CCDL Statement On Today’s CAGV Press Conference In Hartford

11/27/2018
For Immediate Release:

(Groton, CT) The Connecticut Citizens Defense League (the state’s largest grass-roots gun rights group) offers the following statement in response to today’s press conference over the death of Guilford teenager Ethan Song.

CCDL President Scott Wilson Stated:
“We would first like to extend our heartfelt sympathies to the parents of Ethan Song. As an organization that understands the importance of gun safety, we feel that along with securing firearms there should be an effort by all parents to make sure that their children understand that firearms can be deadly if handled improperly.”

“There are tremendous programs out there that teach firearm safety to children of all ages; often at little or no cost. Along with the securing of firearms in a responsible manner, proper firearms education is imperative to the safety of children. Even if parents don’t own firearms themselves, children should still be taught what to do if they encounter a firearm without parental supervision.”

“We thank Ethan’s father for acknowledging that there may be times that gun owners may also need to gain access to their firearms immediately to stop home invasions or protect loved ones.”

Scott Wilson,
President
Connecticut Citizens Defense League

Political Hijinks

Earlier today, a political robocall was sent out by former candidate for governor Peter Lumaj on behalf of the Bob Stefanowski for Governor Campaign.

Here is what is troubling:

CCDL endorsed Peter Lumaj for the Republican convention, and it was a one-time endorsement that extended to him, and him alone. Our initial endorsement of Peter Lumaj was not for passing along as though it were an inheritance should his campaign fail. And ultimately, it did fail.

In the robocall message, Peter stated that because CCDL endorsed him, people should vote for Bob Stefanowski. He has done so with full knowledge and understanding that the Connecticut Citizens Defense League does not support Bob’s campaign. Some may view this as politics as usual, but the reality is, this is a betrayal of trust and honor that was bestowed to Peter Lumaj by our organization. Such a move of this kind is one that travels down into the ‘filthiest of filthy bowels’ of Connecticut politics.

Let the record stand that CCDL fully endorses Tim Herbst for governor, not anyone else. The dirty trick of a formerly celebrated man named Peter Lumaj will never change that.

Another troubling point:

The robocall goes on to imply that because Tim Herbst was endorsed by a former legislator who once voted for an antigun bill, that Tim himself cannot truly support your gun rights. While this is an absurd conclusion to jump to, it’s also an extremely hypocritical one as well.  Stefanowski proudly touts the endorsements of several antigun legislators, such as Dave Yaccarino and Noreen Kokoruda. Both of them voted for SB1160 and numerous antigun bills since. If CCDL endorsed candidate Tim Herbst is antigun simply by association, then so is Bob Stefanowski.

 

The last troubling point:

The call claimed that Bob Stefanowski is “A” rated by the NRA. That is a lie by every measure. The NRA does not give A ratings to candidates that have no viable track record. Bob’s rating is no better than Tim’s rating from the NRA.

The highest rating that the NRA gives to untested candidates seeking office s AQ. There is a big difference, in that one implies they are battle tested, the other indicates strong leanings but untested. That erroneous message sent out by the Stefanowski campaign clearly is either shady, amateur or maybe even both.

Scott Wilson Sr.
President
CCDL, Inc.
www.ccdl.us

 


Peter Lumaj Robocall for Bob Stefanowski

SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh

07/09/2018
For Immediate Release:
 (Groton, CT) – The Connecticut Citizens Defense League releases the following statement on SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh as the hopeful replacement for the seat recently vacated by Anthony Kennedy.

 CCDL President Scott Wilson stated:
“Donald J. Trump’s nomination to the Supreme Court this evening seems like a good choice to fill the slot. Although no one can be 100% certain on how a justice will decide on certain issues that come before the highest court in the land, Brett Kavanaugh has a track record of upholding the 2nd Amendment of the Constitution as an enumerated right that extends to individuals. His work is evidenced in his dissent of Heller v D.C. 2011.

Wilson Added:
We know that there will soon be full on attacks on the nominee by Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy. CCDL as an organization finds it peculiar that in the face of so many lifesaving uses of firearms that occur on a daily basis, not once do either of these politicians speak about the beauty of our constitutional right to keep and bear arms. Never does Murphy or Blumenthal speak of the everyday citizen, the natural right of self-defense, and the hundreds of thousands of lives saved every year by lawful gun ownership.”

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 over 30,000 members across the state. Thanks to this large supportive base across the state the CCDL has become a fixture at the 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/

 

 

Republican Primary Endorsements

06/27/2018
For Immediate Release:

(Groton, CT) – The Connecticut Citizens Defense League releases the following endorsements for the Republican state-wide primary elections.

The Executive Committee of CCDL endorses the following primary candidates:

Governor – Tim Herbst

Lieutenant Governor – Joe Markley

Attorney General – Sue Hatfield see here for explanation

State Treasurer – Art Linares


Statement on the Gubernatorial Race:

After careful consideration and a spirited debate among the CCDL executive committee, the organization has selected a gubernatorial candidate for the Republican primary. As an organization, we are pleased that several candidates have expressed a willingness to embrace the rights of law abiding gun owners, and that they will work to protect our constitutional rights against further misguided erosion.

While we had several good choices, our state’s elections are winner takes all. The consensus of the committee is that the primary candidate we feel will best preserve our 2nd Amendment rights in the Governor’s office is Tim Herbst.


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 over 30,000 members across the state.
Thanks to this large supportive base across the state the CCDL has become a fixture at the 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 www.CCDL.us

GOP Convention Endorsements

04/25/2018

For Immediate Release:

CCDL Executive Committee Announces Partial List of GOP Convention Endorsements

The Connecticut Citizens Defense League is announcing a list of endorsed and preferred candidates ahead of the May 2018 GOP convention.

Governor
Peter Lumaj – *Endorsed
Mark Lauretti – 2nd Choice
Timothy Herbst – 3rd Choice

Lieutenant Governor
Joe Markley – *Endorsed

Attorney General
Sue Hatfield – *Endorsed

State Treasurer
Art Linares – *Endorsed

U.S. Senate
Matthew Corey – *Endorsed
Dominic Rapini – 2nd Choice

5th Congressional District
Manny Santos – *Endorsed

State Senate 14th District
Pam Staneski – *Endorsed

 

Press Release – Rally For Our Rights

04/10/18
For Immediate Release:

The Connecticut Citizens Defense League (the state’s largest grass-roots gun rights group) announces the ‘Rally for Our Rights’ event at the State Capitol in Hartford. The event will take place on April 14th starting at 11:00am and will finish at 1:00pm. The event will include an opening ceremony, guest speakers and a patriotic atmosphere.

CCDL President Scott Wilson:
“We have seen the recent push to raise the age limit for owning firearms, and even more boldly, hearing them calling for a repeal of the 2nd Amendment. We have witnessed the aftermath of what continually occurs in gun free zones. The only solution being offered by most policy makers is to eradicate constitutionally protected rights our nation was founded on. We have watched as law-abiding individuals have become vilified simply because they wish to have the means for self-protection. This is why we are rallying. Those who support our rights will not simply sit back and let those very rights be trampled on.”

“CCDL asks that all who believe in the right to keep and bear arms to Rally for our Rights on April 14th in Hartford at our family friendly event.”
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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 over 30.000 members across the state.

Thanks to this large supportive base across the state the CCDL has become a fixture of the 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/

Rally Pic

CCDL Responds to Malloy/Blumenthal press briefing on guns in schools

CCDL President Scott Wilson:

“Governor Malloy stated that “our schools should remain safe”. They are not safe now. Any killer can find his or her way into any school and murder an entire classroom with impunity. Simply put, gun free zones have been a continual target by people that wish to kill as many people as possible with no resistance until many innocent lives are lost. A reminder that the FBI failed to follow protocol in Florida, the police failed to adequately investigate the shooter numerous times, and the officers outside the school failed to enter the school while murders were occurring. Teachers and children were slaughtered with no means of protection whatsoever”

“We are all for making it harder for killers to get in to schools, but Governor Malloy and his cronies dig their heels in over their fantasies of gun free zones. The result of these failed policies rests squarely on the Governor’s head.”

