CCDL Poker Run – September 15th

On Saturday September 15, 2018 CCDL will be hosting our 6th consecutive poker run!

Starting Location: Central Connecticut Arms – 130 Marlborough Street Portland, CT
Ending Location: Doody’s Totoket Inn – 465 Foxon Road, North Branford, CT.

We are planning a HUGE party and we will be rocking with the band Wastin’ Bullets which is one of Connecticut’s best honky tonk/country bands. 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 from 9:30 – 10:30am at Central Connecticut Arms. The cost is $25 per rider or driver and $20 per passenger. The cost includes the after-party. When you register you will be given directions to the various locations.

At each location you will pick a playing card from a deck. You can expect to drive between 50 and 70 miles total, and it will finish at Doody’s Totoket Inn. Prizes will be awarded at the end for the top five poker hands.

If you just want to attend the party and not participate in the poker run, admission will be $20 per person payable at the door. Admission includes food and entertainment. Drinks are extra. The party should be starting around 11am or so. Bring some extra cash, there will be raffles too!

We’ll have special 2018 CCDL Poker Run shirts for sale at both the start and the finish. Quantities are limited, when they are gone, that’s it.

All net proceeds go to fight for our 2nd Amendment rights.

Sponsors include: By Carrier Custom Home Builders, 3B Lawn Care, A Great Start Shooting School, Bikers Against Animal CrueltyBranford Gun ClubC&D Arms SupplyCentral Connecticut Arms, Connecticut Cruise News, Connecticut Firearms and Tactical, Connecticut Sporting Arms, Delta Arsenal, Guilford Sportsmen’s Association,  Haymond LawHoffman Gun Center & Indoor Range,  New Haven Sportsman’s Club, Newington Gun ExchangeSacred Art Tattoo Shop,  TC Facility Services, The Gun StoreThe Powerwash GuysTru Ink GallerySmith and Wesson

 

For more info: please email: merchandise@ccdl.us.

Each year’s ride has been one of the larger poker runs in the state! Let’s make it an even greater success this year!

 

Come join us in support of our Second Amendment Rights!

Special Endorsement

The Connecticut Citizens Defense League’s Executive Committee would like to endorse Judy Aron for State Representative in District 7, Sullivan County, New Hampshire.

We realize this is mostly a symbolic gesture, but we’d like to acknowledge Judy as a staunch supporter of Constitutional rights; first here as a Connecticut resident and now in her current home state of New Hampshire. Wherever she may be, Judy can always be counted on to tirelessly defend the rights of her fellow citizens. We’ve missed the Aron family terribly at CCDL meetings and events, and especially at the Capitol, but our loss has been New Hampshire’s gain. We’re proud that Judy, like so many other CCDL members before her, is taking the fight to the next level by running for office. While we can’t vote for her, we can still help her campaign. I’m sure even a few dollars would help with yard signs and handouts. We’re told her anti-gun opponent has already raised more than twice the money Judy’s campaign has. Let’s change that.
http://aron4nh.com/donate/

2018 General Election Endorsements

The Connecticut Citizens Defense League’s Executive Committee releases the following endorsements for the November 6, 2018 general election. We urge all our members to support and assist these candidates, and vote for them in November.
(*name* denotes past CCDL Legislator Of The Year)

Governor/Lieutenant Governor

Bob Stefanowski/*Joe Markley*

U.S. Senate

Matthew Corey

U.S. House
District Candidate Name

2           Daniel Reale

3           Angel Cadena

5           Manny Santos

CT Senate Seats
District  Candidate Name   Towns Represented

7           John Kissel             East Granby, Enfield, Granby, Somers, Suffield, Windsor, Windsor Locks

8           Kevin Witkos           Avon, Barkhamsted, Canton, Colebrook, Granby, Hartland, Harwinton, New Hartford, Norfolk, Simsbury, Torrington

9           Ed Charamut          Cromwell, Middletown, Newington, Rocky Hill, Wethersfield

12          Adam Greenberg     Branford, Durham, Guilford, Killingworth, Madison, North Branford

13          Len Suzio                Cheshire, Meriden, Middlefield, Middletown

14          Pam Staneski          Milford, Orange, West Haven, Woodbridge

16          *Rob Sampson*     Cheshire, Prospect, Southington, Waterbury, Wolcott

17          George Logan          Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Bethany, Derby, Hamden, Naugatuck, Woodbridge

18          Heather Somers       Griswold, Groton, North Stonington, Plainfield, Preston, Sterling, Stonington, Voluntown

19          Mark Lounsbury        Columbia, Franklin, Hebron, Lebanon, Ledyard, Lisbon, Marlborough, Montville, Norwich, Sprague

31          Henri Martin              Bristol, Harwinton, Plainville, Plymouth, Thomaston

32          Eric Berthel               Bethlehem, Bridgewater, Middlebury, Oxford, Roxbury, Seymour,  Southbury, Washington, Watertown, Woodbury

