New Open Carry Memorandum

The state just issued an new memorandum concerning open carry.
Hopefully this clarifies the issue if open carry is legal (with a permit), and if you need to show your permit to the police if asked.
Here is the first page and a half, out of six pages:

open carry memo 2-2016

Now please go and read the whole thing. It covers how they may “request” your permit, and how they might then use things against you.

You may read the full memorandum and download a copy here:
open-carry-memo-feb-2016 (pdf)

“Gun Safety” Groups Oppose Free Trigger Lock Program

According to an article in the Newtown Patch:

The Department of Justice awarded Newtown-based National Shooting Sports Foundation a grant for its free gun lock program, but the move has upset at least two other groups.

The DOJ awarded a two-year $2.4 million grant for NSSF’s Project ChildSafe program to encourage responsible firearm storage. The Newtown Action Alliance and Coalition to Stop Gun Violence launched a petition to cancel the grant.

Yes, you read that right. Two supposed “gun safety” groups (Including one based here in CT) are opposing the use of taxpayer money to fund an actual and effective gun safety program. Why the heck would they do such a thing? Because despite the claims by these groups that they support safe, lawful gun ownership, the truth is the only form of “gun safety” they approve of are gun bans. I guess their mantra of “if it saves just one life it’s worth it!” only applies to gun bans as well. According to the NSSF, Project ChildSafe has already distributed more than 37 million free firearm safety kits through its law enforcement partners across the country, including almost 50 locations here in Connecticut. That’s potentially at least 37 million lives saved. How can they oppose such a program and still claim they support gun safety?

Remember this next time they try to tell you they aren’t anti-gun, they just support gun safety and responsible gun ownership.

Guest Post – A Gun In A Newtown Coffee Shop

Note: This is a guest post by CCDL member Lou Carpenter.
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There is one other town between my home and Newtown. Through the years, I’ve spent a lot of time in the Newtown/Sandy Hook community, through friendships, working, shopping, dining, motorcycling, fishing, hunting, and drinking coffee. I too, have personal connections to some of the victims of the senseless tragedy that a madman committed that day. My prayers, condolences, and best wishes have been, and continue to be offered to those that are suffering from that unthinkable act of evil and violence.

I am also a gun owner. A legal, licensed, law-abiding, responsible gun owner. I belong to several firearms related organizations. Before now, you wouldn’t have known that though, as firearms issues have always been a matter of contention, and I had felt that it was a private issue for me. I’ve frequented Newtown’s businesses, dined in their restaurants, built some of the more affluent homes in the community, and spent countless hours drinking coffee. All with a concealed firearm. I’ve worked at your homes, conducted business, made small talk, joked and laughed, enjoyed friendships, frequented shops and restaurants- all while I had a handgun in my pocket. You didn’t know that I legally carried a firearm, I didn’t advertise it, and we all got along wonderfully. You welcomed me, accepted me, shook my hand, and asked me to keep coming back. You didn’t call me a ‘gun nut’ or ‘militant’ or ‘crazy’ or ‘violent’ or anything else. I was just any other guy out of the many that you would interact with throughout the course of the day. I felt respected, and welcomed.

Recently however, in light of the relentless and undeniable attack on our 2nd amendment rights, I’ve made a decision to be more vocal and open about my beliefs.

I wore my holster on my hip.

Instantly, the community viewed me differently. And while I understand the emotions that fuel those feelings, I believe they are misdirected. I am not Adam Lanza. My firearms have never committed any crimes. I am still the same sane, responsible, upstanding, law-abiding member of the community that I have always been. Nothing has changed, I am the same man I was before.

A gun did not cause Newtown’s tragedy that terrible day. A madman did. He murdered his own mother before lashing out at the community’s most innocent and defenseless members. Insanity was the catalyst that fueled those horrific events, not firearms. The failure to adequately address a young man’s obvious and apparent mental health issues allowed the unthinkable to occur. It wasn’t the rifle’s fault. It wasn’t the fault of my firearms, or those of my friends. It wasn’t the fault of the tens of millions of other gun owners across our nation.

Judging me, categorizing me, and vilifying me for my firearm is narrow minded and unfair. I am not the cause of your grief. A gun is not the cause of your grief. What is, is an untreated and unrestricted psychotic. That is the uncomfortable truth that we all need to face. As with other recent tragedies, firearms didn’t kill that day, a madman did. The answers lie in adequately identifying, treating, and caring for those that don’t have the ability to think and behave as responsibly and rationally as the rest of the community.

