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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Meeting Recap

NOTE: This is a guest post by CCDL’s Fundraising Coordinator, Bob Ferguson.
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We had a great CCDL meeting last night with 600+ in attendance. Tom Foley was there to speak to the membership and give his views on PA 13-3 and how the result would have been far different had he been governor. Brian Stapleton, our lead attorney was also there and he gave an excellent presentation on where our case stands, particularly in relation to recent the Federal decision on the NY S.A.F.E. Act. We also introduced ALL of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit. Here are the highlights.

Foley gave a good speech that addressed the new gun laws and his views on the 2nd Amendment. He also focused on the many other reasons that he wants to become Governor, including the poor economic mess that our state is in. His remarks made it clear that he IS a gun owner and a strong supporter of the 2nd Amendment but he is also not a one-issue candidate. There was a brief Q&A session and Foley was asked if he would “repeal SB-1160.” his answer was: “If the legislature was so inclined — the chances of that happening this year is probably the definition of zero — if I were governor and the legislature put in front of me legislation that would reduce the burden on law-abiding gun owners, I would sign it,” I have read comments on other forums that this was a “weak” answer, which in my opinion is not the case. He simply stated that a Governor can’t repeal a law on his own. That has to come from the legislature. However, he said he would sign a repeal if we are able to change the legislature and they put one on his desk.

Brian Stapleton, the lead attorney in the case brought out several positive points about the SAFE act decision that were not widely reported by the media. Brian is also on the legal team for the NY case. Although the decision in the NY case isn’t binding to our case, he was very optimistic going in to the oral arguments on Jan 30th. They key positive in the NY decision was that the Magazine limitation was ruled unconstitutional and found to be “arbitrary” and in fact placed a burden on citizens’ rights to self-defense. That is almost verbatim to our argument in CT. The NY judge also invalidated the prohibition on semi-auto “copies” of fully automatic firearms. One of the most important decisions in the NY case was that the judge found that ALL the firearms in question were “in common use for lawful purposes” which IS the litmus test that the US Supreme Court applied in Heller. NY state and the State of CT have both argued that NONE of the semi-auto rifles or magazines they banned were prevalent in common use or represented a significant market share. This ruling gives us a FAR better case when this moves toward the 2nd Circuit court of Appeals and the Supreme Court. The judge in our case is Alfred Covello who was appointed by George H.W. Bush in 1992. Regardless, whichever side looses in this round will clearly appeal the decision so it’s still a long fight.

In addition to the key speakers, Jonathan Hardy and Beth Drysdale gave an excellent presentation on how to testify at the legislature. There is little doubt that the gun-grabbers will be back for more this session and we can’t give in…not an inch. Last time they listened to NAA, MDA and CAGV. Now, they know that gun owners are a force to be reckoned with.

We also got to meet ALL the plaintiffs in the lawsuit face to face. These are some very courageous people to come forward and put their name on a lawsuit that will follow them for the rest of their lives. They deserve out gratitude. All-in-all, it was one of the best and largest CCDL meetings that I have attended.

Member Meeting – 1/14/2014

Join us for the first meeting of the new year!
CCDL holds its monthly general membership meeting at 7pm on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at the Elks Lodge in Middletown, CT. Our next meeting is Tuesday, January 14, 2014.
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
• Potential Gubernatorial Candidate Tom Foley will be on hand to bring us his 2nd Amendment views.

• Legislative Public Testimony Workshop – Learn how to make a difference “before” and when Gun Bills get introduced. From preparing written testimony, to Public Hearings, CCDL will cover it all in this workshop. It is critical that we prepare and participate in the next legislative session.

• Meet the Plaintiffs – We are excited to bring our Lead attorney Brian Stapleton and all of the plaintiffs in Shew v Malloy together on this one night before oral arguments are heard on January 30th in Federal Court. Please join us as we all stand together!

Merchandise
We sell CCDL merchandise at the meeting, buy it there and save on shipping.

BLOWOUT SALE! The last of the special shirts made for the Poker Run Fundraiser will be on sale at the meeting only for $10 each! If you don’t have one yet, this might be your last chance to buy one. Supply is limited to whatever is on hand at the meeting. When they’re gone, they’re gone forever.

Hoodies! If you preordered a hoodie a few months ago, you can pick it up at this meeting. Please make sure you have your receipt with you.

Dinner Tickets
Tickets will be on sale for our 5th Annual Dinner, held this year on March 1st at the Aquaturf in Plantsville, CT. Tickets cost $55 each when purchased at the meeting.

