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: cdejohn@ctbar.org 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 >> https://www.ctbar.org/Calendar/Signup.aspx?EventNo=8195

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)

Martha Dean to Hold Initial Press Conference March 18, 2014

Just received this from Martha Dean:

AVON -    Martha Dean, Republican candidate for governor, will hold a press conference to formally announce her entry into the Connecticut Governor’s race on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. at the Old State House, 800 Main Street, Hartford.  Dean will outline her vision for Connecticut, her platform, and take questions from the media. All are welcome to attend.
Martha Dean is an attorney who was the Republican nominee for Attorney General of Connecticut in both 2002 and 2010.  In the 2010 Attorney General race Dean won 44% of the vote. Dean’s campaign for Governor is focused on placing Connecticut on strong economic footing while ensuring that citizens are protected from government policies that infringe upon their most fundamental rights.

Martha Dean Enters Governor’s Race

Attorney Martha Dean has been one of the lawyers working tirelessly on our lawsuit against Governor Dan Malloy and the state of Connecticut for their unconstitutional gun laws. But that wasn’t enough.
Now Martha is going after Malloy’s job too! Here’s the press release, hot off the wire:
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Martha Dean Enters Governor’s Race

 AVON -    Martha Dean has just announced she has entered the Connecticut Governor’s race. Dean is an attorney who was the Republican nominee for Attorney General of Connecticut in both 2002 and 2010.  In 2010, Dean won 44% of the vote in the race for Attorney General. She is in private practice in Avon, Connecticut.  Dean’s campaign for Governor is focused on placing Connecticut on strong economic footing while ensuring that citizens’ are protected from government policies that infringe on their most fundamental rights.

 Attorney Dean will be holding a press conference concerning her platform and to answer questions from the media on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at time and location  to be announced.

 

This message is paid for by Martha Dean for Governor – Nathan Schindler, Treasurer.

Approved by Martha Dean.

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If you would like to donate to Martha’s campaign, you can do so here.

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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Membership Meeting – 6/11/2013

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, June 11, 2013. All CCDL members are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Meeting Agenda
Special Guest Speaker- State Representative Penny Bacchiochi will address CCDL Members. She is exploring a run for Lt Governor.
Penny is a solid pro 2A candidate that opposed the landmark anti-gun legislation that was recently signed into law. Come and show your support for her and learn how you can help her out if she runs.

Attorney Martha Dean will be on hand to give a brief status update on our current legal challenge against the State. If you want to hear the latest, please join us. Understand that there may be certain items that cannot be divulged. This reason is to safeguard the integrity of the case.

We sell CCDL merchandise at the meeting, buy it there and save on shipping. Also, we collect canned goods/non-perishables at all our meetings to be donated to local charities.

Middletown Elks
44 Maynard St
Middletown, CT 06457
June 11, 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.


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CT Lawsuit Has Been Filed!

And the lawsuit is filed! Here is the official release:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 22, 2013

Contact: Scott Wilson
President, CT Citizens’ Defense League
860-235-7490

Contact: Brian Stapleton, Esq.
Goldberg Segalla, LLP
860-760-3300

Bridgeport, CT – Today, a widely-anticipated lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Connecticut, challenging the constitutionality of the new firearms law that was passed hastily by the Connecticut legislature in response to the tragic shooting in Newtown by a disturbed individual. The lawsuit seeks immediate injunctive relief and a ruling declaring the new law unconstitutional under the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. It alleges that Connecticut’s new firearms law is not only unconstitutional but dangerous, since it makes both citizens and law enforcement less safe by depriving citizens of firearms that are in common use throughout the country. The very firearms and design features banned by the new law are commonly used in part because of safety, accuracy and ease-of-use features that make them effective in the hands of citizens who must defend themselves and their families against criminals and the mentally ill who do not obey such laws.

Brought on behalf of individual gun owners, retailers, and citizen’s defense and sportsmen’s organizations, the lawsuit seeks to vindicate the constitutional rights of citizens who are harmed by the broad prohibitions and unworkable vagueness of the new law. The legal challenge focuses on Connecticut’s ban of more than 100 additional common firearms that the law now dubs “assault weapons” and on the ban of standard design features, including magazines that hold more than 10 round of ammunition, that provide improved safety, accuracy, and ease-of-use. The lawsuit also challenges the practical bans imposed by the new law on an even broader array of firearms due to the law’s vague language and interpretative confusion combined with severe criminal penalties.

Plaintiffs bringing the lawsuit include individuals such as an elderly widow who lives alone in a rural area where the emergency response time of a lone resident trooper serving the area is 45 minutes, a rabbi whose synagogue in the Bridgeport area has been broken into by intruders, a young professional woman whose efforts to defend herself are made more difficult by the loss of an arm due to cancer, among other individuals.

In addition, retailers whose businesses have been severely harmed by the law have joined the lawsuit, which was conceived and organized by fellow-plaintiff organizations the Connecticut Citizens Defense League, commonly known as CCDL, and the Coalition of Connecticut Sportsmen. Both organizational plaintiffs represent large numbers of Connecticut citizens whose rights to own the firearms of their choice for self-defense and other lawful purposes, such as sports shooting and hunting, have been harmed by the new prohibitions.

