Help Needed: End CT Democratic Leaders Partisanship

We apologize for the lengthy post, and we know many members are busy with the holidays, but this is important. Please read.

Call to Action: 
Help End CT Democratic Leaders Partisanship
Governor Malloy and the Connecticut Democratic Party have been turning the 2nd Amendment and the 14th Amendment into a partisan issue. They are implying that only Republicans support the 2nd Amendment.
Since CCDL is a nonpartisan organization, we are asking CCDL members to call and email those Democrat legislators we have previously endorsed, and ask them to speak out and oppose Governor Malloy’s intention to sign an executive order that would violate both the 2nd Amendment and 14th Amendments.  (See: Press Release On Malloy’s Latest Executive Action)
What We Need CCDL Members To Do
1) Call and email the legislators listed below. Thank them for their past support on helping to protect the 2nd Amendment. If you live in their district, be sure to inform them of this. As a constituent, your voice carries more weight. If you are not sure who your state senator and representative are, you may enter your address here and find out: https://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/menu/cgafindleg.asp
2) Tell them you are unhappy that the governor and the Democrat Party are painting lawful gun owners as extremists.
3) Let them know leadership is making it seem as if every elected Democrat is anti-gun and “on-board” with what the governor intends to do.
4) Let them know that you will support them in 2016 if they continue to support the 2nd Amendment and oppose the governor’s violation of due process and misuse of watch lists for unintended purposes.
5) Ask these legislators what their opinion is of the governor’s plan to impose an executive action that would revoke permits to carry a firearm, block sales of firearms, and quite possibly lead to the confiscation of legally owned private property. It is important to know where they stand. We need a written response to back up their position one way or the other.
6) Let them know that the Governor’s plan is a violation of due process. Ask them to contact the governor’s office directly and tell the governor his plan is wrong, and that it violates both the U.S. Constitution and our State Constitution. Ask to be sent a copy what they send the governor.
7) Remember these are elected officials who have stood by us in the past. CCDL endorsed all of these legislators in 2014.
8) Let these legislators know that there are people on these lists who have no ties to terrorism whatsoever, and that just because they are on this list it does not mean that they are an actual terrorist.  This is important to pass along to your legislators. They may not be aware of this fact.
9) For more details, see this press release from CCDL: http://ccdl.us/blog/2015/12/17/on-partisan-comments/
Getting them on record is important. Please forward any responses to president@ccdl.us and vicepresident@ccdl.usPlease call and email these legislators Today. This is crucial!
2014 CCDL Endorsed Democratic Legislators:
Ed Jutila (D) – 37th House District Ed.Jutila@cga.ct.gov
Home: 860-739-7730 Capitol: 860-240-8585

Frank Nicastro (D) – 79th House District Frank.Nicastro@cga.ct.gov
Home: 860-585-6070 Capitol: 860-240-8585

Linda Orange (D) – 48th House District Linda.Orange@cga.ct.gov
Home: 860-537-3936 Capitol: 860-240-8585

Danny Rovero (D) – 51st House District Danny.Rovero@cga.ct.gov
Home: 860-774-3792 Capitol: 860-240-8585

Kevin Ryan (D) – 139th House District Kevin.Ryan@cga.ct.gov
Home:860-848-0790 Capitol: 860-240-8504

Louis Esposito (D) – 116th House District Lou.Esposito@cga.ct.gov
Home: 203-397-8588 Capitol: 860-240-8500

Andrew Maynard (D) – 18th Senate District Maynard@senatedems.ct.gov
Capitol: 860-240-0591

Catherine Osten (D) – 19th Senate District Osten@senatedems.ct.gov
Capitol: 860-240-8600

Press Release – Partisan Comments By Democrats

12/17/2015
for Immediate Release:
(Groton, CT) The Connecticut Citizens Defense League offers commentary on partisan statements from both Governor Malloy and the Connecticut Democratic Party.

