General Meeting of Connecticut Citizens Defense League was held on June 12, 2018 at Elks Lodge 44 Maynard Street, Middletown CT. The meeting began at 7:05 PM and was presided over by Scott Wilson, with Heather Duffy filling in for Cheryl Lemos as secretary. The meeting opened with the National Anthem and the Pledge of Allegiance.e.


EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT: Scott Wilson,  Bob Starr,  Michelle McBrien, Holly Sullivan, Ray Bevis, Robert Chambers, Jonathan Hardy, John Beidler, Kevin Holian-Borgnis, Kris Witherill

EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBERS NOT PRESENT: Frank Russello,  Keith Cagle, Chris Lemos, Cheryl Lemos,


Candidate for Governor – Rod Hanscomb

Candidate - 9th Senate District – Tyler Flanigan

Candidate for State Rep 29th District - Andrew Lanciotto

Candidate for State Rep 83rd District - Roger Misbach

Candidate for 5th Congressional District - Manny Santos



  • Executive and Committee Reports
  • Firearms Legislative Issues
  • Guest Speakers


President’s Report – Scott Wilson

  • Conducted Executive Meeting 05/21/2018
  • Numerous Press and radio contact
  • Election Cycle
  • Helped craft alerts and communications with legislators
  • Numerous other tasks.

Vice-President’s Report – Chris Lemos (not present at the meeting)

  • Worked on the website, blog, social media post, and membership emails.
  • Attended Executive Meeting 05/21/2018

Treasurer’s Report – Bob Starr

  • Available Funds:
    • People’s Bank Balance (Litigation) = $ 86,317 
    • People’s Bank Balance (Operations) = $ 80,295
  • Attended Executive Meeting 05/21/2018

Secretary’s Report – Cheryl Lemos

  • Created minutes for the previous monthly meeting and provided to the Technology Coordinator to post to the website.
  • Attended the CCDL Executive Meeting 05/21/2018


Membership Coordinator – Kris Witherill

  • Membership report
  • Member Total - 30,598
  • New Members - 305
  • Attended Executive Meeting 05/21/2018
  • Participated in Election Workshop

Events Coordinator – Holly Sullivan

  • Attended the executive meeting 05/21/2018
  • The 10th Annual picnic is being planned. It is scheduled for Saturday August 25, 2018 11 AM to 4 PM at Booth Memorial Park in         Stratford. Request for volunteers and raffle items
  • New venue for next anniversary dinner to be discussed closer to event
  • Leaving for Washington DC next week for DC Workshop, possibly meeting with Vice President Pence


Legislative Coordinator – Ray Bevis 

  • On May 9, 2018 the Connecticut General Assembly adjourned the 2018 session.


    This year CCDL tracked six potential 2nd Amendment related bills.  Our members spent numerous hours at a public hearing and contacting their legislators throughout this session. Thank you to all members who took the time to defend your rights here in the state. We all need to stay engaged and advocate for our rights.


    Throughout this session two anti-gun bill stayed front and center; H.B. 5542 An Act Concerning Bump Stocks and Rate of Fire Enhancement Devices and H.B. 5540 An Act Concerning Ghost Guns. Both these bills had many champions and paid lobbyist fighting to get them both passed.


    H.B. 5542 An Act Concerning Bump Stocks and Rate of Fire Enhancement Devices bill did and the Governor signed the bill at a ceremony where when he was asked about how this was feelgood legislation and bump firing is a technique that doesn’t require a bump stock. He said CCDL is wrong, they have been wrong, they will be wrong in the future. He even said that CCDL is lying.  CCDL countered Malloy’s accusations with a social media video that showed a gentleman bump firing an M1 with his beltloop that video had over 17k views.


    A few legislators defended the 2nd Amendment both in chambers. Only 45 voted No on bump stocks.


    Connecticut residents have until September 30, 2018 to render their ‘bump stock’, crank devices, binary triggers permanently inoperable, remove it from this state, or surrender it to Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection for destruction.


    Gun Owners need to JOIN or DIE! I’ve heard from multiple legislators that when they talk to gun owners they say they don’t care about bump stocks. Let me point out that an infringement on the 2nd Amendment is an infringement. Now the state opened up the door to legislation to tell us what types of triggers we can have on our firearms.


    Anti-gun legislators have already promised to bring back the ghost gun bill next year. 


    I know I say this every two years BUT Gun Owners need to step up and volunteer on Pro2A candidates’ campaigns. If everyone one in this room volunteered just 12 hours over the next 4 months that’s just 3 hours a month or a part of one day a month. We would have a lot more

Merchandise Coordinator – Michelle McBrien

  • Taking pre-orders for polo shirts; available on website soon.


    Save the date for annual CCDL Poker Run – Saturday, September 15th, 2018 – Route will be starting at Central CT Arms and Ending at Doody’s Totoket Inn


    Attended CCDL executive meeting 05/21/2018

Permit Issues Coordinator – Jonathan Hardy

  • -Discussed current cases at the Board of Pistol Permit


  • Campaign Workshop- Guilford June 23rd.  
  • June Food Drive - for nearly eight years, CCDL has collected and distributed food for those in need at our monthly meetings. Thank you to all of our members who generously donated canned goods and other non-perishable items to our January meeting.
  • 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.
  • Letter Writing Campaign – all CCDL members are encouraged to write pro-gun letters to the editors of news organizations.




The next General Meeting of Connecticut Citizens Defense League will held on July 10, 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 8:30 pm


Cheryl Lemos – Secretary CCDL
June 25, 2018