33          *Melissa Ziobron*    Chester, Clinton, Colchester, Deep River, East Haddam, East Hampton, Essex, Haddam, Lyme, Old Saybrook, Portland, Westbrook

35          Daniel Champagne   Ashford, Chaplin, Coventry, Eastford, Ellington, Hampton, Pomfret, Stafford, Tolland, Union, Vernon, Willington, Woodstock

CT House
District  Candidate Name   Towns Represented

2           William Duff            Bethel, Danbury, Newtown, Redding

8          Tim Ackert               Columbia, Coventry, Tolland, Vernon

22         Dr. William Petit       New Britain, Plainville

29         Andrew Lanciotto     Newington, Rocky Hill, Wethersfield

33          Linda Szynkowicz   Middletown

34          Irene Haines           Colchester, East Haddam, East Hampton

37          Holly Cheeseman   East Lyme, Salem

40          John Scott              Groton, Ledyard

42          Mike France            Ledyard, Montville, Preston

44          Anne Dauphinais     Killingly, Plainfield

45          *Steve Mikutel*       Griswold, Lisbon, Plainfield, Sterling, Voluntown
45           Brian Lanoue           (co-endorsed)

46          Andrew Lockwood    Norwich

47          *Doug Dubitsky*     Canterbury, Chaplin, Franklin, Hampton, Lebanon, Lisbon, Norwich, Scotland, Sprague

50          Pat Boyd                  Brooklyn, Eastford, Pomfret, Union, Woodstock

51          Rick Hayes               Killingly, Putnam, Thompson

52          Kurt Vail Somers,      Stafford

53          Samuel Belsito          Ashford, Tolland, Willington

55          Robin Green             Andover, Bolton, Hebron, Marlborough

58          Gregory Stokes         Enfield

59          Carol Hall                  East Windsor, Enfield

60          Scott Storms             Windsor, Windsor Locks

61          Tami Zawistowski       East Granby, Suffield, Windsor

62          Bill Simanski               Barkhamsted, Granby, Hartland, New Hartford

63          Jay Case                     Colebrook, Goshen, Torrington, Winchester

66          David T Wilson             Bethlehem, Litchfield, Morris, Warren, Woodbury

68          Joseph Polletta             Watertown, Woodbury

73          Steven Giacomi            Waterbury

76          John Piscopo                Burlington, Harwinton, Litchfield, Thomaston

77          Cara Pavlock-D’Amato Bristol

78           Whit Betts                    Bristol, Plymouth

80          Gale Mastrofrancesco  Southington, Wolcott

81          John Fusco                  Southington

82          Ernestine Holloway      Meriden, Middlefield

83          Lou Arata                     Berlin, Meriden
83         Roger Misbach             (co-endorsed)

86          Vincent Candelora       Durham, Guilford, North Branford, Wallingford

89          Lezlye Zupkus             Bethany, Cheshire, Prospect

90          Craig Fishbein             Cheshire, Wallingford

100         Anthony Gennaro       Middletown

103         Diane Pagano            Cheshire, Southington, Wallingford

104         Joseph Jaumann        Ansonia, Derby

105         Nicole Klarides Ditria  Beacon Falls, Derby, Seymour

109         Veasna Roeun            Dandury

113         Jason Perillo               Shelton

120         Jim Feehan                Stratford

122         Ben McGorty              Shelton, Stratford, Trumbull

Last updated 9/9/2018

 

 

Upcoming Gubernatorial Election

This is a guest post by CCDL President Scott Wilson.
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Dear members and supporters,

There are a few important points I’d like to make in my capacity as the president of CCDL.

The first point is this. 2018 was the first election cycle that the CCDL Executive committee made convention, and primary endorsements.  This year it was something that we felt was crucially important. The downside was our early involvement was also time-consuming and often contentious. While the majority of the committee voted to endorse Tim Herbst for governor in the primary election, there were those who supported Bob Stefanowski. While I will personally stand by our choice for Herbst in the primary, I will say that Bob Stefanowski also personally made very strong statements of support for the 2nd Amendment; both to the Executive Committee, and to our members. Connecticut gun owners are fortunate to have ended up with a candidate for governor who has shown this level of support for the issues that matter most to us.

Another point that I would like to make is that while it is indeed good news for 2A supporters that Bob is the nominee for governor, the best news is that we have Joe Markley on the ticket alongside him as the nominee for lieutenant governor.  As a state senator for the past eight years, Joe has never once wavered in his support of the Constitution. This could be crucial for us because in the event of a tie vote in the legislature, the lieutenant governor casts the tie-breaking vote. This is a very solid ticket, especially considering some of the other candidates in both races were less than enthusiast or sincere in their support of the 2nd Amendment.