Comments from CCDL President Scott Wilson:

“First off, due process protections outlined under 14th Amendment are not extremist views. Nor are any other constitutionally protected rights extremist. Our country is based on these principles. I personally can not help but wonder aloud what Dannel Malloy was swearing to uphold when he took the Oath of Office”?

“Secondly, why is our governor and the Connecticut Democratic Party trying to turn these particular rights into a partisan issue in the first place? CCDL is a nonpartisan organization. I feel the overwhelming need at this point to remind both Malloy and the Connecticut Democratic Party that there were a number of Democrat house representatives and two state senators that opposed his prior gun control measures, and many of those legislators were supported by gun owners and CCDL when they ran for reelection in 2014. In the past, CCDL honored former State Rep Steve Mikutel as our Legislator of the Year. He was an exceptional legislator and a Democrat who understood constitutional rights were to be cherished and nurtured, unlike our current governor”.

“Right now many of Democrat legislators have been quiet in regards to Malloy’s intended executive action. I know that CCDL members are interested in what those views are, considering the upcoming election season.”

“Lastly; the Governor recently referred to CCDL as “out of step” with Connecticut. The polls and many comments I have seen indicate that it is the Governor who is out of step. Regardless of whether or not people decide to own a gun or not, rights matter to every citizen of Connecticut, and every American. If we are so “out of step” as the Governor claims, why did the ACLU-CT state that they have “severe reservations about the reliability and constitutionality of government watch lists”? Why does USA Today, while supporting assault weapon and magazine capacity bans say “Using a secret and sloppy list to take away a constitutional right is a bad idea” and “denying a constitutional right for certain citizens, based on a secret government list, just doesn’t meet the test of American values”. Why is gun ownership at the highest level the state of Connecticut has seen in modern history?”

2014 CCDL Endorsed Democratic Legislators:

Ed Jutila (D) – 37th House District
Frank Nicastro (D) – 79th House District
Linda Orange (D) – 48th House District
Danny Rovero (D) – 51st House District
Kevin Ryan (D) – 139th House District
Peggy Sayers (D) – 60th House District
Louis Esposito (D) – 116th House District

Andrew Maynard (D) – 18th Senate District
Catherine Osten (D) – 19th Senate District

Source of Statements made by Governor Malloy:
http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/local/Gun-Rights-Advocates-Call-on-Gov-Malloy-to-Stop-Guns-Order-362533741.html

Source of Statements made by the Connecticut Democratic Party:
http://ctdems.org/2015/12/gun-debate-emerges-following-california-shooting/

Source of ACLU-CT Quote:
http://www.acluct.org/updates/statement-from-the-american-civil-liberties-union-of-connecticut-on-government-watch-lists/

Source of USA Today Quote:
http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2015/12/10/no-fly-list-guns-terror-watch-list-congress-editorials-debates/77113240/

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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 20,000 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 http://www.ccdl.us

Press Contact:
Scott Wilson
president@ccdl.us
860-235-7490

Alert: Urgent Action Required!

Governor Malloy is planning on implementing an Executive Order that would deny purchases of any firearm by citizens of Connecticut who may be on a Federal Government watch-list. There are many people on this list who do not belong there. Not only does Governor Malloy intend to decline purchases to those who may be on a government list, he intends to revoke pistol permits, long arm eligibility certificates, and ammunition certificates as well. This action would remove due process and violate the rights of any citizen affected.
Important Note:
When asked by media, the governor stated that people who are on this list should not possess firearms. This seems to indicate that Governor Malloy might be making plans to implement confiscation of firearms possessed by individuals who have not been charged or convicted of any crime.

