Press Conference Invitation

Date: 10/27/2014
Time: 9:30am
Location: Connecticut State Capitol Building in Hartford – North Side Capitol Steps (map)
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The Connecticut Citizens Defense League invites our members and supporters to a press conference to welcome 2nd Amendment activists Timothy Knight from Colorado, and Sean Maloney from Ohio.

Both of these individuals are coming to Connecticut to help trigger the 2nd Amendment vote in the run up to the election on November 4th.

Timothy Knight was the founder of the Infamous Colorado Recall elections in 2013 in which sitting legislators were removed from office for their anti-gun votes and positions in the Colorado State Legislature.

Sean Maloney is an attorney, 2nd Amendment Activist and Leader of the Buckeye Firearms Association.

CCDL is proud that they are coming to Connecticut to offer their support with their 2 day visit (October 27th and October 28th).

Both Timothy and Sean will have an itinerary that includes guest radio spots, visits to firearms retailers and visits with gatherings of 2nd Amendment supporters in certain locations. Both of their efforts are widely acknowledged nationwide.

Itinerary details will be available Monday at the press conference. Brief bios are posted below and more information can be found about both their efforts on the web.

Press Contact:
Scott Wilson
860-235-7490
president@ccdl.us

Timothy Knight
Is the founder & architect of the 2013 Colorado recalls that sent gun-grabbing Senate President John Morse and Senator Angela Giron packing and forced a third to resign. He teamed up with six other political novices, strangers to each other before but who made 137 years of Colorado history by recalling those two senators. They even beat a combined Obama-Clinton political machine backed by Bloomberg’s capital trying to stop them from accomplishing the impossible. And they did it twice in one day. What started as a spark in Colorado has become a brushfire of liberty and an inspiration to ordinary citizens across this great country. Timothy is an example that you CAN make a difference despite what may seem overwhelming odds.

Sean Maloney
Sean is a defense attorney and member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers who practices in all areas of firearm-related law, including 2nd Amendment rights, criminal defense, federal and state restoration of gun rights, and federal NICS appeals. He has appeared as an expert witness in a variety of civil lawsuits related to firearms. In addition, he is Chairman of the Butler County Friends of NRA Committee, a multi-discipline Certified NRA Instructor, NRA Golden Eagle Benefactor Life Member, NRA-ILA Election Volunteer Coordinator, NRA Board of Directors Grassroots Committee member, and Leader with the award-winning Buckeye Firearms Association in Ohio. Counsels Ohio School Boards and assists them in implementing armed teachers and administrators after attending active killer training to keep our children safe. As a Volunteer fought MAIG head on in Colorado and won recall elections! Besides Ohio, traveled to Colorado, Virginia, and now Connecticut to work on NRA endorsed campaigns.

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 nearly 16,000.

Thanks to this large support base across the state the CCDL has become a fixture of the capitol, well recognized by all committees that regularly 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

Are You Registered To Vote?

Today is the last day to register to vote online or by mail in time to cast a ballot on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 4. People may register online or by mail if postmarked by Tuesday, Oct. 21. To register online, visit www.voterregistration.ct.gov

If you are not sure if you are registered already, or don’t know where to vote, you can check that here.

All registrars of voters’ offices in Connecticut will hold a statewide in-person voter registration session on Tuesday, Oct. 28, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

You may also register on election day, but not at the polls.
Contact your local registrar of voters or your town hall for more info on these sessions.

More information can also be found on the Secretary Of The State’s website at www.sots.ct.gov

CCDL can’t stress enough just how important this election is to gun owners. You, and everyone you know MUST get out on November 4th and vote for the CCDL-endorsed candidates. Polls will be open that day from 6am until 8pm. If you don’t know where you are supposed to vote, you can look it up here.

Pre Debate Rally Tomorrow!

The next big gubernatorial debate happens this Thursday, October 16, 2014 at the Garde Arts Center in New London.
Governor Dannel Malloy will have both the unions and the gun grabbers rallying in his support before the debate. We really need CCDL members to show up and support CCDL’s endorsed candidate for governor, Tom Foley.

We would like you to show up at the Garde no later than 5pm wearing your CCDL gear or carrying CCDL signs if you have them. We need to show that the gun vote matters! If you get there early, look for CCDL/Foley people over at Tony D’s Restaurant around the corner on Huntington St.

