Senator Joe Markley

Ok, this morning I shared with you a video of the rabidly anti-gun Senator Don Williams.

Now let’s go to a video from CCDL’s 2014 Legislator Of The Year, Senator Joe Markley. Senator Markley shares his thoughts on the upcoming gubernatorial election. If you are still undecided who to vote for on November 4th (we of course hope you vote for our endorsed candidate, Tom Foley), pay close attention to this video and what’s at stake. If you know someone who is undecided, or wasn’t planning on voting this year, share this video with them.

As I said this morning, this might be the most important election of our lives. If Malloy and his anti-Constitution cronies get re-elected after passing one of the worst gun laws in the country, they will know they have free reign to go as far as they want with no repercussions. Want to know some of the things they have planned? Go back and watch Senator Williams video from this morning. If that doesn’t scare you, how about mandatory registration for ALL firearms? How about microstamping? How about mandatory “smart guns”? How about liability insurance for each and every firearm you own?

Watch Senator Markley’s video, and help us DEFEAT DAN MALLOY!

Legislators Endorsing McKinney

Note: This is a guest post by CCDL President Scott Wilson.
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During the gun control debates and subsequent vote over Senate Bill 1160 in 2013, a number of pro 2A legislators from both parties stood by gun rights supporters. In contrast, there were those that failed to support our 2nd Amendment rights. This latter group we have essentially written off as a lost cause.

It is now 2014, and some of those staunch and supportive state legislators who stood by us and voted to defend our constitutional rights last year are now endorsing State Senator John McKinney for Governor. These endorsements seem to put gun rights supporters in a dilemma. How can we rationalize supporting a legislator who votes our way one day, and then harms our cause the next day? One gets the feeling that it is back to business as usual in Hartford.

I will state my feelings directly without mincing any words.
There is no dilemma.
There is no accepting of legislators who endorse a candidate for governor that helped write the most damaging gun law in the history of our state. There is no accepting rationalization to support a John McKinney for Governor campaign. We should hold our legislators to consistent principles that do not waver, and these elected officials should have considered this before endorsing John McKinney.

Some of these legislators are retiring, so there is really no loss of skin for their actions, but others are running for re-election. Those that are running again certainly deserve to hear how we feel about their support for John McKinney.

CCDL and coalition partners that are teamed up in the ‘Shew v. Malloy’ lawsuit have so far exhausted tremendous time, effort and resources attempting to undo the damage that has been created from the passage of SB1160. Now our supposedly pro 2A legislators endorse John McKinney? Too much work has gone into this to let the possibility of another anti-gun candidate become the governor of Connecticut. In my mind, there is no justification of any kind that qualifies Senator McKinney for higher office. Those legislators who have endorsed him should realize this quite plainly.

Considering the resolve that these particular legislators have shown by standing up for the 2nd Amendment both last year and in prior years, we feel we have been let down tremendously by them on the back-end. I for one do not care how good people think John McKinney is in the legislature. When we needed him the most, he sold us out for a populist position and hurt Connecticut gun owners incalculably.

These pro 2A legislators that have publicly endorsed Senator McKinney may be wise to carefully consider their allegiance to him for two reasons:

  1. The mission is to defeat Dannel Malloy in November. There is no way that enough of the state’s 500,000+ gun owners will hold their noses and vote against their rights for McKinney to win.
  2. There is a tremendous risk that these incumbents will lose support from their gun owning constituents.

Either way, being the president of CCDL, I feel duty bound to point out those that seek to help elect John McKinney to higher office. Hence the need for this commentary.

Scott Wilson
President- CCDL, Inc.

CT State Senators that have endorsed John McKinney for Governor

CT State Reps that have endorsed John McKinney

Governor Malloy Community Forum – East Hartford, April 3

Governor Dan Malloy and Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman will again be holding a community forum, this time in East Hartford on the evening of Thursday, April 3, 2014. Malloy says this is an opportunity to discuss his agenda for the future with Connecticut residents. The Governor said he would like to discuss finances, job growth, education and the state’s minimum wage. We think it’s an even better opportunity to discuss your gun rights, just like you did a few weeks ago. Maybe you could ask him about this too? [video]

The forum is scheduled to be held from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. (yet again, just one hour) in the Council Chambers on the second floor of Town Hall, 740 Main St., East Hartford, CT.

If you would like to ask the Governor a question you should arrive as early as possible before the event and get on the sign-up sheet to speak.

More information can be found on the Governor’s website here.

