A Thank You

This is a guest video post from CCDL President Scott Wilson

Note: Shortly after this was recorded, Unaffiliated candidate for governor Joe Visconti dropped from the race and asked his supporters to vote for CCDL-endorsed candidate Tom Foley. Scott Wilson and the rest of the CCDL Executive Board would like to thank Joe and his supporters for joining with us to defeat anti-gun governor Dannel Malloy.

Connecticut’s Recall

Election Day- November 4th 

Get Out the Gun Vote

If Dan Malloy is re-elected gun owners can expect more restrictive measures to become law! Time is running out, and this election is crucial for gun owners. Please find some time to help this week.

1) Help your CCDL Endorsed candidates
2) Help at the Polls. Take the day off if possible and wave signs at the polling stations
3) There is still time to knock on doors, write opinion letters to the media, or make phone calls. Please participate in this process and tell your family, friends and neighbors about election day consequences.
4) Vote!  Please make sure that you vote for the candidate that will protect your 2nd Amendment right!

Phone Banking All Week with our friends at the NRA:
Contact Rebecca Michlin: 860-538-1435

  • Monday, October 27th 6-8pm for NRA endorsed Henri Martin at Riverside Investment Services (136 Riverside Avenue)
  • Tuesday, October 28th 6-8pm for NRA endorsed Brian Ohler & Jay Case at the Northwestern Connecticut Sportsmen’s Association
  • Wednesday, October 29th for NRA endorsed Lezlye Zupkus at Signatures in Waterbury
  • Thursday, October 30th for NRA endorsed Eric Berthel at Thomaston Savings Bank, Watertown -565 Main St, Watertown, CT 06795
  • Friday, October 31st for NRA endorsed Doug Dubitsky 5:30-7:30 at Fin, Fur, Feather Club
  • Saturday, November 1 for NRA endorsed candidates Chris Davis, Rob Kwasnicki, Kurt Vail at 123 South Main Street, East Windsor (bring a chair)
  • Saturday, November 1 for NRA endorsed candidate Art Linares 5-7pm at 242 Toby Hill Road, Westbrook
  • Sunday, November 2 for NRA endorsed candidate Aundre Bumgardner from 5-7 at the old EL ‘N’ GEE club on 86 Golden Street in New London
  • Monday, November 3 from 4-8 at the old El ‘N’ GEE Club in New London as a last day headquarters

Each person needs to bring a phone with them. The program is easy, they dial into a number, enter a pin, and the system automatically dials the numbers for them.  What appears on the person’s caller id says NRA and has the NRA’s main line so everyone’s personal information is safe.
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Phone Banking for the CCDL Endorsed ticket of Foley/Somers contact these Field Offices: 

Southington HQ, 860-593-8093 – 26 N Main St (2nd Floor), Southington (Right by the Town Green) Madison HQ,  203-675-7488 1343 Boston Post Road, Madison (Near Lenny & Joe’s)

Vernon HQ, 203-577-8053 – 435 Hartford Turnpike, Vernon (In the Shoppes @ 30)

Norwich HQ, 860-705-3775 – 505 New London Turnpike (2nd Floor), Norwich (Same office as 2010)

New London HQ, 860-705-3775 – 88 Howard St (2nd Floor), New London (Same building as Neon Chicken)

Trumbull HQ, 860-670-7448 – 5893 Main St, Trumbull (Behind the Gas Station, Corner of Church Hill Rd and Main St)

CCDL Wisely Endorsed Tom Foley for Governor

This is a guest post by CCDL’s president, Scott Wilson.

Connecticut gun owners need to vote carefully on November 4th.

The CCDL Executive Board thoroughly vetted Tom Foley and the other candidates for this upcoming election. Tom has a good understanding of what the capabilities are with respect to the governor’s office. An unaffiliated candidate named Joe Visconti does not.

The majority of CCDL’s 16,000 members and other informed 2nd Amendment supporters are not buying into Visconti’s pledge of repealing Connecticut’s 2013 gun law. A sitting Governor CANNOT repeal a law, as Visconti has suggested.

