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!

Kuck/Goldberg Case

I am just about to head out to the CCDL meeting tonight, but I just received a legal doc I’m sure many of you will want to see. While not directly related to our lawsuit, it is important to Connecticut gun owners. This is a petition for writ of certiorari in the Kuck/Goldberg case.
From the petition:

Questions Presented.
1. Respondents delayed 18 months and 22 months, respectively, to provide petitioners a
hearing after they suspended or revoked their permits to carry a firearm, a right guaranteed them
under both State and federal constitutions. Did this delay deny petitioners procedural due process?
2. Did the court of appeals misapply the Court’s Mathews factors in determining whether
respondents violated petitioners’ procedural due process rights, excusing the delay on the basis of
“routine administrative burdens,” an “overburdened bureaucracy” and their “good faith efforts to
address” this delay?

Sorry I don’t have more time to get into this, but if you read the petition you will get a pretty good understanding of the case.
Petition for Writ Of Certiorari (pdf)

Monthly Meeting Tonight

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, September 9, 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
Elections are in November and if Dan Malloy is re-elected gun owners can expect more restrictive measures to become law! Come learn how to help!

Guest Speakers
Several candidates seeking endorsements will be there to explain their views on your gun right.
We’ll also have some representatives for candidates CCDL has already endorsed, including representation for the Foley-Somers campaign. They will be available to tell you how you can help get our candidates elected.

CCDL Senate District Teams
We are continuing to build support pro-2A candidates in the senate districts that voted for SB1160. This effort is crucial if we are going to put an end to anti-gun bills from passing in the future. We are asking YOU to get involved in this process. Our meeting on Tuesday will again cover on how you can get involved in this effort as a first step.
This is where we can make the biggest difference!!

As of now we have four Senate districts that we are focusing on. There will be more to come.

Current District Commitment:
Senate District 13 Candidate: Len Suzio
Senate District 17 Candidate: Phil Tripp
Senate District 29 Candidate: John French
Senate District 33 Candidate: Art Linares

We will need support for other CCDL-endorsed Senate and House candidates as well… Please attend this meeting to learn more about how YOU can help. Check our list of endorsed candidates (more to come!) and see if there is someone nearby you can help out.
2014 Candidate Endorsements

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

New Shirts!
Let people know how you plan to vote in the November elections with these new “I VOTE 2A” CCDL shirts. This is a limited one time run, and will only be for sale at meetings and CCDL-hosted events.

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
September 9, 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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2014 Candidate Endorsements

The Connecticut Citizens Defense League is a non-partisan, grassroots organization devoted to advocating rights affirmed by the Constitutions of the United States of America and the State of Connecticut.

As our group and our members look forward to the election this November, we are faced with a stark choice for the leadership of our State. The CCDL Executive Board votes to endorse the following candidates for office that we feel best represent the interests of Connecticut gun owners and our desire to preserve the Second Amendment of the Constitution of the United States and Article One, Section 15 of the Connecticut State Constitution, along with the leadership abilities to move Connecticut forward. We recognize that not all members of CCDL nor all Connecticut gun owners will agree with these endorsements and we fully support everyone’s individual right to vote for the candidates of their own choosing.

After carefully considering all of these issues, the CCDL Executive Board endorses Tom Foley and Heather Somers, for the Office of Governor and Lt. Governor. Governor Dannel Malloy has a proven track record of supporting anti-rights legislation and has vilified and ostracized Connecticut gun owners throughout his term. It is time for him to be to be replaced. We strongly believe that the team of Tom Foley and Heather Somers will take Connecticut in a new direction that is so desperately needed.

We also endorse the candidates below for statewide offices and the General Assembly. As with our endorsement for Governor/Lt. Governor, we feel these candidates will help steer Connecticut in the right direction. CCDL reserves the right to endorse other candidates as they are vetted by the Executive Board.

Governor Tom Foley
Lt. Governor Heather Somers
Atty.General Kie Westby
Sec.Of State Peter Lumaj

US House 1 Matthew Corey
US House 2 Daniel Reale
US House 2 Lori Hopkins-Cavanaugh
US House 3 James Brown
US House 5 Mark Greenberg

CT Senate 2 Theresa Tillett
CT Senate 7 John A. Kissel
CT Senate 8 Kevin D. Witkos
CT Senate 13 Len Suzio
CT Senate 15 Karl D. Shehu
CT Senate 16 Joe Markley
CT Senate 17 Phillip Tripp
CT Senate 18 Andrew M. Maynard
CT Senate 19 Catherine A. ‘Cathy’ Osten
CT Senate 19 Steven Everett
CT Senate 29 John French
CT Senate 30 Clark J. Chapin
CT Senate 32 Robert J. ‘Rob’ Kane
CT Senate 33 Art Linares
CT Senate 35 Anthony ‘Tony’ Guglielmo