Food Drive
CCDL collects canned goods/non-perishables at all our meetings to be donated to local charities. The holiday season is over, but people still need help year round. Please give what you can for those that need our help.

Middletown Elks
44 Maynard St
Middletown, CT 06457
January 14, 2014 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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Member Meeting – 12/10/2013

IMPORTANT UPDATE!

TONIGHT’S MEETING HAS BEEN CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER.
SEE YOU IN JANUARY!

Reminder
CCDL holds its monthly general membership meeting at 7pm on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at the Elks Lodge in Middletown, CT. Our next meeting is Tuesday, December 10, 2013.
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
• Attorney Martha Dean will be in attendance to provide the latest information on our upcoming lawsuit. (Shew v. Malloy).

• Legislative Public Testimony Workshop – Learn how to make a difference “before” and when Gun Bills get introduced. From preparing written testimony, to Public Hearings, CCDL will cover it all in this workshop. It is critical that we prepare and participate in the next legislative session.

• Plans are underway to renew fundraising efforts in early 2014. Come find out how you can volunteer to help.

• We will have Notaries on hand to help process registration paperwork free of charge. Please have your forms filled out and ready to go so we have time to get to everyone. If you need the forms, they can be downloaded and printed out from this link. If you are a member of our Facebook Group, we have a special section where you can ask any questions you might have. Link.

Merchandise
We sell CCDL merchandise at the meeting, buy it there and save on shipping.

BLOWOUT SALE! The last of the special shirts made for the Poker Run Fundraiser will be on sale at the meeting only for $10 each! If you don’t have one yet, this might be your last chance to buy one. Supply is limited to whatever is on hand at the meeting. When they’re gone, they’re gone forever.

Food Drive
CCDL collects canned goods/non-perishables at all our meetings to be donated to local charities. The holiday season is here, please give what you can for those that need our help.

Middletown Elks
44 Maynard St
Middletown, CT 06457
December 10, 2013 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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Member Meeting – 11/12/2013

Reminder
CCDL holds its monthly general membership meeting at 7pm on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at the Elks Lodge in Middletown, CT. Our next meeting is Tuesday, November 12, 2013.
All CCDL members are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Meeting Agenda
• Come hear the latest information about the CCDL’s Lawsuit (Shew v. Malloy).

• We will also be discussing preparations for the 2014 legislative session, legislators that voted for and against SB1160 and more.

• Plans are underway to renew fundraising efforts in early 2014. Come find out how you can volunteer to help.

• Last chance to order CCDL embroidered logo hoodie (payment required with order).

Merchandise
We sell CCDL merchandise at the meeting, buy it there and save on shipping.
We have decided to extend special orders for CCDL hoodies for one last meeting.
They will be available in zip-up or pull-over. Light grey or black with an embroidered CCDL logo on the front. Cash or check only, must be paid when ordering so be prepared. Orders will not be ready until the December 10th meeting. Shipping will be available at an additional charge.
Sizes Small thru XL are $50 and 2XL-4XL are $60. Shipping is $15/hoodie.
Again: THESE CAN ONLY BE ORDERED AT THE MEETING!!! We apologize if you cannot get to the meeting to get one, please try to find someone who can order them for you, remember to send them with enough money.

Also, there may be a few of the special shirts made for the Poker Run Fundraiser left over. If you forgot to buy one at the event, this might be your last chance to buy one. They cost $20 and supply is limited to whatever is on hand at the meeting.

Food Drive
We collect canned goods/non-perishables at all our meetings to be donated to local charities.
The holiday season is here, please bring a can of food for those that need our help.

Middletown Elks
44 Maynard St
Middletown, CT 06457
October 8, 2013 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.


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Meeting Reminder – 9/10/2013

Reminder: CCDL holds its monthly general membership meeting at 7pm on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at the Elks Lodge in Middletown, CT. Our next meeting is Tuesday, September 10, 2013. All CCDL members are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Meeting Agenda
Since our litigation lawyer could not make the last CCDL meeting due to his efforts meeting case deadlines, lead attorney Brian T Stapleton will be here this month to update our members on the progress of the litigation against the State of Connecticut. He will also be taking limited questions from the audience. A lot has happened since his last visit in May, so be sure to come join us! 
Attorney Brian T Stapleton is a partner with the New York based law firm of Goldberg Segalla.

