The Irony Of Gun Grabbers

Today is the day we celebrate the birth and life of civil rights leader Dr Martin Luther King, Jr.

Today is also the day that various anti-gun groups will gather in Newtown to protest your right to self-defense.

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Oh, the irony of people rallying to limit the constitutional rights of those they dislike on the very day that we celebrate a man who gave his life fighting for all Americans to be guaranteed those same constitutional rights.

A man who was denied the right to lawfully keep and bear arms based on the color of his skin, but defied the law to exercise that basic human right.

A man who these same anti-gun groups would today condemn and demand be jailed because he illegally owned guns without any background checks.

And while it is true that later in life King himself decided to go unarmed, much has been written about how his supporters continued to possess firearms in defense of both themselves and Dr. King.

“The right to defend one’s home and one’s person when attacked has been guaranteed through the ages by common law.” – Martin Luther King, Jr. 1967

CCDL is asking people to come out and show your opposition to this intrusion upon your rights. See this previous post for more details.

Counter-Protest The Antigun Rally in Newtown!

According to a letter recently published in The Newtown Bee, the antigun crowd is planning another protest for Monday, January 18th, in front of the headquarters for the National Shooting Sports Foundation. In part it appears they are protesting the NSSF’s Project ChildSafe. For the life of me I can’t figure out why people who claim they aren’t actually anti-gun but just pro gun safety would oppose an actual, effective gun safety program is beyond me.
I would think if they really wanted to stop the violence and promote gun safety they should protest in front of a drug gang’s headquarters or in a high crime neighborhood. I can only guess it’s because we’re safe and law-abiding gun owners and the NSSF is located in a nice suburban neighborhood, and drug dealers are scary  criminals and hang out in the bad part of the big city?

Whatever their reasons, they say they are speaking for all of us. We need you to show up and show them that’s not the case. Connecticut has a large number of legal gun owners. We’ll be meeting in front of the NSSF headquarters at 3:30pm, located right off rt 25 at 11 Mile Hill Rd, Newtown. Parking is tough, but you can park behind the Reed School, by the soccer and baseball fields on Old Farm Rd (see map below). DO NOT PARK on Tinkerfield Rd. Any crossing of Mile Hill Rd. is prohibited, except up by Reed School where you park.
Remember you are technically parking on school grounds.

  • Bring Pro2A signs.
  • Bring American flags.
  • Bring a sign thanking the NSSF for what they do.
  • BE RESPECTFUL AND POLITE! Don’t let someone goad you into an argument or fight. Remember the media will be there.

What: Counter-protest in support of the NSSF
When: Monday, January 18, 2016 at 3:30pm
Where: NSSF Headquarters, 11 Mile Hill Rd, Newtown, CT 06470

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Project ChildSafe

Recently we posted about how some antigun groups were opposed to Project ChildSafe and their mission to distribute free gun safety kits and trigger locks. How you can claim to not be antigun and for gun safety while opposing actual working gun safety programs such as Project ChildSafe or the Eddie Eagle Gunsafe Program makes no sense to me. But then, gun control is not really about facts or common sense, is it?

CCDL firmly believes in responsible gun ownership over arbitrary and unconstitutional laws and regulations. This includes using good judgement (not mandatory storage laws) to keep guns out of the hands of unauthorized people.

We are proud to announce that CCDL is now a supporter organization for Project ChildSafe’s campaign to promote voluntary safe handling and storage of firearms. You can join us in committing to firearm safety & responsibility and sign their “Own it? Respect it. Secure it.” pledge today: ProjectChildSafe.org/take-the-pledge

Visit the Project ChildSafe website for other ways you can get involved. ProjectChildSafe.org
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Press Release – CCDL 3rd Annual Poker Run

09/24/2015
For Immediate Release:

The Connecticut Citizens Defense League (The state’s largest grass-roots gun rights group) announces the 3rd Annual 2nd Amendment Poker Run.

CCDL 2nd Amendment Poker Run: THIS SATURDAY! Sept. 26th!! On-site same day registration runs from 9:30-10:30AM at Woodbridge Firearms Trading Post, located at 28 Selden St, Woodbridge. The ride ends at the Cadillac Ranch in Southington with an after-party at the finish.

CCDL had over 400 participants last year and we are expecting an even bigger crowd this year. Prizes, music from the Screamin’ Eagle Band, great food, and more! The ‘All-American Angels‘ will be on hand supporting our veterans and the 2nd Amendment.
A list of main sponsors for this event includes:

Haymond Law
National Shooting Sports Foundation
C&D Arms Supply
Yankee Harley Davidson
CT Cruise News
Outpost Guns and Ammo
Charter Arms
Woodbridge Firearms Trading Post

Cost is $20 per bike or car/$15 per passenger. All net proceeds goes to help fight for 2nd Amendment rights here in CT.

