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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Call Your US Senators Now!

We just received this from our friends at the National Shooting Sports Foundation.

NSSF has learned that anti-gun U.S. Senators are expected to bring up a vote at ANY MINUTE this afternoon on the previously defeated Manchin-Toomey “universal background check” amendment as well as an amendment expanding the prohibited persons list to anyone unknowingly placed on a secret, error-prone government list, the so called “terrorist watch list.”

Call your senators at 202-224-3121 as soon as you can and urge them to vote NO on both amendments.

“Gun Safety” Groups Oppose Free Trigger Lock Program

According to an article in the Newtown Patch:

The Department of Justice awarded Newtown-based National Shooting Sports Foundation a grant for its free gun lock program, but the move has upset at least two other groups.

The DOJ awarded a two-year $2.4 million grant for NSSF’s Project ChildSafe program to encourage responsible firearm storage. The Newtown Action Alliance and Coalition to Stop Gun Violence launched a petition to cancel the grant.

Yes, you read that right. Two supposed “gun safety” groups (Including one based here in CT) are opposing the use of taxpayer money to fund an actual and effective gun safety program. Why the heck would they do such a thing? Because despite the claims by these groups that they support safe, lawful gun ownership, the truth is the only form of “gun safety” they approve of are gun bans. I guess their mantra of “if it saves just one life it’s worth it!” only applies to gun bans as well. According to the NSSF, Project ChildSafe has already distributed more than 37 million free firearm safety kits through its law enforcement partners across the country, including almost 50 locations here in Connecticut. That’s potentially at least 37 million lives saved. How can they oppose such a program and still claim they support gun safety?

Remember this next time they try to tell you they aren’t anti-gun, they just support gun safety and responsible gun ownership.

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.

Litigation Update – Expert Testimony

Here is the latest update on the pending lawsuit.
Several of our expert witnesses have submitted their testimony to the courts. You will find the documents linked below.

One thing I’ll point out before someone else does…. you might notice Dr Gary Kleck’s testimony makes mention of NY’s SAFE Act in places. This is a typo that sneaked through because Dr Kleck has also submitted testimony in the lawsuit against NY’s new gun control law. Don’t worry, the legal team is aware of it.

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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Lobby Day at the Capital – Monday 3/11/2013

IMPORTANT UPDATE!:  This 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, please come 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 in the LOB.
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Several participants (CCDL, CCS and NSSF) will be coordinating with the NRA to participate and support a Lobby Day scheduled at the Legislative Office building on March 11th starting at 10:00 am till 4:00 pm.  
 
The intent of this Lobby Day is to have our elected officials witness an overwhelming show of unity for the support of 2nd Amendment rights by citizens of Connecticut. 
    
This event is timed to have a large turnout during the most visible day of the week at the Legislative Office Building and will show our legislators that we will not let our rights be stripped away.  
 

The CCDL executive committee met with two NRA State Liaisons this last Monday at our executive meeting to discuss several strategies for countering anti-gun legislation. We are extremely pleased that they have taken the time to coordinate this event, and we are glad that they are on the ground fighting with us in Hartford.

CCDL is encouraging our members to attend this special event, and to seek out your legislators to discuss the issues of gun rights and the importance of protecting them. We are running out of time, so we must let our voices be heard. 
 
We Need a Massive Turnout on This Day 

So Please Come Join Us!

Date:  Monday, March 11
Time:  10:00 a.m.
Where:  300 Capitol Avenue in Hartford
Parking: Free parking will be available at Cabela’s in Hartford located at 475 East Hartford Boulevard North, East Hartford, CT 06118
Transportation:   A complimentary shuttle service will run between Cabela’s and the state Capitol between the hours of 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
 
For more information, here is the release from the NRA.