Campaign for your Rights Workshop


Gun control groups are marching on. They are using anti-gun politicians to infringe on our rights. The only way to stop attacks on the 2nd Amendment is to help Pro2A candidates win in 2018. While most gun owners wish to be left alone, the anti-gun crowd will not cease in their efforts.

CCDL members are invited to participate in this FREE workshop to gain the necessary knowledge to become active in fighting the anti-gun machine.

Where: Fairfield County Fish & Game310 Hammertown Rd, Monroe, CT 06468
When: Saturday, June 9th from 11:00am until 1:00pm

  • Basics of Campaign Strategies
  • Importance of Your Involvement
  • What Gun Control Groups and sympathizers are doing
  • Examples of Effective Victories from Our Side
  • Q&A

2A candidates need our help!

One of the biggest concerns many legislators have is who will be there to help them win re-election if they vote with us. Too often we hear about how gun-grabbing politicians have people working on their campaigns. If we are going to stop this, like it or not we need to become more political than we have been in the past. While we have a positive track record on some campaigns, we will need more successes.

Please join us in helping the Pro2A movement win in 2018. RSVP today (Name and Town) via email to or phone: 240-320-7075
Help good candidates win this year.

Last Day To Change Party Affiliation

Today, May 14, is the last day to change your party affiliation to vote in the state primary elections on August 14th.

You do not need to register with a political party to vote in the November general elections. However, you must be a member of a political party in order to vote in that party’s August primary. Primary elections determine what candidate will represent the political party in the general election.

So, say you are a Democrat or Libertarian gun owner, and you want to be able to vote in the Republican primary and help select a strong progun candidate to run in the November general election. Today is the last day to switch your party affiliation to Republican for the primary. You can always change back after the elections, and just because you register for one party doesn’t mean you have to vote for that party in the general elections. It just gives you the opportunity to vote in that party’s primary election.

Not sure if you are registered with a party? Use Connecticut’s voter registration lookup tool to check whether you are already registered with a party.

To register with a political party, complete a new Voter Registration and indicate your party choice in section 9.

To change your party registration, complete a new Voter Registration and indicate your new choice in section 9.
REMEMBER: There is a 3 month waiting period to change from one party to another. If you switch after today, you won’t be able to vote in the primary. This does not apply when switching from unaffiliated to party membership.

What is an unaffiliated voter?
Unaffiliated is the term used to refer to voters who are not registered with a political party. This term is used instead of referring to these voters as independent to avoid confusion with the Independent Party, which is an established political party. If you write Independent in section 9 of your Voter Registration, you will be registered as a member of the Independent Party. Unaffiliated voters have until 5 days before the primary to declare a party by mail. They can also declare a party in person up until 12 noon on the last business day before the primary.

CTGOP Convention Results

The 2018 Connecticut Republican Convention is now in the books, and overall CCDL did pretty well. Most of our endorsed candidates went on to be endorsed by their party at the convention as well. This puts them in the strongest possible position to win their respective primary elections.

Joe Markley – Lieutenant Governor
Sue Hatfield – Attorney General
Matthew Corey – U.S. Senate
Manny Santos –5th Congressional District

In the coming months, these candidates, as well as others we will be endorsing, will need YOUR help to win their primaries and the general election. Pick one, and offer to help. While all candidates need money, they need HELP even more. Just a few hours of your time can translate to dozens, even hundreds of votes.

The biggest disappointment of the weekend was the GOP pick for governor. It was close, some might even say improper, but in the end, the CTGOP picked Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton as their endorsed candidate. Apparently the CTGOP leadership did not learn anything from 2014 and John McKinney. Gun owners will simply not support someone with a proven antigun track record like Mark Boughton.
As CCDL President Scott Wilson said recently during an interview:

“CCDL feels that Mark Boughton is the worst nominee for gun owners in the Republican party, Our concern is having a governor who will sign whatever anti-gun legislation that comes his way. Tens of thousands of gun owners probably will not show up in a general election if he wins in a primary.”

We hope our members join us in ensuring Boughton does NOT win the primary. While the dust from the convention has not settled yet, we are certain that far more 2nd Amendment friendly candidates will be entering the primary election. CCDL members must work together to send one of those to the November elections, and onward to the Governor’s office.

Sine Die!