Please Call and Flood Governor Malloy’s Office Today!
Phone: (860)566-4840
Or leave an online response here: link

Let him know that this impending Executive Action is wrong. Feel free to use some of these points below in your statements:
Key Points about the Watch List:
1) For the purposes of this proposed legislation, a “terrorist” is anyone whose name appears on the FBI’s terror watch list. This is not a list of known terrorists. As the name implies, it is just a list of people the FBI is watching for information about terrorism. A person might be watched because a relative, acquaintance or coworker is suspected of terroristic actions. They themselves may be law-abiding citizens.
2) Anyone can mistakenly and unknowingly end up on the terror watch list. You do not have to commit any crime to be added to the list Infants, US senators, Nelson Mandela, and the entire Ford Motor Company have all been mistakenly added to the watch list.
3) There is no deliberate means to remove yourself from the list should you mistakenly end up on it.
4) The criteria to end up on the terror list are unclear and vague.
5) We do not have a clue who is adding names to this list. Adding someone to the list is purely a bureaucratic decision with no accountability, and no opportunity for an individual to refute being added to the list. If Malloy, Murphy and Blumenthal have their way, citizens who have been charged with no crime will lose their Constitutional rights with NO due process.
6) Gun sales to individuals who are on the watch list are already reported to and approved by the federal government. They decline the sales to actual criminals.
7) The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has recognized that these lists are inaccurate, unconstitutional, and unfairly target Muslims and people of color, and is currently suing the federal government over their use. They also caution that these lists “shouldn’t be used to restrict people’s freedoms.”

Also:
CCDL is concerned that if there is a person actually connected with terrorism, the revocation process will tip them off and possibly hamper a federal investigation.

Further Reading:
ACLU – Until No-Fly List Is Fixed, It Shouldn’t Be Used To Restrict People’s Freedoms
CNN – No-fly nightmares: The program’s most embarrassing mistakes
Huffington Post – 7 Ways That You (Yes, You) Could End Up On A Terrorist Watch List
The Boston Globe – Guns and the ‘No-Fly’ grandstanders

due process banned

Press Release On Malloy’s Latest Executive Action

12/10/2015

For Immediate Release:
(Groton, CT) The Connecticut Citizens Defense League is speaking out against Governor Malloy’s executive order seizing firearms and denying purchases to individuals who are on Federal Government “lists”.

Comment from CCDL President Scott Wilson:
“Governor Malloy is planning to take what is in our view unconstitutional executive action that would prohibit firearms purchases and seize firearms of individuals who have not been indicted or convicted for any crime. While we are all concerned about terrorism, this approach is very un-American and shameful”.

Wilson Added:
“Governor Malloy has gone even further into the deep end than ever before. His planning on denying purchases and likely seizing firearms of individuals are on a list that have not been charged or convicted of any wrongdoing is antithetical to every value that this country was founded on. There are millions of people on these lists, many who are not criminals or terrorists, and do not belong on it”.

“Seizing firearms from individuals would be a clear violation of ‘due process’ under the 14th amendment of our constitution, and i have a hard time envisioning a judge appointed by the state of Connecticut who would issue a warrant to search and seize when the federal Government has not even done so in a wide-spread manner. Even the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has recognized that these lists are inaccurate, unconstitutional, and unfairly target Muslims and people of color Since the governor does not have access to these federal “lists”, my hope at this point is the feds will analyze Governor Malloy’s intent and decline access. This is very scary to think that police will be showing up to houses to seize firearms from people who may have done nothing wrong. It spells serious trouble”.

“The governor of Connecticut has pushed the envelope to beyond extreme by treating citizens of the United States in this manner. I hope people realize that this pattern of abuse is how totalitarian governments operate”.

Wilson Finished:
“CCDL will not rule out any legal course of action to halt this imminent Executive Action”
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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 20,000 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 http://www.ccdl.us

