May Meeting Reminder – Member Updates

CCDL Member Meeting – May 8th

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 May 8th. All CCDL members are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Meeting Agenda:

Avoid the wait and shipping fees! The full selection of CCDL merchandise is always for sale at our meetings, including many items not sold on our website.


GOP Convention Endorsements

The Connecticut Citizens Defense League Executive Committee last week announced a list of endorsed and preferred candidates ahead of the May 2018 GOP convention. This is to advise convention delegates which candidates we feel are strongest on issues CCDL cares about.
CCDL will revisit candidate endorsements after the May conventions.

List of GOP Convention Endorsements


End of 2018 Legislative Session Winding Down

As of this email, the ‘Bumpstock Bill’ HB5542 was passed in the House by a vote of 114 to 35 and with the session winding down, there is no word on whether or not the bill will get called for a vote in the Senate. The last day of the legislative session is May 9th.

Here is a list of State Reps that voted to oppose the Bump Stock Bill: Reps Who Voted With Us

The ‘Ghost Gun Bill’ HB5540 has yet to be called in the House, and if it were to pass, it would then also need to move to the Senate for a vote.

The ‘Firearms in State Parks Bill’ HB5539 Has also yet to be called by the House. That bill would also need to be called by the senate if it were to pass.

Even though we are nearing the end of the session, a lot can happen as last-minute deals are made, but we are hoping that our pro 2A favorable legislators can run out the clock on these gun control bills.

CCDL will do our best to keep our members up to date by the minute with these last remaining days of the legislative session. For the fastest minute by minute updates, please make sure that you subscribe to our blog, Facebook page, and Twitter. Fast moving information and in-between updates usually end up there first.


CCDL Campaign Workshops for 2018

Dates are being set for at least 2 Saturdays in June. These workshops will give the education needed for 2nd Amendment supporters to actively engage in 2018 elections. Your involvement in the 2018 elections is our biggest asset to help beat gun-grabbing politicians who are intent on stripping your rights.

This is ground level hands-on action that is necessary to help keep good legislators in office, and help new ones get elected. Anti-gun forces are lined up to help gun control type candidates that will surely hurt our right to keep and bear arms. Please do not miss these workshops when they are announced. CCDL NEEDS YOU!
Topics covered will include:

  • Importance of Involvement
  • Basics of Campaign Strategies
  • What the Other Side is Doing
  • Examples of Victories
  • Q&A

Dates will be announced soon

House Votes To Ban “Rate Of Fire Enhancements”

Late last night the State House voted to ban bump stocks by a 114 to 35 vote. This bill still needs to pass the Senate and then be signed by the Governor before becoming law.  This bill would make possessing, using, or selling a bump stock, trigger crank, and other rate of fire enhancement devices in Connecticut a Class D Felony.  The House debate lasted over five hours. If your Representative is on the following list, please send them an email thanking them for their vote on H.B.5542 – AN ACT CONCERNING BUMP STOCKS, and for protecting our rights.

Representatives That Voted With Us:

Tim Ackert serving the 8th House District (Columbia, Coventry, Vernon & Tolland)

Emil “Buddy” Altobello serving 82nd House District (Meriden & Middlefield)

Sam Belsito serving the 53rd House District (Ashford, Willington & Tolland)

Whit Betts serving the 78th House District (Bristol, Plymouth &Terryville)

Vincent Candelora serving the 86th House District (Durham, Guilford, North Branford & Wallingford)

Jay Case serving the 63rd House District (Winchester, Colebrook, Goshen & Torrington)

Holly Cheeseman serving the 37th House District (East Lyme & Salem)

Anne Dauphinais serving the 44th House District (Killingly & Plainfield)

Doug Dubitsky serving the 47th House District (Canterbury, Chaplin, Franklin, Hampton, Lebanon, Lisbon, Norwich, Scotland and Sprague)

Will Duff serving the 2nd House District (Bethel, Danbury, Redding & Newtown)

Craig Fishbein serving the 90th House District (Cheshire & Wallingford)

Mike France serving the 42nd House District (Ledyard, Montville & Preston)

John Fusco serving the 81st House District (Southington)

