Member Update

To my fellow CCDL members –

This week we have all witnessed the horrible carnage committed by a mass murdering individual. With no respect for the lives of his victims, he went on a rampage that lasted for 10 minutes. Predictably, before all the victims were evacuated or any facts known, politicians were clamoring for more gun restrictions.

We are certain that we will be facing an untold variety of gun control proposals at the state, federal, and even local level. While we mourn for the victims of this senseless and violent act, the gun control lobby is already hard at work. They're working day and night to use this horrific event to further their agenda of restricting your rights. While we wait and see what legislators bring forth, we will undoubtedly need the effort and support or our members in the very near future.

This Tuesday evening at our monthly meeting in Middletown at 7:00pm, CCDL will take a moment of silence for those murdered and injured in Las Vegas this past week. Whether you can join us in person or not, we ask that you pause for a moment at 7:00pm in solidarity.
Come join us as we plan to continue the fight for our rights.

Scott Wilson – CCDL President


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 10, 2017.

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

  • Moment of Silence
  • Updates on actions with the Middletown pistol permit process
  • Updates on actions with the Waterbury pistol permit process
  • Soto v Bushmaster Updates
  • CCDL Educational Legislative Shoot
  • Legislative proposals in wake of Las Vegas massacre

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.
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 10, 2017 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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June Member Update

CCDL Monthly Meeting – June 13th
All members are welcome and encouraged to attend

CCDL holds its monthly general membership meeting at 7:00pm on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at the Elks Lodge in Middletown, CT.
All CCDL members are welcome and encouraged to attend.
Meeting Agenda:

  • Wrap up for 2017 legislative session
  • Gubernatorial and statewide constitutional offices discussion
  • Candidate for state-wide office- Peter Lumaj
  • Updates on actions with the Waterbury pistol permit process
  • Updates on actions with the Middletown pistol permit process
  • Information on the CCDL Family Picnic
  • Poker Run update
  • CCDL amicus brief filing (Soto v Bushmaster)
  • CCDL educational legislative shoot

Avoid the wait and shipping fees! The full selection of CCDL merchandise is always for sale at our meetings, including many items not sold on our website.


Legislative Session

Legislative Coordinator Ray Bevis will report on “how we did” at the upcoming meeting. This is a tremendous opportunity for our members to hear about how we did this year in Hartford. Ray will include some of the key highlights of the session, and compare our efforts from a few years ago to this year. Every year that CCDL is around, we grow, we learn and we mature as an organization to better serve our faithful members.


Meet Candidate for State-Wide Office Peter Lumaj

2018 candidates for state-wide office are emerging. One such candidate is Peter Lumaj. While CCDL has not endorsed any candidates for any race in 2018, we will point out that Peter has been endorsed by CCDL in the past. Peter is a staunch supporter of our 2nd Amendment rights, and if you come and listen you will see exactly why.


CCDL Files FOIA Requests With Two Cities

In an effort to address the many concerns of pistol permit applicants in several municipalities in Connecticut, CCDL has requested data from two cities: Waterbury and Middletown. Numerous applicants have reportedly been delayed far beyond the statutorily required 8-week period to issue or deny pistol permits. Once the data is reviewed, and if systemic problems are indicated with one or both cities, we will more than likely consider several courses of action to correct these issues.


CCDL Readies Amicus Filing (Soto v Bushmaster)

CCDL has applied to the CT State Supreme court to submit an Amicus Curiae Brief (Friend of the Court Brief) in support of Bushmaster Firearms International LLC. The case known as ‘Soto v Bushmaster’ has been ongoing for some time, and CCDL will withhold any further statements on the case until the court accepts our petition for the brief to be filed. The application is a matter of public record on file with the State Supreme Court as of May 30, 2017. You may view a copy of the application here: Application-of-CCDL-for-permission-to-appear-as-amicus-curiae.pdf


CCDL Summer Events

The 9th Annual CCDL Family Picnic is set for August 26th is Stratford Connecticut At Boothe Memorial Park. This picnic is free to our members, and more details and a flyer will be published soon.

CCDL Poker Run is a go for Saturday, September 9th. Additional setails to follow soon!

Elections – November Meeting Cancelled

The November 8th election is an important one for gun owners, especially here in Connecticut. It is imperative that all CCDL members and supporters vote for pro2A candidates in this election. This election is so important, that WE HAVE CANCELLED OUR NOVEMBER 8th MEETING.  We ask that our members use the time they would have spent attending the meeting to help out one of our endorsed candidates instead.

