Regrettably, tonight’s meeting is canceled based on weather conditions. We will see you all in 2014. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!! Thank you all for your efforts this year! Carry On!
A preliminary injunction was filed in federal court by Attorney Brian T. Stapleton for the plaintiffs (CCDL, CCS, Hiller Sports, M&D Sports and several individual plaintiffs). This injunctive relief essentially seeks a ruling that would direct the state to not enforce or prosecute the law (PA13-3) until the constitutionality of the law can be decided by the judge.
Here are the two documents that were filed on June 26, 2013 on behalf of CCDL and the other the plaintiffs:
PLAINTIFFS’ MOTION FOR A PRELIMINARY INJUNCTION (pdf)MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF PLAINTIFFS’ MOTION FOR A PRELIMINARY INJUNCTION (pdf)
Sam Belsito is running in the 53rd District special election for State Rep(Tolland, Willington and Ashford). Sam supports the 2nd Amendment, and this is an opportunity to get a pro 2A candidate elected. Please contact his campaign helpers to ask how you can help. You do not need to live in the 53rd District to help out.
If you do live in the 53rd, it is vitally important you show up to vote for Sam.
Jerri Macmillan: (860)388-7577
Brian Saucier: (860)617-0676
Time is running short! The election is June 11th.
Voter registration deadline for the special election is Monday, June 10. Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on June 11.
Yes, that’s the same day as our monthly meeting. If you can’t make the meeting because you were busy helping Sam get elected, we understand. We’ll see you in July!
And the lawsuit is filed! Here is the official release:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 22, 2013
Contact: Scott Wilson
President, CT Citizens’ Defense League
Contact: Brian Stapleton, Esq.
Goldberg Segalla, LLP
Bridgeport, CT – Today, a widely-anticipated lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Connecticut, challenging the constitutionality of the new firearms law that was passed hastily by the Connecticut legislature in response to the tragic shooting in Newtown by a disturbed individual. The lawsuit seeks immediate injunctive relief and a ruling declaring the new law unconstitutional under the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. It alleges that Connecticut’s new firearms law is not only unconstitutional but dangerous, since it makes both citizens and law enforcement less safe by depriving citizens of firearms that are in common use throughout the country. The very firearms and design features banned by the new law are commonly used in part because of safety, accuracy and ease-of-use features that make them effective in the hands of citizens who must defend themselves and their families against criminals and the mentally ill who do not obey such laws.
Brought on behalf of individual gun owners, retailers, and citizen’s defense and sportsmen’s organizations, the lawsuit seeks to vindicate the constitutional rights of citizens who are harmed by the broad prohibitions and unworkable vagueness of the new law. The legal challenge focuses on Connecticut’s ban of more than 100 additional common firearms that the law now dubs “assault weapons” and on the ban of standard design features, including magazines that hold more than 10 round of ammunition, that provide improved safety, accuracy, and ease-of-use. The lawsuit also challenges the practical bans imposed by the new law on an even broader array of firearms due to the law’s vague language and interpretative confusion combined with severe criminal penalties.
Plaintiffs bringing the lawsuit include individuals such as an elderly widow who lives alone in a rural area where the emergency response time of a lone resident trooper serving the area is 45 minutes, a rabbi whose synagogue in the Bridgeport area has been broken into by intruders, a young professional woman whose efforts to defend herself are made more difficult by the loss of an arm due to cancer, among other individuals.
In addition, retailers whose businesses have been severely harmed by the law have joined the lawsuit, which was conceived and organized by fellow-plaintiff organizations the Connecticut Citizens Defense League, commonly known as CCDL, and the Coalition of Connecticut Sportsmen. Both organizational plaintiffs represent large numbers of Connecticut citizens whose rights to own the firearms of their choice for self-defense and other lawful purposes, such as sports shooting and hunting, have been harmed by the new prohibitions.
Despite the new law being called “An Act Concerning Gun Violence Prevention and Children’s Safety,” Connecticut’s new firearms law makes Connecticut citizens less safe. Among the individuals harmed by the law’s provisions are women, the elderly, and anyone of a smaller physical stature — individuals who typically lack the strength to operate older style, heavier, or difficult to use firearms and yet who need to be able to protect themselves in challenging home-invasion and other self-defense situations.
