CCDL Joins California Fight

The Connecticut Citizens Defense League has joined with the New York State Rifle & Pistol Assn, Association of New Jersey Rifle & Pistol Clubs, Commonwealth Second Amendment (Massachusetts), Maryland State Rifle & Pistol Assn, and Gun Owners of California to file an amicus brief in the Supreme Court case of Peruta v. San Diego.

While the actual case is in California, Petitioner Ed Peruta maintains a residence in Connecticut, and CCDL feels the outcome of this case could have a direct impact on our state’s ability to deny carry permits to law-abiding gun owners.

The Connecticut Citizens Defense League remains vigilant and active on cases such as these that could have long-lasting impact at both the state and national level.

You can read the Brief of Amici Curiae we filed with the Supreme Court here: 16-894 Amici Brief-CCDL (pdf)

Public Hearing Alert

This Tuesday, February 14th, the Appropriations Committee will hold a state agency budget presentation with the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (DESPP). The meeting is scheduled for 1:00pm in room 2C of the Legislative Office Building (LOB) in Hartford. Most likely questions about the proposed permit fee hikes will be asked of DESPP Commissioner Dora Schriro at this time.

The meeting is open to the public, and CCDL is asking members to attend. We need to show legislators that gun owners are outraged at Governor Malloy’s budget proposal to raise pistol permit application and permit fees so only the rich will be able to exercise their 2nd Amendment rights. We’re asking members to wear their CCDL shirts and hats to the meeting to show the legislators we’re paying attention.

Oral testimony is not required at this particular hearing, but members are still encouraged to submit written testimony. This hearing is related to the appropriations of the general funds, but it’s key to show the state that CCDL members are staying vigilant.

The afternoon part of this meeting will start at 1:00 P.M., and DESPP is scheduled to be the second speaker. This will be followed by a Public Budget Hearing at 4:30 P.M.

Please email written testimony in Word or PDF format to
The Committee requests that testimony be limited to matters related to the items on the agenda. All public hearing testimony, written and spoken, is public information. The Committee encourages witnesses to submit a written statement and to condense oral testimony to a summary of that statement.

We’ve included some sample testimony you can use. Sample Letter

The Legislative Office Building is located at 300 Capitol Avenue, Hartford.


Driving Directions

Entry to the LOB for Members of the Public (PDF)

A Guide for Testifying at Hearings

Frequently Asked Questions

HB6200 Update

THANK YOU, to the hundreds of members who took the time to respond to last night’s Action Alert.

Letting the Judiciary Committee members hear your voice in opposition to H.B.6200 ‘AN ACT CONCERNING THE PRESENTATION OF A CARRY PERMIT’ this early is key to letting the Committee know that gun owners in Connecticut are staying vigilant.

Unfortunately, the committee voted to raise this bill once again and move it closer to becoming law. The open carry bill was added to a long list of other bills which prevent it from being voted on individually. The vote passed by a voice vote, some committee members commented that their vote to raise isn’t necessarily their vote in support of any one bill on the agenda. Rep. Rob Sampson commented that the bill is unconstitutional on its face and should not even be on the agenda.

Now, that the committee voted to raise H.B.6200, the Legislative Commissioners’ Office (LCO) will draft the bill into the legal language. Once this happens we will prepare for the public hearing and public testimony stage of the process. A public hearing can happen anytime between now and the middle of March. No date has been set yet.

CCDL will continue to monitor this and keep our members updated on a public hearing date.

TIP: Start to prepare your written testimony for the hearing now and save it. Feel free to use some of the sample letters provided in last night’s Action Alert. You can also sign up through the Connecticut General Assembly website to track H.B.6200 yourself.

Carry On!
Ray Bevis
CCDL Legislative Coordinator

For more information:
Bill H.B. 6200

Connecticut General Assembly website

State Budget Proposal

To our fellow members and supporters

CCDL is well aware of the budget proposal by the Governor to drastically increase the fees for pistol permit applications and renewals. We are actively working on counter-proposals to help mitigate the costs that Governor Malloy has proposed.

His proposal would negatively impact Connecticut citizens who merely wish to protect themselves and their families. His plan calls to put his failed policies on the backs of Connecticut gun owners.

We will keep our members updated every step along the way

Scott Wilson
CCDL, Inc.


Immediate Help Needed:

Our 2nd Amendment and 4th Amendment rights are once again being threatened here in Connecticut. The Connecticut General Assembly’s Judiciary Committee is considering raising a bill again to declare ‘open season’ on those who lawfully carry firearms. They want to allow police to stop, detain and demand permit holders to identify themselves even if all they are doing is legally carrying a firearm.

