Pre Debate Rally Tomorrow!

The next big gubernatorial debate happens this Thursday, October 16, 2014 at the Garde Arts Center in New London.
Governor Dannel Malloy will have both the unions and the gun grabbers rallying in his support before the debate. We really need CCDL members to show up and support CCDL’s endorsed candidate for governor, Tom Foley.

We would like you to show up at the Garde no later than 5pm wearing your CCDL gear or carrying CCDL signs if you have them. We need to show that the gun vote matters! If you get there early, look for CCDL/Foley people over at Tony D’s Restaurant around the corner on Huntington St.

Tickets to get into the debate will be available at the rally on a first come basis. If you are sure you can attend the rally, and would also like to see the debate, you can RSVP and reserve tickets by contacting Matt Joiner by phone at (860)705-3775 or emailing him at matthewbjoiner@gmail.com. Reserved tickets will be picked up at the rally. Please be respectful, and keep in mind that the supporters of other candidates will be trying to goad us into doing something to make gun owners look bad.

The Garde Arts Center is located at 325 State St, New London. Directions and parking info may be found here.
The rally will start at 5pm, and the debates will start at 7pm. All debate ticket holders must be in their seats by 6:50 p.m. or you will not get in.

October Monthly Meeting

CCDL holds its monthly general membership meeting at 7pm on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at the Elks Lodge in Middletown, CT. Our next meeting is Tuesday, October 14, 2014.
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.

Meeting Agenda
Oral Arguments for Shew v. Malloy slated for Early December!
Litigation Counsel for the NRA will be updating the CCDL membership at this meeting. The courts are moving faster than we expected. We anticipate the court will begin hearing oral arguments the week of December 8th, 2014. However it’s not set in stone yet and the date may still change. When we get the exact date the membership will be fully informed.

We’ll also be discussing a high-profile local court case, and it’s implications for CCDL members and how they can help.

This is our last meeting before Election Day. Elections are on November 4th and if Dan Malloy is re-elected gun owners can expect more restrictive measures to become law! There is still time to get involved. Check out the list of CCDL-endorsed candidates and find one you like and volunteer a few hours of your time. In 2010 Dan Malloy won by only 6,000 votes. If every CCDL member gets a few more people to vote for our candidates, we’ll be on our way to preventing even worse gun restrictions next year. We’ll have a few more candidates at the meeting talking about their views, and you will hear how important, easy and FUN it is to get involved. This may be one of the most important elections in our lives. If you value your right to keep and bear arms, you must get involved.

Merchandise
We sell CCDL merchandise at the meeting, buy it there and save on shipping.

Poker Run Shirts & Bandanas
If you didn’t get to buy these cool shirts and bandanas at the Poker Run last month, we still have some left. They will be for sale at the meeting.

I Vote 2A Shirts
Let people know how you plan to vote in the November elections with these “I VOTE 2A” CCDL shirts. I think we only have a few of these left.

Patches and Pins
We still have some of our latest limited run items; CCDL patches and pins. These $5 each and are meetings-only items, not for sale on the website.

Back by popular demand – magnets!
The return of the CCDL logo magnets. These are about the same size as our regular decals, but printed on a flexible magnetic material and are perfect for people who don’t want to permanently attach a vinyl decal to their vehicle. Priced at $5 each and sold at the meeting only.

Food Drive
CCDL collects canned goods/non-perishables at all our meetings to be donated to local charities. The holiday season is over, but people still need help year round. Please give what you can for those that need our help.

Middletown Elks
44 Maynard St
Middletown, CT 06457
October 14, 2014 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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Crime, Guns and Race: A discussion on today’s civil rights issues

CCDL is one of the sponsors of this event. There will be some great speakers there. Please attend if you can.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Hartford, CT October 1, 2014
It’s about time we had that talk. Crime, Guns and Race: A public discussion with NRA Board Member Ken Blackwell, Prof. Nicholas Johnson, author of “Negroes and the Gun”, Garland Hunt, Governor Appointee to Georgia State Pardon and Paroles and many other speakers.

October 11th from 9am – 12pm at the Mark Twain Museum in Hartford, CT (directions)

Regina V Roundtree, founder of CT Black Republicans and Conservatives (CBRAC) and President of the new CT chapter of The Frederick Douglass Foundation (CTFDF), announced today that Ken Blackwell, a member of the Board of Directors of the National Rifle Association, Prof Nicholas Johnson, author of Negroes and the Gun along with Garland Hunt, Dean Nelson, Sonnie Johnson and Wayne Dupree will be panelists at a public forum in Hartford at the Mark Twain Museum.

