Yet Another Lawsuit Filed

This time it’s the National Shooting Sports Foundation, filing on behalf of the gun manufacturers.

 

To: ALL MEDIA
For immediate release

July 8, 2013

For more information contact:

Mike Bazinet
203-426-1320

Firearms Industry Files Suit Alleging Process Used to Pass Gun Regulations Violated Connecticut Statutes and Constitution

NEWTOWN, Conn. — The National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®), the trade association for the firearms and ammunition industry, today filed suit in federal court for the District of Connecticut alleging that Governor Dannel Malloy and the leadership of the Connecticut General Assembly misused the so-called “emergency certification” exception to circumvent the safeguards of the normal legislative process and in violation of Connecticut statutory law in order to pass Senate Bill 1160, a package of strict gun control regulations.

The suit further alleges that enactment of the new law violates fundamental due process rights guaranteed by both the Connecticut and United States Constitutions. NSSF is asking the court to declare the law invalid and issue an injunction prohibiting its enforcement.

“A 139-page bill was assembled behind closed doors, bypassing both the public hearing and committee processes, and quickly sent to floor votes on the same day in both the House and Senate where legislators did not have adequate time to even read the bill. The governor then signed the package into law the next day. All of this is in violation of guarantees citizens are supposed to have under Connecticut State Statutes and protections in our State and U.S. Constitutions for which our forefathers fought,” said Lawrence G. Keane, senior vice president and general counsel, NSSF. “Our suit focuses on this abuse of process that has resulted in enacted law that does nothing to improve public safety, while resulting in adverse effects on law-abiding citizens, manufacturers, retailers and sportsmen’s organizations.”

The filing can be accessed at http://www.nssf.org/share/PDF/NSSFComplaint-FILED_070813.pdf.

The Connecticut Law Tribune recently editorialized on this topic. That editorial can be accessed at http://ctlawtribune.com/PubArticleCT.jsp?id=1202608974608

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About NSSF®
The National Shooting Sports Foundation® is the trade association for the firearms industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of more than 8,000 manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen’s organizations and publishers. For more information, log on to www.nssf.org.

Press Release

 

Groton, CT

April 4th, 2013- The Connecticut Citizens Defense League (The state’s largest grass roots gun rights group) stands in opposition to Senate Bill 1160 that was signed into law today by Governor Malloy. 

 
CCDL President Scott Wilson addressed the signing of this bill with the following statement: 
 
“While many in our state felt the need to do something in response to the Newtown tragedy, we believe that the actions that were taken to pass this law were wrong. The new law violates our constitutional rights, along with traditions of our celebrated history of Connecticut”. 

“The Connecticut Citizens Defense League stand united with the gun owners of our state, and pledge our resolve to correct this legislative travesty through litigation, or any legal avenue available”.


CCDL will be hosting a gun rights rally at the Capitol in Hartford on April 20th to regroup and renew efforts to challenge this new law. Author of “More guns Less Crime” (John Lott) will be one of the keynote speakers at the 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 5,000+ members from all walks of life. Thanks to this large support base across the state the CCDL has become a fixture of the capitol, well recognized by all committees that regularly see firearms related bills as well as the state Board of Firearms Permit Examiners. 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.

OLR Report On SB1160

Until CCDL can review and break down the actual signed law, I’m going to post the report from the Connecticut Office of Legislative Research about the gun control bill due to be signed into law today, so people can get an idea of what Governor Malloy will sign into law today. It’s still quite long, so if you want to see it just click “continue reading”
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RIP Constitution State

A few hours ago the House passed SB1160 AN ACT CONCERNING GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION AND CHILDREN’S SAFETY, after the Senate passed it last night. Governor Malloy will sign it into law at noon today. At that point CT will have the most unconstitutional gun laws in the entire country. We’ll have more later on exactly what this will mean for gun owners. From listening to our legislators in Hartford discuss this, even THEY don’t know yet. But then, how could they be expected to? The bill was 138 pages long, and they didn’t even get to see it until a few hours before the sessions started.

I’ll also post more about some of the heroes and zero’s of all this. There were some real shining stars from both political parties. Some were not even gun owners themselves, but they understood the impact this bill would have on both their constituents and the Constitution.

Thanks to everyone who called, wrote, emailed, and showed up in Hartford. Your hard work was noticed. This is not the end, it is just the beginning of our fight. As mentioned we’ve been taking donations to help fund a legal challenge, and we will be doing just. We’re in this for the long haul, to protect the rights of not just current gun owners in CT, but future ones as well.

Carry On!

Senate ECERT Bill

Here’s the Senate version of the bill they are going to Emergency Certify today:

SB-1160 AN ACT CONCERNING GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION AND CHILDREN’S SAFETY.

Go read it (all 139 pages of it!) and weep. I haven’t seen the House version, but expect it to be the same. You can also download a PDF file of it here.

Press Release – CCDL Opposes E-Cert Package End Running Political Process

The Connecticut Citizens Defense League (The state’s largest grass roots gun rights group) is speaking out in opposition to the E-Cert package that could be voted on as early as this Wednesday (April 3rd 2013).

CCDL President Scott Wilson addressed this matter with the following statement:

“There is nothing that occurred in Sandy Hook that at this point in time would constitute a valid use of e-certification maneuvers. Besides the families and the victims, Sandy Hook was a tragedy felt throughout the world. We in Connecticut still feel the pain every day, and it is sad that we who believe in our constitutional rights are cast off as less than empathetic”.

“The actions of legislators and of those that will sacrifice liberty for false protections will be a dark page of a very dark chapter in our states’ history. The fact that there have been no hearings is extremely troublesome to many”.

CCDL Is once again appealing to legislators to use logic and reasoning by addressing mental health, and better school security and holding proper public hearings on any language put forth.

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 4,700+ members from all walks of life. Thanks to this large support base across the state the CCDL has become a fixture of the capitol, well recognized by all committees that regularly see firearms related bills as well as the state Board of Firearms Permit Examiners. 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 www.ccdl.us

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

Member Update – Last Chance Before Emergency Certification

STOP E-Cert
The expected E-Cert Bill will be voted on this week according to Legislative Leadership.

Call and email The following people:
Speaker Rep. Brendan Sharkey
860-240-8577, Brendan.Sharkey@cga.ct.gov

House Minority Leader Rep. Larry Cafero
860-240-0028 , Lawrence.Cafero@housegop.ct.gov

House Majority Leader Rep. Joe Aresimowicz
860-240-8581 , Joe.Aresimowicz@cga.ct.gov

Senate Minority Leader Senator John McKinney
860-240-8846 , John.McKinney@cga.ct.gov

President of the Senate Don Williams
860-240-8634, http://www.senatedems.ct.gov/Williams-mailform.php

Majority Leader of the Senate Martin Looney
860-240-0375 , Looney@senatedems.ct.gov

Your own State Senator and Representative http://cga.ct.gov/asp/menu/CGAFindLeg.asp

Tell them:
There is No Justification for Emergency Certification.
The Sandy Hook Tragedy Occurred 3 1/2 months ago.
The Full Report has not been published.
The guns they seek to restrict or ban are common ordinary firearms that are bought and used legally by millions of law abiding Americans

Call and email Monday 04/01
This may be our last chance before they will vote!

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CCDL Airs Radio Commercial

In an effort to reach out to both gun owners and citizens that support our rights, CCDL has recorded and is airing a pro-2A commercial on two radio stations in the state. WJJF (94.9) FM and WTIC (1080) AM will be airing through part or all of this week.
Here is the commercial set to video: http://youtu.be/aTIFRgu8Vkc

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CCDL 2A Rally April 20th
North Side Capitol Grounds 12 Noon till 3:00pm. We will need every person there to make sure that our voices will be heard. Flyer with more information to follow soon. Please share with clubs, ranges and gun stores.

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Next Meeting April 9th, 7pm – 9pm
Don’t forget to join us in Middletown for our next monthly meeting. This meeting is open to all Members! Also, we will be collecting canned goods/non-perishables at our meetings.

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!
Location : Middletown Elks Lodge 771, 44 Maynard St
Middletown, CT
View Map or Get Driving Directions

Carry On!
CCDL, Inc.
www.ccdl.us

CCDL Video

As promised, here is a video version of our radio ad currently airing on several local stations. Please share this far and wide!

Call and email The following people:
Speaker Rep. Brendan Sharkey
860-240-8577

Call and email The following people:
Speaker Rep. Brendan Sharkey
860-240-8577   Brendan.Sharkey@cga.ct.gov

House Minority Leader Rep. Larry Cafero
860-240-0028   Lawrence.Cafero@housegop.ct.gov

House Majority Leader Rep. Joe Aresimowicz
860-240-8581   joe.Aresimowicz@cga.ct.gov

Senate Minority Leader Senator John McKinney
860-240-8846    John.McKinney@cga.ct.gov

President of the Senate Don Williams
860-240-8634  http://www.senatedems.ct.gov/Williams-mailform.php

Majority Leader of the Senate Martin Looney
860-240-0375   Looney@senatedems.ct.gov

Your own State Senator and Representative http://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/menu/CGAFindLeg.asp

Call and email with this simple message:
We want full public hearings on any final E-Cert bill before it gets a floor vote!
We want the FULL Sandy Hook Investigation Report. How can we pass any bill without ALL of the facts!

