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.”


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:

A Look Back At 2017

It’s the last day of 2017. As we prepare to ring in the new year, we’ve compiled a little list of some of CCDL’s activities during the last year.


34 gun bills were introduced

CCDL conducted three Legislative Workshops


CCDL meeting with House Minority Leader Themis Klaridis to discuss issues

Large media event at the capitol that also included the NRA and NSSF

Public hearing in Harford

CCDL Signed Amicus Brief for Peruta v CA

CCDL Anniversary Dinner (view photos)


public hearings for:

Finance Revenue Bonding (Permit Increases) GB-787 (video)

Judiciary Committee Hearing for HB6300 (Show your permit) and HB7259 (Reciprocity) (video)

CCDL Legislative Breakfast

Monthly meeting cancelled – weather conditions


HB 6200 defeated in committee


Application for Amicus Brief for Soto v Bushmaster filed in CT Supreme Court

Permit issues in city of Hartford resolved


Amicus Brief (Soto v Bushmaster) accepted by the CT Supreme Court

FOIA requests filed with Waterbury and Middletown


Monthly Meeting – routine business


CCDL joins Amicus Brief in (Kolbe v Hogan)

CCDL Family Picnic (view photos)


5th Annual CCDL Poker Run (view photos)

Legislative Shooting Event State legislators and staff spent the day learning about and shooting various firearms


Resolution with the City of Middletown

Proposed antigun ordinance in Southbury


Public hearing on proposed antigun ordinance in Southbury – awesome turnout! (view video of hearing)

Food Drive – While CCDL collects food donations year-round, our members were especially generous during the holidays. All donations go to local churches and shelters to help feed those less fortunate than ourselves.

Southbury ordinance proposal defeated! Thank you CCDL members.

Melissa Ziobron Named CCDL Legislator of the Year

CCDL attended oral arguments for Soto v Bushmaster


Monthly meeting

Aside from these events, CCDL took part in numerous other public appearances and events. These included the CT Hunting and Fishing Show, Super Sunday, Middletown Motorcycle Mania, and numerous other events around Connecticut.

CCDL would like to thank all our volunteers and attendees that have continued to help the organization grow even further this past year!

9th Anniversary Dinner

Come celebrate our anniversary at the 9th Annual CCDL dinner, to be held February 10, 2018 at the Aquaturf Club in Plantsville. Relax, enjoy a meal, and share a well deserved night out.

Tickets may be purchased at our monthly meeting or online, and you must show your ticket at the door to gain entry.
Tickets are $57 per person when ordered online in our web store. Tickets ordered online will not be shipped. They will be held at the door under the name used to order them.

Dinner will be buffet style, salad and cheese tables are on the menu as well. This event is 4pm-9pm, with dinner to start at 5:30. We will have some speakers, but not TOO many! This is a night to sit back and enjoy a well deserved meal. Bring some cash for raffle tickets and the bar! All lawful forms of carry are permitted and encouraged, but remember the Aquaturf does serve alcohol. Please carry (and drink) responsibly.

The Aquaturf is located at 556 Mulberry st, Plantsville CT, 06479. Their phone number is 860-621-9335.

Next Member Meeting – November 14th

CCDL holds its monthly general membership meeting at 7:00pm on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at the Elks Lodge in Middletown, CT.
Our next meeting is Tuesday, November 14, 2017.
All CCDL members are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Meeting Agenda

  • Updates on actions with the Middletown Pistol permit process (Victory)

  • CCDL Amicus Brief (Soto v Bushmaster) oral arguments breakdown

  • CCDL Legislator of the Year presentation

  • Southbury proposed ban

  • Discussion on state elections 2018

  • Last chance to pre-order pocket knives
  • Merchandise
    We sell CCDL merchandise at the meeting, buy it there and save on shipping.
    We also sell many items that are not available in our online store.
    We still have patches, pins, and magnets (perfect to put on your car, gun safe, or refrigerator). We also sell the car decals in assorted colors and sizes that you can’t get online.

    Food Drive
    Don’t forget – CCDL collects nonperishable food items at our monthly meetings to be donated to charities. With the holidays coming, please remember those who are less fortunate than ourselves.

