Member Meeting – October 11th

CCDL holds its monthly general membership meeting at 7:00pm on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at the Elks Lodge in Middletown, CT.

Our next meeting is Tuesday, October 11, 2016.

All CCDL members are welcome and encouraged to attend. We have a request from the property owners to please do not park on the grass when attending the meeting.

Meeting Agenda

  • November Elections
  • Candidate Forum:
    ∙ Joseph Vollano – House District 83
    ∙ Chris Kelly – House District 102
  • State Senator Joe Markley discusses critical election information
  • Poker Run wrap up
  • CCDL PAC update
  • Election volunteer efforts

NOTE: This is the last CCDL meeting before the elections!
Election Day is Tuesday, November 8th.
There will be NO November CCDL meeting, because we hope ALL our members will be busy that day helping to elect Pro2A candidates.

Merchandise
We sell CCDL merchandise at the meeting, buy it there and save on shipping.
We also sell limited edition items that are not available in our online store. For hunting season we have camo/blaze hats, $25 each.
We still have patches, pins, and magnets (perfect to put on your car, gun safe, or refrigerator). We also sell the car decals in assorted colors and sizes that you can’t get online.

Food Drive
CCDL collects canned goods/non-perishables at all our meetings to be donated to local charities. Please bring non perishables to the meeting. If everyone that attends brought at least one canned good we would be helping to feed MANY!

Middletown Elks
44 Maynard St
Middletown, CT 06457
October 11, 2016 7:00pm-9:00pm
Please park in the event lot to the left of the building (looking at it from Maynard St) and enter the upstairs banquet hall at the front of the building. please do not park on the grass!!


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Reminder – Member Meeting Tonight

CCDL holds its monthly general membership meeting at 7:00pm on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at the Elks Lodge in Middletown, CT.

Our next meeting is Tuesday, March 8, 2016.

All CCDL members are welcome and encouraged to attend. We have a request from the property owners to please do not park on the grass when attending the meeting.

Meeting Agenda

  • Discussion and course of action on currently proposed legislation
  • Discussion on litigation against the State (Shew v Malloy)
  • Discussion on 2016 elections and how we can make a difference.
  • Senator Joe Markley (CCDL’s 2014 Legislator Of The Year)
  • Candidate for 5th US Congressional District – Bill Stevens
  • Candidate for 29th Senate District John French – With special introduction by his brother, former Colt Firearms President Gary French

Merchandise
We sell CCDL merchandise at the meeting, buy it there and save on shipping.
We also sell limited edition items that are not available in our online store. For hunting season we have camo/blaze hats, $25 each.
We still have patches, pins, and magnets (perfect to put on your car, gun safe, or refrigerator). We also sell the car decals in assorted colors and sizes that you can’t get online.

Food Drive
CCDL collects canned goods/non-perishables at all our meetings to be donated to local charities. The holiday season is here, and the local food banks get stretched thin. Please bring non perishables to the meeting. If everyone that attends brought at least one canned good we would be helping to feed MANY!

Middletown Elks
44 Maynard St
Middletown, CT 06457
March 8, 2016 7:00pm-9:00pm
Please park in the event lot to the left of the building (looking at it from Maynard St) and enter the upstairs banquet hall at the front of the building. please do not park on the grass!!


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SB650 – Quick Update

CCDL’s Legislative Coordinator Ray Bevis spent all day and night in Hartford yesterday following the closing days of the 2015 legislative session (Thank you Ray!). Here’s a quick update he sent in after finally getting home early this morning:

The bill SB650 was called in the senate last night. An amendment was called, debated, voted on and the amendment passed. Then another amendment was called by Senator Joe Markley. While Senator Markley was summarizing his amendment, Senator Duff who is the majority Leader and is his job to set the daily agenda / calendar interrupted Senator Markley to temporarily pass on the bill and move onto another bill.
This is just a passed temporarily on the agenda. It is not a passing of the bill. The bill is still on the senate agenda but passed by temporarily. They can come back to it but with a deadline so close we think that is unlikely to happen. But IF this bill was to be called again in this session it would still need to be called in the senate and senator Markley would continue with his summation of his amendment.

Senator Joe Markley

Ok, this morning I shared with you a video of the rabidly anti-gun Senator Don Williams.

Now let’s go to a video from CCDL’s 2014 Legislator Of The Year, Senator Joe Markley. Senator Markley shares his thoughts on the upcoming gubernatorial election. If you are still undecided who to vote for on November 4th (we of course hope you vote for our endorsed candidate, Tom Foley), pay close attention to this video and what’s at stake. If you know someone who is undecided, or wasn’t planning on voting this year, share this video with them.

As I said this morning, this might be the most important election of our lives. If Malloy and his anti-Constitution cronies get re-elected after passing one of the worst gun laws in the country, they will know they have free reign to go as far as they want with no repercussions. Want to know some of the things they have planned? Go back and watch Senator Williams video from this morning. If that doesn’t scare you, how about mandatory registration for ALL firearms? How about microstamping? How about mandatory “smart guns”? How about liability insurance for each and every firearm you own?