We know many have done this already, but we are asking again. Right now the Task force and Leadership are preparing a bill that will water down your rights, and may categorize you as a criminal for what you currently own.
Even if they Grandfather certain firearms or components, there is always next year or the year after. They will simply keep passing laws one after another.

The Executive Committee of CCDL is taking a stand against any further laws that would effect the guns themselves, or how we lawfully use them.

Visit http://www.ccdl.us to join us. Membership is free!
Follow our blog at http://www.CCDL.us/blog for breaking news.

Oleg Volk’s images used with permission.  Visit www.olegvolk.net for more.

Video produced by MoHo Productions.

PRIORITY: Public Hearing On E-CERT

I was going to put up a blog post yesterday about this, but got tied up with other things. Since Bob and James Crook at the Coalition of Connecticut Sportsmen sent out an alert that says pretty much what I wanted to say, I’m going to just copy their email here.

With a probable composite (Mental Health, School Security, and FIREARMS) bill to be debated soon, you are asked to immediately contact YOUR State Representative and State Senator. Our and your interest in the bill is:
1. What does it contain,
2. Why don’t we have full disclosure, and MOST Important
3. Can we expect to provide our views through a PUBLIC HEARING Hearing on the contents?.

Be polite and courteous with Legislators. Tell them you are a voting constituent in their district, and if you voted for him/her make that statement.

How to Find Your Legislators: http://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/menu/cgafindleg.asp

Ask them the following questions;
Gun owners, hunters, target shooters, collectors have no idea what may be contained in this bill affecting their legal activities and firearm ownership. Can you explain to me what is contained in the bill and how it will affect me personally?

Rumors abound, and many issues go well beyond anyone’s perception this is only about so-called “Assault Weapons.” We hear about severe ammunition purchase restrictions placed upon ALL gun owner’s rifles, shotguns, and handguns. If passed, what would I have to do to purchase ammunition and WHY?

We hear ALL firearms must be registered at a cost including my Grandfather’s rifles and shotguns. Why?

Magazines are an integral part of a firearm. What will be the standard number of rounds if any? Will they be banned entirely? Will the State reimburse me for my loss of value and protection? Will common rifles and shotguns be included?

Should this bill be about prosecuting criminals and at-risk persons being identified, not the gun issue which has little real relevance to the Newtown event?

Why is there no transparency as to what legislators convening in secret are considering?

Will YOU as a legislator and your constituents have sufficient time to evaluate the bill prior to debate?

WE NEED A PUBLIC HEARING! Why can’t we allow those affected by this legislation to promote their views?

Tell me how you could vote on this “quick fix” legislation developed by some emotionally biased legislators without allowing a hearing from constituents to share their expertise and support/objections?

Help me understand why this bill will have no public hearing and is different from all other bills! Why Emergency Certification?

WE NEED A PUBLIC HEARING!

Stop E-CERT!

We may be in the final push to STOP the leaders in our legislature from ramming through a massive gun bill without our voices being heard.
 
CCDL and many gun owners have fought extremely hard to slow down this process. We have called for full hearings throughout, and we must continue to do so.
According to sources there may be No Hearing on the E-Cert Bill. There is a strong possibility it will be voted on next week.
 
Our rights are too important for us to simply sit quietly on our hands, while lawmakers pass laws that determine what we may or may not own, or if we may use what we own. It is time for 4,500 CCDL Members to give one last push to call for: 
Full Public Hearings and The Full Sandy Hook Investigation Report before a vote
 
Call and email The following people:
Speaker Rep. Brendan Sharkey
860-240-8577, Brendan.Sharkey@cga.ct.gov
 
House Minority Leader Rep. Larry Cafero
860-240-0028 , Lawrence.Cafero@housegop.ct.gov 
 
House Majority Leader Rep. Joe Aresimowicz
860-240-8581 , Joe.Aresimowicz@cga.ct.gov 
 
Senate Minority Leader Senator John McKinney
860-240-8846 , John.McKinney@cga.ct.gov 
 
President of the Senate Don Williams
860-240-8634, http://www.senatedems.ct.gov/Williams-mailform.php
 
Majority Leader of the Senate Martin Looney
860-240-0375 , Looney@senatedems.ct.gov

 
Your own State Senator and Representative
http://cga.ct.gov/asp/menu/CGAFindLeg.asp
 
Call and email with this simple message:
We want full public hearings on any final E-Cert bill before it gets a floor vote! 

We want the Full Sandy Hook Investigation Report. How can we pass any bill without all of the facts!

 
We know many have done this already, but we are asking again. Right now the Task force and Leadership are preparing a bill that will water down your rights, and may categorize you as a criminal for what you currently own. 
 
Even if they Grandfather certain firearms or components, there is always next year or the year after. They will simply keep passing laws one after another. The Executive Committee of CCDL is taking a stand against any further laws that would effect the guns themselves, or how we lawfully use them.