The Governor can only sign a repeal bill “if” one is presented to them from the legislature. However, given the current make up of a majority of anti-gun politicians in Hartford, it is highly unlikely that a repeal bill would be presented in the upcoming session. This logic is an aside to the fact that Visconti cannot win at this stage of the game, nor could he ever, given his lack of financing and low polling numbers. All he can accomplish by people voting for him is helping Malloy win a second term.

Allowing Governor Malloy another four-year term either through inaction (not voting) or unwise action (voting for a spoiler such as Joe Visconti) would have dire consequences for Connecticut gun owners. There are MANY pieces of anti-gun legislation lying in wait to be introduced, should Malloy win a second term. The following is a list of restrictions that will be considered by the legislature, should Malloy get re-elected. These current proposals could likely impact ALL Connecticut gun owners.

  1. Registration of ALL FIREARMS on a regular basis, such as registering your car or truck. They are also reportedly considering a ‘magazine permit’, similar to a pistol permit.
  2. Limits to the amount and type of ammo you can purchase. Ammo purchases would also be limited to the caliber of firearms registered in your name.
  3. Mandate that all ammo be stamped with a traceable serial number i.e. Bullet “micro-stamping, significantly increasing the cost and availability of ammunition.
  4. Mandate that firearms imprint a unique serial number on cases when fired, i.e. ballistic imprinting. California already passed this and the result is that firearms manufacturers have refused to sell any new models of guns in CA.
  5. Limit the purchase of firearms to one gun per month.
  6. Gun Permits would be renewable EVERY YEAR with a $70 (or higher) fee. Increased permit eligibility requirements.
  7. Mandated “Smart-gun” technology, increasing the cost of firearms by as much as 500%.
  8. Eliminate the power and authority of the Board of Firearm Permit Examiners and Appeals.
  9. The State would abolish the current list of banned ‘assault guns’ and reintroduce a new list of ‘allowable’ firearms you can own and purchase. If it’s not on the list…you can’t EVER own it!
  10. Additional taxes and fees for all firearms, ammo, accessories, etc. making it more difficult for those with limited income to exercise their 2nd Amendment rights.

Tom Foley will make sure that the rights of gun owners are not damaged further. He will help fix the Board of Firearms Permit Examiners by appointing fair-minded individuals. This is something that would fall well within his purview. He can and will remove Michael Lawlor (Under Secretary for Criminal Justice Policy and Planning) from his position. Both of these measures can be implemented starting from day one in a Foley administration.

CCDL, along with other plaintiffs, is actively in the midst of a constitutional challenge to this gun law via the Federal courts. We are headed to an appeal this December at the 2nd Circuit, and the aggrieved party of that decision, (us or the state) will be filing for Certiorari with the Supreme Court immediately after an opinion is rendered from the 2nd Circuit.

Lastly, I know (as do many others) that a candidate for governor in this state cannot win on guns alone. However a motivated base of 2A supporters, who show up to vote on Election Day, can potentially make a huge difference in a narrow election. This is exactly what we are facing. Please vote wisely with your choice for governor.

Respectfully,

Scott Wilson Sr.
President- CCDL,Inc.

CCDL Mission Statement:
The Connecticut Citizens Defense League is a non-partisan, grassroots organization devoted to advocating rights affirmed by the Constitutions of the United States of America and the State of Connecticut. We are especially dedicated to protecting the unalienable right of all citizens to keep and bear arms, for the defense of both self and state, through public enlightenment and legislative action.

We welcome anyone who believes that the defense of our constitutional rights is critical to the longevity of our freedom and to the success of this nation, and in particular that the rights to
self- defense and to keep and bear the arms to actualize that defense, are fundamental and undeniable.

To join CCDL or learn more about CCDL endorsed candidates, Please visit: www.ccdl.us

Pre Debate Rally Tomorrow!

The next big gubernatorial debate happens this Thursday, October 16, 2014 at the Garde Arts Center in New London.
Governor Dannel Malloy will have both the unions and the gun grabbers rallying in his support before the debate. We really need CCDL members to show up and support CCDL’s endorsed candidate for governor, Tom Foley.

We would like you to show up at the Garde no later than 5pm wearing your CCDL gear or carrying CCDL signs if you have them. We need to show that the gun vote matters! If you get there early, look for CCDL/Foley people over at Tony D’s Restaurant around the corner on Huntington St.

Tickets to get into the debate will be available at the rally on a first come basis. If you are sure you can attend the rally, and would also like to see the debate, you can RSVP and reserve tickets by contacting Matt Joiner by phone at (860)705-3775 or emailing him at matthewbjoiner@gmail.com. Reserved tickets will be picked up at the rally. Please be respectful, and keep in mind that the supporters of other candidates will be trying to goad us into doing something to make gun owners look bad.

The Garde Arts Center is located at 325 State St, New London. Directions and parking info may be found here.
The rally will start at 5pm, and the debates will start at 7pm. All debate ticket holders must be in their seats by 6:50 p.m. or you will not get in.

2014 Candidate Endorsements

The Connecticut Citizens Defense League is a non-partisan, grassroots organization devoted to advocating rights affirmed by the Constitutions of the United States of America and the State of Connecticut.

As our group and our members look forward to the election this November, we are faced with a stark choice for the leadership of our State. The CCDL Executive Board votes to endorse the following candidates for office that we feel best represent the interests of Connecticut gun owners and our desire to preserve the Second Amendment of the Constitution of the United States and Article One, Section 15 of the Connecticut State Constitution, along with the leadership abilities to move Connecticut forward. We recognize that not all members of CCDL nor all Connecticut gun owners will agree with these endorsements and we fully support everyone’s individual right to vote for the candidates of their own choosing.

After carefully considering all of these issues, the CCDL Executive Board endorses Tom Foley and Heather Somers, for the Office of Governor and Lt. Governor. Governor Dannel Malloy has a proven track record of supporting anti-rights legislation and has vilified and ostracized Connecticut gun owners throughout his term. It is time for him to be to be replaced. We strongly believe that the team of Tom Foley and Heather Somers will take Connecticut in a new direction that is so desperately needed.

We also endorse the candidates below for statewide offices and the General Assembly. As with our endorsement for Governor/Lt. Governor, we feel these candidates will help steer Connecticut in the right direction. CCDL reserves the right to endorse other candidates as they are vetted by the Executive Board.

Governor Tom Foley
Lt. Governor Heather Somers
Atty.General Kie Westby
Sec.Of State Peter Lumaj

US House 1 Matthew Corey
US House 2 Daniel Reale
US House 2 Lori Hopkins-Cavanaugh
US House 3 James Brown
US House 5 Mark Greenberg

CT Senate 2 Theresa Tillett
CT Senate 7 John A. Kissel
CT Senate 8 Kevin D. Witkos
CT Senate 13 Len Suzio
CT Senate 15 Karl D. Shehu
CT Senate 16 Joe Markley
CT Senate 17 Phillip Tripp
CT Senate 18 Andrew M. Maynard
CT Senate 19 Steven Everett
CT Senate 19 Catherine A. ‘Cathy’ Osten
CT Senate 29 John French
CT Senate 30 Clark J. Chapin
CT Senate 32 Robert J. ‘Rob’ Kane
CT Senate 33 Art Linares
CT Senate 35 Anthony ‘Tony’ Guglielmo

