Upcoming Gubernatorial Election

This is a guest post by CCDL President Scott Wilson.
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Dear members and supporters,

There are a few important points I’d like to make in my capacity as the president of CCDL.

The first point is this. 2018 was the first election cycle that the CCDL Executive committee made convention, and primary endorsements.  This year it was something that we felt was crucially important. The downside was our early involvement was also time-consuming and often contentious. While the majority of the committee voted to endorse Tim Herbst for governor in the primary election, there were those who supported Bob Stefanowski. While I will personally stand by our choice for Herbst in the primary, I will say that Bob Stefanowski also personally made very strong statements of support for the 2nd Amendment; both to the Executive Committee, and to our members. Connecticut gun owners are fortunate to have ended up with a candidate for governor who has shown this level of support for the issues that matter most to us.

Another point that I would like to make is that while it is indeed good news for 2A supporters that Bob is the nominee for governor, the best news is that we have Joe Markley on the ticket alongside him as the nominee for lieutenant governor.  As a state senator for the past eight years, Joe has never once wavered in his support of the Constitution. This could be crucial for us because in the event of a tie vote in the legislature, the lieutenant governor casts the tie-breaking vote. This is a very solid ticket, especially considering some of the other candidates in both races were less than enthusiast or sincere in their support of the 2nd Amendment.

Now for the biggest point.  Ned Lamont is on record stating he will support further gun control initiatives. After eight long years of attacks, legislation, and unconstitutional laws by Governor Malloy, the last thing that law-abiding gun owners need is more of the same. Electing Ned Lamont would be no better than reelecting Dan Malloy, and might even be worse.

Beyond the race for governor:
In the coming weeks, the CCDL Executive Committee will be releasing our endorsements for the November 6th general election.  We ask that our members pay attention and get involved with helping to support solid 2A candidates. The most important tool for stopping anti-gun legislation is you. Without your help we will lose key races that absolutely must be won. There is no magic bullet, but just a little bit of work and a little bit of dedication can lead to success.

In closing, let me add my voice to the many who have already done so:
Congratulations to the formation of the Stefanowski/Markley ticket!
I know that both of you will work hard to win the tough battle ahead.

Scott Wilson – CCDL President

Meet CCDL’s Endorsed Primary Candidates

This week, the CCDL Executive Committee released its endorsements for state-wide offices in the August 14th Republican Primary. These are the candidates we feel have best shown a record of supporting Connecticut gun owners in the past, and have pledged to continue doing so in the future. There are only 6 weeks before the primary election, and these candidates will be making appearances all over the state. We urge you to go out and meet these candidates, ask them questions, and see for yourself just how strongly they support your right to keep and bear arms. If you like what they have to say, PLEASE consider donating some of your time or money to help them win in August. There are antigunners on both sides of the aisle who are also trying to win these elections. It’s imperative that CCDL members help these men and women win their elections, to show Hartford that gun owners are not going to allow our rights to be trampled any longer!

Here are just a few events coming up:

Candidate for Attorney General Sue Hatfield:
Sue will be at Epicure Brewing in Norwich tomorrow, June 29th from 6pm until 8pm. Epicure Brewing is located at 40 Franklin Street, Norwich, Connecticut 06360

Candidate for Lieutenant Governor Joe Markley:
Joe will be at the Metro Diner in Stratford at 11am this Sunday, July 1st. Come out and meet the former CCDL Legislator of the Year. The Metro Diner is located in downtown Stratford in Courtyard At The Center, 2385 Main St, Stratford, CT 06615

Candidate for Governor Tim Herbst:
Tim will be marching in several parades celebrating the birth of our great nation, and he’d like you to join him.

First up is the Madison parade on Wednesday, July 4th.
The rally point is at the corner of Samson Rock Drive near the Stop and Shop. There is parking at the Stop and Shop and you will see both a Tim contingent and a Republican Town Committee float present Please be there by 10:00 for a 11:00am step off. This is a large parade and great for family, friends and pets so come out and celebrate our nations founding and support Tim! Please RSVP to tdaly@timforconnecticut.com

Next, Tim will be in the Enfield parade on Saturday, July 7th.
The rally point is at the corner of route 5 and Post Office Road. There is parking at the Felician Sisters and you will see both a Tim contingent and a big elephant on the Enfield RTC float on Main St. Please be there by 9:30, at 10:00 they shut down the roads. This is a great event so come out and celebrate our nations founding and support Tim! Please RSVP to tdaly@timforconnecticut.com

Republican Primary Endorsements

06/27/2018
For Immediate Release:

(Groton, CT) – The Connecticut Citizens Defense League releases the following endorsements for the Republican state-wide primary elections.

The Executive Committee of CCDL endorses the following primary candidates:

Governor – Tim Herbst

Lieutenant Governor – Joe Markley

Attorney General – Sue Hatfield see here for explanation

State Treasurer – Art Linares


Statement on the Gubernatorial Race:

After careful consideration and a spirited debate among the CCDL executive committee, the organization has selected a gubernatorial candidate for the Republican primary. As an organization, we are pleased that several candidates have expressed a willingness to embrace the rights of law abiding gun owners, and that they will work to protect our constitutional rights against further misguided erosion.

While we had several good choices, our state’s elections are winner takes all. The consensus of the committee is that the primary candidate we feel will best preserve our 2nd Amendment rights in the Governor’s office is Tim Herbst.


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 30,000 members across the state.
Thanks to this large supportive base across the state the CCDL has become a fixture at the 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 www.CCDL.us

CTGOP Convention Results

The 2018 Connecticut Republican Convention is now in the books, and overall CCDL did pretty well. Most of our endorsed candidates went on to be endorsed by their party at the convention as well. This puts them in the strongest possible position to win their respective primary elections.

Joe Markley – Lieutenant Governor
Sue Hatfield – Attorney General
Matthew Corey – U.S. Senate
Manny Santos –5th Congressional District

In the coming months, these candidates, as well as others we will be endorsing, will need YOUR help to win their primaries and the general election. Pick one, and offer to help. While all candidates need money, they need HELP even more. Just a few hours of your time can translate to dozens, even hundreds of votes.

The biggest disappointment of the weekend was the GOP pick for governor. It was close, some might even say improper, but in the end, the CTGOP picked Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton as their endorsed candidate. Apparently the CTGOP leadership did not learn anything from 2014 and John McKinney. Gun owners will simply not support someone with a proven antigun track record like Mark Boughton.
As CCDL President Scott Wilson said recently during an interview:

“CCDL feels that Mark Boughton is the worst nominee for gun owners in the Republican party, Our concern is having a governor who will sign whatever anti-gun legislation that comes his way. Tens of thousands of gun owners probably will not show up in a general election if he wins in a primary.”

We hope our members join us in ensuring Boughton does NOT win the primary. While the dust from the convention has not settled yet, we are certain that far more 2nd Amendment friendly candidates will be entering the primary election. CCDL members must work together to send one of those to the November elections, and onward to the Governor’s office.

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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