A Look Back At 2018

It’s the last day of 2018. As we prepare to ring in the new year, we’ve compiled a little list of some of CCDL’s activities during this past last year.

January

Membership Meeting January 9th

CCDL Joined with 20 other law enforcement and gun rights orgs on an amicus brief for Duncan v Becerra

A press statement was made regarding bumpstock proposals

CCDL conducted 2 legislative workshops in January

CCDL Executive Meeting held in New Britain

February

Membership Meeting February 13th

7 gun bills were introduced for the 2018 legislative session

CCDL 9th Anniversary Dinner was held on February 10th

A press statement was made regarding Parkland High School murders

CCDL gearing up 2A support for numerous political campaigns

CCDL conducted 2 Legislative Workshops

CCDL Executive Meeting held in New Britain

March

Membership Meeting CANCELLED

CCDL attended and presented material for a public hearing on March 23rd at the Legislative Office building on March 23rd

CCDL met with key legislators on the Judiciary Committee to address gun legislation

Action Alert was sent out on March 30th for CCDL members to contact the Judiciary Committee

Executive Meeting was held in New Britain

April

Membership Meeting April 10th

CCDL sponsored and hosted a Pro 2A rally at the State Capitol

A press statement was made for the planned rally at the Capitol

Action Alert was sent out regarding 3 gun bills on April 17th

Executive Meeting was held in New Britain

May

Membership Meeting May 8th

Action Alert was sent to CCDL members regarding bumpstock bill

Legislative Session ended May 9th

Executive meeting was held in New Britain

June

Membership Meeting June 12th

CCDL membership statement regarding Governor Malloy’s claims about CCDL

Campaign Workshop Hosted by CCDL June 9th

Campaign Workshop Hosted by CCDL June 23rd

July

Membership Meeting July 10th

A press statement regarding Brett Kavanaugh nomination for SCOTUS

CCDL President participated in White House conference calls regarding Kavanaugh nomination

Executive Meeting was held in New Britain

August

Membership Meeting August 14th CANCELLED

Legislative Shooting event hosted by Niantic Sportsman’s Club, conducted by CCDL August 5th

Campaign Workshop hosted by CCDL August 10th

CCDL Family Picnic August 25th

Campaign Workshop hosted by Melissa Ziobron Supported by CCDL

September

Membership Meeting September 11th

6th Annual CCDL 2nd Amendment Poker Run September 15th

October

Membership Meeting October 9th

CCDL Pop up Volunteer Day hosted by Melissa Ziobron

FOIA filed with City of Bridgeport

November

Membership Meeting November 13th

Food Drive – While CCDL collects food donations year-round, our members were especially generous during the holidays. All donations go to local churches and shelters to help feed those less fortunate than ourselves.

A press statement was made in response to a “safe storage” gun bill proposal

December

Membership Meeting December 11th

CCDL met with key legislators at the Legislative Office Building to discuss several likely bills for the 2019 Legislative session

Aside from these events, CCDL took part in numerous other public appearances and events. These included the CT Hunting and Fishing Show, Super Sunday, and Middletown Motorcycle Mania. Other things were also done in a more discreet manner to achieve a higher likelihood of success in combating gun control schemes.

In retrospect, 2018 has been a tough year for law-abiding gun owners in Connecticut. Specifically, the statewide elections saw some tough losses for endorsed candidates.

Moving into the new year, we strongly encourage CCDL members to help us during the upcoming legislative session. Learn how to help at the next Monthly Meeting on January 8th in Middletown CT.

CCDL wishes to thank all our volunteers and attendees that have continued to help the organization grow even further this past year!

Also, please join us on February 23rd for our 10th Anniversary Dinner

 

CCDL Statement On Today’s CAGV Press Conference In Hartford

11/27/2018
For Immediate Release:

(Groton, CT) The Connecticut Citizens Defense League (the state’s largest grass-roots gun rights group) offers the following statement in response to today’s press conference over the death of Guilford teenager Ethan Song.

CCDL President Scott Wilson Stated:
“We would first like to extend our heartfelt sympathies to the parents of Ethan Song. As an organization that understands the importance of gun safety, we feel that along with securing firearms there should be an effort by all parents to make sure that their children understand that firearms can be deadly if handled improperly.”

“There are tremendous programs out there that teach firearm safety to children of all ages; often at little or no cost. Along with the securing of firearms in a responsible manner, proper firearms education is imperative to the safety of children. Even if parents don’t own firearms themselves, children should still be taught what to do if they encounter a firearm without parental supervision.”

“We thank Ethan’s father for acknowledging that there may be times that gun owners may also need to gain access to their firearms immediately to stop home invasions or protect loved ones.”

Scott Wilson,
President
Connecticut Citizens Defense League

Last Day To Register To Vote Online

Crucial Election Information

The November 6th election is an important one for gun owners, especially here in Connecticut. It is imperative that CCDL members and supporters vote for pro2A candidates in this election.

The anti-gun groups in our state have endorsed Ned Lamont for Governor. If he wins, we will have four more years of non-stop gun control. If you disliked Governor Malloy, you’re going to hate Governor Lamont.

This is some of what to expect from a Lamont administration:

  • Harsher requirements and penalties surrounding “safe storage” requirements
  • Elimination of “Open Carry”, which means you could be arrested just for printing or having your shirt ride up while carrying concealed
  • Continued support for existing unconstitutional gun laws
  • Continued under-funding or even outright elimination of the Board of Firearms Permit Examiners
  • Continued looking the other way while numerous municipalities violate state statutes regarding new permits
  • Continued support of any and all anti-gun proposals that make it out of legislative committee
  • Bypassing legislators and implementing executive orders that will negatively impact legal gun owners

CCDL endorsed candidates such as Bob Stefanowski for governor will respect the Constitution, and the rights of lawful gun owners.
But first they must win on November 6th.
If you are not yet registered to vote, there is still time, but you MUST hurry. The deadline for voter registration is TODAY, October 30th.

Voter registration is simple, and can be done online. Just go to the following link and follow the directions  https://voterregistration.ct.gov

If you are not sure if you are registered or not, you may check here:
http://www.dir.ct.gov/sots/LookUp.aspx

You may also register in person with the registrar of voters in your town or city. Offices are usually located in your town hall, and will be open from 9am until 8pm TODAY,  October 30th to accommodate last minute registrations.

Please be sure to register to vote
Please vote on election day
Please be sure to remind like-minded people to vote
Please help our endorsed candidates between now, and election day

This may be our last chance to save our gun rights in Connecticut

New Gun Ban in Bridgeport?

Yesterday, Bridgeport mayor (and convicted felon and failed Gubernatorial candidate) Joe Ganim signed some sort of city ordinance supposedly banning 3-D printed weapons and so-called “ghost guns” in Bridgeport. You can see the press conference in the video below, courtesy of DoingItLocal.com.

I say “supposedly”, because CCDL has not been allowed to see the actual text of the ordinance. CCDL President Scott Wilson requested a copy of it for review, and was told he needed to file a Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) request and pay a fee.

Seriously.

This is a city ordinance that may subject gun owners to fines or arrest. People who are carefully following all applicable state and federal laws may be committing a crime if they step foot in the largest city in Connecticut, and those people are not allowed to actually SEE the law in advance? I guess Bridgeport is taking a cue from Nancy Pelosi – you have to be arrested or fined for breaking the law before you can know what’s in the law.

So here is the request CCDL made:

Greetings,

I am asking for a copy of the “Ghost Gun” ordinance that was reportedly signed yesterday, and has been reported in several news outlets. I cannot find it available anywhere.

Please attach a copy of the text and/or a copy of the signed document.

Best Regards,
Scott Wilson

And here is the response from Mayor Ganim’s office:

Mr. Wilson,

The easiest way for you to get a copy is to go to the City website at bridgeportct.gov, select the FOI portal and submit a request. Should you have any questions, please contact me.

Regards,
Ed

Edward M. Adams
Senior Mayoral Advisor
Dir. of Gov. Accountability & Integrity
City of Bridgeport
999 Broad Street
Brideport, CT 06604
Telephone 203-576-7201

So, we have filed the FOIA, and will attempt to get our members a copy of the new ordinance via other faster means.