CT House 2 Dan Carter
CT House 8 Timothy J. ‘Tim’ Ackert
CT House 9 Richard Lion
CT House 12 Rusty Meek
CT House 15 James McGovern
CT House 17 Timothy B. LeGeyt
CT House 19 Mark Zydanowycz
CT House 22 Kathy Pugliese
CT House 23 Devin Carney
CT House 26 Peter Ceglarz
CT House 33 Linda Synkowicz
CT House 34 Melissa H. Ziobron
CT House 35 Jesse MacLachlan
CT House 36 Bobby Siegrist
CT House 37 Ed Jutila
CT House 39 Andrew Lockwood
CT House 41 Aundré Bumgardner
CT House 42 Mike France
CT House 44 Jonathan Cesolini
CT House 47 Doug Dubitsky
CT House 48 Linda A. Orange
CT House 50 Mike Alberts
CT House 51 Daniel S. Rovero
CT House 52 Kurt Vail
CT House 53 Sam Belsito
CT House 55 Gayle Mulligan
CT House 57 Christopher Davis
CT House 58 Tom Kienzler
CT House 59 Rob Kwasnicki
CT House 60 Peggy Sayers
CT House 61 Tami Zawistowski
CT House 62 Bill Simanski
CT House 63 Jay M. Case
CT House 64 Brian Ohler
CT House 66 Craig A. Miner
CT House 67 Cecilia Buck-Taylor
CT House 68 Eric Berthel
CT House 70 Rosa C. Rebimbas
CT House 71 Anthony J. D’Amelio
CT House 72 Ruben Rodriquez
CT House 74 Selim G. Noujaim
CT House 76 John E. Piscopo
CT House 77 Cara Pavalock
CT House 78 Whit Betts
CT House 80 Robert C. ‘Rob’ Sampson
CT House 82 Emil ‘Buddy’ Altobello Jr.
CT House 82 Joshua Broekstra
CT House 83 Pablo Soto
CT House 85 Frank Apuzzo
CT House 86 Vincent J. ‘Vin’ Candelora
CT House 89 Lezlye Zupkus
CT House 100 Angel R. Fernandez
CT House 103 Alfred C. ‘Al’ Adinolfi
CT House 105 Robert Willis
CT House 105 Len Greene Jr withdrawn from race
CT House 107 David A. Scribner
CT House 113 Jason Perillo
CT House 116 Louis P. ‘Lou’ Esposito Jr.
CT House 117 Charles Ferraro
CT House 119 Pam Staneski
CT House 120 Laura R. Hoydick
CT House 123 David ‘Dave’ Rutigliano
CT House 131 David K. Labriola
CT House 138 Janice R. ‘Jan’ Giegler
CT House 139 Kevin Ryan
CT House 144 Michael L. ‘Mike’ Molgano

Press Contact: Scott Wilson (CCDL President) Email: president@ccdl.us

About the CCDL: The Connecticut Citizens Defense League was formed in February 2009 by a small group of concerned citizens as a non-partisan organization to advocate for second amendment rights in the state of Connecticut. Since their founding, the group has grown to more than 15,000 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 oversee 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 with regularly by lawmakers who have questions and concerns about pending legislation or existing laws. For more information regarding CCDL, please visit www.CCDL.us

List updated September 18, 2014
added:
CT House 9 Richard Lion
CT House 19 Mark Zydanowycz
CT House 23 Devin Carney
CT House 33 Linda Synkowicz
CT House 55 Gayle Mulligan
CT House 68 Eric Berthel
CT House 77 Cara Pavalock
CT House 82 Joshua Broekstra
CT House 83 Pablo Soto
CT House 85 Frank Apuzzo
CT House 117 Charles Ferraro
CT House 119 Pam Staneski

removed:
CT House 105 Len Greene Jr (withdrew from race)

List updated September 30, 2014
added:
CT House 52 Kurt Vail
CT House 78 Whit Betts

Listed updated October 7, 2014
added:
CT House 53 Sam Belsito

List updated October 15, 2014
added:
CT House 105 Robert Willis

List updated October 22, 2014
removed:
CT House 40 John Scott

List updated October 29, 2014
added:
CT House 58 Tom Kienzler

August 12th Elections

Democrat and Republican primary elections will be held in Connecticut on August 12, 2014. CCDL has been getting lots of inquiries about who to vote for to best support our gun rights.

First off, you ARE registered to vote, right? If not, you can go down to your local town hall and visit the Registrar of Voters office and do it there, or you can register online at voterregistration.ct.gov.

Now, we’re not telling you how to vote, or what party to join, but the way the primary elections work in CT is you have to be a member of a party to vote in that party’s primary election. If you want to vote in the Republican primary, where you will have a chance to vote against gun grabber John McKinney, you must register Republican. That doesn’t mean you have to vote Republican in the November general election. You are still free to vote for whomever you want. Registering with a party just allows you to vote in that party’s primary, and that means you have a say in who will be on the ballot in November. If we want the chance to elect progun people, we must first make sure they get on the ballot.