Press Contact:
Scott Wilson
president@ccdl.us
860-235-7490

Press Release – San Bernardino Shooting

12/02/2015
For Immediate Release:
The Connecticut Citizens Defense League (The state’s largest grass-roots gun rights group) is speaking out against calls for more gun control made by elected officials from Connecticut.
Comment from CCDL President Scott Wilson:
 “Once again we have Governor Malloy spouting off for more gun control before any facts are out about who may have committed the atrocity in San Bernardino and why they committed it. Once again we also have Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty, Senator Chris Murphy and Senator Richard Blumenthal parroting calls for more gun control out of their playbook. It is obvious that in their minds, law-abiding citizens of the United States would be better off walking around completely defenseless with no means to protect themselves”.
Wilson Added:
 “While CCDL typically tries to refrain from commenting in the early stages of mass murders involving firearms, it is becoming increasingly harder to do so given the fact that elected officials run to the microphone while these events are still in progress. A sane person would be foolish to listen to any of these people, given that their ultimate goal is to eradicate our 2nd Amendment, and to disarm the population of this country. Therefore, it is the duty of this organization to counter outrageous statements made to today from these officials”.
Wilson Concluded with a reference to last weeks press release:
 “Based on comments today by President Obama about possible terrorists, CCDL refers to a press release from last week for details”:
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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 20,000 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 http://www.ccdl.us
Press Contact:
Scott Wilson
president@ccdl.us
860-235-7490

 

The Dangerous Tyranny Act of 2015

11/24/2015
For Immediate Release:

The Connecticut Citizens Defense League (The state’s largest grass-roots gun rights group) is speaking out in opposition to recent statements made by Governor Malloy, and Senators Murphy and Blumenthal regarding the deceptively named “Denying Firearms and Explosives to Dangerous Terrorists Act of 2015”.

Comment from CCDL President Scott Wilson:

“I make no apologies for emphatically stating that all three of them are plainly and simply advocating for tyranny in the truest sense of the word. Everything that they are calling for is completely antithetical our rights as Americans. These proposals not only violate our 2nd Amendment rights, but our 14th Amendment rights as well. Their rhetoric about blanket gun control should concern every American regardless of their views on guns. They are actually advocating for the elimination of due process for citizens”.

Key Points about the Watch List:

1) For the purposes of this proposed legislation, a “terrorist” is anyone whose name appears on the FBI’s terror watch list. This is not a list of known terrorists. As the name implies, it is just a list of people the FBI is watching for information about terrorism. A person might be watched because a relative, acquaintance or coworker is suspected of terroristic actions. They themselves may be law-abiding citizens.

2) Anyone can mistakenly and unknowingly end up on the terror watch list. You do not have to commit any crime to be added to the list Infants, US senators, Nelson Mandela, and the entire Ford Motor Company have all been mistakenly added to the watch list.

3) There is no deliberate means to remove yourself from the list should you mistakenly end up on it.

4) The criteria to end up on the terror list are unclear and vague.

5) We do not have a clue who is adding names to this list. Adding someone to the list is purely a bureaucratic decision with no accountability, and no opportunity for an individual to refute being added to the list. If Malloy, Murphy and Blumenthal have their way, citizens who have been charged with no crime will lose their Constitutional rights with NO due process.

6) Gun sales to individuals who are on the watch list are already reported to and approved by the federal government. They decline the sales for actual criminals.

Wilson concluded:

“Either we have rights as individuals, or we do not. Lawmakers continue to push down the road of gun control under the guise of concerns for safety, while many citizens in European countries are hiding behind locked doors wishing they had some means of protection with little help from police”.

“If there are actual terrorists with plots or crimes being committed, the Federal Government and police already have the authority to act accordingly, instead of utilizing some list and Gestapo-style tactics against large swaths of the population”.

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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 20,000 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 http://www.ccdl.us

Press Contact:
Scott Wilson
president@ccdl.us
860-235-7490

Press Release – March 11 Public Hearing

03/10/2015
For Immediate Release:
The Connecticut Citizens Defense League (The state’s largest grass-roots gun rights group) is in the process of preparing their members for the gun related bills being heard by the Judiciary Committee on Wednesday March 11th.
The organization opposes three pieces of proposed legislation based on the effect it may have on law-abiding gun owners in Connecticut.

 

The following bills are strongly opposed by the organization:
SB650- AN ACT CONCERNING TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDERS
HB6962- AN ACT CONCERNING FIREARM SAFETY
HB6848- AN ACT PROTECTING VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

 
Comments from CCDL President Scott Wilson:
“Our members are well aware of what is at stake in the legislature on Wednesday as well as beyond. Governor Malloy and certain anti-gun legislators are simply trying to make gun ownership as cumbersome as possible. These bills contain Increased storage requirements and criminal penalties that only punishes law-abiding gun owners”.

