General Meeting - 2015-09-08

7:04 Open meeting with national anthem and pledge

7:08 Opening word from President Scott Wilson
It's important to get involved in local municipal elections. Be active and know the stances of candidates because first selectmen, zoning boards, etc. have some level of control over our right to keep and bear arms.

7:10 Executive Report - President
Communicated with attorney and the media.
Wrote a blog post about the home invasion in Hartford
Fielded emails from members and helped with various issues.
Held an executive member meeting at our new office.
Distributed Poker Run flyers

7:12 Executive Report - Treasurer
Last month’s Income: $3,187
Last month’s expenses: $3,971
Total Litigation Donations: $607k
Total Litigation fees to date: $564k

7:16 Executive Report - Secretary
After the loss of two of our founding members, we've all had to step up and filling where we can. Chris L. and Kevin have been keeping the website up to date and fixing problems as they come up.

7:17 Coordinator Report - Memberhsip
245 new this month
19,001 total members!
Shirts for the poker run and family picnic have been received.
Putting together a membership committee to set up booths and such at state fairs and other events around the state. If you're interested in volunteering, contact Cheryl at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

7:20 Coordinator Report - Events
Attended the exec. meeting.
Did work from the picnic and the hunting and fishing show.
9/19 is our free family picnic at Boothe Memorial Park in Stratford. Feel free to bring a side dish. Games and door prizes. We'll need volunteers to cover the grill and clean up. (contact Chris - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
9/26 is our 2nd Amendment Poker Run. We need more volunteers (contact Ray - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).

7:23 Coordinator Report - Permit Issues
Good news: appeals are slowing down, possibly because people are standing up for themselves against unreasonable towns. The rate has slowed; under the previous rate we would have extended the backlog to the end of 2017, but it's currently holding at 2 years.
The board gives a special designation (and shorter time table) for Constructive Denials, cases where the town is taking longer than the required 8 weeks to issue a permit. The constructive denial process is helping keep owns honest. Most of these cases are resolved before getting to the hearing.

7:26 Merchandise
We've got a bunch of $5 items we're trying to get rid of. And our usual. We'll have all of our merchandise available at the family Picnic as well as special picnic themed shirts. We'll have our poker run shirts available at the poker run the following week.
We've had requests for different types of items (hoodies, polos, etc.) We're working on a new web store that will let us handle these items for pre-order, as well as our current catalog.

7:29 Justin Zito on behalf of Cabinets Kwik
Cabinets Kwik is donating an in-wall concealment safe made of reinforced steel to the Poker Run.

7:32 Woodbridge Firearm Ordinance Update
Back in June, Attorney Martha Dean let us know about an ordinance in Woodbridge that basically prohibits the carrying of a loaded firearm anywhere on town property (including the streets). She's been pushing them to change the law for months and the Town Council finally agreed it's unenforceable and plans to change it, but they haven't done anything yet.
The Town Council is sending Martha a Draft of the updated language soon. A special meeting of the Board of Selectmen will happen next week to discuss the change. A following meeting of the Board of Selectman will take place after that to take action.
No action is required yet, but Attorney Dean is looking for people from Woodbridge and the surrounding area to be on standby should we need to make a showing at one of the meetings. If you'd like to be added to the list, please contact Kevin - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

7:37 Open Forum

7:45 #IAmCCDL Project
Several Years Ago the Twin Cities Gun Owners and Carry Forum put together a video showing what average Minnesotan Gun Rights Supports look like.
A few years ago, the Virginia Citizens Defense League (who we modeled ourselves after) put out their own video inspired by the original 'And I Carry' video.
We want to expand on that idea. We're going to start taking volunteer members from all walks of life during our picnic and add on to it. We'll set up a special website and start pushing our campaign to show the public the real face of CCDL, not what some Hartford Courant Cartoonist wants to portray us as.

8:05 Poker Run Update
Saturday 9/26 is our 2nd Amendment Poker Run. (What is a Poker Run?)
Our Poker Run starts at Woodbridge Firearms Trading Post and ends at the Cadillac Ranch in Southington. There will be 3 stops in between.
We need more volunteers at Woodbridge and Cadillac Ranch. Volunteers get free food and a free t-shirt. (contact Ray - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).
We have a number of good prizes: a leaf blower, suppressor, firearms trust services, etc.
Screamin Eagles Band will be providing the music

8:10 Legislative Shoot
We've put together an invite-only clay target shoot for the legislators and their aides. This is completely an informational event, no media or politics. We sent out around 290 invitations.
The goal is to introduce legislators to firearms, firearm safety, and have some fun.

8:12 Plymouth Gun Range
There will be a hearing on September 10th. Prepare to Act will just be asking for an extension as they've just added additional counsel and need more time.
Plymouth does let out-of-towners speak at their public hearings. They also accept letters if you'd rather not speak.
If you have any questions about the process or what's going on, contact Ray - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. He's got a FAQ sheet and the application documents.
Plymouth is kind of unique in that they have an ordinance that covers gun clubs.
A lot of you have contacted us about this issue. We are monitoring the situation and in close contact with Prepare to Act.

8:32 Sporting Clays Fundraiser to benefit Litigation Fund
On October 11, 2015 the Guilford Sportsman’s Association will be hosting a sporting clays fun shoot to raise money for the CCDL Litigation Fund. It starts at 9:00am. $40/shooter. Please pre-register if possible.
Any questions about the event please contact Dave Bicknell from the Guilford Sportsman’s Association at (203) 500-4169 or via Facebook.

8:39 WLOPA Ladies Day
Not a CCDL related event, but if you know a woman interested in learning to shoot,
Wolcott Land Owners Protective Association (WLOPA) is hosting a "Ladies Day" Sept 12th, 9am at their club. Wives, sisters, mothers, aunts, nieces, lady friends etc. are invited for a fun day of shooting. Guns, ammo and lunch will be provided by the club, and a nominal fee of $10 to cover costs is required. Contact Greg Gubitosi with questions or to register: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

8:40 Close of meeting