The 2020 Connecticut Legislative Session convenes on February 5th and CCDL is sponsoring a series of free Legislative Workshops to prepare gun owners to protect their rights. The workshops topics will cover:
- Learning about the legislative process and pending gun bills
- Tips for communicating with legislators
- How to prepare written testimony
- How to submit testimony
- How to testify effectively at a public hearing
- How to track gun bills
- How to become proactive and vigilant
- If you’re interested in protecting your rights in Connecticut attend a CCDL legislative workshop!
2019 was an eventful year for CCDL. It marked the end of an incredible decade of growth for the organization from just a few concerned residents around a table to a remarkable membership of 35,000. There are not words enough to thank Scott Wilson, all the founding members, committee members and volunteers throughout the past decade for their hard work and dedication. Their commitment to our cause laid the foundation for the next leadership team to continue to strengthen the organization in exciting new ways to come in 2020.
This year also marks the beginning of CCDL’s Outreach Program which will make our organization more successful in protecting the rights of Connecticut citizens by better leveraging our greatest strength - our members. We encourage all members to get to know our Outreach organizers and be involved in gun rights issues in your hometown.
Looking back, below is a recap of some of the activities that happened during 2019.
Come celebrate our anniversary at the 11th Annual CCDL dinner, to be held February 22, 2020 at La Bella Vista in Waterbury. Relax, enjoy a formal seated dinner, and share a well deserved night out.
Tickets may be purchased at our monthly meeting or online, and you must show your ticket at the door to gain entry.Tickets are $57 per person when ordered online in our web store. Tickets ordered online will not be shipped. They will be held at the door under the name used to order them.
Dinner will be served table side. Salad, dessert and light hors d'eouvres are on the menu as well. This event is 5pm-9pm, with dinner to start at 5:30. We will have some speakers, but not TOO many! This is a night to sit back and enjoy a well deserved meal. Bring some cash for games.
All lawful forms of carry are permitted and encouraged, but remember the La Bella Vista does serve alcohol. Please carry (and drink) responsibly.
Click here to purchase tickets
CCDL holds its monthly general membership meeting at 7:00pm on the 2nd Tuesday of each month. Starting in February 2020 the meetings will take place at the VFW Post 511, in New Britain. The January meeting is still at the Elks Club in Middletown.
Come join us in our new location on February 11th!
The VFW hall is located at:
41 Verterans Drive
New Britian, CT 06051
In our ongoing effort to increase our effectiveness in advocating for our Constitutional rights, CCDL has developed its outreach program. We are proud to announce our leadership team for this initiative. Dr. Walt Kupson is a CCDL executive and is the first Outreach Coordinator. We have also named the regional managers that together will cover the state. Chris Bitel is the Regional Manager for the Central Region, James Ritchie for the Northwest Region, Brendan Malone for the Northeast Region, Jonathan Walsh for the Southwest Region, and Tom Maloney for the Southeast Region.
For Immediate Release:
The Connecticut Citizens Defense League has co-filed an Amicus Brief to the Supreme Court of the United States (Worman v Healy) along with several Law Enforcement and other 2nd Amendment advocacy groups.
Essentially the summary of our argument is that the 1st Circuit Appellate Court did not properly apply the Heller decision for commonly used firearms and magazines that may contain over 10 rounds.
CCDL is proud to stand in support of gun owners and 2nd Amendment activists in neighboring Massachusetts.
Since both states are 2 of the original 13 colonies, it is especially fitting that we show our support to oppose gun control schemes of this nature.
President- CCDL, Inc.