Firearms Law & The Second Amendment Symposium

The 2015 NRA-ILA “Firearms Law & The Second Amendment Symposium” will be held on Saturday, October 24, at The Hartford Club in Hartford, Connecticut.

Focusing on recent Second Amendment developments in our nation’s courts and legislatures, speakers will discuss and debate a variety of topics among multiple panels.  The symposium will feature leading Second Amendment scholars and attorneys (including CCDL’s general counsel Craig Fishbein, lead attorney in our federal lawsuit David Thompson, and CCDL supporter and 2A attorney Rachel Baird) discussing topics ranging from the history of the Second Amendment, current litigation in Connecticut, and emerging trends from across the nation.  Throughout, attendees will be exposed to insights regarding the nuts and bolts of legal practice in both defending and advancing gun owners’ civil rights. 

This event promises to present a thought-provoking discussion of one of the most relevant and important freedoms in the Bill of Rights.  Each registrant will receive written materials from the proceedings, including all panelist presentations and supporting documentation. For guests who are attorneys, this year’s event may once again meet state requirements for continuing legal education. The event, including all materials, food and beverage, is complimentary for all attendees.  

Saturday, October 24, 2015
The Hartford Club
46 Prospect St.
Hartford, CT  06103
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Registration and continental breakfast from 9 – 9:30 AM
*Parking will be free at the adjacent lot to The Hartford Club

For additional information, please contact Suzanne Anglewicz at

Anti-Gunner Nominated for Superior Court Judge

This comes from our friends at the NRA.

This Friday, January 16, the Connecticut General Assembly will be holding a public hearing in the Judiciary Committee to confirm Superior Court judges.  Up for consideration is a vocal opponent of your Second Amendment rights, former state Representative Auden Grogins (HD-129).  It is critical that you contact your state legislators and urge them to vote against Auden Grogins’ nomination to the Court.

As a state Representative, Auden Grogins cosponsored Senate Bill 1160, the egregious, rights-infringing legislation which bans commonly owned semi-automatic firearms, requires registration of gun owners, and limits magazine capacity.  Grogins was rated an “F” by the NRA-PVF for her consistent support of anti-gun legislation during her years in office and for introducing and/or cosponsoring more than eight bills which erode your firearms freedoms and inherent right to self-defense.

Auden Grogins is no friend of the Second Amendment, and who knows how far she would go with her anti-gun rhetoric as a Superior Court judge.  She ignored her Oath of Office as a state Representative, does not respect your constitutionally protected freedoms and cannot be trusted to be an unbiased, impartial arbiter of the law.

Please consider attending and testifying against Grogins’ nomination at Friday’s public hearing, which is scheduled to begin at 10:30 A.M. in Room 2C of the Legislative Office Building.  If you wish to testify, you must submit 50 copies of written testimony to room 2500 of the LOB and sign up by 9:30 A.M.  Written testimony can also be sent to

If you cannot attend, please contact both your state Senator and state Representative and urge them to vote against Auden Grogins’ appointment to the Superior Court.  Remind your state legislators that you will be closely watching their votes on Second Amendment issues and will hold them accountable during the next election.

Click here to identify who represents you.

Press Conference Invitation

Date: 10/27/2014
Time: 9:30am
Location: Connecticut State Capitol Building in Hartford – North Side Capitol Steps (map)

The Connecticut Citizens Defense League invites our members and supporters to a press conference to welcome 2nd Amendment activists Timothy Knight from Colorado, and Sean Maloney from Ohio.

Both of these individuals are coming to Connecticut to help trigger the 2nd Amendment vote in the run up to the election on November 4th.

Timothy Knight was the founder of the Infamous Colorado Recall elections in 2013 in which sitting legislators were removed from office for their anti-gun votes and positions in the Colorado State Legislature.

Sean Maloney is an attorney, 2nd Amendment Activist and Leader of the Buckeye Firearms Association.

CCDL is proud that they are coming to Connecticut to offer their support with their 2 day visit (October 27th and October 28th).

Both Timothy and Sean will have an itinerary that includes guest radio spots, visits to firearms retailers and visits with gatherings of 2nd Amendment supporters in certain locations. Both of their efforts are widely acknowledged nationwide.

Itinerary details will be available Monday at the press conference. Brief bios are posted below and more information can be found about both their efforts on the web.

Press Contact:
Scott Wilson

Timothy Knight
Is the founder & architect of the 2013 Colorado recalls that sent gun-grabbing Senate President John Morse and Senator Angela Giron packing and forced a third to resign. He teamed up with six other political novices, strangers to each other before but who made 137 years of Colorado history by recalling those two senators. They even beat a combined Obama-Clinton political machine backed by Bloomberg’s capital trying to stop them from accomplishing the impossible. And they did it twice in one day. What started as a spark in Colorado has become a brushfire of liberty and an inspiration to ordinary citizens across this great country. Timothy is an example that you CAN make a difference despite what may seem overwhelming odds.

Sean Maloney
Sean is a defense attorney and member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers who practices in all areas of firearm-related law, including 2nd Amendment rights, criminal defense, federal and state restoration of gun rights, and federal NICS appeals. He has appeared as an expert witness in a variety of civil lawsuits related to firearms. In addition, he is Chairman of the Butler County Friends of NRA Committee, a multi-discipline Certified NRA Instructor, NRA Golden Eagle Benefactor Life Member, NRA-ILA Election Volunteer Coordinator, NRA Board of Directors Grassroots Committee member, and Leader with the award-winning Buckeye Firearms Association in Ohio. Counsels Ohio School Boards and assists them in implementing armed teachers and administrators after attending active killer training to keep our children safe. As a Volunteer fought MAIG head on in Colorado and won recall elections! Besides Ohio, traveled to Colorado, Virginia, and now Connecticut to work on NRA endorsed campaigns.

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 nearly 16,000.

Thanks to this large support base across the state the CCDL has become a fixture of the capitol, well recognized by all committees that regularly 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

Meeting Reminder – 5/13/2014

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 13, 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
A litigation update will be provided to our members at our general meeting regarding the appeal to the 2nd Circuit Appellate Court in Manhattan.
We are pleased to have Chris Conte (Litigation Counsel) join us from the NRA-ILA. Chris will give an update regarding the upcoming filing of the appeal and accompanying briefs. The NRA-ILA has been helping to orchestrate many aspects of our legal challenge from behind the scenes.

As part of our continuing effort to educate members before the next election, we’ve been inviting candidates to address the members at our meeting to discuss their views on the 2nd Amendment. This month we’ll have:

• Carl Higbee – Candidate US Congress (4th District)

• Dave Walker – Candidate CT Lieutenant Governor

• Rob Kwasnicki – Candidate CT House District 59

• Lori Hopkins-Cavanagh- Candidate US Congress (2nd District)

• State Rep Dan Carter – CT House District 2

• State Senator Joe Markley – CT Senate District 16

Consider bringing your checkbook or some extra cash to donate to these folks if you like what you hear. Remember, the best way to stop antigun laws and repeal the ones we have is to get progun candidates elected!

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

NEW! Patches and Pins
Our latest limited run items are 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
May 13, 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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