Free Legislative Workshops

The 2017 legislative session is well under way. As in years past, gun owners will be needed to support or oppose various proposed laws related to your rights.

CCDL invites all that are interested in preserving our 2nd Amendment rights in Connecticut to attend one of our FREE workshops. These workshops are designed to educate gun owners about legislative action.

At these FREE workshops you will learn:

  • Learn about the legislative process and any pending gun bills
  • Tips for communicating with your legislators
  • How to prepare written testimony
  • How to submit your testimony
  • How to testify at a public hearing effectively
  • How to track gun bills
  • How to become proactive and vigilant
  • Much more!

These events are free and open to CCDL members and anyone who supports our right to bear arms. Bring you friends!

Host: New Haven Sportsman’s Club
Date: Saturday, January 21, 2017
Time: 10:00am -12:00pm
Location: New Haven Sportsman’s Club
4158 Durham Rd, Guilford, CT

Host: Windsor Marksmen’s Association
Date: Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Location: Suffield VFW Post 9544
972 Sheldon ST, Suffield, CT
(downstairs meeting hall)

For more information, email Ray Bevis: legislative@ccdl.us

Meeting Reminder – January 12th

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, January 12, 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.

This is our big “kick-off” meeting for the New Year. Your help is needed!

Meeting Agenda

  • CCDL will conduct our yearly Legislative Workshop. This includes a PowerPoint presentation and informational handouts to prepare our membership for any gun control bills that may emerge this session. The 2016 session convenes February 3rd and adjourns May 4th. This is both educational and informative. The only way to defeat new gun control proposals is by gun owners engaging our legislators.

  • NRA-ILA State Liaison Christopher Kopacki will be on hand to introduce himself.

  • NRA Grassroots Coordinator Christian Ragosta will also be back for a visit.

  • Discussion on 2016 elections and how we all can make a difference.

  • Len Suzio (past State Senator for District 13), and possible candidate will be a guest as well.

  • Matt Maxwell (candidate US Congress 5th District) will be on hand as well.

  • Discussion on proposed federal legislation and executive orders involving firearms.

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
January 12, 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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November Meeting Reminder

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, November 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
As a sign of encouragement to our cause, a number of seats were picked up by pro 2A candidates. We will be discussing this at this meeting. Please come join us. We have published numerous blog posts in recent days and weeks that have explained our positions regarding this past election.

Legislative Public Testimony Workshop
Learn how to make a difference “before” and when gun bills get introduced. From preparing written testimony to public hearings, CCDL will cover it all in this short workshop that will take place during the meeting. It is critical that we prepare and participate in the next legislative session.

Merchandise
We sell CCDL merchandise at the meeting, buy it there and save on shipping.
We also sell the limited edition items below that are not available in our online store.

Poker Run Shirts & Bandanas
If you didn’t get to buy these cool shirts and bandanas at the Poker Run a few months ago, we still have some left. They will be for sale at the meeting.

Patches and Pins
We still have some of our limited run CCDL patches and pins. These $5 each and are meetings-only items, not for sale on the website.

Logo 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 upon us, and this time of the year the strain on food kitchens is great. 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
November 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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Repost- Hint For Tracking Bills

This is another in a series of repeats of older blog posts for new members and also as a refresher course for older members. Remember, the 2014 Legislative Session starts on February 5th. We’ll post any new bills here on the blog, as well as keep you updated about any bills we need to testify against (or for) in Hartford. Subscribe to the blog for updates by email.

Hint For Tracking CT Bills originally posted 1/9/2013

For those who have missed CCDL’s prior Legislative Training Classes, here’s a quick tip for keeping track of all the various House and Senate bills as they come out. The CT General Assembly website has a Bill Tracking feature located in the upper right hand corner of the page.

Click that and follow the directions to create an account there. Keep in mind the email address you give will be used to send you any updates to the bills you track.

After that you will see a fairly self-explanatory page where you can enter a bill in the “Add Bill Number” box (for example SB42) then click the “track” button. Add all the bills as we post them, and when they get updated you should get an email. Sometimes the email doesn’t work, so I like to go back and check for myself every few days. Just go back to the CGA website and click the “Bill Tracking” button and log in. Then use the “Bill Listing Report” button at the bottom of the page and it will give you links to all the bills you are tracking.

Member Meeting – 1/14/2014

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, January 14, 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
• Potential Gubernatorial Candidate Tom Foley will be on hand to bring us his 2nd Amendment views.

• Legislative Public Testimony Workshop – Learn how to make a difference “before” and when Gun Bills get introduced. From preparing written testimony, to Public Hearings, CCDL will cover it all in this workshop. It is critical that we prepare and participate in the next legislative session.

• Meet the Plaintiffs – We are excited to bring our Lead attorney Brian Stapleton and all of the plaintiffs in Shew v Malloy together on this one night before oral arguments are heard on January 30th in Federal Court. Please join us as we all stand together!

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.

Hoodies! If you preordered a hoodie a few months ago, you can pick it up at this meeting. Please make sure you have your receipt with you.

Dinner Tickets
Tickets will be on sale for our 5th Annual Dinner, held this year on March 1st at the Aquaturf in Plantsville, CT. Tickets cost $55 each when purchased at the meeting.

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
January 14, 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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Member Meeting – 12/10/2013

IMPORTANT UPDATE!

TONIGHT’S MEETING HAS BEEN CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER.
SEE YOU IN JANUARY!

Reminder
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, December 10, 2013.
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
• Attorney Martha Dean will be in attendance to provide the latest information on our upcoming lawsuit. (Shew v. Malloy).

• Legislative Public Testimony Workshop – Learn how to make a difference “before” and when Gun Bills get introduced. From preparing written testimony, to Public Hearings, CCDL will cover it all in this workshop. It is critical that we prepare and participate in the next legislative session.

• Plans are underway to renew fundraising efforts in early 2014. Come find out how you can volunteer to help.

• We will have Notaries on hand to help process registration paperwork free of charge. Please have your forms filled out and ready to go so we have time to get to everyone. If you need the forms, they can be downloaded and printed out from this link. If you are a member of our Facebook Group, we have a special section where you can ask any questions you might have. Link.

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.

Food Drive
CCDL collects canned goods/non-perishables at all our meetings to be donated to local charities. The holiday season is here, please give what you can for those that need our help.

Middletown Elks
44 Maynard St
Middletown, CT 06457
December 10, 2013 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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