CCDL’s President, Scott Wilson, who has seen his organization’s membership grow from 2,500 to 7,600 in just a few months, says “On behalf of our members and all of the plaintiffs, we wish to thank the National Rifle Association, whose vision and stalwart defense of citizens’ fundamental rights has helped make this important legal challenge possible.” Wilson says, “Connecticut’s new gun ban violates Second Amendment rights by depriving law-abiding citizens of firearms that are in common use throughout the country precisely because of their known effectiveness in the protection of citizens, their families, and homes. Criminals and the mentally ill will not abide by this terrible law, which means it has the perverse effect of actually making citizens and law enforcement officers less safe.”
Bob Crook, Executive Director of the Coalition of Connecticut Sportsmen, says, “This law will do nothing to prevent a tragedy or solve the problem of crime committed with guns. Instead of violating constitutional rights, we need to get serious about addressing violence and mental illness.” He continued, “Two recent independent studies by Pew and the federal government have just revealed that gun homicides are down almost 40% and general crime involving guns has dropped a whopping 70% since 1993, which corresponds with the elimination of the federal assault weapons ban. In contrast, the few areas of the country where gun crimes have increased dramatically are the very places where local or state governments have banned or severely restricted gun ownership by law-abiding citizens.”
Many of the design features now banned by Connecticut’s new law have long been standard in firearms design as they enhance safety, accuracy and ease-of-use, and include: design features that enhance a citizen’s ability to balance a firearm properly so that it can be shot safely and accurately based on the size of the owner – especially if the owner is smaller-sized like many women, the elderly, and youth shooters (retractable shoulder stock); design features that allow a long gun to be held more easily for accuracy and to be held onto by its owner if an attacker tries to take the gun from a victim (pistol grip and forward pistol grip); design features that allow those who are in stressful situations with multiple home-invaders or attackers to have sufficient bullets for meaningful self-defense without impractical situation of having to try to reload or access a second gun (standard magazine capacities over 10 rounds), etc. The specific firearms now banned by the law include some of the most commonly used and popular models in Connecticut and in America today, including the light and versatile AR-15.
Some local retailers supporting the lawsuit say that in addition to the increased dangers created by the law, the law is vague and unworkable. Although they are knowledgeable about various types of firearms, many are having difficulty trying to determine which firearms are banned and which are legal to sell. If they decide incorrectly, they could be facing years in jail. Some say it is difficult for reputable dealers to continue serving the law-abiding citizens of Connecticut under these circumstances. If licensed dealers leave the state, it will become increasingly difficult for the people of Connecticut to acquire firearms to defend themselves. Meanwhile, these retailers say, the criminals will still be armed and in an even stronger position to harm and terrorize the people of Connecticut.
The Connecticut lawsuit, like similar legal challenges in New York, Colorado and Maryland, is expected to better define the limits of a citizen’s right to own a commonly used firearm of personal choice for self-defense, defense of family, and other lawful purposes. Each of these states has enacted new firearms laws that make citizens and law enforcement less safe as they try to defend against criminals and the mentally ill who do not obey these laws.
UPDATE: Here is a link to a pdf of the actual lawsuit:
Filed Stamped Copy USDC CT Complaint (pdf)
Dear Connecticut Citizens Defense League Members:
Since last night’s meeting, CCDL has joined forces with the Coalition of Connecticut Sportsmen, the NRA and other gun owner and sportsmen groups that are working together in Connecticut to fund a significant Second Amendment legal challenge to Connecticut’s new firearms law.
Our legal team is assembled, and it includes preeminent Second Amendment and Constitutional lawyers with national reputations, significant trial as well as U.S. Supreme Court experience, and many U.S. Supreme Court victories under their belts.
We want you to know that our legal team is moving swiftly and that it understands the urgency of seeking legal vindication of our rights. That said, it would be unwise to rush to court without fully understanding the law and crafting the strongest legal challenge possible. This takes time, which is the reason why we are not rushing to court to file the lawsuit this week.