From CCDL President Scott Wilson:
“This is an opportunity for gun owners and 2nd amendment supporters in general to actively help us fund our litigation (Shew v Malloy) against the state of Connecticut’s outrageous gun control laws.”

“The 2013 law, passed by the Connecticut legislature and then signed in to law by Governor Malloy was an unconstitutional overreach. We will continue to challenge this law in federal court along with our fellow plaintiffs. We look forward to seeing everyone at this event on Saturday the 26th.”
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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 over 19.000 members across the state.

Thanks to this large supportive base across the state the CCDL has become a fixture at the Capitol, and well-recognized by committees that see firearms related bills.

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 http://www.ccdl.us/

Press Contact:
Scott Wilson
860-235-7490
www.ccdl.us

president@ccdl.us

Poker Run Update & Route

REMINDER: The CCDL 2nd Amendment Poker Run is this Saturday, September 27, 2014!

The weather forecast right now is for 82° and SUNNY FOR SATURDAY!!!
Both motorcycles and cars are welcome to participate in the run, and EVERYONE is welcome to attend the after-party whether you ride or not. Registration is at Woodbridge Firearms, 28 Selden St, Woodbridge from 9:30-10:30. Cost is $20/bike/driver and $15 per passenger. Cost includes the after party at the Cadillac Ranch. NSSF is providing gift bags for the first 300 entries.

If you just want to join us at the party after, it’s $15 per person pay at the door. The after-party starts around 11:30am, and runs until 4pm.

We’ll have special CCDL Poker Run shirts and bandanas for sale at both the start and the finish. Quantities are limited, when they are gone, that’s it. ALL profits from this event go to the Litigation Fund which is being used to fight unconstitutional gun laws here in Connecticut.

The route of the rally is different from last year. Stops include Bozzuto’s Trucking, City Limits Cafe, Yankee Harley Davidson, and ends with a party at the Cadillac Ranch. The recommended route is below, we will also have sheets with the route and maps when you register.

At each stop you will draw a poker card from a deck. Best poker hands at the end of the run will win prizes, with the 1st prize being a $500 Cabela’s Gift Certificate donated by the NSSF!

Whether you ride or not, be sure to join us at Cadillac Ranch located at 45 Jude Ln in Southington for the HUGE party with great food, entertainment, GUN RAFFLES and of course, the Haymond Girls! A great mix of classic and southern fried rock will be provided by the Screamin’ Eagle Band and Jay Roberts. Our generous sponsors include: the National Shooting Sports Foundation, Connecticut Cruise News, Bachand & Bachand Law, Yankee Harley Davidson, Haymond Law, Doc’s Motorcycles, Cadillac Ranch and Woodbridge Firearms.
If you are on Facebook, you can RSVP on the event page there. If you still need more info: please email: fundraising@ccdl.us.

Last year’s ride was a GIANT success. Let’s make this the biggest annual poker run in the state!

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2nd annual CCDL 2nd Amendment Poker Run

On Saturday September 27, 2014 CCDL will again be hosting a poker run to raise money for our Litigation Fund.
Once again the run will start at Woodbridge Firearms Trading Post, but this year it will end at the Cadillac Ranch, where we’ll have a HUGE after-party.
Both motorcycles and cars are welcome to participate in the run, and EVERYONE is welcome to attend the after-party whether you ride or not.

The run begins at Woodbridge Firearms Trading Post located at 28 Selden St. in Woodbridge. Registration is from 9:30-10:30am and the cost will be $20 per rider or driver and $15 per passenger and includes the after-party.
At Woodbridge Firearms you will be given directions to various locations.
At each location you will pick a playing card from a deck.
The route hasn’t been finalized yet, but you can expect to drive about 50-75 miles total, and we will up at the Cadillac Ranch located at 45 Jude Ln, Southington.
Prizes will be awarded at the end for the top five poker hands, with the 1st prize being a $500 Cabela’s Gift Certificate!

If you just want to attend the party and not participate in the poker run, admission will be $15 per person payable at the door.

All net proceeds go to the CCDL Litigation Fund to fight for our 2nd Amendment rights and overturn Connecticut’s anti-gun laws.
Sponsors include: the National Shooting Sports Foundation, Connecticut Cruise News, Bachand & Bachand Law, Yankee Harley Davidson, Haymond Law, Doc’s Motorcycles, Cadillac Ranch and Woodbridge Firearms.
For more info: please email: fundraising@ccdl.us.

Last year’s ride was a GIANT success. Let’s make this the biggest annual poker run in the state!