Robin Green serving the 55th House District (Andover, Bolton, Hebron & Marlborough)

Carol Hall serving the 59th House District (East Windsor & Enfield)

Nicole Klarides-Ditria serving the 105th House District (Beacon Falls, Seymour & Derby)

Tim LeGeyt serving the 17th House District (Avon & Canton)

Ben McGorty serving the 122nd House District (Shelton, Stratford & Trumbull)

Cara Pavalock-D’Amato serving the 77th House District (Bristol)

Jason Perillo serving the 113th House District (Shelton)

Dr. William A. Petit serving the 22nd House District (Plainville & New Britain)

John Piscopo serving the 76th House District (Burlington, Harwinton, Litchfield & Thomaston)

Joe Polletta serving the 68th House District (Watertown, Oakville & Woodbury)

Daniel Rovero serving (Killingly, Putnam & Thompson)

Rob Sampson serving the 80th House District (Wolcott & Southington)

Bill Simanski serving the 62nd House District (Barkhamsted, Granby, Hartland & New Hartford)

Kevin Skulczyck serving the 45th House District (Griswold, Lisbon, Plainfield, Sterling & Voluntown)

Pam Staneski serving the 119th House District (Milford & Orange)

Greg Stokes serving the 58th House District (Enfield)

Scott Storms serving the 60th House District (Windsor & Windsor Locks)

Kurt Vail serving the 52nd House District (Somers & Stafford)

David Wilson serving the 66th House District (Bethlehem, Litchfield, Morris, Warren & Woodbury)

Tami Zawistowski serving the 61st House District (Suffield, East Granby & Windsor)

Melissa Ziobron serving the 34th House District (Colchester, East Haddam & East Hampton)

Lezlye Zupkus serving the 89th House District (Prospect, Cheshire & Bethany)

 

 

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

 

Action Alert

We NEED EVERYONE to contact your State Representative and State Senator. The anti-gun movement is out in full force, and their paid lobbyists are working very hard to get these bills called on the house floor.

We need every second amendment supporter to call and ask to speak with their State Rep. and State Senator. Be polite and professional. Leave a message and ask that they call you back.

Find your State Representative and State Senator and then select their name to find their contact information.

Legislators NEED to hear from us. They need to know how their constituents want them to vote, and need to hear your voice. This is an election year, your legislators work for you! Everyone needs to take action to preserve your freedom here in Connecticut.

Ask the legislators to:

Vote NO on H.B. 5540 AN ACT CONCERNING GHOST GUNS

Vote NO on H.B. 5542 AN ACT CONCERNING BUMP STOCKS AND OTHER MEANS OF ENHANCING THE RATE OF FIRE OF A FIREARM

Vote YES on H.B. 5539 AN ACT CONCERNING FIREARMS IN STATE PARKS

A few weeks ago, the Judiciary Committee voted these bills out of the committee and are closer to being called on the House floor. To see how the committee members voted on these bills follow the links:

H.B. 5540 AN ACT CONCERNING GHOST GUNS

H.B. 5542 AN ACT CONCERNING BUMP STOCKS AND OTHER MEANS OF ENHANCING THE RATE OF FIRE OF A FIREARM

H.B. 5539 AN ACT CONCERNING FIREARMS IN STATE PARKS

Time is limited. You need to take action now before it’s too late!

If you have any questions about these bills, feel free to email CCDL’s Legislative Coordinator, Ray Bevis legislative@ccdl.us

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/

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It’s Time To Rally!

Are you ready for a 2A Rally?
It’s time to remind the gun-grabbers that we’re still here, and we still VOTE.

If you have been outraged by anti-gun propaganda rallies and blatant calls to repeal the 2nd Amendment, then this rally is your chance to speak out against those who would take your rights.
Let’s swarm the Capitol grounds, and show this state that we will not give up our rights quietly.

DATE: Saturday, April 14, 2018
TIME: 11am until 1pm (or later)
PLACE: Connecticut State Capitol, 210 Capitol Ave, Hartford

It will once again be at the State Capitol, north side facing Bushnell Park. All lawful forms of carry are permitted on the Capitol grounds, but remember Bushnell Park is a so-called “Gun Free Zone“.