 

“Some of these bills being heard also remove ‘due process rights’ from individuals as well. Firearms (which translates to private property) will essentially be confiscated from people who have not either had a hearing in front of a judge nor have been charged with a crime”.

 

Wilson also stated:
“Our hope is that legislators that are on the fence with this issue will clearly weigh the message we are trying to convey to them and others. These proposals will leave thousands of people vulnerable with a completely unfair legal process if they are enacted.
Press Contact:
Scott Wilson
860-235-7490
Scott Wilson Sr.
President
CCDL, Inc.

CCDL Response to SHAC Final Report

03/06/2015
For Immediate Release:

The Connecticut Citizens Defense League (The state’s largest grass-roots gun rights group) Is speaking out against the firearms component in the final Report that has been released by the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission today.  http://www.governor.ct.gov/malloy/cwp/view.asp?a=3997&q=516496

Comments from CCDL President Scott Wilson:

“The timing of the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission report is par for the course. We are right in the middle of the 2015 legislative session with several gun bills being given a public hearing this coming Wednesday. The Governor and his hand-picked Sandy Hook Advisory Commission continue to ride the horrific Newtown tragedy for all of its worth. The sole purpose of this is to advance an Anti-Constitutional Rights agenda”.

“Banning firearms that can hold over 10 rounds, and forcing law-abiding citizens to engage in prohibitively difficult “hoop jumping” just to own a firearm is not the way a person should be treated anywhere. The recommendations are abusive in nature to people who wish to have the best means necessary protect their families from harm”.
“Governor Malloy shut out gun owners from the very beginning with formation of the Sandy Hook Commission. Not one person on this commission has expressed any concern over violating the 2nd Amendment. Therefore, the opinions of SHAC are based totally on bias, and contain an illusory image of what public safety is. Criminals will always find a way to obtain guns illegally or to harm people via other means”.
Wilson reiterated an earlier point about the SHAC:
“With all of the damage done to law-abiding gun owners in the 2013 legislative session, I am beyond belief that this Commission is suggesting more infringements against human rights that are enumerated in both the United States Constitution, and in our very own state constitution”.

Press Contact:
Scott Wilson
860-235-7490
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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 17.000 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//

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

Sandy Hook Commission Report – Final Draft

For your weekend reading, here’s the final draft of the report from the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission. If you want a basic idea of what’s inside without reading all 256 pages, read our prior posts.

SHAC – Final Draft Report (pdf)

Press Release – Malloy’s Domestic Violence Proposal

02/09/2015
For Immediate Release:

The Connecticut Citizens Defense League (The state’s largest grass roots gun rights group) Is speaking out in opposition to the so-called Domestic Violence Proposal released by the Malloy Administration this past Friday.  http://www.governor.ct.gov/malloy/cwp/view.asp?Q=560556&A=4010

Comments from CCDL President Scott Wilson:

“It’s clear to myself and the membership of our organization that Governor Malloy simply does not like the notion of private gun ownership, and will use any tactic or excuse to erode constitutional rights. This is simply a ploy by the governor and his cronies to further erode human rights”.

Wilson Stated:
“Our organization does not want someone that has committed Domestic Violence or has acted out in a threatening manner to possess firearms. With that said, there are already existing ways to protect real victims of Domestic Violence in Connecticut. If someone is clearly a victim of Domestic Violence, or have been threatened, the use of ‘Risk Warrants’ under (CGS 29-38c) is a tool readily available to law enforcement”.
“This proposal is yet again another attempt by Governor Malloy and certain legislators to undermine the rights of Connecticut citizens. Once firearms are confiscated even on a so-called temporary basis, it may become very difficult in some cases for individuals to get their legally acquired property back. Even if the basis of some of these claims are proven to be meritless. Citizens of Connecticut  should be afforded a proper hearing before a judge before any property can be seized”.
Press Contact:
Scott Wilson
860-235-7490
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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 17.000 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

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