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)

Judge Rejects Lawsuit

No, not our lawsuit, but the one brought by the National Shooting Sports Federation.
As most of you know, there have been several different lawsuits based on CT’s recent passage of unconstitutional gun laws, including the one CCDL is a part of. Each lawsuit addresses a different part of the problem. The NSSF’s lawsuit attacked the improper way the law was passed using the “Emergency Certification” process.

Yesterday Chief U.S. District Judge Janet C. Hall ruled that the NSSF lacked the standing to challenge the law. Now, to be perfectly clear, that doesn’t mean the judge sided with the state or ruled that the process was legal, she just ruled that the NSSF was not directly impacted by the process, so they couldn’t sue. You can read more about legal standing here, and you can read the full court ruling at the link below.
NSSF-Decision-Granting-Motion-to-Dismiss.pdf.

No word yet on if the NSSF plans to appeal the ruling, but we’d like to thank them for all the effort so far, as well as their support of our own lawsuit.

Yet Another Lawsuit Filed

This time it’s the National Shooting Sports Foundation, filing on behalf of the gun manufacturers.

 

To: ALL MEDIA
For immediate release

July 8, 2013

For more information contact:

Mike Bazinet
203-426-1320

Firearms Industry Files Suit Alleging Process Used to Pass Gun Regulations Violated Connecticut Statutes and Constitution

NEWTOWN, Conn. — The National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®), the trade association for the firearms and ammunition industry, today filed suit in federal court for the District of Connecticut alleging that Governor Dannel Malloy and the leadership of the Connecticut General Assembly misused the so-called “emergency certification” exception to circumvent the safeguards of the normal legislative process and in violation of Connecticut statutory law in order to pass Senate Bill 1160, a package of strict gun control regulations.

The suit further alleges that enactment of the new law violates fundamental due process rights guaranteed by both the Connecticut and United States Constitutions. NSSF is asking the court to declare the law invalid and issue an injunction prohibiting its enforcement.

“A 139-page bill was assembled behind closed doors, bypassing both the public hearing and committee processes, and quickly sent to floor votes on the same day in both the House and Senate where legislators did not have adequate time to even read the bill. The governor then signed the package into law the next day. All of this is in violation of guarantees citizens are supposed to have under Connecticut State Statutes and protections in our State and U.S. Constitutions for which our forefathers fought,” said Lawrence G. Keane, senior vice president and general counsel, NSSF. “Our suit focuses on this abuse of process that has resulted in enacted law that does nothing to improve public safety, while resulting in adverse effects on law-abiding citizens, manufacturers, retailers and sportsmen’s organizations.”

The filing can be accessed at http://www.nssf.org/share/PDF/NSSFComplaint-FILED_070813.pdf.

The Connecticut Law Tribune recently editorialized on this topic. That editorial can be accessed at http://ctlawtribune.com/PubArticleCT.jsp?id=1202608974608

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About NSSF®
The National Shooting Sports Foundation® is the trade association for the firearms industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of more than 8,000 manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen’s organizations and publishers. For more information, log on to www.nssf.org.

Counter-protest! Antigun Protest Tomorrow in Newtown

NOTE: We posted this yesterday, but took it down because we decided we didn’t want the antigun types to have time to cancel or reschedule. It’s back up now, please share far and wide!

According to an article published yesterday in the News-Times of Danbury, the antigun crowd is planning a protest for tomorrow, March 28th, in front of the headquarters for the National Shooting Sports Foundation. Why they are protesting sport/target shooters I have no idea; I would think if you really wanted to stop the violence you would protest in front of a drug gang’s headquarters or something. I can only guess it’s because sport shooters are safe and law-abiding and located in a nice neighborhood, and gang shooters are scary, criminals, and hang out in the bad part of town?

Whatever their reasons, they say they are speaking for all of us. We need you to show up and show them that’s not the case. We’ll be meeting in front of the NSSF headquarters at 4pm, located right off rt 25 at 11 Mile Hill Rd, Newtown. Parking is tough, but you can park single file along Tinkerfield Rd, which is across from the NSSF. If you bear to the right after turning on Tinkerfield, there is also some parking along the road by the VFW. Do NOT park at or block the VFW, and do NOT park in the NSSF’s parking lot., but you can park behind The Reed School, by the Soccer and Baseball fields on Old Farm Rd (see map below). DO NOT PARK on Tinkerfield Rd. Any crossing of Mile Hill Rd. is prohibited, except up by Reed School where you park.
Remember you are technically parking on school grounds.
Bring Pro2A signs.
Bring American flags.
Bring a sign Thanking the NSSF for what they do.

  • What: Counter-protest in support of the NSSF
  • When: Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 4pm
  • Where: NSSF Headquarters, 11 Mile Hill Rd, Newtown, CT 06470


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