We told you last month how the Connecticut Bar Association was considering signing an Amicus in support of our current gun laws. If you missed it, go read it here.
Well, after some back and forth, the CBA membership forced the Bar Association put it to a vote, and the results are in.
The final tally is 1,463 total votes cast, Yes: 734, No: 729.
CBA President Mark A. Dubois had this to say to his members:
In light of the fact that this difference is less than one percent of those voting and considerably less than that as a percentage of our entire membership, I am ruling that the referendum vote will be called as tied. I do not feel that the best interests of the CBA would be served going forward without a clear and empirically defensible result. Accordingly, I have decided not to sign the brief prepared by the Brady Center in support of the Appellee in the matter of Shew v. Malloy.
If any member of the Board or House wishes me to convene either of those bodies to countermand my ruling or take other action, or if the requisite membership petitions for such a call, I will do so. However, I would urge us to move on. This process has shown that while there is some disagreement on whether or when the CBA should become involved in matters beyond those directly dealing with the operation of the courts or a narrowly defined practice of law, one thing is clear: we all share a deep and abiding faith that the CBA is a necessary and important enterprise. Let’s all continue to work together to advance the association and our legal community.
So there you have it. The Connecticut Bar Association will not be signing an amicus brief against us in our lawsuit. Thank you to all the CBA members who are also CCDL members. It took a lot of hard work behind the scenes on their parts to make this happen.