Please be aware that other lawsuits may be filed before ours in the coming days by individuals and groups who have gone in a different direction. These lawsuits are not part of our legal effort and, in some cases despite best intentions, may actually be harmful to members’ interests by creating unfavorable legal precedents.
We are calling on all members to contribute financially to the legal challenge that we are mounting.
Checks should be directed to CCDL at P.O. Box 642, Groton, Connecticut 06340.
You can also visit our webpage http://www.ccdl.us and donate through our Paypal link.
We will be back in touch with you soon to let you know of other ways in which you can be helpful.
Thank you for your contributions!
|SB-1160||AN ACT CONCERNING GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION AND CHILDREN’S SAFETY.|
Go read it (all 139 pages of it!) and weep. I haven’t seen the House version, but expect it to be the same. You can also download a PDF file of it here.
CCDL-NRA-NSSF-CCS at the Capitol 04/03/13
The legislators have a gun bill. We’ll post the actual bill as soon as it’s public, but it’s not good. Assault Weapon ban/registration. Magazine ban/registration. Background checks to buy ammo. Pretty much everything they can think of.
They will be voting on this bill tomorrow.
CCDL, the NRA, the NSSF, and the Coalition Of Connecticut Sportsmen are all asking you for one more trip to Hartford. If they are going to take away our rights, they are going to do it to our faces. We are going to be there; watching.
Please help us fill buses to the Capitol in Hartford as we assemble in the gallery above the floor where critical votes will take place. This is a last stand to show our legislators that we will not go away and accept the proposal as our fate.
Senate session begins at 10:00am.
Pick Up Location:
475 East Hartford Blvd. North
East Hartford, CT 06118
Buses will be running to the Capitol and back approximately every 1/2 hour to every hour in between peak times.
Hours of operation for buses:
8:30am-5:00pm Please come join us!
Be civil and and help us have a much needed presence.
CCDL wishes to thank the NRA for running these buses throughout the day!
Proposal to be voted on tomorrow:
Also, just a reminder. CCDL is free to join. We run everything on donations. I know the economy is bad, but legal challenges are expensive, even if the lawyers work pro bono. If you can afford it, please help us fight for YOUR rights.
The expected E-Cert Bill will be voted on this week according to Legislative Leadership.
Call and email The following people:
Speaker Rep. Brendan Sharkey
House Minority Leader Rep. Larry Cafero
860-240-0028 , Lawrence.Cafero@housegop.ct.gov
House Majority Leader Rep. Joe Aresimowicz
860-240-8581 , Joe.Aresimowicz@cga.ct.gov
Senate Minority Leader Senator John McKinney
860-240-8846 , John.McKinney@cga.ct.gov
President of the Senate Don Williams
Majority Leader of the Senate Martin Looney
860-240-0375 , Looney@senatedems.ct.gov
Your own State Senator and Representative http://cga.ct.gov/asp/menu/CGAFindLeg.asp
There is No Justification for Emergency Certification.
The Sandy Hook Tragedy Occurred 3 1/2 months ago.
The Full Report has not been published.
The guns they seek to restrict or ban are common ordinary firearms that are bought and used legally by millions of law abiding Americans
Call and email Monday 04/01
This may be our last chance before they will vote!
CCDL Airs Radio Commercial
In an effort to reach out to both gun owners and citizens that support our rights, CCDL has recorded and is airing a pro-2A commercial on two radio stations in the state. WJJF (94.9) FM and WTIC (1080) AM will be airing through part or all of this week.
Here is the commercial set to video: http://youtu.be/aTIFRgu8Vkc
CCDL 2A Rally April 20th
North Side Capitol Grounds 12 Noon till 3:00pm. We will need every person there to make sure that our voices will be heard. Flyer with more information to follow soon. Please share with clubs, ranges and gun stores.
Next Meeting April 9th, 7pm – 9pm
Don’t forget to join us in Middletown for our next monthly meeting. This meeting is open to all Members! Also, we will be collecting canned goods/non-perishables at our meetings.