Tickets to get into the debate will be available at the rally on a first come basis. If you are sure you can attend the rally, and would also like to see the debate, you can RSVP and reserve tickets by contacting Matt Joiner by phone at (860)705-3775 or emailing him at matthewbjoiner@gmail.com. Reserved tickets will be picked up at the rally. Please be respectful, and keep in mind that the supporters of other candidates will be trying to goad us into doing something to make gun owners look bad.

The Garde Arts Center is located at 325 State St, New London. Directions and parking info may be found here.
The rally will start at 5pm, and the debates will start at 7pm. All debate ticket holders must be in their seats by 6:50 p.m. or you will not get in.

October Monthly Meeting

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, October 14, 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
Oral Arguments for Shew v. Malloy slated for Early December!
Litigation Counsel for the NRA will be updating the CCDL membership at this meeting. The courts are moving faster than we expected. We anticipate the court will begin hearing oral arguments the week of December 8th, 2014. However it’s not set in stone yet and the date may still change. When we get the exact date the membership will be fully informed.

We’ll also be discussing a high-profile local court case, and it’s implications for CCDL members and how they can help.

This is our last meeting before Election Day. Elections are on November 4th and if Dan Malloy is re-elected gun owners can expect more restrictive measures to become law! There is still time to get involved. Check out the list of CCDL-endorsed candidates and find one you like and volunteer a few hours of your time. In 2010 Dan Malloy won by only 6,000 votes. If every CCDL member gets a few more people to vote for our candidates, we’ll be on our way to preventing even worse gun restrictions next year. We’ll have a few more candidates at the meeting talking about their views, and you will hear how important, easy and FUN it is to get involved. This may be one of the most important elections in our lives. If you value your right to keep and bear arms, you must get involved.

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

Poker Run Shirts & Bandanas
If you didn’t get to buy these cool shirts and bandanas at the Poker Run last month, we still have some left. They will be for sale at the meeting.

I Vote 2A Shirts
Let people know how you plan to vote in the November elections with these “I VOTE 2A” CCDL shirts. I think we only have a few of these left.

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
October 14, 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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Crime, Guns and Race: A discussion on today’s civil rights issues

CCDL is one of the sponsors of this event. There will be some great speakers there. Please attend if you can.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Hartford, CT October 1, 2014
It’s about time we had that talk. Crime, Guns and Race: A public discussion with NRA Board Member Ken Blackwell, Prof. Nicholas Johnson, author of “Negroes and the Gun”, Garland Hunt, Governor Appointee to Georgia State Pardon and Paroles and many other speakers.

October 11th from 9am – 12pm at the Mark Twain Museum in Hartford, CT (directions)

Regina V Roundtree, founder of CT Black Republicans and Conservatives (CBRAC) and President of the new CT chapter of The Frederick Douglass Foundation (CTFDF), announced today that Ken Blackwell, a member of the Board of Directors of the National Rifle Association, Prof Nicholas Johnson, author of Negroes and the Gun along with Garland Hunt, Dean Nelson, Sonnie Johnson and Wayne Dupree will be panelists at a public forum in Hartford at the Mark Twain Museum.

“CBRAC was started for the purpose of building bridges and creating space for honest dialog and action to strengthen urban communities. Rarely has an opportunity presented itself in the urban community in which those who support the second amendment have had the opportunity publicly to paint a different picture than that occasionally presented by the media,” said Regina Roundtree, “The mis-impression is that people who live in areas with consistent high gun violence and high crime rates cannot or should not exercise their right to protect themselves.”

The forum will consist of two panels. The first panel, moderated by Ms. Roundtree, will discuss the intersections of criminal justice, race, second amendment rights and the history of guns in the black community. The second panel, moderated by Richard Ivory of HipHopRepublican.com, will discuss the use of social media and messaging in politics, as well as black conservatism. Both panels will be open to questions and answers from the public.

When asked about CCDL’s participation at the upcoming event, Scott Wilson replied, “The Connecticut Citizens Defense League is proud to take part in this event. It is the long term mission of our organization to advocate for 2nd Amendment rights for all individuals.”

The Federalist Society is a co-host for the morning forum. Peter Bowman, Esq., President of The Federalist Society, Connecticut Chapter), said “Recent events in Ferguson, Missouri and New York City have brought to the forefront issues of Guns, Race and Crime. Given the constitutional implications, recent Court rulings and environment in Connecticut about guns after Sandy Hook, we expect this forum will flesh out these issues in a
very intellectual manner,”

Further Information and tickets for both events can be found at www.ctfdf.org or www.ctbrac.org. All are welcome.