    Middletown Elks
    44 Maynard St
    Middletown, CT 06457
    November 14, 2017 7:00pm-9:00pm
    Please park in the event lot to the left of the building (looking at it from Maynard St) and enter the upstairs banquet hall at the front of the building.
    please do not park on the grass!!

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Update on Proposed Ban In Southbury

For prior posts about this proposed gun ban in Southbury, click here.

There was a great showing of CCDL members for the November 2nd board of selectmen’s meeting. Over 700 people were in attendance, and the vast majority were Second Amendment supporters. 48 people stood up and spoke against a firearm ban and only 13 people spoke in favor of such an ordinance.

After a presentation by Southbury’s Resident State Trooper at the meeting, the trooper requested that the Board of Selectmen revisit and clarify two existing town firearm ordinances (one for town parks and one for town open spaces) to determine if these also ban permit holders or does a permit meet the “except by special permit” clause in the ordinances. Southbury Selectman George Bertram has said in an email, that he will also work to rescind both local ordinances that currently restrict legal firearms in Southbury. He doesn’t believe that Southbury should be in the business of adding restrictions to the legal carry of firearms. He said, “CT has enough (restrictions) already, in my humble opinion.”

The board of selectmen ran out of meeting time because they only had the use of the high school until 11PM. They had to table their discussion about the firearms ordinance until the November 16th meeting. Their next meeting will most likely again be at Pomperaug High School, 234 Judd Rd, Southbury, CT at 7PM in the auditorium. They will most likely not take any more public comments at the next meeting, but will vote on whether or not to continue to explore a firearms ban on town property, town building and at town events. With this proposal coming from the Southbury Democratic Town Committee and with the Republicans still holding the majority of the seats on the board after the elections, it is unlikely that this will move forward.

CCDL will of course continue to monitor the situation, and alert our members and supporters if further action is required.

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

CCDL Pocket Knives

In case you’ve missed it:
We updated our website and our online merchandise sales earlier this year. We’re adding new items, and shipping them much faster now (usually 1-2 weeks).
Remember, CCDL is 100% free to join and run by volunteers. Our only income is though donations and merchandise sales. Your support helps CCDL fight for YOUR rights.
If you haven’t visited lately, check us out!

One new item is a special run of CCDL logo pocket knives.
CCDL Logo Knives

We offered these earlier this year, and quickly met our minimum order. We are looking to place a second order around the middle of November, so that you’ll have your knife in time for the holidays. If you are interested in pre-ordering one of these quality USA made knives by Bear and Son with the CCDL Logo on them for yourself or as a gift, please get them while you can. These are a special deal and will not be available on a regular basis. Ask anyone who was lucky enough to purchase one during our first run, they all LOVE them!!! Get yours today at

Proposed Gun Ban In Southbury

Southbury town meeting on proposed gun ban; Thursday, November 2nd at 7:00PM at the Pomperaug High School auditorium.

The Southbury Democratic Town Committee (SDTC) has requested that the Board of Selectmen consider an ordinance to prohibit firearms on all town property. Ultimately, making these places “Gun Free Zones”.

The Board of Selectmen voted to explore this idea further, and added it to the agenda for their October 19th meeting.

You can see the SDTC letter here: Southbury DTC Gun Control Letter (pdf)

Many of the hundreds of Southbury CCDL members and supporters came out to the October 19th meeting to voice their concerns on this proposed town gun ban. So many, the meeting was rescheduled due to crowd size. The new date and location is Thursday, November 2nd at 7:00PM at the Pomperaug High School auditorium, 234 Judd Rd, Southbury, CT. You should plan on arriving early, and sitting in the front of the room. (Please remember that schools are gun free zones)

CCDL is asking ALL our members, especially those in Southbury and surrounding towns to attend this November 2nd Board of Selectmen’s meeting, along with any upcoming public hearings (TBD). We need our members to strongly voice their opposition to such a proposed ordinance. You do not need to speak, but we need 2nd Amendment supporters in attendance. Wear your CCDL swag if you own any.