The Connecticut Citizens Defense League strives for hands on activism from our members. We want an organization for us all to be proud of as we put forth effort to fight for our 2nd Amendment rights in our beautiful State. See you there!
Location : Middletown Elks Lodge 771, 44 Maynard St
View Map or Get Driving Directions
I was going to put up a blog post yesterday about this, but got tied up with other things. Since Bob and James Crook at the Coalition of Connecticut Sportsmen sent out an alert that says pretty much what I wanted to say, I’m going to just copy their email here.
With a probable composite (Mental Health, School Security, and FIREARMS) bill to be debated soon, you are asked to immediately contact YOUR State Representative and State Senator. Our and your interest in the bill is:
1. What does it contain,
2. Why don’t we have full disclosure, and MOST Important
3. Can we expect to provide our views through a PUBLIC HEARING Hearing on the contents?.
Be polite and courteous with Legislators. Tell them you are a voting constituent in their district, and if you voted for him/her make that statement.
How to Find Your Legislators: http://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/menu/cgafindleg.asp
Ask them the following questions;
Gun owners, hunters, target shooters, collectors have no idea what may be contained in this bill affecting their legal activities and firearm ownership. Can you explain to me what is contained in the bill and how it will affect me personally?
Rumors abound, and many issues go well beyond anyone’s perception this is only about so-called “Assault Weapons.” We hear about severe ammunition purchase restrictions placed upon ALL gun owner’s rifles, shotguns, and handguns. If passed, what would I have to do to purchase ammunition and WHY?
We hear ALL firearms must be registered at a cost including my Grandfather’s rifles and shotguns. Why?
Magazines are an integral part of a firearm. What will be the standard number of rounds if any? Will they be banned entirely? Will the State reimburse me for my loss of value and protection? Will common rifles and shotguns be included?
Should this bill be about prosecuting criminals and at-risk persons being identified, not the gun issue which has little real relevance to the Newtown event?
Why is there no transparency as to what legislators convening in secret are considering?
Will YOU as a legislator and your constituents have sufficient time to evaluate the bill prior to debate?
WE NEED A PUBLIC HEARING! Why can’t we allow those affected by this legislation to promote their views?
Tell me how you could vote on this “quick fix” legislation developed by some emotionally biased legislators without allowing a hearing from constituents to share their expertise and support/objections?
Help me understand why this bill will have no public hearing and is different from all other bills! Why Emergency Certification?
WE NEED A PUBLIC HEARING!
NOTE: We posted this yesterday, but took it down because we decided we didn’t want the antigun types to have time to cancel or reschedule. It’s back up now, please share far and wide!
According to an article published yesterday in the News-Times of Danbury, the antigun crowd is planning a protest for tomorrow, March 28th, in front of the headquarters for the National Shooting Sports Foundation. Why they are protesting sport/target shooters I have no idea; I would think if you really wanted to stop the violence you would protest in front of a drug gang’s headquarters or something. I can only guess it’s because sport shooters are safe and law-abiding and located in a nice neighborhood, and gang shooters are scary, criminals, and hang out in the bad part of town?
Whatever their reasons, they say they are speaking for all of us. We need you to show up and show them that’s not the case. We’ll be meeting in front of the NSSF headquarters at 4pm, located right off rt 25 at 11 Mile Hill Rd, Newtown. Parking is tough,
but you can park single file along Tinkerfield Rd, which is across from the NSSF. If you bear to the right after turning on Tinkerfield, there is also some parking along the road by the VFW. Do NOT park at or block the VFW, and do NOT park in the NSSF’s parking lot., but you can park behind The Reed School, by the Soccer and Baseball fields on Old Farm Rd (see map below). DO NOT PARK on Tinkerfield Rd. Any crossing of Mile Hill Rd. is prohibited, except up by Reed School where you park.
Remember you are technically parking on school grounds.
Bring Pro2A signs.
Bring American flags.
Bring a sign Thanking the NSSF for what they do.
- What: Counter-protest in support of the NSSF
- When: Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 4pm
- Where: NSSF Headquarters, 11 Mile Hill Rd, Newtown, CT 06470