There are also still plenty of opportunities to help pro2A candidates get elected.
Candidates still need people to help wave signs, work the polls, and various other last minute tasks that can mean the difference between winning and losing. Check out CCDL’s list of endorsed candidates, find one or two in your town or close by, and volunteer to help. It’s fun, it’s easy, and it’s great being around like-minded people. Be sure to tell them CCDL sent you!
CCDL Endorsed Candidates:
http://ccdl.us/blog/2016-candidate-endorsements/

Important Election Week – Members Update

The November 8th election is an important one for gun owners, especially here in Connecticut. It is imperative that all CCDL members and supporters vote for pro2A candidates in this election.

If you are not yet registered to vote, there is still time to register, but you MUST hurry. The deadline for voter registration is tomorrow, November 1st. Online registration is simple, just go to the following link and follow the directions:
https://voterregistration.ct.gov

If you are not sure if you are registered or not, you may check here:
http://www.dir.ct.gov/sots/LookUp.aspx

You may also register in person with the registrar of voters in your town or city. Offices are usually located in your town hall, and will be open from 9am until 8pm on November 1st to accommodate any last minute registrations.

There are also still plenty of opportunities to help pro2A candidates get elected.
Candidates still need people to help wave signs, work the polls, and various other last minute tasks that can mean the difference between winning and losing. Check out CCDL's list of endorsed candidates, find one or two in your town or close by, and volunteer to help. It's fun, it's easy, and it's great being around like-minded people. Be sure to tell them CCDL sent you!
CCDL Endorsed Candidates:
http://ccdl.us/blog/2016-candidate-endorsements/

CCDL 2013 Year End Address

 “Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience”.– C.S. Lewis

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2013 has been the toughest of years for Connecticut gun owners. Though this has been a difficult year, I have been inspired from all that have helped to defend our rights.

From the beginning of the year, the odds were that we were not going to get out unscathed by legislative action.  Still, in spite of the odds, CCDL members dug in to try and stop the proposed anti-gun legislation. Though we were not able to stop Public Act 13-3 from becoming law, I wholeheartedly believe that we did force legislators to take other Bills off the table prior to its passage.

Growth- CCDL Grew exponentially this past year. We had 2,499 members on December 14th 2012, and as of December of this year, we have nearly 11,000 members. Many of our new members joined during the peak frenzy of the aftermath of Sandy Hook. Many had more questions that no one knew the answers to yet.  I sincerely appreciate the patience and understanding by all during that particular time period. The executives that are charged with running and maintaining the organization received hundreds of emails a day. Somehow we managed to navigate through the chaos and uncertainty that came along with our growth.

Activism- After witnessing the extremely large turnout at our general meetings post Sandy Hook which includes rallies, public hearings, lobby day and also the many fundraisers across the state, I am humbled by the showing and the effort of those that became involved. This is a task that was not made easy for many. The overwhelming majority of our members have busy lives which include work, family, and other priorities. Still the fact remains that if we do not involve ourselves in matters such as 2nd Amendment rights, others that care to destroy our rights will still be out there. .

Litigation- CCDL has joined with other plaintiffs in legal action (Shew v. Malloy) for the purpose to overturn Public Act 13-3. Working with other groups that include the NRA has been a tremendous effort thus far, and one that we are proud of.

Donations from numerous gun clubs, shooting leagues, gun stores and gun ranges from everywhere in the State has helped immensely. CCDL is extremely appreciative of these donations and support. Donations from CCDL members have proven invaluable, and without them, the legal challenge might ultimately fail.

 

Closing- We look forward to oral arguments on January 30th of 2014 in Federal court.

Renew your spirits for the New Year is nearly upon us. We are in for a hell of a fight in the coming days and weeks beyond.

On behalf of the Executive Committee of CCDL, We thank all you for everything that our members have done this past year. Please stand with us 2014!

Happy New Year to All of Our Members!

Scott Wilson
President- CCDL

 Carry On!

Litigation Update 08/05/2013

This is a Joint Litigation Update from both CCDL and CCS
UPDATE: 2ND AMENDMENT CHALLENGE TO CT’S NEW FIREARMS LAW

Greetings, Second Amendment Supporters: A lot has happened over the past few months in our lawsuit challenging Connecticut’s new firearms law. We would like to provide you with a status update. First, many thanks to those of you who have stepped up to the plate and provided generous financial support for the litigation. Your donations and additional efforts are greatly appreciated. We still have a long way to go to raise the funds needed, but we are off to a good start. We also want to thank our many friends and members who have participated in the litigation fundraising events. We also appreciate your input in online discussions of the new firearms law and working to educate the public about the harm caused by candidates for public office who are clearly anti-2nd Amendment. All of this work is invaluable to the restoration of our fundamental rights.