Despite the new law being called “An Act Concerning Gun Violence Prevention and Children’s Safety,” Connecticut’s new firearms law makes Connecticut citizens less safe. Among the individuals harmed by the law’s provisions are women, the elderly, and anyone of a smaller physical stature — individuals who typically lack the strength to operate older style, heavier, or difficult to use firearms and yet who need to be able to protect themselves in challenging home-invasion and other self-defense situations.

CCDL’s President, Scott Wilson, who has seen his organization’s membership grow from 2,500 to 7,600 in just a few months, says “On behalf of our members and all of the plaintiffs, we wish to thank the National Rifle Association, whose vision and stalwart defense of citizens’ fundamental rights has helped make this important legal challenge possible.” Wilson says, “Connecticut’s new gun ban violates Second Amendment rights by depriving law-abiding citizens of firearms that are in common use throughout the country precisely because of their known effectiveness in the protection of citizens, their families, and homes. Criminals and the mentally ill will not abide by this terrible law, which means it has the perverse effect of actually making citizens and law enforcement officers less safe.”

Bob Crook, Executive Director of the Coalition of Connecticut Sportsmen, says, “This law will do nothing to prevent a tragedy or solve the problem of crime committed with guns. Instead of violating constitutional rights, we need to get serious about addressing violence and mental illness.” He continued, “Two recent independent studies by Pew and the federal government have just revealed that gun homicides are down almost 40% and general crime involving guns has dropped a whopping 70% since 1993, which corresponds with the elimination of the federal assault weapons ban. In contrast, the few areas of the country where gun crimes have increased dramatically are the very places where local or state governments have banned or severely restricted gun ownership by law-abiding citizens.”

Many of the design features now banned by Connecticut’s new law have long been standard in firearms design as they enhance safety, accuracy and ease-of-use, and include: design features that enhance a citizen’s ability to balance a firearm properly so that it can be shot safely and accurately based on the size of the owner – especially if the owner is smaller-sized like many women, the elderly, and youth shooters (retractable shoulder stock); design features that allow a long gun to be held more easily for accuracy and to be held onto by its owner if an attacker tries to take the gun from a victim (pistol grip and forward pistol grip); design features that allow those who are in stressful situations with multiple home-invaders or attackers to have sufficient bullets for meaningful self-defense without impractical situation of having to try to reload or access a second gun (standard magazine capacities over 10 rounds), etc. The specific firearms now banned by the law include some of the most commonly used and popular models in Connecticut and in America today, including the light and versatile AR-15.

Some local retailers supporting the lawsuit say that in addition to the increased dangers created by the law, the law is vague and unworkable. Although they are knowledgeable about various types of firearms, many are having difficulty trying to determine which firearms are banned and which are legal to sell. If they decide incorrectly, they could be facing years in jail. Some say it is difficult for reputable dealers to continue serving the law-abiding citizens of Connecticut under these circumstances. If licensed dealers leave the state, it will become increasingly difficult for the people of Connecticut to acquire firearms to defend themselves. Meanwhile, these retailers say, the criminals will still be armed and in an even stronger position to harm and terrorize the people of Connecticut.

The Connecticut lawsuit, like similar legal challenges in New York, Colorado and Maryland, is expected to better define the limits of a citizen’s right to own a commonly used firearm of personal choice for self-defense, defense of family, and other lawful purposes. Each of these states has enacted new firearms laws that make citizens and law enforcement less safe as they try to defend against criminals and the mentally ill who do not obey these laws.

UPDATE: Here is a link to a pdf of the actual lawsuit:
Filed Stamped Copy USDC CT Complaint (pdf)

Lead Attorney Introduced to Members

Tuesday evening at our monthly membership meeting, Martha Dean proudly introduced the lead attorney for litigation, Brian T Stapleton. Attorney Stapleton is a partner with the New York based law firm of Goldberg Segalla.

After Brian’s introduction by Martha Dean, a thorough presentation was conducted, and an excellent Q&A session followed. CCDL is pleased to be a part of the group that are involved in bringing this case for our 2nd Amendment rights to the forefront.

CCDL has been joined by Coalition of Connecticut Sportsmen, Hoffman’s Gun Center and Stag Arms. We would also like to mention the NRA, for their invaluable support. Our efforts to overturn this enacted legislation will be ongoing for some time.

Litigation Update

Attorney Martha Dean will present an update to our members on pending legal action this coming Tuesday, May 14th, 2013 at our monthly meeting in Middletown. We have received many requests for details from our members, and to protect certain aspects of the lawsuit, details cannot be discussed just yet. We ask our members for patience as things are being crafted. This will be a very long process.

CCDL has been joined by the Coalition of Connecticut Sportsmen, Hoffman’s Gun Center and now Stag Arms as well. We are also receiving invaluable assistance from the NRA.

We would also like to thank the numerous gun clubs and individuals that have contributed, and continue to contribute crucial funding to the CCDL Litigation Fund. We have collected a surprising amount, but we will need more to mount a successful challenge to the newly minted law.

How to Donate to Litigation Fund:

If members wish to to donate, please utilize our PayPal link (can also be found on our website) or mail your contributions to:

CCDL Inc.
PO Box 642
Groton, CT 06340


Membership Meeting – 5/14/2013

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, May 14, 2013. All CCDL members are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Meeting Agenda
Dean Attorney Martha Dean will present an update to our members on pending legal action

We sell CCDL merchandise at the meeting, buy it there and save on shipping.  Also, we collect canned goods/non-perishables at all our meetings to be donated to local charities.

Middletown Elks
44 Maynard St
Middletown, CT 06457
March 12, 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.


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