“CBRAC was started for the purpose of building bridges and creating space for honest dialog and action to strengthen urban communities. Rarely has an opportunity presented itself in the urban community in which those who support the second amendment have had the opportunity publicly to paint a different picture than that occasionally presented by the media,” said Regina Roundtree, “The mis-impression is that people who live in areas with consistent high gun violence and high crime rates cannot or should not exercise their right to protect themselves.”

The forum will consist of two panels. The first panel, moderated by Ms. Roundtree, will discuss the intersections of criminal justice, race, second amendment rights and the history of guns in the black community. The second panel, moderated by Richard Ivory of HipHopRepublican.com, will discuss the use of social media and messaging in politics, as well as black conservatism. Both panels will be open to questions and answers from the public.

When asked about CCDL’s participation at the upcoming event, Scott Wilson replied, “The Connecticut Citizens Defense League is proud to take part in this event. It is the long term mission of our organization to advocate for 2nd Amendment rights for all individuals.”

The Federalist Society is a co-host for the morning forum. Peter Bowman, Esq., President of The Federalist Society, Connecticut Chapter), said “Recent events in Ferguson, Missouri and New York City have brought to the forefront issues of Guns, Race and Crime. Given the constitutional implications, recent Court rulings and environment in Connecticut about guns after Sandy Hook, we expect this forum will flesh out these issues in a
very intellectual manner,”

Further Information and tickets for both events can be found at www.ctfdf.org or www.ctbrac.org. All are welcome.

Both events are open to the press. Bios for the speakers can be found here www.ctfdf.org/speakers
For opportunities to interview the speakers, contact CBRAC Pres., Regina Roundtree at
cogent.consultant@gmail.com or 860-593-8483.
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There will also be a cocktail reception/fundraiser later that evening in West Hartford where you will get to mingle with the guest speakers from the morning forum. This is not a CCDL event, but the money raised by this event will go toward an advertising push in the urban neighborhood papers just before the elections on Nov 4th. The audience that reads these papers are off the radar for large campaigns. For more info on the cocktail reception go here.

Help A Brother Out

I know money is tight, especially here in Connecticut. I know it also seems like everyone has their hand out; the government, political campaigns, and yes, CCDL. Well, here goes the hand again.

Scott Lazurek is a CCDL member who was arrested and his permit to carry a firearm revoked for exercising his rights. He was in the right, all charges were dismissed and the Board of Firearm Permit Examiners (BFPE) reinstated his permit after over a year delay because of case backlogs.

A few weeks ago the State Attorney General’s Office made the unprecedented decision to take both Mr. Lazurek and the BFPE to court in an attempt to overturn the Board’s decision and again revoke Mr. Lazurek permit. A copy of the summons can be downloaded here: Lazurek-Appeal (pdf)
It’s important to note here that Mr. Lazurek works in a profession that requires him to carry a firearm. The State’s actions are not just impacting his right to bear arms; it’s taking away his income.

CCDL is not involved in this case, but it’s importance to the rights of all gun owners in Connecticut should be obvious. Scott Lazurek needs all the help possible fighting to keep his right to carry a firearm, and by extension his profession. To that end a donation page has been set up to help defray his legal expenses. Please go to http://www.gofundme.com/f7dhi4 and donate whatever you can. After you donate, be sure to share this page with anyone and everyone you know who supports the state and federal constitution. Thank you.

Latest Litigation Update

The attorneys in our appeal of Shew .v Malloy have filed a reply to the brief filed by the State of Connecticut in August. If you need a refresher, you can find that brief here. You can also find all the posts related to our lawsuit over CT’s unconstitutional gun laws here.

If you remember, the State’s “brief” was a whooping 178 pages of fiction. Even though our reply is only 47 pages, I think you will agree it is concise and factual, and refutes all of the State’s claims. I just want to thank everyone who has donated their time, energy and money to get to this point. It hasn’t been easy, and it hasn’t been cheap. Legal expenses are ongoing, so unfortunately so are our requests for donations. You can donate to our Litigation Fund at the link near the top of the page, or here.

Now, here’s the link to download our reply: 166 – reply brief in CT (pdf)

Poker Run Update & Route

REMINDER: The CCDL 2nd Amendment Poker Run is this Saturday, September 27, 2014!

The weather forecast right now is for 82° and SUNNY FOR SATURDAY!!!
Both motorcycles and cars are welcome to participate in the run, and EVERYONE is welcome to attend the after-party whether you ride or not. Registration is at Woodbridge Firearms, 28 Selden St, Woodbridge from 9:30-10:30. Cost is $20/bike/driver and $15 per passenger. Cost includes the after party at the Cadillac Ranch. NSSF is providing gift bags for the first 300 entries.