More info coming soon, as final details get hammered out.

Helpful Links
Flyer to print out and hang in your local club or gun shop: Rally Flier.pdf
Directions to the State Capitol
Parking Information
Facebook Event Page

Membership in CCDL is 100% free. We don’t charge any membership dues, and we rarely beg for donations.
Events like this cost thousands of dollars to put on.
If you would like to help defray the costs of this rally, please consider making a contribution. CLICK HERE TO DONATE


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Action Alert!

Our 2nd Amendment rights are under attack once again here in Connecticut. The Connecticut General Assembly’s Judiciary Committee is voting on three important gun bills this Monday, April 2nd.  We need every CCDL member to contact the legislators on the Judiciary Committee TODAY. These legislators have already heard from many trying to take our rights away, they need to hear from us.

These bills are NOT just bans on bump stocks and “ghost guns”. There are many other infringements hidden in these bills. Legislators need to know we are staying vigilant.

Ask the legislators to:
OPPOSE: H.B. No. 5540 AN ACT CONCERNING GHOST GUNS AND THE PERMIT APPLICATION PROCESS
OPPOSE: H.B. No. 5542 AN ACT CONCERNING BUMP STOCKS AND OTHER MEANS OF ENHANCING THE RATE OF FIRE OF A FIREARM
SUPPORT: H.B. No. 5539 AN ACT CONCERNING FIREARMS IN STATE PARKS

Rep. Albis: James.Albis@cga.ct.gov
Rep. Berger: Jeffrey.Berger@cga.ct.gov
Rep. Candelora: Vincent.Candelora@cga.ct.gov
Rep. Carpino: Christie.Carpino@cga.ct.gov
Rep. Conley: Christine.Conley@cga.ct.gov
Rep. Cummings: Stephanie.Cummings@cga.ct.gov
Rep. Currey: Jeff.Currey@cga.ct.gov
Rep. Dan Fox: Dan.Fox@cga.ct.gov
Rep. Dillon: Patricia.Dillon@cga.ct.gov
Rep. Flexer: Mae.Flexer@cga.ct.gov
Rep. Godfrey, Bob: Bob.Godfrey@cga.ct.gov
Rep. Gonzalez: Minnie.Gonzalez@cga.ct.gov
Rep. Harding: Stephen.Harding@cga.ct.gov
Rep. Labriola: David.Labriola@cga.ct.gov
Rep. McGorty: Ben.McGorty@cga.ct.gov
Rep. Morris: Bruce.Morris@cga.ct.gov
Rep. O’Dea: Tom.ODea@housegop.ct.gov
Rep. O’Neill: Arthur.ONeill@housegop.ct.gov
Rep. Porter: Robyn.Porter@cga.ct.gov
Rep. Rebimbas: Rosa.Rebimbas@cga.ct.gov
Rep. Riley: Emmett.Riley@cga.ct.gov
Rep. Serra, Joseph: Joseph.Serra@cga.ct.gov
Rep. Srinivasan: Prasad.Srinivasan@cga.ct.gov
Rep. Stafstrom: Steve.Stafstrom@cga.ct.gov
Rep. Storms: Scott.Storms@cga.ct.gov
Rep. Tong: William.Tong@cga.ct.gov
Rep. Walker: Toni.Walker@cga.ct.gov
Sen. Berthel: Eric.Berthel@cga.ct.gov
Sen. Gerratana: Terry.Gerratana@cga.ct.gov
Sen. Hwang: Tony.Hwang@cga.ct.gov
Sen. Kissel: John.A.Kissel@cga.ct.gov
Sen. McCrory: Douglas.McCrory@cga.ct.gov

Upcoming Public Hearing on Gun Bills – Friday March 23rd

The Judiciary Committee will hold a public hearing on Friday, March 23, 2018 at 10 A.M. in Room 2C of the Legislative Office Building (LOB), 300 Capitol Ave, Hartford.

We need members to show up in force and stay united.
REMEMBER THESE BILLS ARE NOT JUST ABOUT BUMP STOCKS AND GHOST GUNS, there is more in these bills that infringe on our rights. People who oppose our rights plan to be there in large numbers.

