for Immediate Release:
(Southbury, CT) – The Connecticut Citizens Defense League along with fellow plaintiffs have filed suit in the United States District Court (Ross v. Mellekas). The suit challenges part of Public Act 13-3 (An Act Concerning Gun Violence Prevention and Children’s Safety) that was enacted by the Connecticut Legislature back in 2013. The plaintiffs are challenging the prohibition on Connecticut residents that makes it illegal to load more than 10 rounds of ammunition into lawfully owned magazines that can hold more. The plaintiffs assert that this prohibition imposes an unconstitutional burden on the right of the people to keep and bear arms. This lawsuit against Connecticut State Police Col. Stavros Mellekas; Commissioner James C. Rovella of the state Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, and Chief State’s Attorney Richard J. Colangelo, Jr. alleges violations of both the Second and Fourteenth Amendments.
Both CCDL and the Second Amendment Foundation have members who live in Connecticut and have declared magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition pursuant the law. Members of both CCDL and SAF may face criminal charges or other adverse actions.
Comments from CCDL President Holly Sullivan:
“For most Americans, magazines that hold more than 10 rounds are simply considered standard capacity magazines. Many firearms are not even available with magazines that hold less than ten rounds. In Connecticut, the legislature has redefined those magazines as Large Capacity Magazines. However, many of these magazines are commonly used by most other Americans who own firearms. Law abiding gun owners in Connecticut are left more susceptible to harm or death by being limited in their means of self-defense.”
“Only a law abiding gun owner is going to heed the State’s requirement to load only 10 rounds into a magazine capable of holding more ammunition. Criminals who are intent on doing harm will not follow this same law.”
“The Connecticut Citizens Defense League extends our most sincere gratitude to our fellow plaintiffs for being a part of our enduring fight for justice. We also wish to thank our devoted members, numerous gun clubs, retailers, private individuals and of course the Second Amendment Foundation for their help and support.”
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 more than 36,000 members from across the state. Thanks to this large supportive base, the CCDL has become a fixture at the state capitol, and well-recognized by committees that see firearms related bills. 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 https://ccdl.us.
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Lobby Day is POSTPONED!
The Public Hearing/Lobby Day Part 2 has been POSTPONED: Date to be determined.
CCDL just received an update that the Public Hearing originally scheduled for Friday, March 13, 2020 and then postponed to Monday, March 16, 2020 has been canceled.
Due to concerns over Coronavirus all events and public hearings have been cancelled for next week.
As soon as CCDL gets any further information we will pass it along.
For Immediate Release:
The Connecticut Citizens Defense League President Holly Sullivan issues the following statement in response to an Act Concerning a Risk Protection Order or Warrant (HB5448):
“The Connecticut Citizens Defense League is extremely concerned about the removal of law enforcement investigatory procedure in order to proceed with an expanded red flag order as is proposed in HB5448. The proposed bill states that a complainant may go directly to a judge bypassing the unbiased and trained input of law enforcement.”
“This bill contains no stipulated penalties for false reporting. Since the temporary restraining orders were passed several years ago, 40% of these complaints have been dismissed by numerous courtroom judges.
However, not a single perjury charge was filed against anyone. The State of Connecticut is allowing some of its most vulnerable residents to be disarmed while they may be in their greatest need. More than 60,000 Connecticut women are permitted to lawfully carry firearms and do so primarily for self-defense. Complainants may be ex relations with whom the lawful gun owner has a child, in-laws and estranged spouses.”
“The bill would demand that anyone who has had a risk warrant filed against them prove by a preponderance of evidence that they are no longer a risk before any of their property will be returned. All Connecticut residents who value any of their constitutionally protected rights should be concerned about the precedent being suggested and how far government overreach will be allowed to go.”
“This bill is a phony solution created by the same politicians who fail to hold accountable actual violent criminals who steal guns and commit other crimes. CCDL has fought to get the Gun Trafficking Task Force funded and to increase penalties for those who steal firearms. The educational component of Ethan’s Law has yet to be initiated from 2019.
The very proponents of this bill have fought against these common sense measures in our state.”
ATTENTION CCDL members in Northwest Connecticut!! Meet YOUR Regional Manager
In our ongoing effort to increase our effectiveness in advocating for our Constitutional rights, CCDL has developed its Outreach Program. We have also named the regional managers that together will cover the state.
The aim of the Outreach Program is to maximize CCDL’s grass-roots efforts to fight for ALL of our Second Amendment Rights through a structured organization framework. CCDL has more than 35,000 members and the Outreach Program will work to better leverage those members by assigning representatives in each of the 169 towns in Connecticut! Each representative will have enormous support by leaders who will guide and assist them in working for all of our Second Amendment Rights. If you have had ENOUGH of the gun-grabbers taking away YOUR rights, we want to help YOU help all of us!! Click the link below to see what Region your town is in and contact that Regional Manager to learn more.
"Hi, I am James Ritchie. I am the Regional Manager of the Northwest Region.
I have been providing testimony on gun issues to the legislature since 2013. I have a strong relationship with my State Representative and Senator. In addition, I am an NRA Instructor and a leather holster crafter. I also hold a 3rd Degree Black Belt in Kenpo and instructed for 10 years.
I am currently retired but have been a jack of all trades. I have been a journeyman tool & die maker, a MCSE, Web Master, CompTIA, and Novel certified instructor, ethical hacker in both the physical and logical realms, a certified Information Systems Security Professional and Certified Information Systems Auditor, an audit manager and security manager. I am also a published author on Information Systems auditing.
I am very excited to help CCDL in its Outreach efforts to fight for the Second Amendment."
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.