If you just want to join us at the party after, it’s $15 per person pay at the door. The after-party starts around 11:30am, and runs until 4pm.

We’ll have special CCDL Poker Run shirts and bandanas for sale at both the start and the finish. Quantities are limited, when they are gone, that’s it. ALL profits from this event go to the Litigation Fund which is being used to fight unconstitutional gun laws here in Connecticut.

The route of the rally is different from last year. Stops include Bozzuto’s Trucking, City Limits Cafe, Yankee Harley Davidson, and ends with a party at the Cadillac Ranch. The recommended route is below, we will also have sheets with the route and maps when you register.

At each stop you will draw a poker card from a deck. Best poker hands at the end of the run will win prizes, with the 1st prize being a $500 Cabela’s Gift Certificate donated by the NSSF!

Whether you ride or not, be sure to join us at Cadillac Ranch located at 45 Jude Ln in Southington for the HUGE party with great food, entertainment, GUN RAFFLES and of course, the Haymond Girls! A great mix of classic and southern fried rock will be provided by the Screamin’ Eagle Band and Jay Roberts. Our generous sponsors include: the National Shooting Sports Foundation, Connecticut Cruise News, Bachand & Bachand Law, Yankee Harley Davidson, Haymond Law, Doc’s Motorcycles, Cadillac Ranch and Woodbridge Firearms.
If you are on Facebook, you can RSVP on the event page there. If you still need more info: please email: fundraising@ccdl.us.

Last year’s ride was a GIANT success. Let’s make this the biggest annual poker run in the state!

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More Endorsements

The CCDL Executive Board held a special meeting last Tuesday night to vet additional candidates to endorse in the 2014 elections. After careful consideration, the CCDL Executive Board adds the following candidates for the General Assembly to our list of 2014 endorsements. As with our prior endorsements, we feel these candidates will help steer Connecticut in the right direction. CCDL reserves the right to still endorse other candidates as they are vetted by the Executive Board. See our complete updated list here.

CT House 9 Richard Lion
CT House 19 Mark Zydanowycz
CT House 23 Devin Carney
CT House 33 Linda Synkowicz
CT House 55 Gayle Mulligan
CT House 68 Eric Berthel
CT House 77 Cara Pavalock
CT House 82 Joshua Broekstra
CT House 83 Pablo Soto
CT House 85 Frank Apuzzo
CT House 117 Charles Ferraro
CT House 119 Pam Staneski

Senator Joe Markley

Ok, this morning I shared with you a video of the rabidly anti-gun Senator Don Williams.

Now let’s go to a video from CCDL’s 2014 Legislator Of The Year, Senator Joe Markley. Senator Markley shares his thoughts on the upcoming gubernatorial election. If you are still undecided who to vote for on November 4th (we of course hope you vote for our endorsed candidate, Tom Foley), pay close attention to this video and what’s at stake. If you know someone who is undecided, or wasn’t planning on voting this year, share this video with them.

As I said this morning, this might be the most important election of our lives. If Malloy and his anti-Constitution cronies get re-elected after passing one of the worst gun laws in the country, they will know they have free reign to go as far as they want with no repercussions. Want to know some of the things they have planned? Go back and watch Senator Williams video from this morning. If that doesn’t scare you, how about mandatory registration for ALL firearms? How about microstamping? How about mandatory “smart guns”? How about liability insurance for each and every firearm you own?

Watch Senator Markley’s video, and help us DEFEAT DAN MALLOY!

Senator Don Williams

I’m going to post a few videos today that I think should be of interest to CCDL members. Since they are on different topics, I’ll make separate posts.

The first video stars soon to be ex Senator Don Williams. As Senate President Pro Tem, Williams was instrumental in the crafting and passage of SB1160. When he saw the backlash from that, he decided to retire rather than risk being voted out of office.

Williams was a guest speaker at a recent event hosted by the extreme anti-gun group “Connecticut Against Gun Violence”. This group would more accurately be called “Connecticut Against Guns”, since the majority of their work is aimed at stopping law-abiding citizens from owning guns, not stopping gun violence. Someone at this event recorded it, and I’d like to share with you what Williams had to say. Watch the video, and listen to what the anti’s really think and say about your constitutional rights, and what their plans for the future are.
This is just another reason why you MUST show up on election day (November 4th) and vote for all the CCDL endorsed candidates, and support them any way you can until then. Don’t let the media or polls lull you into a false sense of security. Even if it looks like a candidate is a sure thing to win, show up and vote anyway. Voting is a right, just like the 2nd Amendment, and this may be the most important election of your life, so vote!