Two Years

Two years ago today we filed a lawsuit, Shew v. Malloy, against Connecticut’s new (at the time) unconstitutional gun control law, Public Act 13-3. You can read the press release from that day here. We’re still waiting for the latest ruling in that case, which hopefully will be issued any day now. We just want to thank everyone who’s helped get us this far. You’ve helped us retain some of the best Second Amendment lawyers in the country to help fight this thing. And fight we will. All the way to the Supreme Court if necessary, to restore your rights and bring Connecticut back in line with its constitution and the majority of the country.
Thanks for your donations, and thanks for standing with us.
Carry on!

Gun Groups Head To Court

Tomorrow, December 9th, 2014 The Connecticut Citizens Defense League, the Coalition of Connecticut Sportsmen, and all the other litigants in Shew v Malloy (our lawsuit against CT’s unconstitutional gun laws) will be in New York City before the Second Circuit Court Of Appeals.
Oral arguments will be heard in Courtroom 1703 of the Thurgood Marshall US Courthouse located at 40 Foley Square in New York City. The hearings start at 1pm, but there are 4 cases ahead of ours, including the NY challenge to their (un)SAFE Act. Spectator seating is limited, so if you want to sit in the courtroom you need to get there early.
This is a federal court proceeding, not a rally, so please dress and act accordingly if you are going to attended. Also no weapons or recording devices (including cell phones) will be allowed in the courtroom. Arguments for our challenge are expected to last approximately 20 minutes.
We plan to be back in time to attend the member meeting in Middletown at 7pm, where we’ll discuss how things went.

Oral Arguments – December 9th

As we told you a few weeks ago our appeal against CT’s unconstitutional gun laws is finally on the docket. Well, now we have a date.

On Tuesday December 9th, 2014 arguments will be heard in Shew v Malloy in Courtroom 1703 of the Thurgood Marshall US Courthouse located at 40 Foley Square in New York City. The hearings start at 1pm, but there are 4 cases ahead of ours, including the NY challenge to their (un)SAFE Act. Spectator seating is limited, so if you want to sit in the courtroom you will need to get there early. Also, please remember this is a federal court proceeding, not a rally. Please dress and act accordingly if you are going to attended.

We’ll update again as we get closer to the date.

October Monthly Meeting

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, October 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
Oral Arguments for Shew v. Malloy slated for Early December!
Litigation Counsel for the NRA will be updating the CCDL membership at this meeting. The courts are moving faster than we expected. We anticipate the court will begin hearing oral arguments the week of December 8th, 2014. However it’s not set in stone yet and the date may still change. When we get the exact date the membership will be fully informed.

We’ll also be discussing a high-profile local court case, and it’s implications for CCDL members and how they can help.

This is our last meeting before Election Day. Elections are on November 4th and if Dan Malloy is re-elected gun owners can expect more restrictive measures to become law! There is still time to get involved. Check out the list of CCDL-endorsed candidates and find one you like and volunteer a few hours of your time. In 2010 Dan Malloy won by only 6,000 votes. If every CCDL member gets a few more people to vote for our candidates, we’ll be on our way to preventing even worse gun restrictions next year. We’ll have a few more candidates at the meeting talking about their views, and you will hear how important, easy and FUN it is to get involved. This may be one of the most important elections in our lives. If you value your right to keep and bear arms, you must get involved.

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

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

I Vote 2A Shirts
Let people know how you plan to vote in the November elections with these “I VOTE 2A” CCDL shirts. I think we only have a few of these left.

Patches and Pins
We still have some of our latest limited run items; 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
October 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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Latest Litigation Update

The attorneys in our appeal of Shew .v Malloy have filed a reply to the brief filed by the State of Connecticut in August. If you need a refresher, you can find that brief here. You can also find all the posts related to our lawsuit over CT’s unconstitutional gun laws here.

If you remember, the State’s “brief” was a whooping 178 pages of fiction. Even though our reply is only 47 pages, I think you will agree it is concise and factual, and refutes all of the State’s claims. I just want to thank everyone who has donated their time, energy and money to get to this point. It hasn’t been easy, and it hasn’t been cheap. Legal expenses are ongoing, so unfortunately so are our requests for donations. You can donate to our Litigation Fund at the link near the top of the page, or here.

Now, here’s the link to download our reply: 166 – reply brief in CT (pdf)

Litigation Update

The State of Connecticut just filed it’s “brief” in our appeal of the Shew v. Malloy decision.
At 178 pages long, it’s anything but brief. I have not had time to read it all yet, but what I’ve read so far would be laughable if it didn’t involve the infringement of our Constitutional rights. Here are just some of the highlights from the Table of Contents.

  • The Banned Assault Weapons and Magazines are Unusually Dangerous, and Have Been Restricted or Banned Outright In Many Jurisdictions For Much Of Their Existence
  • Assault Weapons and Large Capacity Magazines Are Designed For Combat, and Have the Same Killing Capacity as Modern Military Weapons
  • Civilian Use of Assault Weapons Has Been Regulated Or Banned Outright For Much Of The Time These Weapons Have Been In Existence
  • The Evidence Demonstrates That Assault Weapons and Large Capacity Magazines are Used Disproportionately In Crime, and That They Result In More Injuries and More Serious Injuries Than Other Weapons
  • Assault Weapons and Large Capacity Magazines Are Not Commonly Used For Purposes Protected By The Second Amendment
  • Assault Weapons Are Not Commonly Owned
  • Assault Weapons and Large Capacity Magazines Are Not Appropriate For, Or Commonly Used In, Self Defense
  • Even If The Act Implicates Second Amendment Rights, It Is Constitutional
  • Connecticut Has A Compelling State Interest In Reducing Gun Death And Injury & The Act Is Substantially Related To Connecticut’s Interest In Reducing Gun Death And Injury
  • Neither Heller Nor Any Other Precedent Supports Plaintiffs’ Absolutist Interpretations Of The Second Amendment

Once you get done laughing, you can go read the twisted logic our tax-dollars have paid to use against us in court. The full brief may be downloaded here. Shew v. Malloy_Brief of Appellees with Special Appendix (pdf)

Connecticut Bar Association

An article published recently in the “Connecticut Law Tribune” states that the Connecticut Bar Association (CBA) is considering joining with the Brady Center to submit an amicus in support of Connecticut’s unconstitutional gun law, Public Act 13-3.

“The Connecticut Bar Association is a membership organization of Connecticut attorneys working to advance the principles of justice, the practice of law and the public understanding of the law.” according to the CBA website.

According to the Law Tribune story, The question of whether the CBA should join the amicus being drafted by the Brady Center will go to the CBA House of Delegates for a vote this coming Monday, July 21. The article also claims an email was to have been sent out to all members of the CBA advising them to tell their representatives if they have concerns about the group getting involved in “a social or political matter.”

We know there are quite a few CCDL members who also belong to the Connecticut Bar Association. We urge them to contact the CBA and their representatives before July 21 and tell them how you feel about the CBA siding with the Brady Center and against the constitutionally protected rights of the citizens of CT.

Two lawyers that we know of already have. Scott D. Camassar of the law firm Stephen M. Reck, LLC, and Rachel M. Baird of the law firm Rachel M. Baird & Associate.
Both attorneys have graciously shared their letters with CCDL. Read them both, and if you are a member of the Bar Association as well, be sure to submit your own letter before Monday.

UPDATE: Attorney Martha Dean sent us a copy of her letter to the CBA, as well as further info about the upcoming CBA vote. She writes:

The Connecticut Bar Association is about to vote on whether to become a signatory to the Brady Center’s amicus brief in Shew v. Malloy (the federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of CT’s new firearms law). CBA’s Human Rights Section is pushing this anti-2nd Amendment position within the organization. Please share and forward this information on to all pro-2A attorneys and any other attorneys who would be concerned about this blatant and, in my view, entirely improper, politicization of CBA. Ask them to make their voices heard in writing and/or at the meeting this coming Monday. Any attorney who is a member of CBA can send written feedback to the CBA executive committee c/o this address: ON OR BEFORE SUNDAY JULY 20, 2014. Any CBA member can attend the Special Meeting to discuss whether CBA should sign-on to the Brady brief on Monday, July 21 at 6 p.m. at CBA Headquarters in New Britain. In order to attend the special meeting, CBA members MUST SIGN UP BY (tomorrow) THURSDAY, JULY 18 here >>

Full disclosure – Martha Dean is one of many lawyers involved in our lawsuit, Shew v. Malloy.

Scott Camassar letter (pdf)

Rachel Baird letter (pdf)

Martha Dean letter (pdf)

More Amicus Briefs

Today we have two more Amicus Briefs that have been filed in support of our federal appeal of the Shew v. Malloy decision.

The first comes from a group of organizations, headed up by Gun Owners of America (GOA). It also includes the Gun Owners Foundation, U.S. Justice Foundation, Oregon Firearms Educational Foundation, The Lincoln Institute for Research and Education, The Abraham Lincoln Foundation for Public Policy Research, the Institute on the Constitution, the Conservative Legal Defense and Education Fund, and the Policy Analysis Center.

The second brief comes from the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF). Both are well written, and make strong points in support of our case. Go read them!

GOA Amicus Brief (pdf)

NSSF Amicus Brief (pdf)

Litigation Update – Amicus Brief

Amicus Brief is short for “Amicus Curiae Brief”. Amicus Curiae is Latin for “friend of the court”. It’s a legal brief filed with the court by someone who is not an actual party to the litigation, but who believes that the court’s decision may affect its interest. Well, yesterday the Attorney Generals from twenty-three states filed an Amicus Brief in support of our appeal in Shew v. Malloy. Those states are Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, and Wyoming. All 23 of these states agree that Public Act 13-3 infringes upon the rights of the citizens of Connecticut, and if allowed to stand may eventually set a precedence for infringing upon the rights of all US citizens. You may read or download a copy of the brief here:
Shew v Malloy States’ Amicus Brief (pdf)

Appellate Brief Filed

As President Scott Wilson mentioned yesterday, a brief was filed today with 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals. It outlines our case and why we believe the court’s ruling against us in Shew v. Malloy was wrong. I’m certainly no expert, but I think our legal team makes an excellent case on multiple fronts. If you want to know where the donations are going, this is a perfect example. It should be obvious to anyone reading it that a huge number of hours of research have gone into this (all billable, I’m sure, LOL!).

2nd Circuit Appellate Brief (pdf)