Both events are open to the press. Bios for the speakers can be found here www.ctfdf.org/speakers
For opportunities to interview the speakers, contact CBRAC Pres., Regina Roundtree at
cogent.consultant@gmail.com or 860-593-8483.
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There will also be a cocktail reception/fundraiser later that evening in West Hartford where you will get to mingle with the guest speakers from the morning forum. This is not a CCDL event, but the money raised by this event will go toward an advertising push in the urban neighborhood papers just before the elections on Nov 4th. The audience that reads these papers are off the radar for large campaigns. For more info on the cocktail reception go here.

Help A Brother Out

I know money is tight, especially here in Connecticut. I know it also seems like everyone has their hand out; the government, political campaigns, and yes, CCDL. Well, here goes the hand again.

Scott Lazurek is a CCDL member who was arrested and his permit to carry a firearm revoked for exercising his rights. He was in the right, all charges were dismissed and the Board of Firearm Permit Examiners (BFPE) reinstated his permit after over a year delay because of case backlogs.

A few weeks ago the State Attorney General’s Office made the unprecedented decision to take both Mr. Lazurek and the BFPE to court in an attempt to overturn the Board’s decision and again revoke Mr. Lazurek permit. A copy of the summons can be downloaded here: Lazurek-Appeal (pdf)
It’s important to note here that Mr. Lazurek works in a profession that requires him to carry a firearm. The State’s actions are not just impacting his right to bear arms; it’s taking away his income.

CCDL is not involved in this case, but it’s importance to the rights of all gun owners in Connecticut should be obvious. Scott Lazurek needs all the help possible fighting to keep his right to carry a firearm, and by extension his profession. To that end a donation page has been set up to help defray his legal expenses. Please go to http://www.gofundme.com/f7dhi4 and donate whatever you can. After you donate, be sure to share this page with anyone and everyone you know who supports the state and federal constitution. Thank you.

Latest Litigation Update

The attorneys in our appeal of Shew .v Malloy have filed a reply to the brief filed by the State of Connecticut in August. If you need a refresher, you can find that brief here. You can also find all the posts related to our lawsuit over CT’s unconstitutional gun laws here.

If you remember, the State’s “brief” was a whooping 178 pages of fiction. Even though our reply is only 47 pages, I think you will agree it is concise and factual, and refutes all of the State’s claims. I just want to thank everyone who has donated their time, energy and money to get to this point. It hasn’t been easy, and it hasn’t been cheap. Legal expenses are ongoing, so unfortunately so are our requests for donations. You can donate to our Litigation Fund at the link near the top of the page, or here.

Now, here’s the link to download our reply: 166 – reply brief in CT (pdf)

Poker Run Update & Route

REMINDER: The CCDL 2nd Amendment Poker Run is this Saturday, September 27, 2014!

The weather forecast right now is for 82° and SUNNY FOR SATURDAY!!!
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 at Woodbridge Firearms, 28 Selden St, Woodbridge from 9:30-10:30. Cost is $20/bike/driver and $15 per passenger. Cost includes the after party at the Cadillac Ranch. NSSF is providing gift bags for the first 300 entries.

If you just want to join us at the party after, it’s $15 per person pay at the door. The after-party starts around 11:30am, and runs until 4pm.

We’ll have special CCDL Poker Run shirts and bandanas for sale at both the start and the finish. Quantities are limited, when they are gone, that’s it. ALL profits from this event go to the Litigation Fund which is being used to fight unconstitutional gun laws here in Connecticut.

The route of the rally is different from last year. Stops include Bozzuto’s Trucking, City Limits Cafe, Yankee Harley Davidson, and ends with a party at the Cadillac Ranch. The recommended route is below, we will also have sheets with the route and maps when you register.

At each stop you will draw a poker card from a deck. Best poker hands at the end of the run will win prizes, with the 1st prize being a $500 Cabela’s Gift Certificate donated by the NSSF!

Whether you ride or not, be sure to join us at Cadillac Ranch located at 45 Jude Ln in Southington for the HUGE party with great food, entertainment, GUN RAFFLES and of course, the Haymond Girls! A great mix of classic and southern fried rock will be provided by the Screamin’ Eagle Band and Jay Roberts. Our generous 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.
If you are on Facebook, you can RSVP on the event page there. If you still need more info: please email: fundraising@ccdl.us.

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

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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