Statement on Boughton Exploratory Committee

For Immediate Release:

(Groton, CT) – The Connecticut Citizens Defense League (The state’s largest gun rights organization) release the following statement after Danbury mayor Mark Boughton announced the creation of an exploratory committee for the governor’s seat in 2018.

Statement from CCDL President Scott Wilson:

“Mark Boughton was a member of the gun control group “Mayors Against Illegal Guns”.
The Mayor also made several public statements about recently passed anti-gun laws that were very troubling to gun owners in Connecticut.

Mayor Boughton did finally severe his affiliation with MAIG towards the end of his last gubernatorial campaign because his being associated with gun control hurt his campaign. As far as CCDL can tell, there has been no outreach or attempt by the mayor to mend any fences. We must assume his position hasn’t changed in the last few years.

We hope that the mayor of Danbury is aware that gun owners do vote, and they do not forget.”

Wilson also stated:

“It would be an extremely difficult hurdle for any candidate to overcome a prior platform position that included gun control in a statewide election. Mayor Boughton would not just be campaigning in Danbury, but across the entire state”.


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 25,000 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

Press Contact:
Scott Wilson

Press Release – RE: Toni Boucher For Governor

Groton, CT August 27th, 2013

The President for the Connecticut Citizens Defense League (The state’s largest grass-roots 2nd Amendment rights group) offered comments on an exploratory gubernatorial run by state Senate Toni Boucher.

CCDL President Scott Wilson stated the following: “Senator Boucher Voted in ‘lock step’ with the Republican leadership in the passage of a historic gun control law which alienated many law-abiding people”.

“With very little consideration to the several hundred thousand gun owners in Connecticut, it is hard to fathom anyone who voted for Senate Bill 1160 could consider a legitimate run for higher office in this state”.

“Very simply, gun owners have had it with these law makers”.

The CCDL President went on to state that they would work hard to call out and expose those that voted for the law’s passage from both parties.

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.