This bill (should it become actual law) will force carry permit holders to produce their permits on demand if a police officer simply sees you carrying a firearm. They want to eliminate the current law which requires a police officer to have reasonable suspicion of a crime before they can stop a permit holder and investigate.

We are asking CCDL members to contact these key members of the Judiciary Committee and request that they do not to raise this bill. This proposed law eliminates current protections against undo potential harassment.

Most police officers simply wish to investigate legitimately suspicious activity, and not harass someone who is merely carrying a firearm and minding their own business. Law enforcement officers should not be allowed to stop and frisk law-abiding citizens who are not suspected of criminal activity.

Important Note:
Police right now currently do have every right to ask individuals to produce and show a carry permit. They simply do not have the authority to demand it without someone acting in a suspicious manner. This is a very important distinction that protects your 4th amendment rights.

Please send an email tonight, and ask these legislators to OPPOSE H.B.6200
Ask them to not allow police to stop and detain lawful residents without probable cause.

Sen. Doyle, Co-Chair (prefers mail form emails)

Rep. Tong, Co-Chair

Sen. Kissel, Co-Chair

Sen. Winfield, Vice Chair (prefers mail form emails)

Sen. McLachlan, Vice Chair

Rep. Stafstrom, Vice Chair

Rep. Rebimbas, Ranking Member

Rep. Simmons

Rep. Fox

If you need suggestions on what to write, we’ve got some sample letters you can use for ideas. Click here: Sample Letters

If you have any questions, contact CCDL’s Legislative Coordinator:
Ray Bevis
Phone 860-800-2235

Dinner Reminder

All are welcome to help celebrate CCDL’s 8th anniversary with a dinner event to be held February 18th, 2017 at the Aquaturf Club in Plantsville. Relax, enjoy a meal, and share a well deserved night out.

We’ve added over 25,000 members since that first dinner, come pat yourselves on the back.

Tickets may be purchased at our monthly meeting or online, and you must show your ticket at the door to gain entry.
Tickets are $57 per person when ordered online in our web store. Tickets ordered online will not be shipped. They will be held at the door under the name used to order them.

Dinner will be buffet style, salad and cheese tables are on the menu as well. This event is 4pm-9pm, with dinner to start at 5:30. We will have some speakers, but not TOO many! This is a night to sit back and enjoy a well deserved meal. Bring some cash for raffle tickets and the bar! All lawful forms of carry are permitted and encouraged, but remember the Aquaturf does serve alcohol. Please carry (and drink) responsibly.

The Aquaturf is located at 556 Mulberry st, Plantsville CT, 06479. Their phone number is 860-621-9335.

Purchase tickets online: CCDL Anniversary Dinner

Or download the flyer here: CCDL Anniversary dinner 2017(pdf)

Here is just a preview of some of the raffle prizes we’ll have:

Hope to see you there, and Carry On!

An Open Letter To Senator Murphy

Greetings Senator Murphy,

Your recent call for increased infringements on the rights of Americans (more gun control) coupled with decreased vetting of foreign entities has now reached ‘the Lunatic Fringe’.

Our organization (Connecticut Citizens Defense League) has no opinion on immigration as a sole subject, but when you conjoin calls for gun control along with mass immigration of foreigners, it is obvious what you are attempting to do.

You are now prioritizing non-citizens over legitimate citizens of the United States by calling for gun control to accommodate those non-citizens. The purpose of your idea is simply to push fanatical gun restrictions any way that you can. This reasoning is simply unacceptable to most Americans.

Let’s face it Senator Murphy, the bottom line is that you very simply do not trust your fellow Americans with firearms. The fact that you cling to this position is clearly evidenced by your ceaseless calls for gun control. What is particularly troubling is the fact that you are doing so while admitting that some immigrants from certain regions of the world may be so dangerous that we need to ban legal firearms to reduce the ‘risks’ of these people being here. It is sheer lunacy that you would risk the lives of your fellow citizens in such a manner if given the opportunity.

Your way would make all of us less safe if you eliminate the means for us to protect our lives and our families. Therefore, you and your beliefs are more dangerous to this nation than any immigrant from anywhere in the world ever could be.

Scott Wilson
CCDL, Inc.

New Proposed Gun Bills – January 24th

Here’s your dose of gun related bills proposed for today.

Remember, you can always see the full list of bills CCDL is tracking this year by clicking the “Pending Legislation” button near the top of the page, or bookmarking this link:

That page will also show the official position of the CCDL Executive Board on bills once we have one.

Proposed H.B. No. 6636 REP. DUBITSKY, 47th DIST.; REP. BOYD, 50th DIST. ‘AN ACT CONCERNING PERMIT AND CERTIFICATE TO CARRY A FIREARM RECIPROCITY’, to secure permit or certificate reciprocity between Connecticut and other states that have substantially similar standards for carrying a concealed firearm.

