MEETING MINUTES: CCDL General Meeting
CALL TO ORDER
General Meeting of Connecticut Citizens Defense League was held on December 12, 2017 at Elks Lodge 44 Maynard Street, Middletown CT. The meeting began at 7:00 PM and was presided over by Scott Wilson, with Cheryl Lemos as secretary. The meeting opened with the National Anthem and the Pledge of Allegiance.
EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT: Scott Wilson, Chris Lemos, Bob Starr, Cheryl Lemos, Kevin Holian-Borgnis, Michelle McBrien, Kris Witherill, Holly Sullivan, John Beidler, Jonathan Hardy
EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBERS NOT PRESENT: Ray Bevis, Frank Russello, Robert Chambers, Keith Cagle
GUESTS: Dominic Rapini, Candidate for US Senate running against Chris Murphy – he did not speak but made himself available to answer questions from the general membership.
End of 2017 wrap up
NRA representative presentation on National Reciprocity Bill Discussion on State Elections 2018
Southbury Wrap Up
Letter Writing Campaign Waterbury Discussion
December Food Drive
President’s Report – Scott Wilson
-Conducted exec meeting on November 28, 2017. Elections were held for officer positions for the Board of Directors. The following are the election results:
President – Scott Wilson Vice President – Chris Lemos Secretary – Cheryl Lemos Treasurer – Robert Starr
-Special thanks to Kevin Holian-Borgnis for his time and efforts serving as secretary CCDL for the past 7 years. -Debunked misinformation in the media being spread by gun rights opponents about the proposed national reciprocity bill
Vice-President’s Report – Chris Lemos
-Worked on the website, blog, and membership emails. Created Facebook event for the 9th Annual Anniversary Dinner.
Treasurer’s Report – Bob Starr
- People’s Bank Balance (Litigation) = $ 98,903.56
- People’s Bank Balance (Operations) = $ 58,935.48
Secretary’s Report – Cheryl Lemos
-nothing to report
COORDINATOR REPORTS Membership Coordinator – Cheryl Lemos
-Member Total - 29,016
-New Members - 286
Events Coordinator – Holly Sullivan
-9th Annual Anniversary Dinner will Saturday, February 10, 2018. We are selling tickets at meetings and on the website. Tickets are $55 for cash purchases and $57 for PayPal. Tickets purchased from the website will be will-call at the door the night of the dinner. We are also looking for volunteers to work the night of the dinner and donations for game prizes.
-We will be setting up a booth at the Fish and Game Show being held at the Connecticut Convention Center April 6th through the 8th, 2018. Will call for volunteers at future meetings.
Legislative Coordinator – Ray Bevis (presented by Scott Wilson)
-Since anti-gun groups/politicians did not get any legislation through in the last session, we expect there will be multiple bills proposed next year and we’ll have a big fight next legislative season.
-We have four upcoming Legislative workshops:
- Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at the next CCDL meeting
- Thursday, January 18, 2018 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM at the Suffield VFW, Suffield
- Saturday, January 20th from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the New Haven Sportsman’s Club, Guilford
- Date and location to be determined.
Merchandise Coordinator – Michelle McBrien
-We have new merchandise available:
- Two new decal styles – patriotic and rainbow
- Sweatshirt pre-orders are now available on our website - zip-ups, pull-over hoodie, and crew neck pull-over with no hood. These are available on-line only. Price depends on size and style.
Permit Issues Coordinator – Jonathan Hardy
-Had a final meeting with Waterbury – our contact states that the reason why the Waterbury Police Department is so far behind processing pistol permit applications is because the officer is busy with other duties. We will continue to pursue. Additionally, we are still waiting on response to FOIA request from Waterbury.
-There is a new board member for the firearms board of permittees
-There are recurring problems towns are going back to incorrect pistol permit application practices that we will continue to pursue.
- Enfield and other town requiring a home visit and waiver
- Towns claiming they send background checks to state but state is not acknowledging receipt.
- Terryville, possibly, re-application by SLFU (Special Licensing and Firearms ) waivers are back - two folks, that we know of,
refused to sign them
Other ongoing inconstancies between how towns issue permits
-Issues at the Glastonbury Shooting Range, located in the Meshomasic State Forest, wherein some range safety officers are telling shooters that legal firearms are illegal in the state and that they can’t shoot there. We will be pursuing this issue with CTDEEP (Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection).
December Food Drive - for nearly eight years, CCDL has collected and distributed food for those in need at our monthly meetings. The holiday months can be a particularly trying time for many. Thank you to all of our members who generously donated canned goods and other non-perishable items to our December meeting.
The New Year’s Day Trap and Pistol shoot hosted by the Branford Gun Club is January 1, 2018 starting at 9am and ending when we all run out of ammo. Trap shooting is only $5 per 25 shots and pistol will be head to head steel plates. Cost for pistol is $15. A portion of the pistol money will be kicked back to CCDL. Michele McBrien will be there with some CCDL merchandise for sale. There will also be a gun and other prizes that will be raffled off with all proceeds going to CCDL. Please bring appropriate ammunition and eye and ear protection.
Southbury Wrap Up - we are claiming this as a victory because the town council chose not to vote on the proposed ordinance Letter Writing Campaign – all CCDL members are encouraged to write pro-gun letters to the editors of news organizations.
2018 State Elections - 2018 might be a pivotal year for gun rights in our state. It all comes down to CCDL members becoming engaged in helping pro 2A candidates hold and win seats. This is the most effective way any one member can protect their rights.
MEETING AGENDA DETAILS
National Reciprocity HR-38
Presented by: Scott Wilson with Catherine Mortensen from the NRA-ILA via teleconference
In an effort to clear up confusion about how the proposed National Reciprocity legislation might impact permit holders, CCDL conducted a Question and Answer session via phone link with Catherine Mortensen from the National Rifle Association.
- Q) Will this bill pressure certain branches of the administration (such as the Veteran’s Administration) to submit thousands of more names to the NICS background check database to deny gun purchases?
- A) It absolutely not does not expand the NICS database by adding a new prohibited person; it reiterates what existing law is. It is not adding new category of prohibited person. It is saying that under the existing federal law we know that many federal agencies are not inputting those records even though they are required to share that information with NICS. This is to bring accountability to federal agencies to be sure that they are sharing records for prohibited persons with NICS.
- Q) Is the bill being rammed though in a non-transparent manner?
- A) This bill was not rammed through without the normal processes.
- Q) Does National Reciprocity have enough votes to pass on its own without the Fix NICS?
- A) The NRA believes that each one could pass as a stand-alone bill. They both have the necessary bi-partisan support to get out of the House of Representatives individually. But, for whatever reason, lawmakers wanted to put them together. The NRA is fine with either option. The biggest hurdle will be getting the bills passed through the Senate.
- Q) Does the bill call to spend hundreds of millions of dollars for the purpose of collecting a list of people who will never be allowed to own a firearm?
- A) There is money appropriated in this bill. What that money is is to create incentives, mostly to the states and local governments, so that they will share prohibiting records with NICS.
- Q) Does the National Reciprocity/Fix NICS bill compel administrative agencies to adjudicate an individual’s Second Amendment Rights?
- A) In no way does the Fix NICS aspect to the bill create new adjudicative courts by any federal agency. We are encouraging and reiterating that federal agencies agency to put records into NICS.
- Q) If, at any time, during the Senate committee or during any amendment process if the bill were to somehow become poisoned where it would impact anybody to have their Second Amendment rights taken away without due process or without adjudication would the NRA fight vigorously to either strip that bad component out of the bill or dump the bill altogether so that something like that doesn’t happen.
- A) The NRA absolutely would. In that past, that has been one of our strongest missions. To ensure that if anyone is going to have a Second Amendment right stripped from them that they go through the adjudication process and is done through due process. The NRA has always fought to protect those rights. If there was any effort in the Senate to strip citizens of their Second Amendment rights, the NRA would absolutely fight them.
- Q) When I got to another state, is there a simple answer to say whether I have to follow each and every one of their laws for carrying. A) Whatever state you go to, you are going to have to follow their carry laws. It is up to the individual to know and understand the laws of the state you a visiting.
- Q) Is there any truth to the rumor that there are several states that may be exempt from the law if it gets passed. A)
- Q) Does the Fix NICS portion of the legislation compel mandatory reporting by doctors or other health professionals?
- A) It does not, in any way, expand who has to report documents or give anyone else authority to input documents. It talks only about people who are currently already federally prohibited.
Presented by: Scott Wilson
Gave a look-back onto all the events and happenings of the past year (Full list to be posted as a separate blog post)
NEXT SCHEDULED MEETING
The next General Meeting of Connecticut Citizens Defense League will held on January 8, 2018 at Elks Lodge 44 Maynard Street, Middletown CT. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 7:00 PM.
Scott Wilson called the meeting be adjourned at 8:39pm
MINUTES PREPARED BY
Cheryl Lemos – Secretary CCDL
December 15, 2017