We will also again be selling raffle tickets at the meeting. Tickets are $20 each and we can not take credit cards at the meeting. The raffle is to raise money for our litigation fund. The grand prize is a custom motorcycle, and there are plenty of firearms and other prizes too. If you took tickets to sell to others at the last meeting, they MUST be returned sold or unsold at this meeting. The drawing will be held September 21, 2013 after our Poker Run.

We sell CCDL merchandise at the meeting, buy it there and save on shipping.
Back by very popular demand, we have another run of special limited edition CCDL shot(gun shell) glass for sale at this meeting. These are $5 each, and this time we have green as well as more of the original red. These will be sold at the meeting only, we are not putting them on the website or shipping them.

And don’t forget, we collect canned goods/non-perishables at all our meetings to be donated to local charities.

Middletown Elks
44 Maynard St
Middletown, CT 06457
September 10, 2013 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.


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Membership Meeting – 8/13/2013

Reminder: CCDL holds its monthly general membership meeting at 7pm on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at the Elks Lodge in Middletown, CT. Our next meeting is Tuesday, August 13, 2013. All CCDL members are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Meeting Agenda
Lead Attorney Brian T Stapleton will update our members on the progress of the litigation against the State of Connecticut. He will also be taking questions from the audience. A lot has happened since his last visit in May, so be sure to come join us! 
Attorney Brian T Stapleton is a partner with the New York based law firm of Goldberg Segalla.

We will also be selling raffle tickets at the meeting. Tickets are $20 each and we can not take credit cards at the meeting. The raffle is to raise money for our litigation fund. The grand prize is a custom motorcycle, and there are plenty of firearms and other prizes too.

We sell CCDL merchandise at the meeting, buy it there and save on shipping.
Speaking of merchandise, we will have a special limited edition CCDL shot(gun shell) glass for sale at this meeting. These are $5 each, and there were only 100 made. These will be sold at the meeting only, we are not putting them on the website or shipping them.

And don’t forget, we collect canned goods/non-perishables at all our meetings to be donated to local charities.

Middletown Elks
44 Maynard St
Middletown, CT 06457
August 13, 2013 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.


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Reminder – Membership Meeting – 7/9/2013

Don’t forget to come out to the 2nd Amendment Pig Roast TODAY, Sunday July 7th! See this post for more info.

Reminder: CCDL holds its monthly general membership meeting at 7pm on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at the Elks Lodge in Middletown, CT. Our next meeting is Tuesday, July 9, 2013.  All CCDL members are welcome and encouraged to attend.

The Connecticut Citizens Defense League strives for hands on activism from our members. We want an organization for us all to be proud of as we put forth effort to fight for our 2nd Amendment rights in our beautiful State. See you there!

We sell CCDL merchandise at the meeting, buy it there and save on shipping. Also, we collect canned goods/non-perishables at all our meetings to be donated to local charities.

Middletown Elks
44 Maynard St
Middletown, CT 06457
June 11, 2013 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.


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Membership Meeting – 6/11/2013

Reminder: CCDL holds its monthly general membership meeting at 7pm on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at the Elks Lodge in Middletown, CT. Our next meeting is Tuesday, June 11, 2013. All CCDL members are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Meeting Agenda
Special Guest Speaker- State Representative Penny Bacchiochi will address CCDL Members. She is exploring a run for Lt Governor.
Penny is a solid pro 2A candidate that opposed the landmark anti-gun legislation that was recently signed into law. Come and show your support for her and learn how you can help her out if she runs.

Attorney Martha Dean will be on hand to give a brief status update on our current legal challenge against the State. If you want to hear the latest, please join us. Understand that there may be certain items that cannot be divulged. This reason is to safeguard the integrity of the case.

We sell CCDL merchandise at the meeting, buy it there and save on shipping. Also, we collect canned goods/non-perishables at all our meetings to be donated to local charities.

Middletown Elks
44 Maynard St
Middletown, CT 06457
June 11, 2013 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.


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Membership Meeting – 5/14/2013

Reminder: CCDL holds its monthly general membership meeting at 7pm on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at the Elks Lodge in Middletown, CT. Our next meeting is Tuesday, May 14, 2013. All CCDL members are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Meeting Agenda
Dean Attorney Martha Dean will present an update to our members on pending legal action

We sell CCDL merchandise at the meeting, buy it there and save on shipping.  Also, we collect canned goods/non-perishables at all our meetings to be donated to local charities.

Middletown Elks
44 Maynard St
Middletown, CT 06457
March 12, 2013 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.


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