General Meeting - 2015-01-13
7:09 Open Meeting
7:12 President
Obtained copy of oral arguments
Communicated with NRA on Litigation
7:13 Vice President
Wife had a baby
Dave Bicknell ran Turkey Shoot and raised $542 for us
Received check from Guilford Sportsmen's Association
7:14 Treasurer
Income: $2,075
Expenses: $6,820
Litigation Total donations: $573k
Litigation Total expenses: $511k
7:18 Membership
304 new this month
16691 total members
7:19 Board of Firearm Permit Examiners
Getting better at local issues. Cyclical, but doing better at handling cases before the appeal.
There's a process to force a town to accept an application. E-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you need help.
Need to start tracking extra requirements freshly for this year. Get copies of local towns paperwork (application and all attachments) and bring to Jonathan at a meeting or email a scanned copy.
7:22 Upcoming Events
Did some work for the Hunting and Fishing Show, Feb 13-15.
Annual Dinner will be held March 15th at 5:30pm at the New Life Church (350 High Hill Road) in Wallingford, CT.
7:26 Merchandise
Shipping a big order soon.
New gray shirts.
New style hat coming.
7:28 Additional Donations
Mec-Gar sent in a $500 donation
Patchaug Outdoor Club held a pig roase and raised $2,000 for litigation
7:29 Legislative Breakdown
Sing up to follow blog and be up to date
11 gun-related bills. Legislators have until Friday to propose new bills.
Bills are headed for committee
Contact legislators early.
Around 2/17-2/18 when committees come out with their bills
TRO bill will be most important
7:46 Break
7:58 Special Election
23rd Senatorial District
107th Assembly District
129th Assembly District
8:02 Special Guest: Attorney David Thompson
Heller is clear about legality of firearms by lawful citizens for lawful purposes
Most popular long arm on market has to be commonly owned. Appeals courts around country have rejected that argument.
Longer courts have engaged in "interest balancing" on guns which Heller has taken off the table.
CT wants to blind the courts to the positions of defensive gun use.
D.C. said why do you need handguns when you have rifles and shotguns? SCTUS said it doesn't matter. There's a right to them and that's all you need to know in Heller.
The law in CT is an act of political theatre. Won't save any lives. Fortunately founders understood the importance of self defence by enshrining it in the Bill of Rights.
Ruling, not rule on timing, probably next 6 months
2nd Circuit not been helpful in the past, but panel seemed to be interested in facts and law. That's a positive sign.
Next step is SCOTUS. They've been reticent to take 2A cases in recent past, but who knows. Maybe they will take ours, maybe they'll take one of the others out there.
It's unusual to argue both cases in tandem, but tactically made sense to handle it how it was done.
Next election is crutial because theyw ill likely select at least 1 new SCOTUS Justice.
8:44 NSSF
Anti-gunners organizing rally @ NSSF headquarters. Jan. 20th @ 4:15.
Come early and counter protest
8:46 Close of meeting
General Meeting Minutes - 2014-10-14
7:05 Open Meeting
Scott appeals to CCDL members to get involved in a campaign for a pro-gun candidate.
7:12 Executive Reports - President
Communicated with Attorneys and 2A candidates
Participated in media interviews and fielded e-mails.
Conducted an executive meeting in Middletown
Worked on 2nd round of endorsements
Volunteered at the Poker Run
7:13 Executive Reports - Vice President
Delivered the non-perishable food donations to the Bridgeport Rescue Mission
Helped at the 2nd CCDL Poker Run
Arnie at CT Sporting Arms donated $300 from his customer
Dave Bicknell is running a Lucky Target Shoot and a Line Shoot
7:16 Executive Reports - Secretary
Helped at the 2nd CCDL Poker Run
7:16 Executive Reports - Treasurer
Niantic Sportsman's Club raised $180 by passing a hat at the last meeting.
New Haven Sportsmen's Club has decided to donate $1,000 per month for 12 months to the CCDL Litigation effort
After making an additional payment to the IRS, we have finally received our 501(c)(4) status. [Reminder: donations to CCDL are not tax deductible]
Operations Fund
Income: $6,248
Expenses: $6,844
Total donations received: $546k
Legal Fees to date: $363k
Fundraising costs: $23k
Other costs and fees: ~$2k
7:24 Special Guest - Bob Seigrest
Candidate 36th Connecticut House District -
Town of Chester is holding a public information session Oct. 21st regarding a ban target shooting on private land. If you live in the area, please show up and voice your opposition.
7:26 Pistol Permit Case
Scott Lazurek, a CCDL member, was arrested and his permit to carry a firearm revoked while open carrying. All charges were dismissed and the Board of Firearm Permit Examiners (BFPE) reinstated his permit after over a year delay because of case backlogs.
A few weeks ago the State Attorney General’s Office made the unprecedented decision to take both Mr. Lazurek and the BFPE to court in an attempt to overturn the Board’s decision and again revoke Mr. Lazurek permit.It’s important to note here that Mr. Lazurek works in a profession that requires him to carry a firearm. The State’s actions are not just impacting his right to bear arms; it’s taking away his income.
CCDL is not involved in this case, but it’s importance to the rights of all gun owners in Connecticut should be obvious. Scott Lazurek needs all the help possible fighting to keep his right to carry a firearm, and by extension his profession.
[During the meeting, a collection was taken up for Scott's cause. