Permit Issue Resolved in the City of Hartford

On May 1st, CCDL President Scott Wilson communicated with Hartford Police Chief James Rovella regarding his department’s refusal to accept numerous pistol permit applications.

These particular applications were refused by the police department because they did not include an additional signed waiver that would have allowed for intrusive privacy violations. The Connecticut State Statues (29-28a) do not allow the Hartford PD to require such additional waivers in addition to the state approved application.

The CCDL President offered to schedule a meeting between CCDL and Hartford city officials to discuss this matter.

On May 5th a reply came back to CCDL from Hartford Deputy Police Chief Dustin Rendock indicating that they had conducted a review of their pistol permit procedures, and that they were eliminating the waiver altogether. The Deputy Chief also asked CCDL to contact the rejected pistol permit applicants in Hartford to see if we can get them to resubmit their applications.

The next step that CCDL will take is to contact the Board of Firearms Permit Examiners to communicate the resolution to any applicants in Hartford they know of who might have been affected by the waiver requirement.

CCDL wishes to thank the Hartford Police Department for taking positive and expedient action to rectify this matter. We are thankful that by bringing this issue to their attention it has been resolved.

CCDL also wishes to thank our members for standing behind us, and also for their patience while we work to resolve other issues in several other municipalities across the state.

Carry On!

CCDL President on Armed American Radio

On September 16, 2015, CCDL President Scott Wilson was once again a guest on the syndicated Armed American Radio (AAR) show.
The show is hosted by Mark Walters and is carried on hundreds of radio stations across the nation (though none here in Connecticut).
AAR is broadcast live every Sunday from 8-11pm eastern time, and Monday-Friday from 4-5pm. Even though none of our local stations carry the show, many of the stations that do carry it also simulcast on the internet.

Scott was on the show to talk about the recent Hartford home invasion that was stopped by a legally armed citizen. Following Scott Wilson’s appearance, Walters also talked to Dr John Lott. As many remember, Dr Lott was the keynote speaker at one of our rallies a few years ago. You’ll want to listen to the entire hour.
Listen to the interview below, or download it here: Armed American Radio 09-16-2015 Scott Wilson-John Lott.mp3


Bob Crook Update

As many of you know, Bob Crook (head of the Coalition of Connecticut Sportsmen, which is also a plaintiff along with CCDL in in the lawsuit to overturn CT’s unconstitutional gun laws) suffered a minor stroke shortly after Christmas. He was rushed to Yale New Haven Hospital via ambulance. Bob has been rehabbing at Gaylord Hospital in Wallingford since the 30th. He is expected to leave and be home with family on January 20th. The stroke left him with limited control of his left extremities, however his family believes he will make a full recovery. He is in wonderful spirits and looks forward to going back up to Hartford.
Meanwhile his son James Crook has taken over the reins of CCS. We wish James well, he’s got some mighty big shoes to fill; and we look forward seeing both he and his father in Hartford as they fight side by side with CCDL for YOUR rights.

Repost – Blog Updates By Email

Since the next CT legislative session starts later this week, I’m going to repeat a few old blog posts for the new members and also as a refresher for the older members. First up is how to subscribe to these blog updates by email.

CCDL usually sends out 1-2 emails a month to keep our members updated on what’s going on with the organization and our gun rights. With the political climate the way it is, things sometimes happen far too fast to wait for a monthly email. A good way to stay up to date with everything happening is to subscribe to this blog. Just look down the right side of the blog home page ( and you will see a place to enter your email address. It looks like this:

Simply enter your email address and press the subscribe button.
You will then get a confirmation email from “CCDL Blog”. Open that email and press the Confirm Follow button. Now you will get an email when there is a new post here. Don’t worry, if you ever change your mind, every email has a link to unsubscribe.

One last thing, if you are active on Facebook, besides the Official CCDL page, there is also a CCDL discussion group. It’s a good place to interact with fellow CCDL members.

For The Record

CCDL President Scott Wilson appeared this morning on WHPX-TV’s “For The Record” with host Shawn Murphy. WHPX is part of the Ion TV Network, which is carried by most cable companies in CT, and this episode is supposed to be aired again soon. Fortunately it’s also posted online, so you can watch it here.

Sandy Hook Shooting Search Warrants Released

As promised, State Police have released some of the search warrants from the Sandy Hook School shooting. I have not had a chance to read them, but here they are. Warning, I understand some of this may be disturbing

Gov. Malloy Released Statement On Newtown Investigation

Governor Dannel P. Malloy today released the following statement regarding the investigation of the Newtown tragedy:

“Like many others, I was disappointed and angered to learn that certain information about the Newtown shooting had been leaked, specifically with concern for the victim’s families who may have been hearing this news for the first time.