Sine Die is Latin for “without day,” meaning a final adjournment. A motion used to close an annual session of the General Assembly. It terminates all unfinished business.

On May 9, 2018 at 11:59PM the Connecticut General Assembly adjourned the 2018 legislative session. This year CCDL tracked six potential 2nd Amendment related bills.  Our members spent numerous hours at a public hearing and contacting their legislators throughout this session. Thank you to all members who took the time to defend your rights here in the state. We all need to stay engaged and advocate for our rights.

Throughout this session two anti-gun bills stayed front and center;

H.B. 5542 An Act Concerning Bump Stocks and Rate of Fire Enhancement Devices

H.B. 5540 An Act Concerning Ghost Guns.

Both these bills had many government champions, paid lobbyists, and anti-rights groups fighting to get them passed.

We had many CCDL supporters in the Republican Caucus trying very hard to prevent these bills from being called for a vote. While H.B. 5542 did get called and passed both the House and Senate, (we anticipate the Governor will sign it into law any day now), we have to acknowledge that these members of the Republican Caucus were instrumental with preventing the ‘ghost gun’ legislation from moving forward. They also were able to amend the bump stock bill to at least include some protections and notifications for lawful gun owners.

Many legislators defended the 2nd Amendment both in the House and Senate Chambers. If you missed the debates, you can watch the House debate or Senate debate  or view the House tally and Senate tally to see how your Representative or Senator voted.

Connecticut residents now have until September 30, 2018 to render their ‘bump stock’, ‘crank device’, ‘binary trigger’ or rate of enhancement device permanently inoperable, remove it from this state, or surrender it to Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection for destruction.

The version of H.B. 5542 (pdf) An Act Concerning Bump Stocks and Rate of Fire Enhancement Devices that passed, ultimately bans the sale and possession of  ‘bump stocks’, ‘crank devices’ and ‘binary triggers’. The bill makes the possession of these device a class D felony effective October 1, 2018. ‘Crank devices’ could also include those used by paint ball enthusiasts. The bill did provide that permit holders would be charged with a class D misdemeanor for the first offense and class D felony for any subsequent offense between October 1, 2018 and July 1, 2019. After, July 1, 2019 possession and sales of these devices will be a class D felony. The law gives the courts some discretion if the court finds that a violation is not of a serious nature and that the person charged will probably not offend in the future. It also provides a 90-day grace period for persons who moves into the state. There is no grandfather clause, nor will there be any compensation for the loss of your legally purchased property.

Once again, CCDL would like to point out that the law that did pass does absolutely NOTHING to increase public safely, and was passed solely to provide a feel-good but hollow victory to anti-Constitution, vocal minority groups like CAGV and Newtown Action Alliance. Bump fire is a technique that can be easily replicated without any aftermarket accessories at all. Also, these devices are currently not regulated in the vast majority of other states, or at the federal level. Meaning any criminal actually intent on still obtaining one of these so-called ‘Rate of Fire Enhancement Devices’, can purchase one as easily as a gallon of milk almost anywhere else in the USA.

Action Alert!!

Immediate action is needed! We NEED EVERYONE to contact your State Senator.


We need every member to flood the Senate with calls telling them to Vote NO on H.B. 5542 AN ACT CONCERNING BUMP STOCKS AND OTHER MEANS OF ENHANCING THE RATE OF FIRE OF A FIREARM.

Senate Democrats Office 1-800-842-1420

Senate Republicans Office 1-800-842-1421

Please also call the Senate Presidents now and urge them NOT to call H.B. 5542 AN ACT CONCERNING BUMP STOCKS AND OTHER MEANS OF ENHANCING THE RATE OF FIRE OF A FIREARM.

Senate President Looney 860-240-0375

Senate President Fassano 860-240-8871

Please take one extra minute to send your Senator a simple email asking them NOT to vote for H.B. 5542 AN ACT CONCERNING BUMP STOCKS AND OTHER MEANS OF ENHANCING THE RATE OF FIRE OF A FIREARM.

Dear Senator,
I’m your constituent and urge you to vote no on H.B. 5542 An Act Concerning Bump Stocks. This is just feel-good legislation that will not make anyone safer.

Please focus on our state’s real problems and seek solutions to stopping the financial bleeding in our state.