How about letting go of the anti-gun discourse for a little while, it’s not going to prevent another incident. Let’s all work together to understand and treat the mental health issues that were the real cause of the tragedy, that is where we might realize a measurable and lasting impact.

CCDL Picnic a great success! Photos posted.

The 4th Annual CCDL Family Picnic was last weekend, and a great time was had by all! Hundreds of hamburgers and hotdogs were consumed. Hundreds of dollars worth of prizes were given away. Games were played. Puppies were petted. Despite the fact there were probably 50-100 loaded firearms present (many carried openly), not a single man, woman, child or pet was injured there.

Special thanks go to CCDL Events Coordinator Cheryl Lemos for once again organizing everything, and all the other CCDL members who helped make the day the great success that it was. Many people donated food, money, raffle items and their time to make it all come together. Oh, and cake! Can’t forgot the amazing CCDL cake donated by Bob and Jennifer W. If you think having a picnic for your family and friends is work, just imagine how much work is involved when the CCDL “family” is thousands strong and growing every day.

Pictures are now posted in the CCDL photo gallery. These pictures and many more can also be found in CCDL’s Facebook group.

Family Picnic Today!

Who’s ready for a burger? Today’s the day for CCDL’s annual family picnic, and unlike last year, there is no hurricane bearing down on us. Right now it is blue sky and a sunny 60° in Stratford, with the high temp expected to be 80°. Perfect picnic weather! See ya there!

Join Us For Our 4th Annual Family Picnic

Sunday August 19th Boothe Memorial Park

5800 Main St On Putney, Stratford, CT Site#2  (map)

11:00am-4:00pm

This event is open to the public and is free of charge

Everyone is encouraged to attend this event to celebrate their right to Keep and Bear Arms. Come join us, and get to know us. Remember, Connecticut is a small state and come join us from wherever you are. We look forward to meeting new members and older ones alike!

Burgers, Hotdogs, salads and desserts will be served. This will be an alcohol free event.

Lawful carry of firearms is permitted.

Raffle Prizes, Games and Family Fun will all be happening!

Please RSVP to events@ccdl.us, or the event page on Facebook to let us know you are coming, and how many so we can provide adequate amount of food!

Here is the Link to our flyer:

http://ccdl.us/aboutus/events/218-4th-annual-family-picnic

Carry On!

CCDL 4th Annual Family Picnic

On Sunday, August 19, 2012 from 11 AM to 4 PM, the Connecticut Citizens Defense League will host our annual family picnic.

The event will take place at the Boothe Memorial Park – 5800 Main Street on Putney
Stratford, CT – Site #2

This event is open to CCDL Members and to the public free of charge. Everyone is encouraged to attend this event to celebrate our right in Connecticut to Keep and Bear Arms, get to know us and learn more about what CCDL does to protect your rights as a gun owner in the state of Connecticut!

Come and enjoy typical picnic fare – burgers, dogs, salads, dessert, soft beverages and more. This will be an alcohol free gathering.

Any lawful forms of weapon carry are allowed and encouraged. If you will be carrying a firearm, please exercise safety and caution as we will be in the eyes of the public. Firearms must remain holstered for the duration of the event to ensure safety.
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CCDL Merchandise and Membership Sign Up will be available onsite. There will be games and prizes.

Please let us know if you plan to contribute a food item. Salads, desserts and snack items are suggested.

Join us for this fun event!

Please RSVP to events@ccdl.us

Gun rally at Birmingham (MI) park targets attack on civil rights

Chris Combs (left) and Stephanie Locke cross the street in downtown Birmingham, Mich. while participating in a protest by gun enthusiasts on June 11, 2012. (AP Photo/The Detroit News, David Guralnick)

Gun toting advocates are standing in support of a southeast Michigan teen who was arrested after strolling the downtown area of a posh suburban Detroit community with an M-1 rifle strapped to his back.

Supporters filled the Birmingham commission chambers Monday night, displaying firearms in holsters and strapped to their backs. They voiced support for 18-year-old Sean Combs, who was arrested April 13 while walking along Old Woodward Avenue.

The Troy High School student faces three misdemeanor charges for brandishing a weapon, resisting and obstructing police, and disturbing the peace. Each is punishable by up to 93 days in jail.”

Read more: Gun rally at Birmingham park targets attack on civil rights | Observer and Eccentric Newspapers and Hometown Weeklies | hometownlife.com.

This is much like the open carry debate here in CT. What this teen did was perfectly 100% legal where he was. Some will argue that even if it’s legal it’s not “right”. Well, somebody has to do it, if only to protect our RIGHT to do it.