“Today, my office contacted the Chief State’s Attorney. I requested, and they have agreed, to release additional information relevant to the investigation and to provide a status on where the investigation currently stands. This information will be provided by Friday, March 29.

“As to what information can reasonably be shared at this time – that is a question that must be left to the State’s Attorney and other law enforcement. As a former prosecutor, I’m sensitive to the need for an independent investigation and believe that we must allow their work to continue without any undue interference.

“Having said all that, I will also say that I am bewildered by the demands of Mr. Cafero and others for a special briefing they claim is necessary in order for them to take a firm position on potential legislative responses to this horrific tragedy.

“To Mr. Cafero and those others I must ask: what more could you possibly need to know?

“We know for a fact that on December 14, a very disturbed young man took a military-style rifle with high-capacity magazines into a school and murdered 20 innocent children and six innocent adults. We know he had access to that weapon and others, although they were registered to someone else.

“Today, more than three months later, the vast majority of people in Connecticut can agree on some simple, common-sense things we can do – right now – to ban the sale of the weapon he used, to outlaw the high-capacity magazines he used, and to put in place systems that will make it much more difficult for a weapon like that to fall into the wrong hands.

“I ask again – what more does Mr. Cafero need to know before he’s finally ready to take action?”

Well Governor, I can’t answer for Mr. Cafero, but I do know what more CCDL members would like to know.

  • Were the weapons used properly secured, and if so, how did the shooter gain access to them?
  • I don’t believe the CSP have ever said what weapon was used to murder his mother. What weapon was used, and how did the shooter obtain access to it?
  • How many rounds were fired, out of how many magazines of what capacity? If the shooter only fired 10-12 rounds per magazine, how would banning those magazines prevent this from happening again?
  • What type of ammunition was used, and how was it obtained?
  • What specific feature(s) of the Bushmaster AR-15 contributed so greatly to the death toll that banning it is the only possible solution?
  • What kind of treatment was the shooter getting for his mental illness, and did it involve drugs? If drugs were perscribed, what kind and was he in fact taking them.
  • And lastly, if all your proposed gun restrictions were law on December 13, 2012, how would they have prevented what happened in Newtown?

WTNH Special Report: Firearm Facts — AR-15

Last night WTNH‘s  Bob Wilson did what I thought was a pretty fair and balanced report on just what is (and is not!) an AR-15. They covered how it is not the same as a military assault rifle, and they covered how though it looks different, it is functionally the same as a hunting rifle. They even covered the fact that the AR in AR-15 stands for Armalite, the company who first marketed it; not Assault Rifle or Automatic Rifle. My only complaint is it appears they only showed this on the 11pm news. Hey WTNH, how about putting this on the morning and evening news as well, so more of the public can learn the facts?

Governor Malloy’s Proposed Gun Control

As mentioned earlier, Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy intends to bypass the legislative process to enact gun control laws he feels will not pass using the normal lawmaking procedures, or even via his “Bipartisan Task Force On Gun Violence”. His office has released his prepared speech, and here is the money quote:

I believe we need to enhance and expand our system of background checks, so that whether you buy a gun from dealer, a private individual, or at a gun show – you must go through a background check before anyone hands you a firearm.

We need to expand the permitting process to cover more guns and keep guns away from people who have been convicted of violent crimes or making violent threats.

And we must track the sale of ammunition as well as firearms.

We need to ban large capacity magazines, and allow only the sale of magazines that hold 10 rounds or less.

We need to strengthen our assault weapons ban. We have decent laws on the books today. But that law didn’t prevent the sale of the AR-15.

I am proposing that we change the definition of assault weapon to any semiautomatic that has at least one military characteristic, and ban the sale of these weapons in our state.

We need to expand laws around gun storage so that these weapons don’t fall into the hands of people who shouldn’t have them.

Gun owners have a responsibility to store their weapons safely, and should be held accountable if a person is injured because of an improperly stored weapon.

And we need to increase the responsibility of those involved in the sale and use of guns.

The fact is that if you sell guns, or work at a gun range, and you see or know of illegal activity involving a firearm or banned magazine, you have a responsibility to tell someone in law enforcement.

If you see someone illegally using a banned weapon or magazine, you have an obligation to do something about that.

The full text of his proposal can be read here (pdf)

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.