Thank you

[Your Name and Town]

May Meeting Reminder – Member Updates

CCDL Member Meeting – May 8th

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 May 8th. All CCDL members are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Meeting Agenda:

Avoid the wait and shipping fees! The full selection of CCDL merchandise is always for sale at our meetings, including many items not sold on our website.

GOP Convention Endorsements

The Connecticut Citizens Defense League Executive Committee last week announced a list of endorsed and preferred candidates ahead of the May 2018 GOP convention. This is to advise convention delegates which candidates we feel are strongest on issues CCDL cares about.
CCDL will revisit candidate endorsements after the May conventions.

List of GOP Convention Endorsements

End of 2018 Legislative Session Winding Down

As of this email, the ‘Bumpstock Bill’ HB5542 was passed in the House by a vote of 114 to 35 and with the session winding down, there is no word on whether or not the bill will get called for a vote in the Senate. The last day of the legislative session is May 9th.

Here is a list of State Reps that voted to oppose the Bump Stock Bill: Reps Who Voted With Us

The ‘Ghost Gun Bill’ HB5540 has yet to be called in the House, and if it were to pass, it would then also need to move to the Senate for a vote.

The ‘Firearms in State Parks Bill’ HB5539 Has also yet to be called by the House. That bill would also need to be called by the senate if it were to pass.

Even though we are nearing the end of the session, a lot can happen as last-minute deals are made, but we are hoping that our pro 2A favorable legislators can run out the clock on these gun control bills.

CCDL will do our best to keep our members up to date by the minute with these last remaining days of the legislative session. For the fastest minute by minute updates, please make sure that you subscribe to our blog, Facebook page, and Twitter. Fast moving information and in-between updates usually end up there first.

CCDL Campaign Workshops for 2018

Dates are being set for at least 2 Saturdays in June. These workshops will give the education needed for 2nd Amendment supporters to actively engage in 2018 elections. Your involvement in the 2018 elections is our biggest asset to help beat gun-grabbing politicians who are intent on stripping your rights.

This is ground level hands-on action that is necessary to help keep good legislators in office, and help new ones get elected. Anti-gun forces are lined up to help gun control type candidates that will surely hurt our right to keep and bear arms. Please do not miss these workshops when they are announced. CCDL NEEDS YOU!
Topics covered will include:

  • Importance of Involvement
  • Basics of Campaign Strategies
  • What the Other Side is Doing
  • Examples of Victories
  • Q&A

Dates will be announced soon

House Votes To Ban “Rate Of Fire Enhancements”

Late last night the State House voted to ban bump stocks by a 114 to 35 vote. This bill still needs to pass the Senate and then be signed by the Governor before becoming law.  This bill would make possessing, using, or selling a bump stock, trigger crank, and other rate of fire enhancement devices in Connecticut a Class D Felony.  The House debate lasted over five hours. If your Representative is on the following list, please send them an email thanking them for their vote on H.B.5542 – AN ACT CONCERNING BUMP STOCKS, and for protecting our rights.

Representatives That Voted With Us:

Tim Ackert serving the 8th House District (Columbia, Coventry, Vernon & Tolland)

Emil “Buddy” Altobello serving 82nd House District (Meriden & Middlefield)

Sam Belsito serving the 53rd House District (Ashford, Willington & Tolland)

Whit Betts serving the 78th House District (Bristol, Plymouth &Terryville)

Vincent Candelora serving the 86th House District (Durham, Guilford, North Branford & Wallingford)

Jay Case serving the 63rd House District (Winchester, Colebrook, Goshen & Torrington)

Holly Cheeseman serving the 37th House District (East Lyme & Salem)

Anne Dauphinais serving the 44th House District (Killingly & Plainfield)

Doug Dubitsky serving the 47th House District (Canterbury, Chaplin, Franklin, Hampton, Lebanon, Lisbon, Norwich, Scotland and Sprague)

Will Duff serving the 2nd House District (Bethel, Danbury, Redding & Newtown)

Craig Fishbein serving the 90th House District (Cheshire & Wallingford)

Mike France serving the 42nd House District (Ledyard, Montville & Preston)

John Fusco serving the 81st House District (Southington)

Robin Green serving the 55th House District (Andover, Bolton, Hebron & Marlborough)

Carol Hall serving the 59th House District (East Windsor & Enfield)

Nicole Klarides-Ditria serving the 105th House District (Beacon Falls, Seymour & Derby)