CT House 2 Dan Carter
CT House 8 Timothy J. ‘Tim’ Ackert
CT House 9 Richard Lion
CT House 12 Rusty Meek
CT House 15 James McGovern
CT House 17 Timothy B. LeGeyt
CT House 19 Mark Zydanowycz
CT House 22 Kathy Pugliese
CT House 23 Devin Carney
CT House 26 Peter Ceglarz
CT House 33 Linda Synkowicz
CT House 34 Melissa H. Ziobron
CT House 35 Jesse MacLachlan
CT House 36 Bobby Siegrist
CT House 37 Ed Jutila
CT House 39 Andrew Lockwood
CT House 40 John Scott
CT House 41 Aundré Bumgardner
CT House 42 Mike France
CT House 44 Jonathan Cesolini
CT House 47 Doug Dubitsky
CT House 48 Linda A. Orange
CT House 50 Mike Alberts
CT House 51 Daniel S. Rovero
CT House 55 Gayle Mulligan
CT House 57 Christopher Davis
CT House 59 Rob Kwasnicki
CT House 60 Peggy Sayers
CT House 61 Tami Zawistowski
CT House 62 Bill Simanski
CT House 63 Jay M. Case
CT House 64 Brian Ohler
CT House 66 Craig A. Miner
CT House 67 Cecilia Buck-Taylor
CT House 68 Eric Berthel
CT House 70 Rosa C. Rebimbas
CT House 71 Anthony J. D’Amelio
CT House 72 Ruben Rodriquez
CT House 74 Selim G. Noujaim
CT House 76 John E. Piscopo
CT House 77 Cara Pavalock
CT House 80 Robert C. ‘Rob’ Sampson
CT House 82 Emil ‘Buddy’ Altobello Jr.
CT House 82 Joshua Broekstra
CT House 83 Pablo Soto
CT House 85 Frank Apuzzo
CT House 86 Vincent J. ‘Vin’ Candelora
CT House 89 Lezlye Zupkus
CT House 100 Angel R. Fernandez
CT House 103 Alfred C. ‘Al’ Adinolfi
CT House 105 Len Greene Jr withdrawn from race
CT House 107 David A. Scribner
CT House 113 Jason Perillo
CT House 116 Louis P. ‘Lou’ Esposito Jr.
CT House 117 Charles Ferraro
CT House 119 Pam Staneski
CT House 120 Laura R. Hoydick
CT House 123 David ‘Dave’ Rutigliano
CT House 131 David K. Labriola
CT House 138 Janice R. ‘Jan’ Giegler
CT House 139 Kevin Ryan
CT House 144 Michael L. ‘Mike’ Molgano

Press Contact: Scott Wilson (CCDL President) Email:

About the CCDL: The Connecticut Citizens Defense League was formed in February 2009 by a small group of concerned citizens as a non-partisan organization to advocate for second amendment rights in the state of Connecticut. Since their founding, the group has grown to more than 15,000 members. Thanks to this large supportive base across the state the CCDL has become a fixture of the Capitol, and well-recognized by committees that oversee firearms related bills.

CCDL is also actively involved at the state Board of Firearms Permit Examiners. As the go-to organization in the state they are consulted with regularly by lawmakers who have questions and concerns about pending legislation or existing laws. For more information regarding CCDL, please visit

List updated September 18, 2014
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

CT House 105 Len Greene Jr (withdrew from race)

2nd annual CCDL 2nd Amendment Poker Run

On Saturday September 27, 2014 CCDL will again be hosting a poker run to raise money for our Litigation Fund.
Once again the run will start at Woodbridge Firearms Trading Post, but this year it will end at the Cadillac Ranch, where we’ll have a HUGE after-party.
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.

The run begins at Woodbridge Firearms Trading Post located at 28 Selden St. in Woodbridge. Registration is from 9:30-10:30am and the cost will be $20 per rider or driver and $15 per passenger and includes the after-party.
At Woodbridge Firearms you will be given directions to various locations.
At each location you will pick a playing card from a deck.
The route hasn’t been finalized yet, but you can expect to drive about 50-75 miles total, and we will up at the Cadillac Ranch located at 45 Jude Ln, Southington.
Prizes will be awarded at the end for the top five poker hands, with the 1st prize being a $500 Cabela’s Gift Certificate!

If you just want to attend the party and not participate in the poker run, admission will be $15 per person payable at the door.

All net proceeds go to the CCDL Litigation Fund to fight for our 2nd Amendment rights and overturn Connecticut’s anti-gun laws.
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.
For more info: please email:

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

Connecticut Bar Association Update

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.

Litigation Update

The State of Connecticut just filed it’s “brief” in our appeal of the Shew v. Malloy decision.
At 178 pages long, it’s anything but brief. I have not had time to read it all yet, but what I’ve read so far would be laughable if it didn’t involve the infringement of our Constitutional rights. Here are just some of the highlights from the Table of Contents.

  • The Banned Assault Weapons and Magazines are Unusually Dangerous, and Have Been Restricted or Banned Outright In Many Jurisdictions For Much Of Their Existence
  • Assault Weapons and Large Capacity Magazines Are Designed For Combat, and Have the Same Killing Capacity as Modern Military Weapons
  • Civilian Use of Assault Weapons Has Been Regulated Or Banned Outright For Much Of The Time These Weapons Have Been In Existence
  • The Evidence Demonstrates That Assault Weapons and Large Capacity Magazines are Used Disproportionately In Crime, and That They Result In More Injuries and More Serious Injuries Than Other Weapons
  • Assault Weapons and Large Capacity Magazines Are Not Commonly Used For Purposes Protected By The Second Amendment
  • Assault Weapons Are Not Commonly Owned
  • Assault Weapons and Large Capacity Magazines Are Not Appropriate For, Or Commonly Used In, Self Defense
  • Even If The Act Implicates Second Amendment Rights, It Is Constitutional
  • Connecticut Has A Compelling State Interest In Reducing Gun Death And Injury & The Act Is Substantially Related To Connecticut’s Interest In Reducing Gun Death And Injury
  • Neither Heller Nor Any Other Precedent Supports Plaintiffs’ Absolutist Interpretations Of The Second Amendment

Once you get done laughing, you can go read the twisted logic our tax-dollars have paid to use against us in court. The full brief may be downloaded here. Shew v. Malloy_Brief of Appellees with Special Appendix (pdf)