appears to be another unconstitutional “show your papers” law. CCDL and it’s members have successfully defeated this bill multiple times in the past, but the gun grabbers never give up, and neither do we.

Remember, these are just the bills announced today. You can always see the full list of bills CCDL is tracking this year by clicking the “Pending Legislation” button near the top of the page, or bookmarking this link: www.ccdl.us/blog/2017-legislation

Proposed H.B. No. 5855 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. ‘AN ACT AUTHORIZING THE CARRYING OF HANDGUNS IN STATE PARKS AND FORESTS FOR PURPOSES OF SELF-DEFENSE’, to allow people to carry handguns in state parks and forests for self-defense.
REF. ENVIRONMENT

Proposed H.B. No. 5972 REP. DUBITSKY, 47th DIST.; REP. PAVALOCK-D’AMATO, 77th DIST. ‘AN ACT CONCERNING NONLETHAL DEFENSIVE INSTRUMENTS’, to allow persons to protect themselves using nonlethal defensive instruments in conformity with the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Caetano v. Massachusetts.
REF. JUDICIARY

Proposed H.B. No. 6001 REP. STAFSTROM, 129th DIST. ‘AN ACT CONCERNING PRESENTATION OF A CARRY PERMIT UPON REQUEST’, to require the holder of a permit for the carrying of any pistol or revolver to present such permit upon request of a law enforcement officer.
REF. JUDICIARY

Proposed S.B. No. 299 SEN. OSTEN, 19th DIST. ‘AN ACT CONCERNING THE TRAINING OF SECURITY PERSONNEL’, to increase the minimum training requirements and establish continuing education training for armed and unarmed security officers.
REF. PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY


Since there is significant overlap between the hunting and gun owner communities, This year CCDL will also be posting select sportsmen related bills for information purposes. These will be listed separate from the gun bills. Here are today’s hunting bills.

Proposed H.B. No. 5858 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. ‘AN ACT AUTHORIZING LIFETIME HUNTING AND FISHING LICENSES’, to allow for the purchase of lifetime hunting and lifetime fishing licenses.
REF. ENVIRONMENT

Proposed S.B. No. 284 SEN. DUFF, 25th DIST.; REP. CAMILLO, 151st DIST. ‘AN ACT CONCERNING CECIL’S LAW’, to deter the taking of big-game animals as hunting trophies.
REF. ENVIRONMENT

Free Legislative Workshops

The 2017 legislative session is well under way. As in years past, gun owners will be needed to support or oppose various proposed laws related to your rights.

CCDL invites all that are interested in preserving our 2nd Amendment rights in Connecticut to attend one of our FREE workshops. These workshops are designed to educate gun owners about legislative action.

At these FREE workshops you will learn:

  • Learn about the legislative process and any pending gun bills
  • Tips for communicating with your legislators
  • How to prepare written testimony
  • How to submit your testimony
  • How to testify at a public hearing effectively
  • How to track gun bills
  • How to become proactive and vigilant
  • Much more!

These events are free and open to CCDL members and anyone who supports our right to bear arms. Bring you friends!

Host: New Haven Sportsman’s Club
Date: Saturday, January 21, 2017
Time: 10:00am -12:00pm
Location: New Haven Sportsman’s Club
4158 Durham Rd, Guilford, CT

Host: Windsor Marksmen’s Association
Date: Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Location: Suffield VFW Post 9544
972 Sheldon ST, Suffield, CT
(downstairs meeting hall)

For more information, email Ray Bevis: legislative@ccdl.us

New Gun Bills For January 18

Just 2 gun-related proposed bills for today.

Remember, you can always see the full list of bills CCDL is tracking this year by clicking the “Pending Legislation” button near the top of the page, or bookmarking this link: www.ccdl.us/blog/2017-legislation

That page will also show the official position of the CCDL Executive Board on bills once we have one.

Proposed H.B. No. 5813 REP. SKULCZYCK, 45th DIST. ‘AN ACT CONCERNING THE LOCATIONS OF FIREARMS TRAINING FACILITIES’, to limit the locations of state firearms training facilities and to direct the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection to conduct a study regarding its firearms training needs.
REF. PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY

Proposed S.B. No. 144 SEN. GUGLIELMO, 35th DIST. ‘AN ACT APPROPRIATING FUNDS TO EQUIP THE STATE POLICE WITH FIREARMS’, to provide the state police with rifles.
REF. APPROPRIATIONS

New Gun Bill For January 16th

Just one new proposed bill for today.

You can always see the full list of bills CCDL is tracking this year by clicking the “Pending Legislation” button near the top of the page, or bookmarking this link: www.ccdl.us/blog/2017-legislation

Proposed H.B. No. 5769 REP. FLOREN, 149th DIST. ‘AN ACT CONCERNING ELIGIBILITY FOR A PERMIT TO CARRY A PISTOL OR REVOLVER’, to provide that any applicant for a state or temporary state permit to carry a pistol or revolver be disqualified from receiving such permit if such applicant has been convicted of a criminal offense in another state or subdivision of the United States, the essential elements of which are the same as a disqualifying criminal offense for such permit under section 29-28 of the general statutes.
REF. PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY

New Bills For Friday the 13th

Just a few new bills today. Remember, this are only proposed bills at this time. They will be referred to the appropriate committees where they may undergo significant changed before going for a vote, or they may be killed completely. Even the good ones need to be watched carefully.

These are just the bills announced today. You can always see the full list of bills CCDL is tracking this year by clicking the “Pending Legislation” button near the top of the page, or bookmarking this link: www.ccdl.us/blog/2017-legislation

Proposed H.B. No. 5597 REP. SKULCZYCK, 45th DIST. ‘AN ACT PROVIDING FIREARMS TO THE STATE POLICE’, to provide the state police with rifles.
REF. APPROPRIATIONS

Proposed H.B. No. 5672 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. ‘AN ACT RECOGNIZING LICENSES TO CARRY FIREARMS ISSUED BY OTHER STATES’, to recognize permits or licenses to carry a firearm issued by other states that have substantially similar standards for carrying a firearm.
REF. PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY

Proposed H.B. No. 5673 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. ‘AN ACT CONCERNING APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS FOR A TEMPORARY STATE PERMIT TO CARRY A PISTOL OR A REVOLVER’, to specify uniform criteria for an application for a temporary state permit to carry a pistol or revolver.
REF. PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY

Proposed S.B. No. 118 SEN. BOUCHER, 26th DIST. ‘AN ACT CONCERNING THE SALE OF AMMUNITION AT GUN CLUBS AND FIREARM RANGES’, to permit gun clubs and firearm ranges to sell ammunition for use at such club or range.
REF. PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY


Since there is significant overlap between the hunting and gun owner communities, This year CCDL will also be posting select sportsmen related bills for information purposes. These will be listed separate from the gun bills. Here’s today’s hunting bill.

Proposed H.B. No. 5614 REP. CUMMINGS, 74th DIST. ‘AN ACT ALLOWING SUNDAY HUNTING ON PRIVATE LANDS’, to allow Sunday hunting on private lands.
REF. ENVIRONMENT