There will be four gun related bills:

OPPOSE: H.B. 5542 AN ACT CONCERNING BUMP STOCKS AND OTHER MEANS OF ENHANCING THE RATE OF FIRE OF A FIREARM
To ban the sale or transfer, possession, manufacturing or use of bump stocks or other accessories to increase the rate of fire of a firearm.

THIS BILL IS NOT JUST LIMITED TO BUMP STOCKS!
This bill also includes binary triggers, and anything that is constructed, manufactured, designed or intended to mechanically increase the rate of fire in ANY WAY.

OPPOSE: H.B. 5540 AN ACT CONCERNING GHOST GUNS AND THE PERMIT APPLICATION PROCESS
To ban guns without serial numbers and regulate those which are sold in a form requiring the purchaser to finish assembly or that are homemade and to permit local authorities to interview immediate family members as part of a determination of an applicant’s suitability

THIS BILL WILL ALSO CHANGE THE TEMPORARY CARRY PERMIT PROCESS
It will allow local authorities to interview your immediate family members and parents or guardians before issuing applicants their permit.

SUPPORT: H.B. 5539 AN ACT CONCERNING FIREARMS IN STATE PARKS
To permit persons to carry firearms in state parks.

H.B. 5538 AN ACT CONCERNING A NONEXPIRING AMMUNITION PERMIT
To allow an option for a life-time ammunition permit.

Members are encouraged to give oral and written testimony on these bills. Speaking order will be determined by a lottery system. Lottery numbers will be drawn from 8:00 A.M. to 9:30 A.M. in Room 2500 of the LOB. Speakers arriving after the completion of the lottery will have their names placed at the end of the speaker list. Other CCDL members will be there to direct you.
Please submit 50 copies of written testimony to the Committee staff no later than 9:00 A.M. in Room 2500 of the LOB. Testimony received after the designated time may not be distributed until after the hearing.

It is also recommended that you email your written testimony in Word or PDF format to JUDtestimony@cga.ct.gov a day or two before the hearing. Many legislators prefer to read your testimony online. Be sure to also send a copy of your written testimony to your State Senator and State Representative.

Testimony should clearly state your name and the bills you are testifying on. The Committee requests that testimony be limited to matters related to the items on the agenda. Speakers will be limited to three minutes of testimony.

If you are unable to attend, but would still like to have your voice heard on these issues, please email your written testimony in Word or PDF format to: JUDtestimony@cga.ct.gov
Be sure to send a copy of your written testimony to your State Senator and State Representative.

If you are able attend but do NOT wish to speak or submit testimony, please come and help fill the seats with Second Amendment supporters. This hearing will likely last many hours, please consider coming even if only for a few hours.

More information
Read our Public Testimony Tip Sheet for help composing your written or in-person testimony.
Legislators would like to hear from you in your own words, but if you are stuck for ideas, here is a sample of what your testimony might look like.

Public Testimony Tips

With a public hearing on gun bills set for this Friday, it’s time to repost our tips for preparing public testimony for the legislature – written and in person.

Legislative Testimony “Tip Sheet” originally published on 1/25/2013

Overview:

Testifying (in person or written testimony) may seem like a daunting task at first. Use this “tip sheet” to help you as you prepare for your testimony. Regardless of how you testify (in person or written) many items are still the same. However, if you plan to submit written testimony AND testify in person, you do not need to stick to your written testimony. This is particularly helpful if you have knowledge of a particular subject that was not answered in previous testimony.

Keep all your testimony brief and “stick to the facts”. It is also helpful if you personalize your written testimony and explain how a bill will affect you. This also makes it easier for you to not repeat the same facts and testimony of previous speakers. If your written testimony is essentially the same as previous speakers, tell the committee you agree with previous speakers and you are available to answer any questions.