Here in CT, we are a fairly independent lot, and the most popular political party is no party at all. Sadly those unaffiliated voters never get the chance to help get good candidates in the election. They’re stuck with whatever choices have been made for them. Fortunately, registered unaffiliated voters are allowed to switch to Republican or Democrat and vote in that primary election right up to the day before that election. If you aren’t sure if you are registered, aren’t sure if you are registered in a party, or aren’t sure where to vote, you can check that all out here: CT Voter Registration Lookup.

OK, so we’ve got all that out of the way. You’re registered to vote in Tuesday’s primary election, and you know where you need to go to do it. Now, who to vote for? CCDL does not endorse candidates in the primary. Our policy has been to wait to see who the actual candidates will be in the November election and list all the progun ones for you. However the NRA does grade and endorse primary candidates, and since it is VITAL that gun owners send a strong message to both political parties that we will not support candidates who do not support us, we’ve decided to share the NRA’s list here so our members may make an educated decision in the voting booth. Remember, these are the NRA’s grades and endorsements, not CCDL’s.

STATEWIDE

Governor
Tom Foley (R)
Grade: B-
Status: Candidate
John McKinney (R)
Grade: F
Status: Candidate
Lieutenant Governor
Penny Bacchiochi (R)
Grade: A Contact
Status: Candidate
Heather Somers (R)
Grade: A-
Status: Candidate
David Walker (R)
Grade: AQ
Status: Candidate
Comptroller
Angel Cadena (R)
Grade: AQ
Status: Candidate
Sharon McLaughlin (R)
Grade: ?
Status: Candidate

SENATE

District 2
*Eric Coleman (D)
Grade: F
Status: Incumbent
Len Walker (D)
Grade: ?
Status: Candidate
Shawn Wooden (D)
Grade: ?
Status: Candidate
District 20
Elizabeth Ritter (D)
Grade: F
Status: Candidate
William Satti (D)
Grade: ?
Status: Candidate
District 22
Marilyn Moore (D)
Grade: ?
Status: Candidate
*Anthony Musto (D)
Grade: F
Status: Incumbent
District 23
*Andres Ayala (D)
Grade: F
Status: Incumbent
Scott Hughes (D)
Grade: ?
Status: Candidate

HOUSE

District 23
Devin Carney (R)
Grade: B
Status: Candidate
Victoria Lanier (R)
Grade: ?
Status: Candidate
District 32
Kathleen Richards (D)
Grade: ?
Status: Candidate
Anthony Salvatore (D)
Grade: F
Status: Candidate
District 44
Michael Cartier (D)
Grade: ?
Status: Candidate
Christine Rosati (D)
Grade: ?
Status: Candidate
District 47
Doug Dubitsky (R)
Grade: AQ
Status: Candidate
Noah Enslow (R)
Grade: AQ
Status: Candidate
Michael Meadows (R)
Grade: AQ
Status: Candidate
District 48
*Linda Orange (D)
Grade: A- Contact
Status: Incumbent
Jason Paul (D)
Grade: D-
Status: Candidate
District 64
Mark Lauretano (R)
Grade: AQ Contact
Status: Candidate
Brian Ohler (R)
Grade: A-
Status: Candidate
District 128
*Christina Ayala (D)
Grade: F
Status: Incumbent
Christoper Rosario (D)
Grade: ?
Status: Candidate
District 142
Fred Wilms (R)
Grade: ?
Status: Candidate
Emily Wilson (R)
Grade: ?
Status: Candidate

 

What the Grades Mean:

The NRA-PVF is non-partisan in issuing its candidate grades and endorsements. We do not base our decisions on a candidate’s party affiliation, but rather on his or her record on Second Amendment issues. The NRA is a single issue organization. The only issues on which we evaluate candidates seeking elected office are gun-related issues.

A+ A legislator with not only an excellent voting record on all critical NRA issues, but who has also made a vigorous effort to promote and defend the Second Amendment.
A Solidly pro-gun candidate. A candidate who has supported NRA positions on key votes in elective office or a candidate with a demonstrated record of support on Second Amendment issues.
AQ A pro-gun candidate whose rating is based solely on the candidate’s responses to the NRA-PVF Candidate Questionnaire and who does not have a voting record on Second Amendment issues.
B A generally pro-gun candidate. However, a “B” candidate may have opposed some pro-gun reform or supported some restrictive legislation in the past.
C Not necessarily a passing grade. A candidate with a mixed record or positions on gun related issues, who may oppose some pro-gun positions or support some restrictive legislation.
D An anti-gun candidate who usually supports restrictive gun control legislation and opposes pro-gun reforms. Regardless of public statements, can usually be counted on to vote wrong on key issues.
F True enemy of gun owners’ rights. A consistent anti-gun candidate who always opposes gun owners’ rights and/or actively leads anti-gun legislative efforts, or sponsors anti-gun legislation.
? Refused to answer the NRA-PVF Candidate Questionnaire, often an indication of indifference, if not outright hostility, to gun owners’ and sportsmen’s rights.
endorsedBadge Indicates an NRA Endorsed Candidate
* indicates an incumbent running for re-election

Meeting Recap

NOTE: This is a guest post by CCDL’s Fundraising Coordinator, Bob Ferguson.
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We had a great CCDL meeting last night with 600+ in attendance. Tom Foley was there to speak to the membership and give his views on PA 13-3 and how the result would have been far different had he been governor. Brian Stapleton, our lead attorney was also there and he gave an excellent presentation on where our case stands, particularly in relation to recent the Federal decision on the NY S.A.F.E. Act. We also introduced ALL of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit. Here are the highlights.

Foley gave a good speech that addressed the new gun laws and his views on the 2nd Amendment. He also focused on the many other reasons that he wants to become Governor, including the poor economic mess that our state is in. His remarks made it clear that he IS a gun owner and a strong supporter of the 2nd Amendment but he is also not a one-issue candidate. There was a brief Q&A session and Foley was asked if he would “repeal SB-1160.” his answer was: “If the legislature was so inclined — the chances of that happening this year is probably the definition of zero — if I were governor and the legislature put in front of me legislation that would reduce the burden on law-abiding gun owners, I would sign it,” I have read comments on other forums that this was a “weak” answer, which in my opinion is not the case. He simply stated that a Governor can’t repeal a law on his own. That has to come from the legislature. However, he said he would sign a repeal if we are able to change the legislature and they put one on his desk.

Brian Stapleton, the lead attorney in the case brought out several positive points about the SAFE act decision that were not widely reported by the media. Brian is also on the legal team for the NY case. Although the decision in the NY case isn’t binding to our case, he was very optimistic going in to the oral arguments on Jan 30th. They key positive in the NY decision was that the Magazine limitation was ruled unconstitutional and found to be “arbitrary” and in fact placed a burden on citizens’ rights to self-defense. That is almost verbatim to our argument in CT. The NY judge also invalidated the prohibition on semi-auto “copies” of fully automatic firearms. One of the most important decisions in the NY case was that the judge found that ALL the firearms in question were “in common use for lawful purposes” which IS the litmus test that the US Supreme Court applied in Heller. NY state and the State of CT have both argued that NONE of the semi-auto rifles or magazines they banned were prevalent in common use or represented a significant market share. This ruling gives us a FAR better case when this moves toward the 2nd Circuit court of Appeals and the Supreme Court. The judge in our case is Alfred Covello who was appointed by George H.W. Bush in 1992. Regardless, whichever side looses in this round will clearly appeal the decision so it’s still a long fight.

In addition to the key speakers, Jonathan Hardy and Beth Drysdale gave an excellent presentation on how to testify at the legislature. There is little doubt that the gun-grabbers will be back for more this session and we can’t give in…not an inch. Last time they listened to NAA, MDA and CAGV. Now, they know that gun owners are a force to be reckoned with.

We also got to meet ALL the plaintiffs in the lawsuit face to face. These are some very courageous people to come forward and put their name on a lawsuit that will follow them for the rest of their lives. They deserve out gratitude. All-in-all, it was one of the best and largest CCDL meetings that I have attended.