General Meeting - 2015-07-14
7:07 Meeting opens with National Anthem and Pledge of Allegiance

7:11 Executive Reports - President
Slow month besides holding an executive meeting, fielding the usual e-mails, and communicating with our Attorneys about the lawsuit.

7:11 Executive Reports - Vice President
Attended the executive member meeting and prepared the certificate for our Legislator of the Year.
Dropped our monthly food donations off to Bridgeport Rescue Mission
Reminder: The Elks lodge where we hold our monthly meetings prefers that our meetings be concealed carry only. Please respect their wishes by not open carrying at the meeting.

7:12 Executive Reports - Treasurer
Total Monthly Expenses: 4,397
Total Monthly Income: 2,589
Total Litigation Donations to Date: 604,000
Total Ligitation Expenses to Date: 564,000

7:12 Executive Reports - Secretary
Personal appeal:
Our efforts at the Legislature this year would not have been possible without the tireless work of Ray Bevis. The executive members already 'rewarded' him by forcing him to become the Legislative Coordinator, but I felt we should try to do something more. That opportunity came up when the Hartford Yard Goats announced they were soliciting names for their new mascot. I thought what better tribute than immortalizing Ray as a Minor League baseball team mascot. So please go to, and submit your vote for 'Ray'.

7:20 Coordinator Reports - Membership
18475 total
293 new this month

7:20 Coordinator Reports - Events
Annual Family Picnic - September 19th, 11-4 at Boothe Memorial Park, 5800 Main St. - Putney in Stratford, Connecticut.
We need volunteers. Please email Chris to help out, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Poker Run - September 26th. Starting at Woodbridge Firearms Trading Post on Sheldon Street in Woodbridge.
We need volunteers for Woodbridge, Waterbury, Southington. Volunteers get a free t-shirt and admission to the after party. E-mail Ray to help out, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

7:27 Coordinator Reports - Permit Issues
Some changes with regard to illegal drug possession and permits due to the change made during this session. We won't know the effects of this for about 9 months when those cases start coming up for a hearing at the Board of Firearm Permit Examiners and we see how it plays out.
There will be a form letter available for permit applicants who want to dig in their heels and not provide the extra information some towns are requiring.
Backlog is currently almost two and a half years. Don't let this discourage you from filing an appeals, especially when the town is delaying beyond 8 week state mandate (Constructive Denial). Constructive Denial cases are often sped up to as little as 5 months.

7:37 Special Guest - Aaron from Alpha Dog Suppressors in Southbury, CT
Alpha Dog Suppressors is graciously donating a suppressor to our CCDL raffle. If you win the suppressor, you would need to apply for a tax stamp. (Alpha Dog Suppressors can help with the paperwork but you are responsible for paying the $200 tax stamp).
For CT residents that purchase an Alpha Dog Suppressor, Alpha Dog Suppressors will help you with the paperwork and pay the tax stamp fee for you.

7:57 Special Guest - Daria Novak, Candidate for the 2nd US Congressional District
Website should be available end of July 2015:

8:20 Break

8:37 Open Forum
Question came up about the new show your permit law. Despite what the Waterbury Republican-American reported, thre needs to be 'reasonable suspicion' of a crime for a police officer to demand to see your permit. Open carrying of a firearm is not sufficient. in and of itself, to require a permit to be shown.

