No News Yet On Lawsuit

Every day we’re getting people asking about the status of our lawsuit against CT’s unconstitutional gun laws; Shew v. Malloy. Unfortunately things usually happen slowly in the court system, and we are still waiting on a decision on our appeal that was heard in the 2nd Circuit Court Of Appeals back on December 9, 2014. While rulings generally come down around 6 months later, there is no hard and fast time-frame, and all we can do is play the waiting game.

Rest assured, any major updates in the case will be posted here and on our Facebook and Twitter pages as well. We’ll also send out an update to all CCDL members via email. Make sure you are getting our member update emails (generally once or twice a month) and they aren’t going to your spam folder. If you aren’t yet a member, what are you waiting for? Membership is easy and FREE! Join now at www.CCDL.us/membership

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Meanwhile, our legal team is still hard at work following other cases and notifying the court of recent favorable decisions they should consider. They’re also prepping for the next step. Even if the court returns a decision favorable to us, you can be certain Governor Malloy and Attorney General Jepsen will appeal it. Of course we will do the same if the decision goes against the state and/or federal Constitution. All this still costs us money. We appreciate all the contributions that have allowed the case to move this far, but the longer this takes the more it costs. Any and all donations to our Litigation Fund will help us take this all the way to the Supreme Court, if need be. Donate here.

Lucky Gunner – Final Results

For the last few months we’ve been asking you to vote for CCDL in a poll. If you somehow missed that, go back and read these posts first.

Well, the voting is over, and the results are in. CCDL came in 3rd, with 7.5% of the vote. That’s awesome, considering there were about 80 organizations up for consideration. That list included national giants like the National Rifle Association (NRA), Gun Owners of America (GOA), and the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF). As a matter of fact, we got the most votes of any state-level organization, and beat out several national ones.

Hopefully Lucky Gunner Ammo will be able to collect the funds owed them; we’re sure the antis will try any way possible to get out of it.
When and if we get a check, it will go right into our Litigation Fund, which being used in the fight to overturn our state’s unconstitutional gun bans. Even though the voting is over, you can still donate to the fund yourself. While we’re off to a great start (thank you!), we project we’ll still need at least another million dollars to take our fight to the Supreme Court. Donate Here.


Full results can be found here

Last Day To Vote For CCDL

Back in June, we told you about a very simple way to raise money for CCDL’s Litigation Fund. Lucky Gunner Ammunition won a lawsuit brought against them by the Brady Campaign and other antigunners. The antis have to pay Lucky Gunner’s legal fees, which Lucky Gunner has decided to donate to various run rights organizations, such as CCDL. They are having a poll to determine how to allocate the funds; the more votes an organization gets, the greater amount of money the organization will receive. As of yesterday CCDL was in 3rd place with 8,148 votes. Voting ends at 9pm tonight! Surely a group like CCDL with over 18,000 members and almost 25,000 followers on Facebook can get more than 8,148 votes!
Voting takes seconds. You don’t have to sign up for anything, or give them any personal info. just click this link and vote for Connecticut Citizens Defense League. It’s that simple, and your vote could mean hundreds of extra dollars for CCDL that will be used in our fight to overturn Connecticut’s unconstitutional gun laws.
Be sure to vote before 9pm tonight!

Brady vs. Lucky Gunner

Recently, the Brady Bunch tried to sue Lucky Gunner Ammo and several other online retailers for lawfully selling items that were later used in the Aurora, Colorado movie theater shooting. The judge in that case rightfully dismissed it, and ordered the Brady Campaign to reimburse the defendant’s legal fees.

Lucky Gunner has graciously offered to donate their share of the settlement (when they get it) to various gun rights groups such as CCDL. They will determine how much each group gets by the number of votes each group gets in a poll on their website. These are all deserving groups, but we ask that you please go and vote for CCDL. As a 100% donation driven non-profit organization (501c4), even a small share would help us to continue to our fight to protect and restore YOUR rights here in Connecticut.

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Of course you can also still donate directly to our Litigation Fund, where every penny donated goes directly to the costs of Shew V Malloy; the federal court case hoping to overturn Connecticut’s unconstitutional antigun laws.
http://ccdl.us/blog/donate/

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.

Merchandise
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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Two Years

Two years ago today we filed a lawsuit, Shew v. Malloy, against Connecticut’s new (at the time) unconstitutional gun control law, Public Act 13-3. You can read the press release from that day here. We’re still waiting for the latest ruling in that case, which hopefully will be issued any day now. We just want to thank everyone who’s helped get us this far. You’ve helped us retain some of the best Second Amendment lawyers in the country to help fight this thing. And fight we will. All the way to the Supreme Court if necessary, to restore your rights and bring Connecticut back in line with its constitution and the majority of the country.
Thanks for your donations, and thanks for standing with us.
Carry on!

Reminder – May 12th Monthly Meeting

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 12, 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

  • We are in the last full month of the legislative session for 2015. This is our last chance to communicate with legislators about the two remaining gun related bills: Senate Bill 650 and Governor’s Bill 6848. These bills will eliminate the right to “due process” for gun owners in certain instances.
  • CCDL’s Legislative Coordinator Ray Bevis will give a breakdown on leftover gun related bills and our strategy.
  • Pre-planning for a number of events will take place. This will include discussions about our annual family picnic, the poker run, and possibly a legislative trap shoot event.
  • Any updates on Shew v. Malloy that are available will be given. We are now 5 months past the date of oral arguments at the 2nd Circuit Appellate level, and we’re hoping to hear something very soon.

Merchandise
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
May 12, 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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Oral Arguments Audio

OK, we finally have audio from the December 9th oral arguments in the 2nd Circuit Court Of Appeals.

After listening, I’m sure you’ll agree that our attorney Dave Thompson made some strong arguments for our side. Also included is the case against our NY neighbor’s (un)SAFE Act, which is similar to our Public Act 13-3 and was argued at the same time.

Don’t forget, Dave Thompson will be coming up from Washington, DC to attend our January 13 meeting, where he share his thoughts on the case and answer questions. If you haven’t made it to a meeting in a while, you’ll want to attend this one.

Also, remember this legal challenge is far from over. Even if we prevail here, the state is sure to appeal. If you can, please donate to our legal fund. 100% of the donations go to this lawsuit. DONATE HERE

If you would like to just download the audio, you can do that here: Second Circuit Oral Arguments.mp3

UPDATE: For those who have not been following this case closely the whole time, I’d just like to point out that this not like a trial you see on TV or in the movies. The bulk of the case is submitted in written form well in advance. Think of the posted audio as just the closing argument, where our lawyer was only allowed 20 minutes to sum up our case. If you’ve been following along, we’ve posted many of these written documents as they became available to us, but if you want a quick overview, click here.

Appellate Court Update

Many people are asking how we made out in court on December 9th. While we probably won’t get a ruling in the case for several months, CCDL executive board member and fundraising coordinator Bob Ferguson wrote this piece on the day’s events.

On December 9th, oral arguments were heard at the U.S. 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in our case, Shew v. Malloy. The NYSRP v. Cuomo case (SAFE Act) was also on the docket. Since both cases involved similar, though not identical arguments and both plaintiffs had the same legal team, The panel of judges had our lawyers make a combined argument for both cases and then each side (NY and CT) made their arguments, followed by a rebuttal from our attorneys.

David Thompson from the law firm of Cooper & Kirk, PLLC was the lead presenter for our legal team. He was joined at the plaintiff counsel’s table by Brian Stapleton (the lead attorney at the district level) and Stephen Halbrook (noted firearms attorney from the MacDonald v. Chicago case.) These are among the top firearms attorneys in the country. We were treated to a brilliant display by David Thompson that made it clear that our attorneys are in the major leagues, and the attorneys for NY and CT are in the minors. In the short presentation time allowed, David touched on a huge wealth of information that had been presented in previously submitted briefs.

This was the first opportunity that any of us have had to hear our legal team present oral arguments since the arguments were cancelled at the Federal District court level. Many of the CCDL executive board were in the courtroom along with several CCDL members to see first-hand the stellar legal representation that ongoing contributions to the litigation fund have been paying for. The quality of the representation we have in this case is immeasurable.

We are asking all of our members to keep in mind that both sides had previously filed briefs and responses and the oral arguments are just the phase where the justices can ask questions. It may be that the minds of the justices minds are already made up, and they are just seeking to refine their opinions. However, it was abundantly clear by the end of the arguments that our legal team was best prepared with excellent responses to the justices’ questions.

David Thompson completely destroyed the testimony offered by Christopher Koper, the key expert witness for both NY and CT. By the end of the arguments, it was clear to the judges that Koper admitted that “There is little evidence that the AW ban will work or that bans of any ‘military features’ will have any effect.” Both lawyers for NY and CT scrambled to answer this apparent contradiction from their key expert witness with no effect. In fact, they were forced to resort to quoting the “Mother Jones” website as the only other ‘expert’ testimony that they could offer!

One key mistake that the NY and CT attorneys seemed to make was in arguing that the Heller case was strictly concerning handguns. In fact, the case made it clear that the type of firearms protected are “Those in common use for lawful purposes.” Our attorney made that point very clear and even quoted the dissenting Justice Stevens from the SCOTUS Heller case in agreeing that the Heller ruling was NOT only about handguns. It’s not a very good fact pattern for the defense when the Supreme Court Justice on their side actually agrees with OUR assessment of the case.

In short, our legal team clearly came out on top in this phase of the case. That does not mean that we will get a favorable decision however. Intellectual honesty on the part of the panel of judges is key at this point in order to win at this level.

Our attorneys expect a decision to be rendered in 3-6 months, after which, the losing side will no doubt appeal to the SCOTUS. The justices could remand the case back to the lower court for an incorrect ruling or they could affirm the district court’s decision. Regardless, we know this will likely be a long, drawn out legal process. Many thanks to all of you who have contributed to our litigation fund during this process. This truly has been a monumental effort to this point from all of you. Please keep those donations coming. DONATE HERE. A CD Disc of the arguments is being ordered, and we will make sure it is posted for all to listen to when we have it.

CCDL also wishes to thank the National Rifle Association for their continued tactical support in this effort. They have been a tremendous part of this effort to help restore our 2nd Amendment rights to the fullest.

Please join us at our January members meeting as lead attorney David Thompson comes up from Washington D.C. to address our members, and we provide a Q&A session with him. If you have questions about timelines, or other aspects of this case, this will be the time and place for it.

Gun Groups Head To Court

Tomorrow, December 9th, 2014 The Connecticut Citizens Defense League, the Coalition of Connecticut Sportsmen, and all the other litigants in Shew v Malloy (our lawsuit against CT’s unconstitutional gun laws) will be in New York City before the Second Circuit Court Of Appeals.
Oral arguments will be heard in Courtroom 1703 of the Thurgood Marshall US Courthouse located at 40 Foley Square in New York City. The hearings start at 1pm, but there are 4 cases ahead of ours, including the NY challenge to their (un)SAFE Act. Spectator seating is limited, so if you want to sit in the courtroom you need to get there early.
This is a federal court proceeding, not a rally, so please dress and act accordingly if you are going to attended. Also no weapons or recording devices (including cell phones) will be allowed in the courtroom. Arguments for our challenge are expected to last approximately 20 minutes.
We plan to be back in time to attend the member meeting in Middletown at 7pm, where we’ll discuss how things went.