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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.
7:20 Coordinator Report - Events
Attended the exec. meeting.
Did work from the picnic and the hunting and fishing show.
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.
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.
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 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.
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,
8:40 Close of meeting
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General Meeting - 2015-08-11
7:10 Start of meeting
Two founding members of CCDL have decided to step down: VP Lenny and Technology Coordinator Virginia. CCDL thanks them for their service over the last six years.
Communicated with Attorney
Communicated with Media
Communicated with Legislators on gun bills
Held an executive member meeting
Handed out poker run flyers
Thanks to Connecticut Sporting Arms for donating $300 this month
Last month’s Income: $1,853
Last month’s expenses: $1,603
Total Litigation Donations: $606k
Total Litigation fees to date: $564k
18,756 total members
281 new this month
Poker Run shirts will be available at the Picnic and the Poker Run next month
Anniversary dinner will be held on 2/20/16
Hunting and Fishing show is coming up in Feb. at the CT Convention Center. We’ll have a bigger booth and be selling merchandise this year.
9/19 is our free family picnic at Boothe Memorial Park in Stratford. Feel free to bring a side dish. Games and door prizes.
October we’re holding a Legislative Clay Shoot. Inviting all Legislators and their aides.
We’re helping out ‘Prepare to Act’, but will likely be limiting our rallying to Plymouth residents.
No legislative updates.
Woodbridge Firearms Trading Post is asking for donations to help pay their lawyer costs. They had a break-ing that caused significant structural damage and the landlord tried evicting them. They’ve set up a Go Fund Me account (http://www.gofundme.com/8r4c38g664c) Mike at Woodbridge has helped us immensely over the years. It would be great if our members could help them out.
Buy our stuff!
Chris and Kevin have been making some minor changes. We’re working on some significant improvements.
Special Guest - Nanette Dieterle - CT Chapter of Well Armed Women
30,000 women with permits. 1% actually train.
Get women to join CCDL
King 33 will be host range for training
Do what you can to support shooting community
Not-for-profit advocating safe friendly fun.
1st Monday of every month (except September 16th) evening 6-9 pm at King 33 in Southington.
Special Guest - Holly Sullivan - Sheepdog Mamas
Young-moms with small kids - support system - pro-2a meetups
Representative Mike France - 42nd District
Attorney Martha Dean
Andy Lockwood - Candidate for 39th House District
Presentation by Representative Doug Dubitsky, CCDL Legislator of the Year
Final notes from President Scott Wilson
You need to get invovled in your local elections
No update on Shew v. Malloy lawsuit yet.