April 5th Rally – Press Release

Groton, CT- March 31st, 2014

The Connecticut Citizens Defense League (The state’s largest grass roots 2nd Amendment rights group) will be hosting a gun rights rally at the Capitol in Hartford. The rally will take place on Saturday April 5th from 12:00pm-3:00pm. The event is being attended by 2nd Amendment supporters from numerous states. Limited parking is available at the capitol, with public parking available throughout the area. The rally marks one year since Governor Malloy signed a massive gun control act into law.

CCDL President Scott Wilson stated the following: “We intend to gather in a peaceful manner and we are as determined as ever to see this law overturned in federal court, or repealed by the state legislature one day”. “We can assure our elected officials that we do not accept this unjust law as a permanent fixture in our lives.” Wilson also went on to say: “Connecticut gun owners appreciate the support from other states that have reached out to us recently”. ”We look forward to standing alongside our fellow citizens us on this day”.

Speakers for the event will include several political candidates, 2nd Amendment Rights Supporters, 2nd Amendment Rights Attorneys and others. Representatives from the National Rifle Association will be on hand also. CCDL is asking those that plan on attending to be aware of all state and federal firearms laws. Please visit their website for additional details: www.ccdl.us
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Press Contact: Scott Wilson (CCDL President) Email: president@ccdl.us

About the CCDL: The Connecticut Citizens Defense League was formed in February 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 more than 13,000 members. 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.

CCDL is also actively involved at the state Board of Firearms Permit Examiners. As the go-to organization in the state they are consulted with regularly by lawmakers who have questions and concerns about pending legislation or existing laws. For more information regarding CCDL, please visit http://www.ccdl.us

Martha Dean Enters Governor’s Race

Attorney Martha Dean has been one of the lawyers working tirelessly on our lawsuit against Governor Dan Malloy and the state of Connecticut for their unconstitutional gun laws. But that wasn’t enough.
Now Martha is going after Malloy’s job too! Here’s the press release, hot off the wire:
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Martha Dean Enters Governor’s Race

 AVON –    Martha Dean has just announced she has entered the Connecticut Governor’s race. Dean is an attorney who was the Republican nominee for Attorney General of Connecticut in both 2002 and 2010.  In 2010, Dean won 44% of the vote in the race for Attorney General. She is in private practice in Avon, Connecticut.  Dean’s campaign for Governor is focused on placing Connecticut on strong economic footing while ensuring that citizens’ are protected from government policies that infringe on their most fundamental rights.

 Attorney Dean will be holding a press conference concerning her platform and to answer questions from the media on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at time and location  to be announced.

 

This message is paid for by Martha Dean for Governor – Nathan Schindler, Treasurer.

Approved by Martha Dean.

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If you would like to donate to Martha’s campaign, you can do so here.

Governor Malloy Community Forum – Meriden, March 13

Governor Dan Malloy and Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman will again be holding a community forum, this time in Meriden on the evening of Thursday, March 13, 2014. Malloy says this is an opportunity to discuss his agenda for the future with Connecticut residents. The Governor said he would like to discuss finances, job growth, education and the state’s minimum wage. We think it’s an even better opportunity to discuss your gun rights, just like you did last week.

The forum is scheduled to be held from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. (again, just one hour) in the gymnasium of John Barry Elementary School at 124 Columbia Street, Meriden, CT. [map]
Remember, no firearms on school property.

If you would like to ask the Governor a question you should arrive as early as possible before the event and get on the sign-up sheet to speak.

More information can be found on the Governor’s website here.

Governor Malloy Community Forum – Milford, March 5th

Governor Dan Malloy and Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman will be holding a community forum in Milford on the evening of Wednesday, March 5, 2014. Malloy says this is an opportunity to discuss his agenda for the future with Connecticut residents. The Governor said he would like to discuss finances, job growth, education and the state’s minimum wage. We thought CCDL members might have a different topic they might want to discuss that is just as important to their future.

The forum is scheduled to be held from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. (yup, just one hour) in the Milford City Hall Auditorium, 110 River St, Milford, CT. [map]

If you would like to ask the Governor a question you should arrive as early as possible before the event and get on the sign-up sheet to speak.

More information can be found on the Governor’s website here.

The Right To Carry in State Forests and Parks

Help Return The Right To Carry in State Forests and Parks in Connecticut

Governor Malloy is asking for a wide variety of input from the public on current regulations that affect Connecticut citizens in numerous ways.
It is currently a violation of state regulations to carry a firearm for personal protection in state parks and state forests. Pistol Permit holders go through training, background checks and pay a lot of money to obtain these permits. Since the Governor is asking for change recommendations, please take this opportunity by using the instructions below.
  • Fill out your Name, Email Address and Town.
  • field Regulations Agency drop-down, Select “Energy and Environmental Protection, Dept of”
  • field Regulation Subject Matter: enter handguns in State Forests/Parks
  • field Regulation Section Number: Enter 23-4-1(c) and 26-66-2
  • In the Comments enter the following text:
Please modify the State Agencies Regulations to allow individuals with valid Permits to Carry Pistols and Revolvers to carry a handgun for self defense while in CT State Parks and Forests. Specifically:– Remove the prohibition on the ‘carrying of firearms’ in Section 23-4-1(c) of the Connecticut Agencies Regulations
– Add an exemption to 26-66-2 to allow the carrying of pistols and revolvers (including handguns using center-fire ammunition) for the purposes of self defense.
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Finally Click Submit
Thank you for taking the time to make a difference!

What did Governor Malloy say?

Governor Malloy was on the Chaz and A.J. show this morning where he took a call on the new Gun law.

Caller:
Hey governor. I’m just curious about this new gun bill that came out especially with pistols with high capacity mags. Right now I’ve got two 14-round mags that are only loaded to 10 as required, but it’s unclear, can I carry both of them if they’re loaded to 10 or can I only carry one?

Malloy:
First of all what you have to do is disclose – there’s a way to disclose that you have them and you’re grandfathered in. So, that’s how our law works in Connecticut. You don’t lose the right to have them, you just have to say that you have them. “Hey, I’m Joe. I’ve got two of these.” and that’s it. So the limitations that you’re fearing aren’t necessarily in our bill. They are – I think you’re referring to New York’s law, quite frankly, and New York has a different set of laws than we do.

The Governor is mistaken. The law he signed into law back in April does indeed prevent someone from carrying a so-called ‘Large Capacity Magazine’ even if it is properly declared, and absolutely limits the number of bullets to 10.

Section 25(f)(7) of Public Act 13-3:

“Pursuant to a valid permit to carry a pistol or revolver, provided such large capacity magazine (A) is within a pistol or revolver that was lawfully possessed by the person prior to the effective date of this section, (B) does not extend beyond the bottom of the pistol grip, and (C) contains not more than ten bullets.”


By requiring the magazine be “within” a pistol or revolver you are limiting the number of declared ‘large capacity magazine’ one is able to carry, along with the number of bullets it can contain. For the governor’s statement to be true you would need to carry multiple guns or find a gun the holds 2 or more magazines.

The Governor and Legislators were in such a rush to pass SB1160 they did not even hold public hearings, denying citizens their due process. Maybe if Governor Malloy had given the people, you know, those of us he called the “fringe of the fringe” a chance to speak about the bill, we could have pointed out issues such as this. Maybe if Governor Malloy had listened to those of us he labeled as the “fringe” he would understand the points of these new laws that are so confusing to us, the ones that actually try to obey the law. But, apparently, he doesn’t know what he signed into law.


This legislation is so convoluted that lawyers and elected officials are not sure what’s legal and what’s not. Donate to the CCDL’s Litigation Fund
 as we work to overturn this nonsense.

John McKinney for Governor?

UPDATE: There is an official statement from CCDL President Scott Wilson posted here.

So it seems it’s official; Senator John McKinney will be running for governor of CT in 2014.

McKinney lives in his own little dreamworld where gun owners don’t mind the new gun control laws that he helped write (those same laws that CCDL and other gun rights groups are working hard to overturn), and we don’t vote.

If you are a registered Republican, contact the CT state GOP chairman. Contact your 2 State Central Committee reps. Tell them gun owners are not happy with McKinney. Tell them if there is a primary we will vote for his opponent. If he still wins the primary or there is no primary, we will not vote for him in the election.
Tell them we want a governor who will uphold our rights and the State Constitution.
Tell them we want them to put forward a candidate who will uphold the party platform.

Remember, last election Republican Tom Foley lost to Malloy by only 5,637 votes. There are over 8500 CCDL members, 200,000 people with a carry permit, and upwards of 500,000 gun owners total in this state. If the CTGOP wants 4 more years of Malloy, go ahead and put up McKinney because gun owners would rather keep Malloy in office than reward McKinney.
We’re that mad.