8:44 Local Elections
There are three CCDL members running for local elected positions. Town committees will be meeting later this month to nominate their candidates that will be running in November:
- Tom Pietrini for Southbury Board of Selectmen
- Bob Ferguson for Weston Board of Finance
- Tony D'Amato for Bristol, District 1, City Council
If you know of other pro-2a candidates for local elections, please email Ray - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

8:48 Close of meeting

General Meeting - 2015-06-09
7:08 Meeting opens with National Anthem and Pledge of Allegiance

7:11 Executive Reports - President
Communicated with our attorney, media, radio interviewers, and legislators.
Fielded emails from members.
Attended an awards dinner with legislators.
Attended the Friends of NRA dinner in Groton
7:12 Executive Reports - Vice President
Attended the executive member meeting.
Secured the site for the annual Picnic. September 19th at Boothe Memorial Park.
Delivered the food to the Bridgeport Rescue Mission.
Got a check from Arnie at CT Sporting Arms who's customers donated $300.
7:13 Executive Reports - Treasurer
Total Monthly Expenses: 3,158
Total Monthly Income: 2,142
Total Litigation Donations to Date: 602,000
Total Ligitation Expenses to Date: 511,000

7:16 Coordinator Reports - Membership
18182 total
Approximately 500 new this month

7:17 Coordinator Reports - Events
Attended the Executive member meeting
Working on plans for our annual dinner in February
Did some work for the Hunting and Fishing show.
Annual Family Picnic - September 19th from 11-4 at Boothe Memorial Park in Stratford. Going to need help and will solicit volunteers in August. Need raffle items. Contact Chris - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

7:18 Coordinator Reports - Fundraising
We're light on events this year. Waiting on a decision from the 2nd Circuit.
3rd Annual Poker Run coming up. Last year we had 350 participants which made it the largest in Connecticut after only 2 years. It's going to be held September 26th, starting at Woodbridge. Need more sponsors at $500, $750, or $1000 levels. Sponsors will be included on some level of ads.
7:22 Coordinator Reports - Permit Issues
If you are having ANY issues with the permit process, don't hesitate to email Jonathan - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Most likely will be a pistol permit appeal workshop on the 25th at Hoffman's. There is no backlog on background checks. Don't believe what you're told.

7:24 Coordinator Reports - Merchandise
Buy stuff!

7:25 Open Forum
Martha Dean: There's a letter to Woodbridge asking to repeal the hunting ordinance. There's a willingness to litigate if they don't. No need to contact the Town of Woodbridge and make a big deal about this. It's being handled.

7:26 Legislative Update
The legislative session is over. Here are some stats:
- 37 gun bills were proposed, not all were bad, some were positive
- 5 of those 37 made it to a public hearing
- 600+ people submitted written testimony on those 5 bills
- 61% (or 406) written testimonies were from CCDL members
- On SB650 alone, 100+ CCDL members wrote testimony.
- That makes up 68% of the total testimony written on SB650
There's still a lot going on behind the scenes. SB 650 could come up during teh special session but probably won't. 2nd Chance Society bill likely will come up and there's some language we need to watch there. An alert will go out if needed.
The language would require you to show your permit if a police officer has a reasonable suspicion of a crime and requests it. The original language didn't include the reasonable suspicion provision. Lots of testimony from members and hard work from friendly legislators got the better language.
We're going to be holding a legislative clay target shoot in Octobers for Legislators to meet CCDL executives.
We're also going to be holding legislative workshops at various gun clubs this year to prepare for next legislative session.

7:45 Break

8:01 Martha Dean
We need to keep things in perspective. CCDL members are people of integrity. CCDL grew from 2,500 people prior to Sandy Hook to 18,000 today.
CCDL is unique in fighting for gun rights. They had a system in place even before the push for gun control after Sandy Hook.
A decision in the 2nd Circuit is imminent and it's likely to not be in our favor. Even if we get a bad decision in the 2nd Circuit and we get denied Cert. by the Supreme Court, we have a force within striking distance if a tide change starts and can really move it along.

8:05 Special Guest: Chris Conte of the NRA Institute for Legislative Action
Court watchers tell us the 2nd Circuit averages 6 months to reach a decision.
This should mark. not the end, but the midpoint of the fight.
2nd, 4th, and 9th Circuits all have active cases.
The CT and NY cases are not exactly alike.
Summary of some cases from least likely to be granted Cert to Most likely
- Fyock v Sunnyvale: Complete and total ban on 10+ round mags, no grandfather clause. Counsel tried to pursue an injunction which was rejected all the way up the chain to Justice Kennedy. [Secretary's Note: Not a single person turned in a banned magazine. :)]
- Colorado Outfitters v. Hickenlooper - Ban on 15+ round magains and contains a grandfather clause. The appeals briefs are just finishing up. No arguments scheulded. The district judge said magazines are protected under the 2nd Amendment, but AR15s aren't because they resemble M16s.
- The 4th Circuit case [Sec. Note: I didn't capture the case name, sorry] out of Maryland: Got a good panel for arguments. Argued back in March and should get the decision soon. One of the Judges on the Panel asked if the gun in his nightstand was protected by the 2nd Amendment. The AG said it was probably protected. The Judge asked then why isn't the AR15.

- Friedman v. Highland Park Illinois: banning black guns. The opinion was awful for the 2nd Amendment. The opinion *might* be bait for the Surpreme Court to take the case. David Thompson is the lead attorney on this case. [Sec. Note: Atty. Thompson argued our case in the 2nd Circuit]

A conflict in the Circuit increases the chances of the Supreme Court granting cert.
All pending cases will b erelvant in any Supreme Court case.
There are a lot of similarities, but some major difference in the Maryland case:
- What is the standard of review? Virtually all circuits are at odds w/ Heller in balancing test.
- Does the 2nd Amendment apply to a ban on guns in common use for lawful purposes?
- If so, what standard of review?
- Based on chosen standard, how dos it apply to the statute?
CT and NY cases stands at a crossroads. These cases are the Lexington and Concord of our time. I'm proud to stand with you on this.

8:23 Special Guest: Christian Regosta - Grassroot Coordinator NRA
District covers NY, CT, ad New Jersey.
When residents write, call, and email legislators it makes a real difference.
We need to keep education people on guns.
Looking for people to be local campaign coordinators. Both to find and help get good legislators elected.
Going to be setting up 2A activist centers in gun shops and supply then with 2A bumper stickers.
Holding an NRA even @ King 33 on June 11th @ 7pm. Armed Citizen stories from CT and show off King 33.

8:31 Special Guests: Representatives Rob Sampson and Doug Dubitsky
We did will stopping bills so far. Anti-gun activists are harrasing the media to try an revive the domestic violence bill during the special session.
We have to b evigilant and make sure thos elegislator know we'll remember at the polls next November.
A lot of time 'strike-all' amendments come without letting people read the amendment before voting on it. The 2nd Chance Society bill was one of those and it reduces virtually all drug crimes from felonies to misdemeanors. The bill would affect the ability to purchase if convicted of a very minor drug offense (e.g. possessing perscription drugs withou having a perscription on you) and even from possessing.
Legislative lawyers spent many hours with Governor's office to convince them of the problem. In the end they agreed to back off and fix the language.
We need more friendly legislators up there. Need CCDL to get more good guys in office.
The republicans need to have one house. A handful of friendly legislators can't do it alone.

8:45 Special Guest: Tom King - NY State Rifle and Pistol Association
NYSRPA is the largest NRA-affiliated group in the nation. 2nd oldest 2A group in the world.
NY doesn't have public hearings on their bills so all lobbying is done behind closed doors.
We can't give up. You're not just 18,000 members, you've got the support of 40,000+ NYSRPA members.
ideally we have to win these cases, bu there are legislative alternatives. The NY Senate passed a bill repealing 6 sections of the SAFE Act. Thanks to friendly legislators. The Republicans have a 1 seat minority and 3 democrats crossed the aisle to vote for the repeal. You need to work on building coalitions. It's hard work and you need to put in sweat equity as well.
Sunday July 12th, NYSRPA is having our annual meeting. There will be a concealed carry woman's fashion show. Women ages 21->82 will be modelling varous concealed carry gear.

8:55 Close of meeting