Plaintiffs and Request for Injunctive Relief: As you know, our legal team filed the lawsuit, Shew, et al. v. Malloy, et al., on May 22, 2013 in federal court in Connecticut. The plaintiffs are: June Shew, Stephanie Cypher, Brian McClain, Andrew Mueller, Mitchell Rocklin, Peter Owens, Hiller Sports, LLC, MD Shooting Sports, LLC., the Connecticut Citizen’s Defense League (“CCDL”), and the Coalition of Connecticut Sportsmen (“CCS”). Shortly after filing suit, we filed a request for immediate temporary injunctive relief, asking the court to stop the implementation and enforcement of the new law. In support of our request for injunctive relief, our legal team filed expert reports demonstrating that the law not only fails to make Connecticut citizens more safe – perversely, it actually makes Connecticut citizens less safe. (Read the reports here: http://ccdl.us/blog/2013/08/04/expert-testimony/ )

Amicus Briefs: In the past few weeks, we have been honored to receive support from three separate amicus briefs (friend of the court briefs) that were filed by various organizations and law enforcement officers in support of our lawsuit. These excellent and substantive briefs were filed by: 1) the National Rifle Association, 2) the Pink Pistols, and 3) the Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund, the Law Enforcement Action Network, the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association, and by a host of brave individual active duty and retired law enforcement officers who are willing to stand up for the rights of all Connecticut citizens. (Read the amicus briefs here: http://ccdl.us/blog/2013/07/19/amicus-briefs-filed-in-support-of-litigation/ )

The Legal Landscape: The Court has set a fast-paced briefing schedule. It is likely there will be one or more rulings in this case as early as Fall 2013. In mid-August, you can expect to see one or more significant briefs filed by the plaintiffs, and in September, by the State. We encourage you to check in at this link from time to time for updates: http://www.ccdl.us/aboutus/newsletters/49-archived-newsletters/91-archived-newsletters
As requested repeatedly over the past months, please do not discuss the litigation in online discussion pages, such as Facebook, or otherwise in any public forum. CCDL and CCS are plaintiffs, and it is the job of each and every one of us, as members of these fine organizations, to conduct ourselves in a way that is beyond reproach, without creating distractions or interference, and to allow our lawyers to get the job done.

Fundraising: CCDL and CCS are now asking all firearms owners and 2nd Amendment supporters in Connecticut who have not yet donated to please donate immediately to the litigation fund. For those who have already contributed, we ask that you please consider making an additional contribution and, better still, consider making ongoing monthly contributions online as your finances allow. Second Amendment lawsuits break new legal ground, as most of the issues raised have not been addressed by the courts in detail before. The average successful Second Amendment case to date has cost in excess of half a million dollars.

Make A Donation: While we are off to a good start raising the needed funds, it is critical that we keep going if we intend to achieve our objective: full restoration of 2nd Amendment rights in Connecticut. To donate online to the litigation fund, click here to access the secure site:


If you prefer to write a check, please make it payable to: “CCDL” and note on the face of the check that it is for the “2A Litigation Fund.” Checks should be mailed to: CCDL, P.O. Box 642, Groton, CT 06340. (NOTE: Please do not write checks to CCS. By agreement, CCDL is serving as the organization in charge of receiving all donations to the plaintiffs’ litigation fund and it has established strict procedures and a separate account for handling and managing donations for this purpose. Checks that go to the wrong destination only end up getting lost or creating unnecessary work for our volunteers.)

Again, many thanks to all of you for your tireless efforts to secure our most basic rights!

Warm Regards,

Scott Wilson
President
CCDL, Inc.

Bob Crook
Executive Director
CCS

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CCDL Litigation Update

Dear Connecticut Citizens Defense League Members:

Since last night’s meeting, CCDL has joined forces with the Coalition of Connecticut Sportsmen, the NRA and other gun owner and sportsmen groups that are working together in Connecticut to fund a significant Second Amendment legal challenge to Connecticut’s new firearms law.

Our legal team is assembled, and it includes preeminent Second Amendment and Constitutional lawyers with national reputations, significant trial as well as U.S. Supreme Court experience, and many U.S. Supreme Court victories under their belts.