Dear President Scott Wilson

The City of Bridgeport has received your request as of: October 11, 2018. We are reviewing your request and will contact you in writing when the requested information is available. Your request has been given the reference number [redacted] for tracking purposes.

Please note that pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, this City is not required to answer questions; the City is required to provide copies of all non-exempt documents.

Also, please be aware there are statutorily authorized costs associated with responding to your request, as set forth in C.G.S. Section 1-212 and if the anticipated fee for the document(s) you requested is greater than ten dollars, the City will require a deposit of the estimated copying cost prior to copying.

Very truly yours,

OFFICE OF THE CITY ATTORNEY

Stay tuned!

We Need YOU To Help 2A Candidates

Old Saybrook ‘Pop-up Volunteer day’

CCDL members in or near the 33rd Senate District, your help is needed. Anti-gun candidates are trying to gain as many seats as possible in the November elections. State Representative Melissa Ziobron is running for the 33rd Senate seat. Melissa Ziobron has a proven history of defending our Second Amendment rights and was CCDL Legislator of the Year in 2017.

Melissa’s opponent has spent $90,000 on television ads attacking Rep. Ziobron and labeling her as anti-woman. Her opponent has also stated he would have voted yes on a bill that seizes firearms, ammunition and permits without due process.

CCDL will be holding two “Pop-up Phone Banks” at Melissa Ziobron’s campaign headquarters located at 105 Elm Street, Old Saybrook. This is in the Old Saybrook Shopping Center (on the same side as Stop and Shop).

Please join other CCDL members on Saturday, October 13, 2018 so that Melissa can remain in Hartford to fight for the rights of legal gun owners.

First Pop-up Phone Bank Session:          1:00PM to 3:00PM

Second Pop-up Phone Bank Session:     3:00PM to 5:00PM

We need as many volunteers from CCDL as possible to join us and participate in one or both of these phone banks.

Trainers and staff will be on hand to provide instruction and a brief training session at the start of each phone bank.
If you’re able to attend please RSVP by October 10th to Ray Bevis at legislative@ccdl.us

Also, please consider emailing Melissa’s campaign for other volunteer opportunities at: contact@melissaziobron.com or visit her website at melissaziobron.com


Southington ‘Pop-up Volunteer day’

Date:                Sunday, October 21, 2018
Time:               10AM-2PM
Location:          Southington Republican Headquarters
25 Center St, Southington, CT 06489

Anti-gun lawmakers are already calling for more gun control for next year. We must make sure candidates that will defend our rights get elected in November. Please attend this CCDL ‘pop-up volunteer day’ to help elect the following CCDL endorsed candidates:

Rob Sampson (CCDL Legislator of the year and NRA Defender of Freedom award recipient) – Candidate for State Senate 16th District
John Fusco – State Representative 81st District
Gale Mastrofrancesco – Candidate for State Representative 80st District
Steve Balishiski  – Candidate for State Representative 30th District

Questions please contact Ray Bevis legislative@CCDL.us
More details at the CCDL meeting this coming Tuesday


Other steps CCDL members can do to help get Pro Second Amendment candidates elected:

Get a lawn sign – Contact a pro 2A campaign and ask for a lawn sign. Once you receive your lawn sign take a picture of yourself with the sign and share it on social media. Show your family and friends what candidate has your support. Find other Pro Second Amendment candidates on the CCDL Blog.

Letters to the editor – Campaigns need supporters in their district to submit letters. Candidates have letters available. If you are willing to submit a letter. Please contact the campaign directly. Or draft your own using the CCDL’s letter writing guide.

Register to vote – Make sure you and all your like-minded/Pro2A family and friends are registered to vote. You can register to vote at your local town hall or online.

Pro 2A candidates need our help now to defeat the gun-grabbers in November.

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

30          Steven Baleshiski    Berlin, Southington

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

65          Molly Spino                   Torrington

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            Danbury

113         Jason Perillo               Shelton

120         Jim Feehan                Stratford

122         Ben McGorty              Shelton, Stratford, Trumbull

139         Nick DeLucia              Bozrah, Montville, Norwich

9/19/2018 added Steven Baleshiski, Molly Spino, and Nick DeLucia

 

 

 

Upcoming Gubernatorial Election

This is a guest post by CCDL President Scott Wilson.
_________________________

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.