Now for the biggest point.  Ned Lamont is on record stating he will support further gun control initiatives. After eight long years of attacks, legislation, and unconstitutional laws by Governor Malloy, the last thing that law-abiding gun owners need is more of the same. Electing Ned Lamont would be no better than reelecting Dan Malloy, and might even be worse.

Beyond the race for governor:
In the coming weeks, the CCDL Executive Committee will be releasing our endorsements for the November 6th general election.  We ask that our members pay attention and get involved with helping to support solid 2A candidates. The most important tool for stopping anti-gun legislation is you. Without your help we will lose key races that absolutely must be won. There is no magic bullet, but just a little bit of work and a little bit of dedication can lead to success.

In closing, let me add my voice to the many who have already done so:
Congratulations to the formation of the Stefanowski/Markley ticket!
I know that both of you will work hard to win the tough battle ahead.

Scott Wilson – CCDL President

Hands-On Campaign 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 hands-on workshop to gain the necessary knowledge to become active in fighting the anti-gun machine. Following the workshop, you will have the opportunity to put what you’ve just learned to good use. You will be able to assist CCDL’s 2017 Legislator Of The Year, state rep Melissa Ziobron get elected to the senate, where she can be an even stronger voice in Hartford for CCDL members.

Where: Regional Headquarters105 Elm St, Old Saybrook, CT 06475-4107
When: Monday, August 27th from 6:00pm until 8:00pm
Agenda:

  • 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.
Help good candidates win this year.

Political Hijinks

Earlier today, a political robocall was sent out by former candidate for governor Peter Lumaj on behalf of the Bob Stefanowski for Governor Campaign.

Here is what is troubling:

CCDL endorsed Peter Lumaj for the Republican convention, and it was a one-time endorsement that extended to him, and him alone. Our initial endorsement of Peter Lumaj was not for passing along as though it were an inheritance should his campaign fail. And ultimately, it did fail.

In the robocall message, Peter stated that because CCDL endorsed him, people should vote for Bob Stefanowski. He has done so with full knowledge and understanding that the Connecticut Citizens Defense League does not support Bob’s campaign. Some may view this as politics as usual, but the reality is, this is a betrayal of trust and honor that was bestowed to Peter Lumaj by our organization. Such a move of this kind is one that travels down into the ‘filthiest of filthy bowels’ of Connecticut politics.

Let the record stand that CCDL fully endorses Tim Herbst for governor, not anyone else. The dirty trick of a formerly celebrated man named Peter Lumaj will never change that.

Another troubling point:

The robocall goes on to imply that because Tim Herbst was endorsed by a former legislator who once voted for an antigun bill, that Tim himself cannot truly support your gun rights. While this is an absurd conclusion to jump to, it’s also an extremely hypocritical one as well.  Stefanowski proudly touts the endorsements of several antigun legislators, such as Dave Yaccarino and Noreen Kokoruda. Both of them voted for SB1160 and numerous antigun bills since. If CCDL endorsed candidate Tim Herbst is antigun simply by association, then so is Bob Stefanowski.

 

The last troubling point:

The call claimed that Bob Stefanowski is “A” rated by the NRA. That is a lie by every measure. The NRA does not give A ratings to candidates that have no viable track record. Bob’s rating is no better than Tim’s rating from the NRA.

The highest rating that the NRA gives to untested candidates seeking office s AQ. There is a big difference, in that one implies they are battle tested, the other indicates strong leanings but untested. That erroneous message sent out by the Stefanowski campaign clearly is either shady, amateur or maybe even both.

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

 


Peter Lumaj Robocall for Bob Stefanowski

Statement on Sue Hatfield, candidate for Attorney General

The CCDL Executive Board feels that in light of comments made in this article that was published on 8/01/2018, candidate for Attorney General Sue Hatfield has shown what must be considered as wavering support for the 2nd Amendment. Because of that, our endorsement of Sue Hatfield must be withdrawn. While we still feel she would make a far better Attorney General than any of the other candidates in the race, we simply cannot endorse the recent comments she’s made.

While CCDL does the best job that it can with regards to vetting candidates, ultimately it is up to each of them to defend the 2nd Amendment in the face of political pressure from other candidates, or from media inquiries.  If any candidate or legislator is uncertain how an issue might impact the lawful gun owners of Connecticut, they should feel free to contact us.

10th Annual CCDL Family Picnic

On Saturday, August 25th CCDL will once again host our Annual Family Picnic at Boothe Memorial Park – 5800 Main Street on Putney, Stratford, CT from 11:00am – 4:00pm.