The antigun extremists are sending people to this meeting from all over the state to make it appear as though most Southbury residents are in favor of unconstitutional gun bans. They even have the audacity to claim that legally carrying a firearm in public is somehow “brandishing”. Can you believe that?

If the town of Southbury removes your ability to defend yourself and your loved ones, will the town and it’s taxpayers guarantee your safety and assume the liability if something does happen?

Southbury residents are encouraged to send their selectmen a simple email, asking them to not support any ordinance that would restrict law-abiding people from carrying a firearm for self-defense.

Selectmen Emails:

First Selectman Jeff Manville

Selectman George Bertram

Selectman Justin Bette

Selectman Jason Buchsbaum

Selectman Jennifer Naylor

Selectman Mike Rosen

Middletown Permit Application Update

Since our founding in 2009, CCDL has been working to resolve various pistol permit issues in many cities and towns. Some of the issues pertain to issuing time frames or procedures that violate what is required or mandated by state statute.

On May 30th, CCDL filed a FOIA request with the Middletown Police to review their issuance time frame for temporary permits. Once the information was received and reviewed, CCDL determined that most of the applications exceeded the 8-week statutory time frame. This had been an ongoing problem that plagued residents of Middletown simply seeking approval for permits to carry.

Eventually, with the help of a CCDL resident of Middletown, a city councilor facilitated communications between Police Chief William McKenna and CCDL President Scott Wilson.

Because of the positive dialogue between the two, and the background efforts of the Police Chief, Middletown is adding additional resources and revamping its process to issue permits within the eight-week time frame. It was important to listen to the Chief’s concerns and the challenges that he has faced, and to also explain that CCDL is not out to create unnecessary headaches for his department.

CCDL wishes to thank Chief William McKenna for looking deep into this matter and resolving it. Special thanks to CCDL member Kevin Kelly and City Councilor Deb Kieckowski for their help.

Member Update

To my fellow CCDL members –

This week we have all witnessed the horrible carnage committed by a mass murdering individual. With no respect for the lives of his victims, he went on a rampage that lasted for 10 minutes. Predictably, before all the victims were evacuated or any facts known, politicians were clamoring for more gun restrictions.

We are certain that we will be facing an untold variety of gun control proposals at the state, federal, and even local level. While we mourn for the victims of this senseless and violent act, the gun control lobby is already hard at work. They're working day and night to use this horrific event to further their agenda of restricting your rights. While we wait and see what legislators bring forth, we will undoubtedly need the effort and support or our members in the very near future.

This Tuesday evening at our monthly meeting in Middletown at 7:00pm, CCDL will take a moment of silence for those murdered and injured in Las Vegas this past week. Whether you can join us in person or not, we ask that you pause for a moment at 7:00pm in solidarity.
Come join us as we plan to continue the fight for our rights.

Scott Wilson – CCDL President

CCDL holds its monthly general membership meeting at 7:00pm on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at the Elks Lodge in Middletown, CT.

Our next meeting is Tuesday, October 10, 2017.

All CCDL members are welcome and encouraged to attend. We have a request from the property owners to please do not park on the grass when attending the meeting.

Meeting Agenda

  • Moment of Silence
  • Updates on actions with the Middletown pistol permit process
  • Updates on actions with the Waterbury pistol permit process
  • Soto v Bushmaster Updates
  • CCDL Educational Legislative Shoot
  • Legislative proposals in wake of Las Vegas massacre

We sell CCDL merchandise at the meeting, buy it there and save on shipping.
We also sell limited edition items that are not available in our online store.
We still have patches, pins, and magnets (perfect to put on your car, gun safe, or refrigerator). We also sell the car decals in assorted colors and sizes that you can’t get online.

Food Drive
CCDL collects canned goods/non-perishables at all our meetings to be donated to local charities. Please bring non perishables to the meeting. If everyone that attends brought at least one canned good we would be helping to feed MANY!

Middletown Elks
44 Maynard St
Middletown, CT 06457
October 10, 2017 7:00pm-9:00pm
Please park in the event lot to the left of the building (looking at it from Maynard St) and enter the upstairs banquet hall at the front of the building. please do not park on the grass!!

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