Regardless of how you testify, the following should always be included:

  • Your name
  • Where you’re from (city/state)
  • State whether you support or oppose the bill
  • Use the bill number and title of the bill (EX: HB 1234 An Act Concerning Firearms)
  • Summarize your recommendation first and then add any needed explanation
  • Restate your position on the bill
  • Thank the legislators for their time and consideration of your position. Provide contact information and offer to answer any questions.
  • BE RESPECTFUL—never use derogatory names or threaten/antagonize

If you are testifying in person, here are a few more tips:

  • Each committee has a different operating procedure, however most only allow 3 minutes of testimony. You will be timed, and a buzzer or bell will sound once your time is up. If you hear that sound, please wrap it up as soon as you can. CAVEAT: If at the end of the 3 minutes, a legislator asks you a question, you may continue to speak to answer that question. However, please be respectful of time and try not to be excessive.
  • If you cannot cover all the information in the required 3 minutes, add it to the written testimony you submitted and note to the legislators that there is more you provided in writing
  • Rehearse your testimony. Anticipate questions and answers to those questions
  • If you DO NOT know the answer to a question, say so! Offer to get the correct information to the legislator or their aid as soon as possible.
  • Arrive and sign up early to testify.
  • Bring enough copies of your testimony. This is often stated when a hearing will take place. Bring a few extra copies so you have a copy to go over and practice before you speak. Not all committees allow testimony to be submitted electronically.
  • Dress appropriately for testimony. Business dress or business casual is preferred. No cammo, Printed T-shirts, etc. No hats. Your testimony may be televised.
  • Make sure cell phones are “muted” or turned off
  • Adjust and speak directly into the microphone. You should be no more than six inches from the microphone.
  • Avoid technical jargon. Many legislators are not familiar with terms and acronyms.
  • Plan to spend the entire day at the legislature. You may not have to, but depending on how testimony is organized (it could be by lottery) you may be there all day. Make sure plans are made with babysitters and employers ahead of time. It’s not uncommon for hearings to go through the evening hours.
  • Bring food or snacks (there is a cafeteria and auxiliary store).
  • DO NOT threaten or antagonize or argue with the legislators
  • DO NOT bring weapons into the legislature.
  • DO NOT clap, cheer or jeer during testimony. It only slows down the process and just doesn’t make us look good. Respect is key here.

If you have the time, make a visit to the Legislative Office Building (LOB) ahead of time and sit in on a hearing. This will give you a good idea of what to expect. Many of the hearings are also online at www.ct-n.com (The CT Network)

Statistics
Avoid using outdated statistics. Also, make sure your sources are valid. I.e. if a legislator sees you reference for a statistic is a known biased “news” (Fox, MSNBC, Breitbart, etc.) outlet, it may be called into question (perceived bias). There are some GREAT resources for firearms statistics that help you avoid a perceived bias.

  • Gunfacts.info – www.gunfacts.info This site has a downloadable book (available for purchase as well). GREAT information. All statistics are referenced in footnotes of every page.
  • FBI Crime Statistics – http://www.fbi.gov/stats-services/crimestats Data here is hard for “the other side” to refute as it comes straight from the FBI.
  • Gun Cite – http://www.guncite.com/ – Not always up to date, but good source of ideas.
  • CT Pistol Permit Issues – www.ctpistolpermitissues.com – More information specific to Connecticut. Defensive firearms use, Office of Legislative Research Reports, pivotal state, federal and supreme court cases and permit procedure information.

Other useful resources

  • Connecticut Citizens Defense League – www.ccdl.us – keep current on issues affecting Connecticut.
    CCDL also maintains an active presence regarding legislative efforts and informs members as soon as information is made available. CCDL is free to join and email lists are not shared with any other source.
  • NRA-ILA – National Rifle Association, Institute for Legislative Action – www.nraila.org – NRA-ILA maintains a large web site with information on legislative issues around the nation.
  • Connecticut General Assembly – www.cga.ct.gov – Lookup feature to find who your legislators are and how to contact them. Bill tracking – this allows you to read the language and any updates that may have been made. Hearing dates and times and any specific information for that hearing day (How many copies of testimony, etc.).

Books:

  • More Guns, Less Crime: Understanding Crime and Gun Control Laws, Third Edition, John R. Lott Jr. (Author) [Paperback] [Kindle] John R. Lott Jr. (Author)

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.”