Note: This is a guest post by CCDL Events Coordinator Chris Duffy
For anyone going to the Rally on the 20th (which better be everyone!), please read this post.
First and foremost, DO NOT CARRY IN BUSHNELL PARK! If we get a large crowd, and you are not carrying a gun, please consider standing right behind the Capitol driveway on the grass that is the border between Bushnell Park grounds and the Capitol grounds.
While I know that everyone wants to be able to rub shoulders with me and bask in my greatness, we need to leave the front of the steps open, so please do not fill up this area. We need this so that our speakers can move as needed, as well as a few other reasons. So please leave a 10 foot space in front of the steps, thank you.
I am not a lawyer, so I will not answer whether or not you can carry the firearm you were planning to carry. Talk to the state, talk to your lawyer, and when in doubt, leave it at home. Having an arrest at the Rally would be a terrible situation in the best of times, and downright damaging at this point in time. (editor’s note: The Capitol Police have said they will enforce the new law which prevents carrying so-called “assault weapons” in public)
This is a family friendly Rally. I will have one of my children, and we expect to see many children. This affects them in every way. So please consider not using profanity on any signs. I am not personally a fan of Malloy, and many others. I’m with you on the anger and upsetting offense that we all feel. But please keep it clean.
OPEN CARRY is fine. Well, as long as the firearm adheres to the new draconian laws that no one can figure out. This is not our first Rally at the capitol. The Capitol Police are very professional, and we have never had a problem in the past. If you don’t like it, don’t do it. If it makes you nervous, don’t do it. Remember that the CCDL supports all legal uses of a firearm. I will be open carrying. many will. Some of us open carry in our daily lives. So please refrain from any political strategy talk about open carry on this post.
The CCDL will be taking donations at the Rally. We appreciate every dollar that we have been given so far, and cannot express enough our continued amazement at the support you are all giving.
Lastly, ENJOY YOURSELVES! CARRY ON!
I just want to add one thing to Chris Duffy’s post.
Parking close to the Capitol can be tough. If you can, carpool. Even better get everyone in your gun club to rent a bus.
If it works for you, consider the bus already coming from Torrington.
Here’s a map of parking areas in downtown Hartford. Click on the map for a larger map with more info.