Press Release

Groton, CT- January 1st, 2014
The Connecticut Citizens Defense League (The state’s largest grass roots 2nd Amendment rights group) Is calling on the Governor and the State to extend the registration and declaration deadline for newly re-defined assault weapons and large capacity ammunition magazines.The deadline for registration and declaration passed on January 1st.


CCDL President Scott Wilson stated the following:

“CCDL Fully supports the efforts from State Senator Joe Markley and State Representative Rob Sampson in their calling for an extension to register certain firearms that are now banned”.

“There are still too many gun owners that either do not know about this new law, or do not realize that it applies to them”.

“I would ask the Governor and state legislators what there would be to gain by punishing persons that are otherwise law abiding that do not legitimately know about this law?”

“CCDL also suggests that the State should consider an ongoing amnesty program in the future, for those that discover they own banned firearms or magazines that are not registered. This would likely alleviate some of the concerns people may have about the intent of the State”.


The CCDL President also added:

“CCDL has made every effort to broadcast the meaning of the law as it pertains to gun owners to all corners of the state. We hope that our leaders consider the request from both Senator Markley and Representative Sampson”.


The Connecticut Citizens Defense League is helping lead a legal challenge against the new law, along with other plaintiffs. Oral arguments will be heard in Federal court January 30th in Hartford. More information may be found at


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 11,000 members. Thanks to this large supportive base across the state the CCDL has become a fixture of the capitol, and well recognized by committees that see firearms related bills. CCDL is also actively involved at the state Board of Firearms Permit Examiners. 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

Constitution Day 2A Debate – Video

On September 17, 2013 Rob Sampson (yeah!) debated Ron Pinciaro (boo!) on the merits of Connecticut’s new gun control laws. For those who couldn’t attend, here’s video of the debate. You can decide for yourself who won.

Constitution Day Debate

CCDL’s 2012 Legislator Of The Year Rob Sampson will be debating CAGV’s Ron Pinciaro on the merits (or lack thereof) of Connecticut’s new gun control laws.

The debate will take place on Tuesday, September 17th (Constitution Day) at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield starting at 2pm. The debate will take place in the University Commons building. Get there early, and wear your CCDL gear to show your support for Rob.

Details are in the flyer below. Please spread the word and come out if you can!

Sampson & Markley Pledge to Protect Gun Owners Rights – DESPP Clarifies New Law

HARTFORD – Throughout the debate on gun legislation in Connecticut State Rep. Rob Sampson (R-80) and State Senator Joe Markley (R-16) emerged as staunch defenders of gun owners rights. They both voted against the bill (PA 13-3) and in the few months after the bill’s passing have raised questions and concerns regarding the ambiguous wording of the gun legislation.

To make clear parts of the new law and to gather facts and deadlines for their constituents Senator Markley and Rep. Sampson requested clarification in writing from Reuben Bradford Commissioner of the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection.

“A concern I shared with Senator Markley was that this new legislation could cause some legal gun owners to find themselves accidentally out of compliance with the new laws,” Rep. Sampson said. “Clarification on what responsible gun owners need to do to properly observe these laws was needed, and we received some of that assistance from Commissioner Bradford’s response.”

“Rep. Sampson and I were concerned that if a person did not want to provide their Social Security number, they shouldn’t have to,” said Sen. Markley. “It is a violation of privacy, not to mention Federal law, and we did not see why this information was asked for in the first place.”

In his response letter to the legislators, Commissioner Bradford provided some clarification including:

  • Social security numbers that are requested on some forms are all optional and not required. The forms themselves are in the process of being changed to reflect this.
  • The form to declare large capacity magazines will have its reference to applicant changed. This will occur to show there is no need to apply for permission, but only declare possession of large capacity magazines. Declarations must occur by January 1, 2014.
  • Certificates of possession for assault weapons require that the full name, address, date of birth and thumbprint of the owner is presented as well as any other information deemed appropriate by the department.

Through the work of Rep. Sampson and Senator Markley, the objections held by legal gun owners were aired with DESPP, which has created a frequently asked question section on their website.

Both Sen. Markley and Rep. Sampson are committed to holding all agencies involved in this new gun legislation accountable. They thanked the Commissioner for his commitment in helping law abiding residents of Connecticut understand the provisions of the new law.

To see the exchange of letters click here. (pdf)

Carry On, Legally

Tuesday, July 30th, come ask your questions about the new laws. This is not a CCDL sponsored forum, but the legislators themselves put this together. Remember, these are the good guys who voted against the new laws. They don’t like them any more than you do, they’re just trying to help us understand them.
If Southington is not near you, please contact your legislators and see if they can schedule something similar.
Carry On!

Southington Municipal Center – Public Assembly Room
200 North Main St, Southington, CT
July 30, 2013 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Understanding CT’s New Gun Laws – April 29

Understanding CT New Gun Laws
Monday, April 29, 2013. 6:00-7:00 PM
Municipal Center PUblic Assembly Room, 200 North Main Street
Southington, CT

Markley, Adinolfi, Sampson all voted NO on SB1160, so expect a different tone to this meeting then the last one with Fasano and Yaccarino.