Almost Rally Time!

CCDL’s Rally For Your Rights is tomorrow. Are you excited? Are you attending? Are you getting everyone you know to attend?

I’m going to try and hit on some of the questions we’ve been getting. We’ve covered most of them here before, but this will put them all in one place.

What if it rains? Is there a rain-date?
No, there is no rain date. The rally will go on rain or shine. Some of our speakers like John Lott are flying in for the rally. They won’t be able to come back another time. Also our permit to use the Capitol grounds does not allow for a rain date. If we reschedule we have to go through the entire permit process all over again. The current weather report shows showers in the morning, ending around 9-10am. The rest of the day will be cloudy, with a high temperature around 60F.

Will there be buses running from Cabela’s again?
No, there are no buses from Cabela’s like there was for Lobby Day. Logistically it just doesn’t work for this type of event. Lobby day was an ongoing all day thing. People coming in, seeing their legislators and leaving.
The rally on the other hand has a fixed start and stop time (12-3pm), and the vast majority of people will stay for the entire thing. If we have 5,000 people at the rally (and I hope there are far more then that) you would need 100 buses all loading up at Cabela’s at the same time, all dropping off at the Capitol at the same time, and all picking people back up at the same time.
If you only had say 10 buses running (which would still cost a fortune, for Lobby Day there were 4 buses) they would have to start running full loads at 7am to get everyone there by noon, and the last people to leave the rally wouldn’t get back to Cabela’s until after 8pm.
There ARE some buses that have been privately chartered by gun clubs or individual members. If you belong to a club, check to see if they have a bus, and I know there is one leaving the Torrington area that I think still has some open seats. There is also some discussion on the Facebook Event Page about carpools.

If there are no buses, where can we park?
First, I strongly suggest carpooling. See above about buses. There is very limited parking at the Capitol itself, and half of that will be closed due to our rally. Expect the other half to be already filled due to an earlier event taking place inside. There is on street metered parking, and plenty of public lots and parking garages around the area. See this post for a map of most of them.

Can I carry a gun at the rally? Can I open carry?
CCDL supports ALL lawful means of carrying a gun. It is legal to carry a firearm on the grounds of the Capitol building. Open carry is legal in CT. CCDL takes no position on how one should carry other then carry legally.
If you have a permit and are comfortable with open carry, by all means do. Plenty of others will be as well. There are some caveats though. Most important, it is illegal to carry a gun in Bushnell Park, which is right next to the Capitol. Do not cut through the park to get to the Capitol if you are carrying a gun. You also can not carry inside the Capitol building itself (not that you should have any need to go in there). Remember what was legal to carry in public last month may not be legal this month because of the newly redefined Assault Weapon Ban. Any gun that falls under the ban (AR-15 style, AK types, pistols with over 10 rounds, etc) is no longer allowed to be carried in public. If you aren’t sure, don’t bring it. Handguns openly carried should be in some type of retention holster and remain holstered at all times. Long arms should be unloaded and trigger locked or zip-tied with the action open and kept pointed down. Capitol police will be on hand, and will act on anything illegal or unsafe.

Will there be shirts, stickers, merchandise, food, raffle tickets or anything else for sale there?
As per Capitol rules, there is nothing allowed to be sold on the Capitol grounds. CCDL does have permission to collect donations for the litigation fund. That’s it. Feel free to bring your own (non-alcoholic) drinks or food, but please take your trash with you when you leave. We want to leave the place cleaner then we found it.

Are there any security concerns because of recent terrorist events?
Yes. Expect Capitol security to be stronger then usual. Suspicious looking bags may be checked by police. Please, use common sense and everything will be fine. Don’t argue with police, or any counter-protesters that might show up. We could have a nice successful 3hr rally with 20,000 people, and if one person gets arrested or in a shouting match with someone, THAT’S what’s going to be all over the news. Don’t be that person.

Gov. Malloy in Torrington – April 17th

This might be a good event for some CCDL members to show up at to “discuss the state’s pressing issues face-to-face” with Governor Malloy:

Governor Dannel P. Malloy and Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman will host a community forum in Torrington on Wednesday, April 17, 2013, from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the auditorium of Torrington City Hall (140 Main Street).

These town hall-style events provide an opportunity to discuss the state’s pressing issues face-to-face with state residents. They are open to the public; tickets are not necessary and seats are available on a first come, first served basis.

Those who would like an opportunity to ask a question should arrive a little bit earlier to fill out the sign-up sheet. Doors open at 6:15 p.m.

Important April 20th Rally Update

Note: This is a guest post by CCDL Events Coordinator Chris Duffy

A representative of the Capitol Police called me this morning. We spoke for a good while about our rally on Saturday, and what effects the bombing in Boston will have on us. So read, and then re-read.

  1.  The Capitol police always reserve the right to search bags and packages. If you are carrying what appears to be a heavy bag, or something looks amiss, than be prepared to show the contents of any bags and/or packages.
  2. I have 8 or so volunteers that will be wearing neon yellow safety vests. They will have a few responsibilities. The first being to watch the border of Bushnell Park, and make sure no one crosses the park boundary line unintentionally. The second, is to watch for people who are carrying something that is now under the banned list (AR’s, FAL’s, Glock 19 with 33 round mags), and to politely tell them to run away as fast as they can.
  3. The CCDL have a very good history with the Capitol police. They have always been professional. And in usual times, if they see something that is a borderline no-no, they will say something to one of us board members or one of the volunteers. They usually allow us to self police, as to not cause a scene. We can NOT expect any leniency at the rally on Saturday. The bombings have put all police forces on a higher alert status, and as such, we have to expect them to be keeping a very practiced eye on all citizens who enter onto the Capitol grounds.
  4. Put on your thick skin. I repeat, put on your thick skin. There is always a chance that a/some protester(s) will show up. And rest assured, they are not always nice. The Capitol police will do their best to keep any protesters away from us, since we have a permit to gather and use the grounds. But understand, just two weeks ago, Jon Hardy and I were called baby killers, and told that we had the blood of innocent children on our hands for being gun right supporters. So, put on your thick skin, and ignore them if they show up. Most anti’s are nice, and non confrontational. But do not respond to ANY protester. Just let it go. The news will vilify us if there is even one confrontation. And if someone winds up on the 6 o’clock news for this reason, you will have to deal with me.
  5. DO NOT CARRY BANNED ITEMS. Should be self explanatory.
  6. Read this again.

Understanding CT’s New Gun Laws – April 22

I can’t vouch for how informational this will really be, but if you are in the area it might be interesting. Especially since Len Fasano and Dave Yaccarino both voted YES on SB1160. It wouldn’t surprise me if many CCDL members actually understand the law better then they do.

Enfield Town Chair To Skip GOP Dinner

According to a post on the Hartford Courant’s Capitol Watch blog, Enfield RTC chairwoman Mary Ann Turner will not be attending the state GOP’s annual Bush Dinner and fundraiser in Stamford this year. The reason is the GOP is awarding Senator John McKinney it’s highest honor; the Prescott Bush Sr. Award.

“The man may have done many things in his career that would warrant this accolade,” Mary Ann Turner wrote in a letter to her fellow chairs from north central Connecticut.

“But with the gun bill just passing and his finger printers [embedded] in the cement – I can’t support this total disregard for our constitution and our personal liberties,” she wrote.

“What you do is up to you and your town committee, but this may be the time we finally will get ‘leadership’ to understand, they can’t lead if we won’t follow,” Turner’s letter states. “Enfield is taking that stand.”

You can read the rest of the post here.

Good for her!
My wife and I are somewhat active in state politics, trying to help progun candidates get elected. My wife was recently asked by a high ranking member of the state GOP if we would be attending the dinner this year. Unlike last year, the keynote speaker is someone I’d really like to hear. Someone with solid 2nd Amendment credentials. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. My lovely bride replied almost exactly the same as Mary Ann Turner did, though I think my wife added that we might be there protesting outside, lol. I don’t know if I’ll do that, but I did send Governor Walker a message asking him to reconsider attending. Especially considering Senator McKinney’s vote on SB1160 was in direct opposition to the official Republican Party Platform. On the 2nd Amendment it says in part:

We uphold the right of individuals to keep and bear arms, a right which antedated the Constitution and was solemnly confirmed by the Second Amendment. We acknowledge, support, and defend the law-abiding citizen’s God-given right of self-defense. We call for the protection of such fundamental individual rights recognized in the Supreme Court’s decisions in District of Columbia v. Heller and McDonald v. Chicago affirming that right, and we recognize the individual responsibility to safely use and store firearms. This also includes the right to obtain and store ammunition without registration. We support the fundamental right to self-defense wherever a law-abiding citizen has a legal right to be, and we support federal legislation that would expand the exercise of that right by allowing those with state-issued carry permits to carry firearms in any state that issues such permits to its own residents. Gun ownership is responsible citizenship, enabling Americans to defend their homes and communities. We condemn frivolous lawsuits against gun manufacturers and oppose federal licensing or registration of law-abiding gun owners. We oppose legislation that is intended to restrict our Second Amendment rights by limiting the capacity of clips or magazines or otherwise restoring the ill-considered Clinton gun ban.

