Meeting Reminder – June 9th

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 9, 2015.
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

  • The decision in the Federal Court Appeal that CCDL and other litigants are suing over (Shew v Malloy) should be here soon. We are days away from the typical time frame that an appellate court takes to reach a decision. We have a very special meeting for Tuesday, which will include a visit from Chris Conte. Chris is litigation counsel for NRA-ILA and has done a lot to help coordinate legal legwork associated with this case. Chris will talk about the lawsuit’s future and other aspects of Connecticut gun rights.
    Connecticut Local Counsel Martha Dean will be in attendance and so will Tom King, the President of the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association. NY is fighting the SAFE Act law which is similar to the law that we are fighting here in CT (PA 13-3/13-220).
  • A full post-legislative breakdown will be presented by CCDL Legislative Coordinator Ray Bevis. Ray will be providing statistics about membership involvement and effectiveness at the meeting. He has worked very hard this session along with Chris Lemos to bring Legislative information to our members in real-time.
  • Jonathan Hardy will talk about recent events with the BFPE and permit issues.
  • We will be talking about the upcoming CCDL Family Picnic as well as the Poker Run.
    The CCDL Family Picnic date has been set for 9/19/2015 at Boothe Memorial Park in Stratford. A flyer for the event should be available soon.
    The CCDL Poker Run is set for 9/26/2015. All proceeds go to support the lawsuit against the unconstitutional gun law (PA 13-3/13-220) that passed in 2013.
    Mark your calendars!
  • Christian Ragosta. the NRA Grass Roots will be in the house to answer questions.

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. Right now we have patches, pins, and magnets (perfect to put on your car, gun safe, or refrigerator). We also sell the car decals in assorted colors besides white.

Food Drive
CCDL collects canned goods/non-perishables at all our meetings to be donated to local charities. The holiday season may be over, but people still need to eat. 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
June 9, 2015 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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Questions About “Assault Weapon” Registration & Magazine Declaration

With just about a week left before the December 31, 2013 deadline to register your so-called assault weapons and large capacity magazines, we’re getting a ton of emails with questions like how to fill out certain parts of the forms, or what does or doesn’t need to be registered or declared. I’ll try to answer some of the most common questions here to save time for everyone. If you have a question about the AW/mag registration that isn’t answered here, feel free to ask in the comments and someone will try to help.

Q: Where can I find the forms I need to register my AW or magazine?
A: All the forms you need can be found here:

Q: Do I need to deliver my forms in person, or may I mail them in?
A: You may do either. If you deliver them in person, be aware that the lines may be long.
If you are mailing them in, it is suggested you send them ‘Certified Mail, Return Receipt Requested’ so you have confirmation they were delivered. In either case they must be dropped off or postmarked before January 1, 2014.

Q: What is the address to mail my forms in or drop them off?
A: Mail or deliver completed forms to:
Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (DESPP),Special Licensing and Firearms Unit,
1111 Country Club Road, Middletown, Connecticut 06457-2389

Questions About the Assault Weapon Registration Form

Q: What do I put down on the 2 lines that ask for certificate number?
A: Nothing. Leave them blank. The state will fill those in when they issue the certificate

Q: What do I enter as ‘Importer’ on the assault weapon registration form?
A: If the firearm was made in this country, or sold through a US division of the manufacturer, then you do not need to put anything. Leave it blank or enter ‘N/A’.
If the firearm was manufactured in another country, it may have been brought into the country by a second company. That company’s name will also be marked somewhere on the receiver or barrel. This is probably most commonly seen with Russian firearms such as Saiga or other AK-styled weapons. Century International Arms is one major importer; you may see it marked as just C.I.A. on your firearm

Q: Where do I go to get my thumb print done for the registration form?
A: There is nothing in the law that prescribes who must do the thumb print, so you may do it yourself. I suggest you practice a few times on a blank paper first before doing it on your form. Here is a good video showing how police do it:
If you don’t think you can do it yourself, you may try your local police department. People have had mixed results with this. Some departments will do it right away, some want you to schedule an appointment, and some may not want to do it at all.