Watch Senator Markley’s video, and help us DEFEAT DAN MALLOY!

2014 Legislator Of The Year

The CCDL Executive Board has selected someone for CCDL’s annual “Legislator of the Year” award. This award is to recognize legislators who have shown unwavering support for our 2nd Amendment rights during the past legislative session.

The first person to receive this award was State Rep Rob Sampson (District 80) in 2012. Last year we recognized State Rep Steve Mikutel from the 45th district.

This year, the Board has chosen State Senator Joe Markley (16th Senate district) to receive this award. CCDL President Scott Wilson had this to say about our choice:

“The Connecticut Citizens Defense League Executive Board is proud to have selected Senator Joe Markley to be the organization’s named “Legislator of the Year”. Though there was little activity during the legislative session pertaining to firearms issues, Senator Markley has been looking ahead into this election cycle with an eye towards protecting our rights. This year is crucial for the future of 2nd Amendment rights in Connecticut”.

As those of you who can attend our monthly meetings may already know, Joe attends many meetings himself and has been instrumental in helping CCDL members become more involved in the process of electing Pro2A legislators, as well as retaining those already in office.

Joe will receive his award at our August 12th monthly meeting in Middletown. We invite all CCDL members to attend and thank Senator Markley for helping us restore our rights here in Connecticut. Thank you, Joe!

Meeting Reminder – 5/13/2014

CCDL holds its monthly general membership meeting at 7pm on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at the Elks Lodge in Middletown, CT. Our next meeting is Tuesday, May 13, 2014.
All CCDL members are welcome and encouraged to attend. We have a request from the property owners to please do not park on the grass when attending the meeting.

Meeting Agenda
A litigation update will be provided to our members at our general meeting regarding the appeal to the 2nd Circuit Appellate Court in Manhattan.
We are pleased to have Chris Conte (Litigation Counsel) join us from the NRA-ILA. Chris will give an update regarding the upcoming filing of the appeal and accompanying briefs. The NRA-ILA has been helping to orchestrate many aspects of our legal challenge from behind the scenes.

As part of our continuing effort to educate members before the next election, we’ve been inviting candidates to address the members at our meeting to discuss their views on the 2nd Amendment. This month we’ll have:

• Carl Higbee – Candidate US Congress (4th District) CarlHigbie.com

• Dave Walker – Candidate CT Lieutenant Governor WalkerForCT.com

• Rob Kwasnicki – Candidate CT House District 59

• Lori Hopkins-Cavanagh- Candidate US Congress (2nd District) LoriForCongress2014.com

• State Rep Dan Carter – CT House District 2 cthousegop.com/dan-carter

• State Senator Joe Markley – CT Senate District 16 ctsenaterepublicans.com/home-markley

Consider bringing your checkbook or some extra cash to donate to these folks if you like what you hear. Remember, the best way to stop antigun laws and repeal the ones we have is to get progun candidates elected!

Merchandise
We sell CCDL merchandise at the meeting, buy it there and save on shipping.

NEW! Patches and Pins
Our latest limited run items are CCDL patches and pins. These $5 each and are meetings-only items, not for sale on the website.

Back by popular demand – magnets!
The return of the CCDL logo magnets. These are about the same size as our regular decals, but printed on a flexible magnetic material and are perfect for people who don’t want to permanently attach a vinyl decal to their vehicle. Priced at $5 each and sold at the meeting only.

Food Drive
CCDL collects canned goods/non-perishables at all our meetings to be donated to local charities. The holiday season is over, but people still need help year round. Please give what you can for those that need our help.

Middletown Elks
44 Maynard St
Middletown, CT 06457
May 13, 2014 7:00pm-9:00pm
Please park in the event lot to the left of the building (looking at it from Maynard St) and enter the upstairs banquet hall at the front of the building. please do not park on the grass!!


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Meeting Reminder – 2/11/2014

Join us for the first meeting of the new year!
CCDL holds its monthly general membership meeting at 7pm on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at the Elks Lodge in Middletown, CT. Our next meeting is Tuesday, February 11, 2014.
All CCDL members are welcome and encouraged to attend. We have a request from the property owners to please do not park on the grass when attending the meeting.

Meeting Agenda
• Gubernatorial candidate Mark LAuretti will discuss his 2nd Amendment views.

• Secretary of State Candidate Peter Lumaj will also be on hand. Peter is a long-time supporter of CCDL and gun rights, here’s Peter speaking at one of our rallies: Youtube

• Senator Joe Markley (16th District) will be joining us to share ideas on how to help support 2A legislators and candidates. Senator Markley is one of the best friends a gun owner can have in this state. He has good ideas that will provide an opportunity for many to get involved and help 2A candidates.

• Appeal Timeline: A timeline of the appeals process will be laid out for CCDL members. This is a general overview of how things will work if ideal conditions are met. Timing may be affected in the event of extensions that may be granted by either party, so this breakdown will serve as a general guideline. We are all eager to have our appeal heard!

Merchandise
We sell CCDL merchandise at the meeting, buy it there and save on shipping.

BLOWOUT SALE! The last of the special shirts made for the Poker Run Fundraiser will be on sale at the meeting only for $10 each! If you don’t have one yet, this might be your last chance to buy one. Supply is limited to whatever is on hand at the meeting. When they’re gone, they’re gone forever.

Dinner Tickets
Tickets will be on sale for our 5th Annual Dinner, held this year on March 1st at the Aquaturf in Plantsville, CT. Cash price for the tickets are $55 per person.

Food Drive
CCDL collects canned goods/non-perishables at all our meetings to be donated to local charities. The holiday season is over, but people still need help year round. Please give what you can for those that need our help.

Middletown Elks
44 Maynard St
Middletown, CT 06457
February 11, 2014 7:00pm-9:00pm
Please park in the event lot to the left of the building (looking at it from Maynard St) and enter the upstairs banquet hall at the front of the building. please do not park on the grass!!


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Press Release

Groton, CT- January 1st, 2014
The Connecticut Citizens Defense League (The state’s largest grass roots 2nd Amendment rights group) Is calling on the Governor and the State to extend the registration and declaration deadline for newly re-defined assault weapons and large capacity ammunition magazines.The deadline for registration and declaration passed on January 1st.

 

CCDL President Scott Wilson stated the following:

“CCDL Fully supports the efforts from State Senator Joe Markley and State Representative Rob Sampson in their calling for an extension to register certain firearms that are now banned”.

“There are still too many gun owners that either do not know about this new law, or do not realize that it applies to them”.

“I would ask the Governor and state legislators what there would be to gain by punishing persons that are otherwise law abiding that do not legitimately know about this law?”

“CCDL also suggests that the State should consider an ongoing amnesty program in the future, for those that discover they own banned firearms or magazines that are not registered. This would likely alleviate some of the concerns people may have about the intent of the State”.

 

The CCDL President also added:

“CCDL has made every effort to broadcast the meaning of the law as it pertains to gun owners to all corners of the state. We hope that our leaders consider the request from both Senator Markley and Representative Sampson”.

 

The Connecticut Citizens Defense League is helping lead a legal challenge against the new law, along with other plaintiffs. Oral arguments will be heard in Federal court January 30th in Hartford. More information may be found at www.ccdl.us

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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 nearly 11,000 members. Thanks to this large supportive base across the state the CCDL has become a fixture of the capitol, and well recognized by committees that see firearms related bills. CCDL is also actively involved at 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

Sampson & Markley Pledge to Protect Gun Owners Rights – DESPP Clarifies New Law

HARTFORD – Throughout the debate on gun legislation in Connecticut State Rep. Rob Sampson (R-80) and State Senator Joe Markley (R-16) emerged as staunch defenders of gun owners rights. They both voted against the bill (PA 13-3) and in the few months after the bill’s passing have raised questions and concerns regarding the ambiguous wording of the gun legislation.

To make clear parts of the new law and to gather facts and deadlines for their constituents Senator Markley and Rep. Sampson requested clarification in writing from Reuben Bradford Commissioner of the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection.

“A concern I shared with Senator Markley was that this new legislation could cause some legal gun owners to find themselves accidentally out of compliance with the new laws,” Rep. Sampson said. “Clarification on what responsible gun owners need to do to properly observe these laws was needed, and we received some of that assistance from Commissioner Bradford’s response.”

“Rep. Sampson and I were concerned that if a person did not want to provide their Social Security number, they shouldn’t have to,” said Sen. Markley. “It is a violation of privacy, not to mention Federal law, and we did not see why this information was asked for in the first place.”

In his response letter to the legislators, Commissioner Bradford provided some clarification including:

  • Social security numbers that are requested on some forms are all optional and not required. The forms themselves are in the process of being changed to reflect this.
  • The form to declare large capacity magazines will have its reference to applicant changed. This will occur to show there is no need to apply for permission, but only declare possession of large capacity magazines. Declarations must occur by January 1, 2014.
  • Certificates of possession for assault weapons require that the full name, address, date of birth and thumbprint of the owner is presented as well as any other information deemed appropriate by the department.

Through the work of Rep. Sampson and Senator Markley, the objections held by legal gun owners were aired with DESPP, which has created a frequently asked question section on their website.
http://www.ct.gov/despp/lib/despp/slfu/faqs_06192013.pdf

Both Sen. Markley and Rep. Sampson are committed to holding all agencies involved in this new gun legislation accountable. They thanked the Commissioner for his commitment in helping law abiding residents of Connecticut understand the provisions of the new law.

To see the exchange of letters click here. (pdf)

Carry On, Legally

Tuesday, July 30th, come ask your questions about the new laws. This is not a CCDL sponsored forum, but the legislators themselves put this together. Remember, these are the good guys who voted against the new laws. They don’t like them any more than you do, they’re just trying to help us understand them.
If Southington is not near you, please contact your legislators and see if they can schedule something similar.
Carry On!

Southington Municipal Center – Public Assembly Room
200 North Main St, Southington, CT
July 30, 2013 6:00pm – 7:00pm