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For Immediate Release:
Groton, CT- The Connecticut Citizens Defense League, the state’s largest grass-roots advocacy group for the right to keep and bear arms, is pleased to announce it has selected a new Executive Board. The Connecticut Citizens Defense League was formed in 2009 by a small group of concerned citizens as a non-partisan organization devoted to protecting the rights affirmed by the Constitution of the United States and the State of Connecticut. Since their founding, the group has grown to over 34,000 members. Thanks to the commitment of their members and Executive Committee, the CCDL has become a fixture at the state capitol, and well-recognized by committees that see firearms related bills.
Holly Sullivan has been elected to the role of President of the organization. She has previously served on the CCDL Executive Committee as the Event Coordinator. Additionally, she is actively involved in the DC Project and the Second Amendment Institute, both national organizations. Holly is succeeding Scott Wilson who has been President since the organization’s founding.
Frank Russello is the incoming Vice President and has served as the organization’s Technology Coordinator. He is succeeding Chris Lemos, one of the organization’s longest serving members.
Robert Starr will remain in his current position of Treasurer. Bob has dedicated years of service to the organization and will continue to ensure the fiduciary integrity of the organization.
Michele McBrien is the new Secretary and has previously served as the organization’s Merchandise Coordinator. She is succeeding Cheryl Lemos, who has served as member of the organization since its infancy.
I would personally like to thank the outgoing board members for their tireless dedication and commitment to the organization and our membership. I’d like to recognize Scott Wilson for ten incredible years of service, vision and diplomacy. The work of all past board members since the foundation of the organization has paved the way for a new leadership team to hold steadfast our mission to protect 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. I am confident the incoming Executive Board will defend the fundamental rights of all Connecticut residents.
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On Monday (December 2nd), The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments for NYSRPA v City of New York . This is the first time that the Supreme Court of the United States has heard oral arguments on 2nd Amendment cases since both Heller v DC and McDonald v Chicago.
The initial and underlying Issue for this lengthy legal action action is whether New York City’s ban on transporting a licensed, locked and unloaded handgun to a home or shooting range outside city limits is consistent with the Second Amendment, the commerce clause and the constitutional right to travel.
Since this case was granted certiorari (an agreement to review a case) by the Supreme Court of the United States, there have been several failed attempts by anti-gun politicians to void this case based over “mootness” claims and other actions. There is a lengthy history of policy changes and state law changes designed to end to this case. Simply put, Anti-gun forces are afraid that a pro 2A decision that might broaden the scope of the 2nd Amendment will possibly occur because of this case.
Many outside parties of interest (including CCDL) have filed or co-filed Amicus Briefs- this is a legal brief that is otherwise known as ‘Friends of the Court brief’. Amicus briefs are written to help the court understand the issues at hand.
Important Note: Several anti-gun United States Senators (Including Richard Blumenthal from Connecticut) have filed one that stands out. While most of these types of brief’s are filed with the intent of displaying the potential impact of a ruling one way or another, this brief took an entirely different approach. Rather than focusing on a constitutional argument, these senators called into question the integrity and makeup of the court that included an assertion of political bias and a thinly vailed threat to restructure the court if it doesn't rule in favor of NYC. We encourage our members to read this source to further understand what Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal co-filed with the Supreme Court.
As soon as we have further information regarding the arguments, we will update CCDL members accordingly.
In the meantime, probably the best source of any information after Monday’s oral arguments will SCOTUS BLOG
Arguments were heard by the court. Click here for the transcript
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The Connecticut Citizens Defense League’s Executive Committee releases the following endorsements for the November 6, 2018 general election. We urge all our members to support and assist these candidates, and vote for them in November.
(*name* denotes past CCDL Legislator Of The Year)
Bob Stefanowski/*Joe Markley*
District Candidate Name
2 Daniel Reale
3 Angel Cadena
5 Manny Santos
CT Senate Seats
District Candidate Name Towns Represented
7 John Kissel East Granby, Enfield, Granby, Somers, Suffield, Windsor, Windsor Locks
8 Kevin Witkos Avon, Barkhamsted, Canton, Colebrook, Granby, Hartland, Harwinton, New Hartford, Norfolk, Simsbury, Torrington
9 Ed Charamut Cromwell, Middletown, Newington, Rocky Hill, Wethersfield
12 Adam Greenberg Branford, Durham, Guilford, Killingworth, Madison, North Branford
13 Len Suzio Cheshire, Meriden, Middlefield, Middletown
14 Pam Staneski Milford, Orange, West Haven, Woodbridge
16 *Rob Sampson* Cheshire, Prospect, Southington, Waterbury, Wolcott
17 George Logan Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Bethany, Derby, Hamden, Naugatuck, Woodbridge
18 Heather Somers Griswold, Groton, North Stonington, Plainfield, Preston, Sterling, Stonington, Voluntown
19 Mark Lounsbury Columbia, Franklin, Hebron, Lebanon, Ledyard, Lisbon, Marlborough, Montville, Norwich, Sprague
31 Henri Martin Bristol, Harwinton, Plainville, Plymouth, Thomaston
32 Eric Berthel Bethlehem, Bridgewater, Middlebury, Oxford, Roxbury, Seymour, Southbury, Washington, Watertown, Woodbury
33 *Melissa Ziobron* Chester, Clinton, Colchester, Deep River, East Haddam, East Hampton, Essex, Haddam, Lyme, Old Saybrook, Portland, Westbrook
35 Daniel Champagne Ashford, Chaplin, Coventry, Eastford, Ellington, Hampton, Pomfret, Stafford, Tolland, Union, Vernon, Willington, Woodstock
District Candidate Name Towns Represented
2 William Duff Bethel, Danbury, Newtown, Redding
8 Tim Ackert Columbia, Coventry, Tolland, Vernon
22 Dr. William Petit New Britain, Plainville
29 Andrew Lanciotto Newington, Rocky Hill, Wethersfield
30 Steven Baleshiski Berlin, Southington
33 Linda Szynkowicz Middletown
34 Irene Haines Colchester, East Haddam, East Hampton
37 Holly Cheeseman East Lyme, Salem
40 John Scott Groton, Ledyard
42 Mike France Ledyard, Montville, Preston
44 Anne Dauphinais Killingly, Plainfield
45 *Steve Mikutel* Griswold, Lisbon, Plainfield, Sterling, Voluntown
45 Brian Lanoue (co-endorsed)
46 Andrew Lockwood Norwich
47 *Doug Dubitsky* Canterbury, Chaplin, Franklin, Hampton, Lebanon, Lisbon, Norwich, Scotland, Sprague
50 Pat Boyd Brooklyn, Eastford, Pomfret, Union, Woodstock
51 Rick Hayes Killingly, Putnam, Thompson
52 Kurt Vail Somers, Stafford
53 Samuel Belsito Ashford, Tolland, Willington
55 Robin Green Andover, Bolton, Hebron, Marlborough
58 Gregory Stokes Enfield
59 Carol Hall East Windsor, Enfield
60 Scott Storms Windsor, Windsor Locks
61 Tami Zawistowski East Granby, Suffield, Windsor
62 Bill Simanski Barkhamsted, Granby, Hartland, New Hartford
63 Jay Case Colebrook, Goshen, Torrington, Winchester
65 Molly Spino Torrington
66 David T Wilson Bethlehem, Litchfield, Morris, Warren, Woodbury
68 Joseph Polletta Watertown, Woodbury
73 Steven Giacomi Waterbury
76 John Piscopo Burlington, Harwinton, Litchfield, Thomaston
77 Cara Pavlock-D’Amato Bristol
78 Whit Betts Bristol, Plymouth
80 Gale Mastrofrancesco Southington, Wolcott
81 John Fusco Southington
82 Ernestine Holloway Meriden, Middlefield
83 Lou Arata Berlin, Meriden
83 Roger Misbach (co-endorsed)
86 Vincent Candelora Durham, Guilford, North Branford, Wallingford
89 Lezlye Zupkus Bethany, Cheshire, Prospect
90 Craig Fishbein Cheshire, Wallingford
100 Anthony Gennaro Middletown
103 Diane Pagano Cheshire, Southington, Wallingford
104 Joseph Jaumann Ansonia, Derby
105 Nicole Klarides Ditria Beacon Falls, Derby, Seymour
109 Veasna Roeun Danbury
113 Jason Perillo Shelton
120 Jim Feehan Stratford
122 Ben McGorty Shelton, Stratford, Trumbull
139 Nick DeLucia Bozrah, Montville, Norwich
9/19/2018 added Steven Baleshiski, Molly Spino, and Nick DeLucia
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Since our founding in 2009, CCDL has been working to resolve various pistol permit issues in many cities and towns. Some of the issues pertain to issuing time frames or procedures that violate what is required or mandated by state statute.
On May 30th, CCDL filed a FOIA request with the Middletown Police to review their issuance time frame for temporary permits. Once the information was received and reviewed, CCDL determined that most of the applications exceeded the 8-week statutory time frame. This had been an ongoing problem that plagued residents of Middletown simply seeking approval for permits to carry.
Eventually, with the help of a CCDL resident of Middletown, a city councilor facilitated communications between Police Chief William McKenna and CCDL President Scott Wilson.
Because of the positive dialogue between the two, and the background efforts of the Police Chief, Middletown is adding additional resources and revamping its process to issue permits within the eight-week time frame. It was important to listen to the Chief’s concerns and the challenges that he has faced, and to also explain that CCDL is not out to create unnecessary headaches for his department.
CCDL wishes to thank Chief William McKenna for looking deep into this matter and resolving it. Special thanks to CCDL member Kevin Kelly and City Councilor Deb Kieckowski for their help.
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To my fellow CCDL members -
This week we have all witnessed the horrible carnage committed by a mass murdering individual. With no respect for the lives of his victims, he went on a rampage that lasted for 10 minutes. Predictably, before all the victims were evacuated or any facts known, politicians were clamoring for more gun restrictions.
We are certain that we will be facing an untold variety of gun control proposals at the state, federal, and even local level. While we mourn for the victims of this senseless and violent act, the gun control lobby is already hard at work. They're working day and night to use this horrific event to further their agenda of restricting your rights. While we wait and see what legislators bring forth, we will undoubtedly need the effort and support or our members in the very near future.
This Tuesday evening at our monthly meeting in Middletown at 7:00pm, CCDL will take a moment of silence for those murdered and injured in Las Vegas this past week. Whether you can join us in person or not, we ask that you pause for a moment at 7:00pm in solidarity.
Come join us as we plan to continue the fight for our rights.
Scott Wilson - CCDL President
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for Immediate Release:
Scott Wilson, President of the Connecticut Citizens Defense League issues the following statements in the aftermath of the Las Vegas shooting.
"CCDL expresses our sympathy for the victims and families of this horrible mass murder in Las Vegas. We are eager for more answers with regards to what might have motivated this mass murderer. We need to let investigators do their Jobs."
"There is no justification for anyone to commit mass murder. Unfortunately, Chris Murphy and the usual gun control entities are calling for knee-jerk reforms before all the facts are in. Mass murderers simply will break whatever laws that we have in place to commit atrocities. This fact is evidenced by the numerous cargo vehicle murders that occur in Spain, Germany, Sweden, France and multiple incidents in England."
"It seems to me that certain lawmakers very simply want to disarm citizens of the United States. If that is what they seek, then they should articulate their positions and simply say so. Americans will not stand for being disarmed and defenseless."
Scott Wilson- CCDL President
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 over 28,000 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 http://www.ccdl.us