CCDL Joins Amicus In Kolbe v. Hogan (Maryland)

Today, CCDL joined a number of law enforcement and gun rights groups in filing an amicus curiae brief in the case of Kolbe v. Hogan. This is a case in Maryland that seeks to overturn their unconstitutional ban on so-called “assault weapons”.

CCDL and our members have a vested interest in this case, as any ruling by the Supreme Court in this case would have a national impact on similar gun bans; including Connecticut’s.

You can read the brief as submitted here: USSC 17-127 Amicus Brief – Kolbe v Hogan (pdf)

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)

Shew v. Malloy Filed With SCOTUS – Press Release

02/11/2016
for Immediate Release:

(Groton, CT) – The Connecticut Citizens Defense League along with fellow plaintiffs have filed an appeal to the Supreme Court of the United States (Shew v. Malloy). The appeal challenges part of Public Act 13-3 (An Act Concerning Gun Violence Prevention and Children’s Safety) that was enacted by the Connecticut Legislature back in 2013.

The plaintiffs are challenging the ban on certain firearms that look similar to assault rifles. The plaintiffs claim that these are common semi-automatic firearms that only shoot once when the trigger is pulled; identical to others not banned. Real “assault rifles” are full-automatic and can fire multiple times when the trigger is pulled. Real assault rifles are already highly regulated by both federal and state government, and civilian ownership is quite rare.

The plaintiff’s challenge has been narrowed to focus strictly on the banned firearms and not magazines that contain 10 rounds or more as originally argued. The legal strategy behind this tactic is to offer the Supreme Court consideration to solely address this single issue with the hope that they will hear the case.

A similar case is expected to be filed soon in New York that may broaden the challenge to address magazines.

Comments from CCDL President Scott Wilson:
 
“We are thankful to finally have our petition filed with the Supreme Court. We have waited patiently for nearly three years to get to this stage, and we hope that the court will hear our arguments”.

“The firearms that have been banned under Public Act 13-3 are common firearms that are owned and enjoyed by millions of Americans throughout the country. They are excellent tools for home defense, and great for competition, hunting and target shooting. The law also bans firearms and features that enhance safety and allow physically disabled persons to exercise their rights and enjoy these same activities”.

“The Connecticut Citizens Defense League wishes to thank our fellow plaintiffs (especially June Shew) for being a part of this journey for justice. We also wish to thank our devoted members, numerous gun clubs, retailers, private individuals and of course the NRA-ILA for their help and support in getting us to this stage”.

“Public Act 13-3 infringes upon rights guaranteed by both the federal and state Constitution. Connecticut residents deserve to have these rights restored and protected by the Supreme Court”.

The filed petition (486 pages) may be downloaded here: Shew v. Malloy SCOTUS Petition as filed (pdf)

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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 22,000 members from across the state.

Thanks to this large supportive base, the CCDL has become a fixture at the state capitol, and well-recognized by committees that 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 http://www.ccdl.us

Press Contact:

Scott Wilson

president@ccdl.us

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Supreme Court challenges are extremely expensive. The total bill for DC v Heller was $3.5 million.
CCDL is an all-volunteer, free to join non-profit organization (501c4).
As such all the money to fund this fight for your constitutional rights comes solely from donations. If you can afford to, please donate to our Litigation Fund.
Thank you.

Call Your US Senators Now!

We just received this from our friends at the National Shooting Sports Foundation.

NSSF has learned that anti-gun U.S. Senators are expected to bring up a vote at ANY MINUTE this afternoon on the previously defeated Manchin-Toomey “universal background check” amendment as well as an amendment expanding the prohibited persons list to anyone unknowingly placed on a secret, error-prone government list, the so called “terrorist watch list.”

Call your senators at 202-224-3121 as soon as you can and urge them to vote NO on both amendments.

They Still Want More – Gun Control Rally Today

Gun grabbers aren’t going to be happy until they get gun/magazine confiscation, and get it on a national level. Today they will be at City Hall in Hartford. It would be nice if someone who happens to be in the area could swing by and get some photos showing the crowd size.

(Hartford, CT) – Friday, April 5 at 11:30 AM at Hartford City Hall, U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (D-5), Newtown …First Selectman Pat Llodra, Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra, gun safety advocates and Newtown families will call for common sense federal action on gun violence.

WHO
U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal
U.S. Senator Chris Murphy
U.S. Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty
Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra
Newtown First Selectman Pat Llodra
Representatives from Newtown Action Alliance
Representatives from Sandy Hook Promise
Representatives from Connecticut Against Gun Violence
Representatives from Mothers United Against Violence

Where & When
11:30 AM
Friday, April 5, 2013

Hartford City Hall
550 Main Street
Hartford, CT 06103

Federal Stuff

As many know, CCDL was formed to address state and local issues, because the founding members felt the big national organizations didn’t pay enough attention to all the local issues. We still feel that way, but we also know we’re not operating in a vacuum. All the work we do on the state level is meaningless if federal gun control laws get passed. To that end, I’m going to borrow an email from one of the antigun orgs and “fix” it to better suite our needs. 🙂

ACTION ALERT: On Thursday, the US Senate Judiciary Committee was expected to mark-up (the process by which a U.S. congressional committee debates, amends, and rewrites proposed legislation) the proposals to decrease your right to keep and bear arms–including Senator Feinstein’s Assault Weapons Ban. Thankfully, the committee has postponed the mark-up of the legislative proposals. We need to send a strong message to these senators that citizens across this nation support swift and bold measures to reduce further restrictions on our rights – without further delay.

Please call the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and tell them that you do not support stronger gun control legislation, which does nothing to reduce gun violence and death.

Senate Judiciary Committee Members:
Patrick J. Leahy Chairman, D-Vermont (202) 224-4242
Dianne Feinstein D-California (202) 224-3841
Chuck Grassley Ranking Member, R-Iowa (202) 224-3744
Chuck Schumer D-New York (202) 224-6542
Orrin G. Hatch R-Utah (202) 224-5251
Dick Durbin D-Illinois (202) 224-2152
Jeff Sessions R-Alabama (202) 224-4124
Sheldon Whitehouse D-Rhode Island (202) 224-2921
Lindsey Graham R-South Carolina (202) 224-5972
Amy Klobuchar D-Minnesota (202) 224-3244
John Cornyn R-Texas (202) 224-2934
Al Franken D-Minnesota (202) 224-5641
Michael S. Lee R-Utah (202) 224-5444
Christopher A. Coons D-Delaware (202) 224-5042
Ted Cruz R-Texas (202) 224-5922
Richard Blumenthal D-Connecticut (202) 224-2823
Jeff Flake R-Arizona (202) 224-4521
Mazie Hirono D-Hawaii (202) 224-6361

Now is the time to make our voices heard!
A few tips on what to say:
Remember that telephone calls are usually taken by a staff member, not the member of Congress. Ask to speak with the aide who is handling the legislation to reduce gun violence.
After identifying yourself, tell the aide you do not support the legislative proposals currently before the committee. Specifically, we believe the following proposals are critical.
— NO ban on so-called assault weapons,
— NO ban or limit on magazine capacity,
— NO registration, background checks, or further taxation of ammunition
— NO limits on the number of firearms one can legally purchase, and
— a vote on the Senate floor for all of the above.
You will also want to state reasons for your support. Ask for the senators’ position on the bill. You may also request a written response to your telephone call.

Senator Chris Murphy Town Hall Meetings

Senator Chris Murphy is continuing his tour of the state, holding town hall meetings in each of the 5 Congressional districts. His second meeting was last night in Hamden (3rd district). According to CCDL members in attendance, only about 60 people showed up, and only 8 were allowed to speak. This was the same night as U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty’s town hall meeting in Waterbury, so that might have hurt attendance. Still, we need to turn out hundreds of progun folks to the rest of his meetings and let him know how we feel about gun control.

Here is his schedule for the rest of the districts:

Sunday, February 24th from 12pm to 1:30pm
Manchester Community College Arts and Education Center
903 Main St.
Manchester, CT 06040
1st Congressional District

Saturday, March 9th from 12pm to 1:30pm
Location to be announced
New London, CT
2nd Congressional District

Saturday, March 23rd from 12pm to 1:30pm
Location to be announced
Fairfield, CT
4th Congressional District

Firearm Companies Boycott Government Agencies

Since the recent passage of the draconian NY State gun control laws, some companies have decided to take a stand. These companies have come out and said that they will no longer sell items to law enforcement and government agencies that law abiding citizens can’t possess. First, I have to give credit to Ronnie Barrett, of Barrett Firearms. He really started this list a decade ago, when first Los Angeles and then California banned .50 caliber rifles and ammo. Barrett responded by refusing to sell or service items for California law enforcement or government.

Fast forward to the present. Some states, including Connecticut, are pursuing anti-gun legislation. Other companies are following in Ronnie Barrett’s footsteps. Here’s the ones I know of, with links to their new policy.

If you know of any I’ve missed, leave a comment with the company and a link to the policy and I’ll add them. And if there is a company you do business with that isn’t listed, email or call them and urge them to join the companies above. Remember, there are approximately 800,000 police officers in the entire country. According to the FBI there were 2.5 million NICS checks in January alone. Think about that. In one month, law-abiding civilians purchased enough firearms to outfit every police officer in the country three times over. WE ARE THEIR CUSTOMER BASE.

Joe Biden – Panel On Gun Violence – 2/21/2013

For a week or more the media has been touting an invite only panel discussion on gun violence that Vice President Joe Biden will be heading. The conference is to take place on Febuary 21st, at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury. Supposedly all sides were invited, with “national, state, and local leaders, law enforcement, mental health experts, sportsmen, faith leaders, families and survivors of gun violence” all represented. Forget the fact that The Second Ammendment has nothing to do with sportsmen or hunting.

So today I finally see a list of speakers for this invite only event. Can anyone please point out the progun folks? How about the sportsmen?
Where is the NRA?
CCDL?
CT Coalition of Sportmen?
The only person I know on this list who is not rabidly antigun is Mayor Boughton.

UPDATE: The invite-only event is scheduled to be broadcast on CT-N, and will also be streamed over the internet via their website. Link.

Remarks from:
Vice President Joe Biden (D)
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D)
U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D)
U.S. Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (D)
Governor Dannel P. Malloy (D)
Newtown First Selectwoman Pat Llodra (R)
Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch (D)
Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton (R)
Western Connecticut State University President James W. Schmotter

Panel on Gun Violence:
State Police Captain Dale Hourigan
Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra (D)
Chris and Lynn McDonnell, parents of Grace McDonnell
Stacy Spell, retired New Haven Police detective and neighborhood activist
Matt Bennett, Senior Vice President for Public Affairs at Third Way

Panel on Mental Health and School Safety Initiatives:
Dr. George Sugai, University of Connecticut Neag School of Education
Dr. Kathryn Seifert, author of Path to Violence
Dr. Philip Wang, Deputy Director of the National Institute of Mental Health
Mark Benigni, Meriden Superintendent of Schools
Steven Girelli, PhD, President and CEO, Klingberg Family Centers

UPDATE: Watching the forum live now, it looks like they added Dom Basile, firearms instructor from Metacon Gun Club and CCDL member. Thanks for going into the belly of the beast for us yet again, Dom!