“ Teachers and administration are likely to be the first line of defense. We should provide them with as many tools as possible to protect our children. That includes firearms and the training to use them if they wish. Remember – when seconds count, the police are minutes away.”

Press Release – Parkland, Florida

02/15/2018
For Immediate Release:
The Connecticut Citizens Defense League (the state’s largest grass roots gun rights group) makes a statement on yesterday’s Florida shooting.

Comment from CCDL President Scott Wilson:
“While we wait for more facts to come out from the investigation, we know that the person responsible for this mass murder was someone who was a known threat to the safety of students and staff at this school. With this in mind, we wonder if more could have been done to protect this school. We also believe that the behavioral red flags being mentioned in current media reports should have been taken seriously and addressed proactively by those who were aware.”

Wilson Added:
“While some politicians are calling for more laws that will do nothing, the public should be aware that numerous existing laws were broken in this mass murder, and more laws will not stop a deranged person from killing.”

“In the meantime, our hearts go out to the families of these victims. We continue to oppose violent crime. All violent crime, not just those committed with firearms.”

Scott Wilson Sr.
President
CCDL, Inc.
www.ccdl.us

Press Release – Proposed Bump Stock Ban

For Immediate Release:

(Groton, CT) – The Connecticut Citizens Defense League (The state’s largest gun rights organization) issues the following statement in response to Governor Malloy’s 2018 bumpstock initiative.

Statement from CCDL President Scott Wilson:

“Lame duck Governor Malloy is not surprisingly going back to the well of gun control yet again, perhaps to distract from his poor approval ratings. It is key that the public be aware the legislation proposed today is simply feel good in nature. The devices in question that Malloy seeks to ban are not needed to replicate the rapid rate of fire. This effect can be easily accomplished by the use of a belt loop, a rubber band, or even just by holding a firearm a certain way. Moreover, the devices themselves can be easily made in a typical basement shop using everyday materials.”

“Connecticut already has a very punitive ban on the same types of firearms that were used in the Las Vegas mass murder, as well as a magazine capacity limitation to 10 rounds or less. This fact already renders devices such as bumpstocks mostly ineffective.”

“While these devices are not commonly owned by the vast majority of legal gun owners, we need to see the language of any bill that comes out to see if there are other ways legal gun owners might be impacted.”

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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 over 30,000 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: www.CCDL.us

Melissa Ziobron, 2017 Legislator Of The Year

The CCDL Executive Board proudly selects Melissa Ziobron as the 2017 CCDL Legislator of the Year.

Announcing the award, president Scott Wilson stated the following:

“CCDL would like to express our gratitude for the hard work that Melissa has done to protect our rights as citizens of Connecticut. While many other legislators were very helpful to kill pistol permit fee increase proposals or other gun related bills, this particular year, Melissa has stood out.”

“With Melissa’s effort to get ahead of this important issue, CCDL was able to muster support in time to testify before her committee and oppose these proposed fee increases. In a year of serious fiscal shortfalls, this was no small feat. CCDL and every permit holder owes Melissa a debt of gratitude. We would like to extend our heartfelt appreciation to her on behalf of our members.”

Melissa serves the 34th house district (Colchester, East Haddam and East Hampton). As a ranking member of the Appropriations Committee, she kept a keen eye on budget proposals that would have severely impacted the fees for pistol permits. These proposed fee increases would have been devastating to many gun owners in the state.

Melissa will be attending our monthly meeting to receive her award. CCDL invites our members to join us at the Elks Lodge (44 Maynard St) on November 14th 7:00pm in Middletown, CT to honor her.

Melissa Ziobron