Now, McKinney (along with Larry Cafero and many others) completely went against that, as well as his oath of office with his support of SB1160. How can the Republican Party still honor such a man?

April 20 Rally Bus

CCDL member Brooke Cheney is organizing a bus to the Hartford rally that will be leaving from Torrington. If you live in that part of the state, this would be a great way to save on the hassle of finding a parking spot in Hartford. I’m also sure an entire bus full of like-minded people will be a fun ride! The price is $17 per person. That’s worth it just for the parking.

Brooke is doing this all on her own, so please direct questions to her as noted below. And if any other clubs or individuals is chartering a bus and offering seats to the public, let me know at and I’ll list it as well.

Bus to Hartford Rally
Saturday April 20, 2013 from 10:15 AM to 3:15 PM EDT
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Large commuter lot off exit 42 on RT 8
Torrington, CT 06106
Driving Directions


Here is a quick email to let you know there is a rally for our rights on April 20th.

Now that the Connecticut legislature has passed some of the gun laws they want, they have already announce they are coming back for more starting January 1 2013.  They want to start confiscation.

My wish is to see each of us reach one more person over these next 16 months when it comes to reelections.  Who knows maybe some one on my mailing list will become a Rep or Senator. 

Please click on the link below to register for the Bus to Hartford.
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I can’t make it
To see the official flyer for the event please go to 
I am very excited I get to be one of the “many other” speakers.
Thank you for your response and I look forward to seeing you at the event.
Brooke Cheney
Save Thousands Not Just One


Go Watch Them Vote Away Your Rights

CCDL-NRA-NSSF-CCS at the Capitol 04/03/13

The legislators have a gun bill. We’ll post the actual bill as soon as it’s public, but it’s not good. Assault Weapon ban/registration. Magazine ban/registration. Background checks to buy ammo. Pretty much everything they can think of.

They will be voting on this bill tomorrow.
CCDL, the NRA, the NSSF, and the Coalition Of Connecticut Sportsmen are all asking you for one more trip to Hartford. If they are going to take away our rights, they are going to do it to our faces. We are going to be there; watching.

Please help us fill buses to the Capitol in Hartford as we assemble in the gallery above the floor where critical votes will take place. This is a last stand to show our legislators that we will not go away and accept the proposal as our fate.
Senate session begins at 10:00am.

Pick Up Location:
475 East Hartford Blvd. North
East Hartford, CT 06118

Buses will be running to the Capitol and back approximately every 1/2 hour to every hour in between peak times.

Hours of operation for buses:
8:30am-5:00pm Please come join us!

Be civil and and help us have a much needed presence.

CCDL wishes to thank the NRA for running these buses throughout the day!

Proposal to be voted on tomorrow:

Also, just a reminder. CCDL is free to join. We run everything on donations. I know the economy is bad, but legal challenges are expensive, even if the lawyers work pro bono. If you can afford it, please help us fight for YOUR rights.

Counter-protest! Antigun Protest Tomorrow in Newtown

NOTE: We posted this yesterday, but took it down because we decided we didn’t want the antigun types to have time to cancel or reschedule. It’s back up now, please share far and wide!

According to an article published yesterday in the News-Times of Danbury, the antigun crowd is planning a protest for tomorrow, March 28th, in front of the headquarters for the National Shooting Sports Foundation. Why they are protesting sport/target shooters I have no idea; I would think if you really wanted to stop the violence you would protest in front of a drug gang’s headquarters or something. I can only guess it’s because sport shooters are safe and law-abiding and located in a nice neighborhood, and gang shooters are scary, criminals, and hang out in the bad part of town?

Whatever their reasons, they say they are speaking for all of us. We need you to show up and show them that’s not the case. We’ll be meeting in front of the NSSF headquarters at 4pm, located right off rt 25 at 11 Mile Hill Rd, Newtown. Parking is tough, but you can park single file along Tinkerfield Rd, which is across from the NSSF. If you bear to the right after turning on Tinkerfield, there is also some parking along the road by the VFW. Do NOT park at or block the VFW, and do NOT park in the NSSF’s parking lot., but you can park behind The Reed School, by the Soccer and Baseball fields on Old Farm Rd (see map below). DO NOT PARK on Tinkerfield Rd. Any crossing of Mile Hill Rd. is prohibited, except up by Reed School where you park.
Remember you are technically parking on school grounds.
Bring Pro2A signs.
Bring American flags.
Bring a sign Thanking the NSSF for what they do.

  • What: Counter-protest in support of the NSSF
  • When: Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 4pm
  • Where: NSSF Headquarters, 11 Mile Hill Rd, Newtown, CT 06470

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