Tim LeGeyt serving the 17th House District (Avon & Canton)

Ben McGorty serving the 122nd House District (Shelton, Stratford & Trumbull)

Cara Pavalock-D’Amato serving the 77th House District (Bristol)

Jason Perillo serving the 113th House District (Shelton)

Dr. William A. Petit serving the 22nd House District (Plainville & New Britain)

John Piscopo serving the 76th House District (Burlington, Harwinton, Litchfield & Thomaston)

Joe Polletta serving the 68th House District (Watertown, Oakville & Woodbury)

Daniel Rovero serving (Killingly, Putnam & Thompson)

Rob Sampson serving the 80th House District (Wolcott & Southington)

Bill Simanski serving the 62nd House District (Barkhamsted, Granby, Hartland & New Hartford)

Kevin Skulczyck serving the 45th House District (Griswold, Lisbon, Plainfield, Sterling & Voluntown)

Pam Staneski serving the 119th House District (Milford & Orange)

Greg Stokes serving the 58th House District (Enfield)

Scott Storms serving the 60th House District (Windsor & Windsor Locks)

Kurt Vail serving the 52nd House District (Somers & Stafford)

David Wilson serving the 66th House District (Bethlehem, Litchfield, Morris, Warren & Woodbury)

Tami Zawistowski serving the 61st House District (Suffield, East Granby & Windsor)

Melissa Ziobron serving the 34th House District (Colchester, East Haddam & East Hampton)

Lezlye Zupkus serving the 89th House District (Prospect, Cheshire & Bethany)



GOP Convention Endorsements


For Immediate Release:

CCDL Executive Committee Announces Partial List of GOP Convention Endorsements

The Connecticut Citizens Defense League is announcing a list of endorsed and preferred candidates ahead of the May 2018 GOP convention.

Peter Lumaj – *Endorsed
Mark Lauretti – 2nd Choice
Timothy Herbst – 3rd Choice

Lieutenant Governor
Joe Markley – *Endorsed

Attorney General
Sue Hatfield – *Endorsed

State Treasurer
Art Linares – *Endorsed

U.S. Senate
Matthew Corey – *Endorsed
Dominic Rapini – 2nd Choice

5th Congressional District
Manny Santos – *Endorsed

State Senate 14th District
Pam Staneski – *Endorsed


Action Alert

We NEED EVERYONE to contact your State Representative and State Senator. The anti-gun movement is out in full force, and their paid lobbyists are working very hard to get these bills called on the house floor.

We need every second amendment supporter to call and ask to speak with their State Rep. and State Senator. Be polite and professional. Leave a message and ask that they call you back.

Find your State Representative and State Senator and then select their name to find their contact information.

Legislators NEED to hear from us. They need to know how their constituents want them to vote, and need to hear your voice. This is an election year, your legislators work for you! Everyone needs to take action to preserve your freedom here in Connecticut.

Ask the legislators to:




A few weeks ago, the Judiciary Committee voted these bills out of the committee and are closer to being called on the House floor. To see how the committee members voted on these bills follow the links:




Time is limited. You need to take action now before it’s too late!

If you have any questions about these bills, feel free to email CCDL’s Legislative Coordinator, Ray Bevis

Press Release – Rally For Our Rights

For Immediate Release:

The Connecticut Citizens Defense League (the state’s largest grass-roots gun rights group) announces the ‘Rally for Our Rights’ event at the State Capitol in Hartford. The event will take place on April 14th starting at 11:00am and will finish at 1:00pm. The event will include an opening ceremony, guest speakers and a patriotic atmosphere.

CCDL President Scott Wilson:
“We have seen the recent push to raise the age limit for owning firearms, and even more boldly, hearing them calling for a repeal of the 2nd Amendment. We have witnessed the aftermath of what continually occurs in gun free zones. The only solution being offered by most policy makers is to eradicate constitutionally protected rights our nation was founded on. We have watched as law-abiding individuals have become vilified simply because they wish to have the means for self-protection. This is why we are rallying. Those who support our rights will not simply sit back and let those very rights be trampled on.”

“CCDL asks that all who believe in the right to keep and bear arms to Rally for our Rights on April 14th in Hartford at our family friendly event.”
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 30.000 members across the state.

Thanks to this large supportive base across the state the CCDL has become a fixture of the 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

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