We want you to know that our legal team is moving swiftly and that it understands the urgency of seeking legal vindication of our rights. That said, it would be unwise to rush to court without fully understanding the law and crafting the strongest legal challenge possible. This takes time, which is the reason why we are not rushing to court to file the lawsuit this week.

Please be aware that other lawsuits may be filed before ours in the coming days by individuals and groups who have gone in a different direction. These lawsuits are not part of our legal effort and, in some cases despite best intentions, may actually be harmful to members’ interests by creating unfavorable legal precedents.

We are calling on all members to contribute financially to the legal challenge that we are mounting.
Checks should be directed to CCDL at P.O. Box 642, Groton, Connecticut 06340.
You can also visit our webpage http://www.ccdl.us and donate through our Paypal link.
We will be back in touch with you soon to let you know of other ways in which you can be helpful.

Thank you for your contributions!

CCDL, Inc.
Carry On!

Member Update – Last Chance Before Emergency Certification

STOP E-Cert
The expected E-Cert Bill will be voted on this week according to Legislative Leadership.

Call and email The following people:
Speaker Rep. Brendan Sharkey
860-240-8577, Brendan.Sharkey@cga.ct.gov

House Minority Leader Rep. Larry Cafero
860-240-0028 , Lawrence.Cafero@housegop.ct.gov

House Majority Leader Rep. Joe Aresimowicz
860-240-8581 , Joe.Aresimowicz@cga.ct.gov

Senate Minority Leader Senator John McKinney
860-240-8846 , John.McKinney@cga.ct.gov

President of the Senate Don Williams
860-240-8634, http://www.senatedems.ct.gov/Williams-mailform.php

Majority Leader of the Senate Martin Looney
860-240-0375 , Looney@senatedems.ct.gov

Your own State Senator and Representative http://cga.ct.gov/asp/menu/CGAFindLeg.asp

Tell them:
There is No Justification for Emergency Certification.
The Sandy Hook Tragedy Occurred 3 1/2 months ago.
The Full Report has not been published.
The guns they seek to restrict or ban are common ordinary firearms that are bought and used legally by millions of law abiding Americans

Call and email Monday 04/01
This may be our last chance before they will vote!

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CCDL Airs Radio Commercial

In an effort to reach out to both gun owners and citizens that support our rights, CCDL has recorded and is airing a pro-2A commercial on two radio stations in the state. WJJF (94.9) FM and WTIC (1080) AM will be airing through part or all of this week.
Here is the commercial set to video: http://youtu.be/aTIFRgu8Vkc

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CCDL 2A Rally April 20th
North Side Capitol Grounds 12 Noon till 3:00pm. We will need every person there to make sure that our voices will be heard. Flyer with more information to follow soon. Please share with clubs, ranges and gun stores.

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Next Meeting April 9th, 7pm – 9pm
Don’t forget to join us in Middletown for our next monthly meeting. This meeting is open to all Members! Also, we will be collecting canned goods/non-perishables at our meetings.

The Connecticut Citizens Defense League strives for hands on activism from our members. We want an organization for us all to be proud of as we put forth effort to fight for our 2nd Amendment rights in our beautiful State. See you there!
Location : Middletown Elks Lodge 771, 44 Maynard St
Middletown, CT
View Map or Get Driving Directions

Carry On!
CCDL, Inc.
www.ccdl.us

Membership Meeting Tonight

Reminder: CCDL holds it’s monthly general membership meeting at 7pm on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at the Elks Lodge in Middletown, CT. Our next meeting is today, March 12, 2013. All CCDL members are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Tonight, besides our usual business, Jonathan Hardy will be discussing the gun bills being heard this Thursday and how to fight them. When you hear what they are proposing in Hartford, you WILL be fired up!

We sell CCDL merchandise at the meeting, buy it there and save on shipping. We will also be selling tickets to the CCDL Annual Dinner. ALL profits go directly to supporting CCDL and it’s mission.
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 from the left rear of the building. If turnout again exceeds the capacity of that room, we will move the meeting upstairs into the banquet hall. That entrance is at the front of the building.


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Important Update – Lobby Day

IMPORTANT UPDATE!:  Lobby Day is not a rally like back in January. We will be inside the Legislative Office Building (LOB). This is your chance to meet one on one with your local legislators and tell them you oppose further restrictions on our rights. Even if your legislator is already on our side, come out and support us. There is strength in numbers!
Please, business attire or at least business casual, and leave your signs and camo home. Follow the same Dos and Don’ts you would if you were testifying. Also remember that under CT state law, weapons are not permitted inside the LOB.