Motion for Summary Judgment

(The Following is a Joint CCDL and CCS Address)

Dear CCDL and CCS members and key donors,

This past Friday on August 23rd, the 2nd Amendment challenge to Connecticut’s new firearms law took a significant step forward with the filing of plaintiffs’ Motion for Summary Judgment and supporting memorandum of law. A motion for summary judgment is a legal device that asks the court to decide a case expeditiously “on the papers,” without the need for discovery and a trial. Cases that are appropriate for this type of early disposition are those where the key facts are not disputed by the parties and the case turns solely on the court’s interpretation of one or more questions of law.

As stated in plaintiffs’ brief, “The firearms and magazines that Connecticut bans are lawfully manufactured (many in Connecticut itself) and are lawfully purchased by millions of Americans after passing the National Instant Criminal Background Check … as well as state-required checks. … They are in common use by plaintiffs and millions of law-abiding citizens for self-defense, sport, and hunting… Restrictions on such guns and magazines are anything but long-standing, and remain outliers nationwide. The laws of most states and federal law have no restrictions on magazine capacity or the number of rounds that may be loaded in a magazine, nor do they restrict guns that some choose to call “assault weapons.” As such, plaintiffs’ brief argues, “like the handgun ban in Heller, the ban on common firearms and magazines here is categorically void under the Second Amendment.”
Further, plaintiffs’ brief argues, the new Connecticut firearms law is unconstitutional because it “arbitrarily establish[es] categories of persons who can and cannot buy the weapons” providing preferred treatment to certain retired government and private security personnel. And, finally, the brief argues, the statute is void because it is unconstitutionally vague. The next step in this case will be the filing of the State’s opposition brief, and potentially the State’s own cross motion for summary judgment, both of which are due in early September.

As of now, our challenge to the State’s evisceration of rights long held inviolable is well-positioned to correct the legislature and governor’s misguided course — whether that correction occurs at the district court or eventually on appeal. We are enormously proud of the individual plaintiffs – June Shew, Stephanie Cypher, Rabbi Mitchell Rocklin, Peter Owens, Andrew Mueller, and Brian McLain – as well as of retailers Hiller Sports, LLC and MD Shooting Sports LLC and the amici law enforcement personnel — who have invested themselves personally in overturning this patently unconstitutional law. We are especially proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with you – the loyal and brave patriots throughout this State — in our fight to protect the fundamental rights of all citizens.

(Read our MSJ brief here: Motion.Summary.Judgment.pdf)

Warm regards,

Scott Wilson,
President- CCDL, Inc.

and

Bob Crook,
Director- CCS

Litigation Fundraiser – Raffle

UPDATE 8/27/2013: More locations!
UPDATE 8/22/2013: Still MORE locations added to the list! Go out and buy some!
UPDATE 8/19/2013: More locations added to the list. Still more to come!

CCDL is holding a raffle to raise money for our lawsuit against Connecticut’s unconstitutional new gun laws. Tickets are $20 each, and only 2000 (correction) 2500 tickets will be sold with all proceeds going to the litigation fund.
We’ve got over 20 prizes, with the top prize being a custom Harley Davidson motorcycle. Other prizes include a ATI Cavalry O/U shotgun, a Charter Arms Chic Lady .38 revolver, a Ruger 10/22 Takedown rifle, and a Ruger LCP .380  pistol.
24 prizes total, and like I said only 2000 2500 tickets, so those are some pretty decent odds.

The drawing will be held on September 21, 2013 at King 33 Training in Southington, CT. This will be the final stop for our 2nd Amendment Poker Run (more on that shortly), winners need not be present to win, but you DO need to be eligible and permitted to win the firearms.

There are several ways to buy raffle tickets.
You can come to our next monthly meeting in Middletown. That will be on September 10th.

You can visit one of the following stores during normal business hours (If you arent sure of the hours, call before you go. Many small shops have reduced hours or close weekends during the summer.):

Woodbridge Firearms Trading Post
2828 Selden St
Woodbridge, CT 06525
Note: Woodbridge also sells CCDL shirts, hats, and car decals

Outpost Guns & Ammo
1031 Norwich-new London Turnpike
Montville, CT 06382

Connecticut Sporting Arms, LLC
1179 Foxon Rd. (Rt. 80/22)
North Bradford, CT 06471

Southbury Trading Post
102 Playhouse Corner
Southbury, CT 06488

Center Sports of Columbia
3 Orlando Drive (Route 66)
Columbia, CT 06237

Ceniccola’s Italian Deli & Pizzeria
36 Killingworth Turnpike
Clinton, CT 06413

Brooklyn Trading Post & Academy
106 Tripp Hollow Rd
Brooklyn, CT 06234

Hiller Sports, LLC
4 New Canaan Ave.
Norwalk, CT 06851

King 33 Training
75 Aircraft Rd
Southington, CT 06489
Mon – Fri: 3pm – 6pm

There will also be roving ticket sales set up at various other times and locations around the state.

8/16/2013
10:30am-6:30pm
Sportsmen’s Outpost, 415 Wolcott Rd, Wolcott, CT

8/17/2013
10:30am-4:30pm
Sportsmen’s Outpost, 415 Wolcott Rd, Wolcott, CT

8/23/3013
10:30am-5:30pm
Hiller Sports, 4 New Canaan Ave, Norwalk, CT

8/24/2013
10:30am-4pm
CCDL Family Picnic, Stratford, CT

8/31/2013
10am-3pm
Northeast Firearms, 97 Old County Rd, Windsor Locks, CT

8/31/2013
10am-1pm
Bethany Firearms, 5 Amity Rd, Bethany, CT

9/6/2013
10am-6pm
Hoffman’s Gun Center, 2686 Berlin Turnpike, Newington, CT

9/7/2013
10am-6pm
Hoffman’s Gun Center, 2686 Berlin Turnpike, Newington, CT

9/7/2013
11am-4pm
North Atlantic Sportsman, 600 Main St, Monroe, CT

9/8/2013
10am-5pm
Hoffman’s Gun Center
2686 Berlin Turnpike
Newington, CT 06111

More locations to come!

Grand Prize!