Proposed H.B. No. 6644 REP. FISHBEIN, 90th DIST. ‘AN ACT CONCERNING THE THRESHOLD DATE FOR CONVICTIONS FOR POSSESSION OF SMALL AMOUNTS OF MARIJUANA AS A DISQUALIFIER FOR A PISTOL PERMIT’, to change in the pistol permit section the threshold date of conviction for possession of small amounts of marijuana from October 1, 1994, to October 1, 2015, to conform with the effective date for changes made to the drug possession statute.

Proposed H.B. No. 6690 REP. DAUPHINAIS, 44th DIST. ‘AN ACT ALLOWING EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES PROVIDERS TO CARRY A FIREARM’, to allow emergency medical services providers to carry a firearm if they have a permit.

Proposed H.B. No. 6694 REP. SREDZINSKI, 112th DIST. ‘AN ACT REQUIRING A CRIMINAL HISTORY RECORDS CHECK FOR PERSONS WHO ENROLL IN A CLASS FOR CERTIFICATION AS EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES PERSONNEL’, to require a criminal history records check for persons who enroll in a class for certification as emergency medical services personnel.

Two More Bills

After some discussion, we’re adding two more proposed bills to our tracking list. Both bills deal with the sale of ivory, which may concern CCDL members since many old firearms used ivory for front sight beads, decorative inlays, or handgun grips. (Many old knives and musical instruments used ivory as well.)
These bills will also be added to the complete list of bills CCDL is tracking, which you can see by clicking the “Pending Legislation” button near the top of the page, or bookmarking this link:

Proposed H.B. No. 6335 REP. URBAN, 43rd DIST. ‘AN ACT PROHIBITING THE SALE OF IVORY AND RHINOCEROS HORN IN CONNECTICUT’, to minimize the illegal trade of ivory and rhinoceros horn, which may fund terrorist activities.

Proposed H.B. No. 6338 REP. BOLINSKY, 106th DIST. ‘AN ACT CONCERNING THE SALE AND TRADE OF IVORY AND RHINOCEROS HORN IN THE STATE’, to prohibit the sale and trade of ivory and rhinoceros horn in the state while preserving the antiques trade in Connecticut.

New Week – New Gun Bills

Here are the new proposed gun bills for Monday, January 23, 2017.

These are just the bills announced today. You can always see the full list of bills CCDL is tracking this year by clicking the “Pending Legislation” button near the top of the page, or bookmarking this link:

Proposed H.B. No. 6336 REP. LOPES, 24th DIST.; REP. LEMAR, 96th DIST.; SEN. MINER, 30th DIST. ‘AN ACT AUTHORIZING THE USE OF SUPPRESSORS ON HUNTING RIFLES’, to reduce hearing loss and hearing damage from firearm discharges.

Proposed H.B. No. 6499 REP. OHLER, 64th DIST. ‘AN ACT ALLOWING POLICE ACADEMY FIREARM TRAINING TO SATISFY THE FIREARM TRAINING COURSE REQUIREMENT FOR A FIREARM PERMIT’, to permit the completion of a minimum basic training program conducted by the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection or the Police Officer Standards and Training Council to satisfy the firearms training course required for receiving a firearm permit.

Proposed S.B. No. 557 SEN. FRANTZ, 36th DIST. ‘AN ACT CONCERNING LOWER-POWERED RIMFIRE TARGET PISTOLS’, to allow the purchase and possession of any .22 caliber rimfire target pistol.

Proposed S.B. No. 558 SEN. MARKLEY, 16th DIST. ‘AN ACT CONCERNING RIMFIRE TARGET PISTOLS’, to exclude from the definition of “assault weapon” any .22 caliber rimfire target pistol that is designed for use in target shooting.

CCDL is also going to try and start tracking more sportsmen related bills, since there is a lot of overlap between gun owners and sportsmen. So here are those bills we’re following.

Proposed H.B. No. 6322 REP. DAUPHINAIS, 44th DIST. ‘AN ACT AUTHORIZING THE UNLIMITED TAKING OF GAME PURSUANT TO A HUNTING LICENSE’, to remove limits on the number of game that may be taken pursuant to a hunting license.

Proposed H.B. No. 6336 REP. LOPES, 24th DIST.; REP. LEMAR, 96th DIST.; SEN. MINER, 30th DIST. ‘AN ACT AUTHORIZING THE USE OF SUPPRESSORS ON HUNTING RIFLES’, to reduce hearing loss and hearing damage from firearm discharges.