We’ll supply the burgers, hotdogs, soft drinks (no alcohol allowed in the park) and condiments. You can bring the family, the chips, dip, or whatever side dish (and a utensil to serve it) you’re most famous for making, and some lawn chairs or a blanket to sit on. (Helpful hint: write your name on a piece of masking tape and attach it to your bowls/spoons/etc so you are sure to get them back)

This is a FREE event for CCDL members and their families. Bring some cash, we’ll have all our CCDL merchandise for sale as well as a fun shirt sold especially for this event. We’ll also be raffling off lots of prizes. (The more raffle items the better, if you would like to donate something to the raffle, that would be great! Please contact Holly Sullivan at events@ccdl.us and let her know what you’d like to donate. It doesn’t have to be gun-related or super expensive, anything fun and legal that you and other people would like to win.) Holly is still in need of a few more volunteers to help set up, clean up and sell raffle prizes.

So come to Boothe Memorial Park and enjoy the day with other CCDL members. Bring blankets, chairs, and your family. Come have a good time, relax, make new friends, and celebrate our right to keep and bear arms. Come and get to know us and your fellow members, and learn more about what CCDL does to protect your rights as a gun owner in the state of Connecticut.

As we said, this a family picnic. There will be water pistols, horseshoes, frisbees, wiffle balls, and all sorts of games for kids young and old. There is no alcohol allowed in the park, but pets on a leash and lawful carry of firearms are permitted. Please use an appropriate holster, and keep it holstered.

When: August 25, 2018 from 11am until 4pm.
Where: Boothe Memorial Park 5774 Main St. Putney Stratford, CT 06614

Note: Please do not park on the grass (unless directed to by the police) or in a handicap spot (unless you have the placard). If the parking lot is full (it’s a little small), you can park nearby on Putney Chapel Way (see the map below), and walk into the park from there. It’s against park rules to park on the grass, but in the past to police have allowed it in certain spots. Also don’t park along Rt 110/River Rd. It’s dangerous and you can’t actually access the park from there, even though it looks like it on the map.Click for full size

To see the Facebook event page – Click Here

DIRECTIONS
FROM RT. 15N (MERRITT PARKWAY) Take exit 53; at end of ramp take a right; bear right (almost immediately) at next intersection onto Main St. Putney; follow ¼ mile and Boothe Park will be on your left.

FROM RT. 15S (MERRITT PARKWAY) Take exit 53; at end of ramp take a left; bear right at next intersection onto Main St. Putney; follow ¼ mile and Boothe Park will be on your left.

FROM I-95N Take exit 33 and follow signs to RT 110; stay on RT 110 (East Main St.) one mile to traffic light at intersection of East Main St. and Main St.; take right onto Main St. (still RT 110); take 3rd left by bearing onto Main St. Putney (pond on left); follow for approx. ½ mile and Boothe Park will be on your right.

FROM I-95S Take exit 38 to Merritt Parkway RT 15S and follow directions above from RT 15S.

More Primary Endorsements

07/24/2018
For Immediate Release:

(Groton, CT) – The Connecticut Citizens Defense League’s Executive Committee releases the following endorsements for the August 14th primary elections:

US Senate – Matthew Corey

5th Congressional District – Manny Santos  

9th State Senate District – Ed Charamut

14th State Senate District – Pam Staneski

100th House District – Tony Gennaro

116th House District – Roman Khondker

Previously released state-wide primary candidates:

Governor – Tim Herbst

Lieutenant Governor – Joe Markley

Attorney General – Sue Hatfield See here for explanation

State Treasurer – Art Linares

Statement on primary endorsements:
The Connecticut Citizens Defense has worked to evaluate numerous candidates for the August 14th primary election. As an organization, we ask our members to consider our endorsements when weighing their decision making, and help our endorsed candidates win their respective elections. Over the last eight years, legal gun owners and applicants for gun permits have been subject to unfair practices by our governor, certain legislators as well as several municipalities. 2018 can be a different outcome for lawful and responsible gun owners.


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 at 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 www.CCDL.us

 

SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh

07/09/2018
For Immediate Release:
 (Groton, CT) – The Connecticut Citizens Defense League releases the following statement on SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh as the hopeful replacement for the seat recently vacated by Anthony Kennedy.

 CCDL President Scott Wilson stated:
“Donald J. Trump’s nomination to the Supreme Court this evening seems like a good choice to fill the slot. Although no one can be 100% certain on how a justice will decide on certain issues that come before the highest court in the land, Brett Kavanaugh has a track record of upholding the 2nd Amendment of the Constitution as an enumerated right that extends to individuals. His work is evidenced in his dissent of Heller v D.C. 2011.

Wilson Added:
We know that there will soon be full on attacks on the nominee by Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy. CCDL as an organization finds it peculiar that in the face of so many lifesaving uses of firearms that occur on a daily basis, not once do either of these politicians speak about the beauty of our constitutional right to keep and bear arms. Never does Murphy or Blumenthal speak of the everyday citizen, the natural right of self-defense, and the hundreds of thousands of lives saved every year by lawful gun ownership.”

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 at 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
http://www.ccdl.us/