Q: Do I have to register my .22 rimfire rifle as an Assault Weapon?
A: .22 rifles are a bit confusing, because they rushed new bills into law without reading then had to rush another new bill into law to fix their mistakes.
Technically….. by the letter of the law if you legally purchased a .22 rifle in CT BEFORE Public Act 13-3 was signed into law on 4/4/2013 or AFTER Public Act 13-220 was signed on 6/18/2013 and it is still in that configuration (you haven’t added any “evil features” that did not come on the gun) you do NOT have to register.
If you purchased the .22 rifle between those dates, it can have all the evil features you want, but technically they had to be installed in that timespan, and the rifle must be registered if it has more then the permitted 2 “evil features”, one of which is the detachable magazine. So, by the letter of the law, unless the rifle was purchased between 4/4 and 6/18 of this year, it is illegal to have more then 2 evil features, period. In an AR styled .22, that would probably be detachable mag and pistol grip. It doesn’t need to be registered, but it can’t also have more features like an adjustable stock.
If you purchased between those dates, it can legally have more then 2 features (if they were installed during that time), but if it has more then 2 features it must be registered as an Assault Weapon before 1/1/2014.

Questions About the Large Capacity Magazine Declaration Form

Q: What do I put down for:
Make A: The manufacturer of the magazine; if known. If you don’t know, enter “unknown”.
Type A: The caliber of the round you load in the magazine
Capacity A: The number of rounds the magazine holds
Number A: The number of magazines of this exact make/type/capacity magazine you have.


Preban “Assault Weapons”

One of the biggest questions we’ve seen about the new CT gun laws concerns so-called pre-ban assault weapons. These are firearms that were manufactured before September 13, 1994. The new law appears to specifically exempt them from the new ban/registration, as long as they were legal under the previous Connecticut Assault Weapon Ban. This was the topic of much discussion at this month’s presentation on the new firearm laws. Many discussions have also been had among gun owners and even FFLs about this, with some dealers refusing to touch prebans, and others openly advertising them for sale.

A few weeks ago I emailed the CT DESPP Special Licensing and Firearms unit about this, and the reply was these preban firearms are in fact currently exempt from registration and are legal to buy/sell. Since an email doesn’t carry much weight, a CCDL member who owns such a preban paid an attorney to get this in writing from the CT Commissioner of Public Safety. Remember, this is not legal advice, and if you own or are considering buying one of these firearms I would recommend you discuss this with your own lawyer. I also suggest you have good written proof as to the date of manufacture. Also remember that the Commissioner doesn’t write the laws, nor is he a judge or jury. He only tells the State Police how to interpret the law. That can always change, and has changed in the past. For now, here is the letter from Attorney David Clough to Commissioner of Public Safety Reuben Bradford. Following that is the reply
letter from Commissioner Bradford that states these preban firearms are exempt from registration and transfer restrictions.

You may also download pdf files of the two letters here:

Defendant’s Motion for Summary Judgment

Litigation Update:
In CCDL’s continuing effort to keep our members informed of the progress of our lawsuit, here is the latest information we have.
If you’ve missed anything, you can read previous updates here.

As expected, the defendants in our lawsuit against the State of Connecticut have filed a motion for summary judgment to dismiss our case. All told, there are over 150 pages, and that doesn’t include all the various document exhibits that were also submitted. We’ll post those when we get them.

Remember, CCDL is an all volunteer, FREE organization. We rely 100% on the generosity of our members to fund this lawsuit as well as everything else we do to fight for rights of Connecticut gun owners. Please, take some time to read the documents above and see what we’re up against.
We’re committed to fighting this, but it takes time and money. If you can afford it, please donate to our Litigation Fund. Every penny goes straight into the battle to regain your rights.

Presentation on the New Gun Laws

At the October general meeting we had a special presentation from Attorneys Greg Miller, Doug Dubitsky, and Jeffery Crown on the new laws. The presentation focused on a number of frequently asked questions and some of the more confusing aspects of the new gun laws.

Here is the the latest version (updated 10/17/2013) of the presentation Attorney Miller put together. As promised it includes some additional information he received from Det. Barbara Matson of the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection during a presentation she gave on Wednesday.

If you need a copy of any of the forms or affidavits mentioned in the presentation, please see the previous post on forms.

Additionally, you can find OLR reports on both PA 13-3 and the modifications made in PA 13-220: