Free Legislative Training Seminar – 1/18/2014

Legislative Training Seminar
Hosted by: Niantic Sportsmen’s Club
Presented by: Connecticut Citizens Defense League
Date: January 18th 2014 (Open to Public)
Time: 9:00am to 10:00am
Location: 67 Plants Dam Rd East Lyme, CT 06333 (map)

This is a FREE workshop presented by CCDL and designed to prepare gun owners for public activism to counter anti-gun legislation being introduced in the 2014 legislative session. The 2014 session begins February 5th.

CCDL invites all to attend that are interested in playing a vital role in defense of their liberty and preserving our 2nd Amendment rights in Connecticut. New London-Windham County League of Sportsmen Invited. Bring your friends!

Some of the topics that will be covered:

  • How to Prepare Testimony
  • How to Submit Testimony
  • How to Testify Effectively
  • How to Coordinate Public Testimony with Others
  • Tips on Watching Legislation and Communicating with Legislators
  • How to Become and Remain both Proactive and Vigilant

If you would like to print out a flyer to hang in your favorite gun club or store, you may download one here (pdf).

Understanding CT’s New Gun Laws – April 22

I can’t vouch for how informational this will really be, but if you are in the area it might be interesting. Especially since Len Fasano and Dave Yaccarino both voted YES on SB1160. It wouldn’t surprise me if many CCDL members actually understand the law better then they do.

Sandy Hook Parent You Never Hear About

Meet Mark Mattioli. His son James was one of the 20 children murdered at Sandy Hook. But you rarely hear about him on the news. As a matter of fact, of the 26 families who lost someone in the school that day, you only hear about 11 of them. Could it be that some don’t believe the false narrative that CT’s new gun control laws would have prevented Sandy Hook from happening? Listen to Megyan Kelly’s interview with Mark the other day.

Just in case there is any doubt where this Sandy Hook parent stands, he also testified in Hartford.

You might have also heard him here:

New Law Bans High End .22 Target Pistols

This is just another inconsistency in Public Act 13-3 (formerly SB1160). A CCDL member sent this to Governor Malloy, who thinks he’ll get a reply?

Governor Malloy,

I have been shooting bullseye competition pistol for almost 15 years in Connecticut. This sport involves shooting paper targets with a .22lr target pistol. For those not familiar with the .22lr cartridge, it is a tiny weak cartridge designed to put small holes in paper and tin cans.

SB1160 clarifies that .22lr rifles would not be classified as assault weapons under the single feature rule (most likely recognizing the intent and extreme limitations of this cartridge), but there was no similar language for .22lr pistols.

With this bill my .22lr target pistol I shot in competitions (see below photo) will be considered an assault weapon simply because the magazine is inserted forward of the grip. All high end .22lr competition target pistols have the magazine located forward of the grip to enhance balance. This bill will effectively destroy competitive bullseye pistol shooting in CT.

My wife is an up and coming competitive target shooter and will now not be allowed to upgrade to this next level of pistol as her skills improve.

Please explain to me how classifying my .22lr target pistol as an “assault weapon” helps protect the people of Connecticut.

Please explain to me why there are provisions for .22lr rifles to not fall under the single feature rule yet no provisions to prevent .22lr target pistols from falling under the same rule.

If this makes no sense to you as well, what can be done to revise SB1160 to keep these pistols designed and used only for target shooting from being incorrectly classified as “assault weapons”?

I eagerly await your reply.

SB1160 FAQ

This comes from Rep. Tim LeGeyt (R-17 Avon, Canton), not CCDL. I’m just passing it along because it tries to address the most common questions. CCDL is still working on a more in-depth analysis we’ll have as soon as possible.

Q. Will I have to surrender any of my currently owned firearms, magazines, or ammunitions?
A. No. The bill does not provide for the confiscation of any property lawfully owned prior to the effective date of the bill.

Q. What will I need in order to purchase a long gun?
A. After April 1, 2014, you will need a pistol permit, …an eligibility certificate, or a long gun eligibility certificate to purchase a long gun in Connecticut.
The new long gun eligibility certificate is similar to the existing eligibility certificate. To apply for a long gun eligibility certificate, a person must be 18 or older, successfully complete a firearms safety course and background check, and must not have been involuntarily confined to a hospital for a psychiatric disability within the past 5 years or voluntarily confined to a hospital for a psychiatric disability within the past 6 months.

Q. What will I need to purchase ammunition?
A. After October 1, 2013, you will need a pistol permit, eligibility certificate, long gun eligibility certificate or an ammunition certificate along with a valid form of identification in order to purchase ammunition in Connecticut.
To obtain an ammunition certificate, any person 18 or older may request that the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection perform a national criminal history records check to determine if such person is eligible to possess a firearm in Connecticut. After a successful records check, the Department will issue an ammunition certificate that is good for 5 years.

Q. Will there be any limits as to the quantity of legal firearms or ammunition that I can purchase?
A. No. The bill does not limit or restrict the amount of legal firearms or ammunition that may be purchased by an eligible buyer.

Q. What are the limits on detachable magazines? How many rounds can I carry?
A. Upon passage of the bill, you will no longer be able to purchase detachable magazines that accept more than 10 rounds of ammunition in Connecticut. If prior to passage, you own detachable magazines that accept more than 10 rounds of ammunition you may keep those magazines as long as you file a declaration of possession with the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection. The declaration will let the Department know you lawfully possessed the large capacity magazines before the bill went into effect.
Persons who lawfully possess large capacity magazines prior to the passage of the bill can carry their magazines at home and at target ranges or shooting clubs filled to capacity. The magazines may also be used at a person’s place of business or other property owned by that person as long as the magazine does not contain more than 10 rounds of ammunition. Large capacity magazines can also be transported between these places if they contain no more than 10 rounds of ammunition.

Q. Are there changes being made to the permit application process or fee structure?
A. The process for obtaining a pistol permit remains the same; however, applicants going forward will only be able to apply for a temporary permit to carry in the town where they are a bona fide resident. In the past, you could apply for a temporary permit to carry in either your town of residence or place of business. Also, you may only apply for a temporary permit to carry a pistol or revolver once every twelve months.
There are no increases in any existing fees. There are fees related to the new long gun eligibility certificate and the ammunition certificate. Both certificates will cost $35 every five years.

Q. Will there be a new firearm ammunition tax?
A. No. There are no new taxes included in the bill.

Q. Will there be a new insurance requirement for firearms owners?
A. No. There is no mention of insurance requirements for firearms owners in the bill.

Q. Are police, military and corrections officers who are exempt in their professional capacity also exempt in the private capacity?
A. Yes. The exemptions for police, military and corrections officers apply on and off duty.

Q. How does the bill change private transactions?
A. The bill will requires a background check for all firearm sales, including private transactions. Parties seeking to privately transfer a firearm will need to provide proof that they are eligible to buy or sell a firearm, and they will need to have a background check performed by either the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection or a federal firearms license dealer.

Q. Will those who currently own a firearm be required to undergo retroactive “universal” background checks?
A. Only those who possessed newly designated assault weapons prior to passage of the bill will have to apply for a certificate of possession for assault weapons. The application for the certificate of possession requires a background check.

Q. How will online gun purchases be changed?
A. The laws that apply to the purchase or sale of firearms or ammunition under Connecticut law apply to online purchases. Businesses selling firearms or ammunition online to Connecticut residents will need to verify that a person is eligible to purchase a firearm or ammunition in order to sell it.

Q. How many guns are you banning?
A. The bill lists a number of specific firearms that upon passage of the bill will no longer be available for purchase in Connecticut. It will be unlawful to possess these firearms unless you owned the firearms before the effective date of the bill, and you apply for a certificate of possession to have them.

Q. What types of rifles are banned?
A. The bill adds rifles with the following features to the assault weapons ban: Any semiautomatic centerfire rifles (regardless of when they are manufactured) that accept a detachable magazine and have any one of the following: (1) folding or telescopic stock, (2) a grip that is below the action of the weapon, (3) forward grip, (4) a flash suppressor or a grenade or flare launcher. It also limits semiautomatic centerfire rifles that have a fixed magazine with the ability to accept more than ten rounds or any semiautomatic centerfire rifle that has an overall length of less than 30 inches.

Q. What types of handguns are banned?
A. The bill adds handguns with the following features to the assault weapons ban: Semiautomatic pistols (regardless of when they are manufactured) with a detachable magazine and have any one of the following: (1) An ability to accept a detachable magazine that attaches at some location outside of the pistol grip, (2) a threaded barrel capable of accepting a flash suppressor, forward pistol grip or silencer, (3) a shroud, or (4) a second hand grip. It also limits any semiautomatic pistol that has a fixed magazine that accepts more than ten rounds.

Q. What types of shotguns are banned?
A. The bill adds shotguns with the following features to the assault weapons ban: Semiautomatic shotguns that have BOTH a folding or telescopic stock and a grip that is below the action of the weapon. Shotguns that are capable of accepting a detachable magazine will now be banned. In addition, shotguns with a revolving cylinder will also be illegal.

Q. Are any rimfire rifles banned?
A. Rimfire rifles are not affected by the new law. There are semiautomatic pistols that fire rimfire ammunition that may fit within the definition of an assault weapon depending on the features of such pistol.

Q. What will the impact of the banned weapons be to the gun industry in Connecticut?
A. Manufacturers of assault weapons located in Connecticut will be able to continue to engage in the manufacturing of assault weapons in this state. Manufacturers may also continue to sell rimfire rifles, shotguns and rifles that meet our new definition. Section 53-202i of the Connecticut General Statutes expressly exempts the assault ban provisions from the manufacture of such weapons.

Q. Will antique weapons firearms be subject to the assault weapons ban?
A. The current definition of what constitutes an antique firearm remains unchanged under the bill.

Q. What are penalties if registration or certificates not done?
A. Persons who lawfully possess a newly designated assault weapon will have until January 1, 2014 to apply for a certificate of possession for that firearm. People in possession of newly designated assault weapons who fail to register their firearms will have committed a Class A misdemeanor for a first time violation. Subsequent violations of the law will be classified as a Class D felony.

Persons who are in lawful possession of large capacity magazines (magazines that exceed 10 rounds of bullets) that have been acquired prior to the effective date of the bill, will have until January 1, 2014 to declare each large capacity magazine. Failure to declare any large capacity firearms past that date will have committed an infraction for a first offense and a Class D felony for subsequent offenses.

I hope this has been helpful in providing some clarity.
As always, I encourage you to contact me with any thoughts or concerns. Please call my office 800-842-1423 or email

Press Release


Groton, CT

April 4th, 2013- The Connecticut Citizens Defense League (The state’s largest grass roots gun rights group) stands in opposition to Senate Bill 1160 that was signed into law today by Governor Malloy. 

CCDL President Scott Wilson addressed the signing of this bill with the following statement: 
“While many in our state felt the need to do something in response to the Newtown tragedy, we believe that the actions that were taken to pass this law were wrong. The new law violates our constitutional rights, along with traditions of our celebrated history of Connecticut”. 

“The Connecticut Citizens Defense League stand united with the gun owners of our state, and pledge our resolve to correct this legislative travesty through litigation, or any legal avenue available”.

CCDL will be hosting a gun rights rally at the Capitol in Hartford on April 20th to regroup and renew efforts to challenge this new law. Author of “More guns Less Crime” (John Lott) will be one of the keynote speakers at the event. 

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 5,000+ members from all walks of life. Thanks to this large support base across the state the CCDL has become a fixture of the capitol, well recognized by all committees that regularly see firearms related bills as well as 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
Scott Wilson Sr.
CCDL, Inc.

OLR Report On SB1160

Until CCDL can review and break down the actual signed law, I’m going to post the report from the Connecticut Office of Legislative Research about the gun control bill due to be signed into law today, so people can get an idea of what Governor Malloy will sign into law today. It’s still quite long, so if you want to see it just click “continue reading”
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RIP Constitution State

A few hours ago the House passed SB1160 AN ACT CONCERNING GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION AND CHILDREN’S SAFETY, after the Senate passed it last night. Governor Malloy will sign it into law at noon today. At that point CT will have the most unconstitutional gun laws in the entire country. We’ll have more later on exactly what this will mean for gun owners. From listening to our legislators in Hartford discuss this, even THEY don’t know yet. But then, how could they be expected to? The bill was 138 pages long, and they didn’t even get to see it until a few hours before the sessions started.

I’ll also post more about some of the heroes and zero’s of all this. There were some real shining stars from both political parties. Some were not even gun owners themselves, but they understood the impact this bill would have on both their constituents and the Constitution.

Thanks to everyone who called, wrote, emailed, and showed up in Hartford. Your hard work was noticed. This is not the end, it is just the beginning of our fight. As mentioned we’ve been taking donations to help fund a legal challenge, and we will be doing just. We’re in this for the long haul, to protect the rights of not just current gun owners in CT, but future ones as well.

Carry On!

Watch Legislative Session Online

CT-N, The Connecticut Network will be broadcasting both the House and Senate sessions today online and on cable TV. If you can’t go to Hartford and watch in person, this is the next best thing. Feel free to comment below as the hearings progress.

Watch it online here:

Senate ECERT Bill

Here’s the Senate version of the bill they are going to Emergency Certify today:


Go read it (all 139 pages of it!) and weep. I haven’t seen the House version, but expect it to be the same. You can also download a PDF file of it here.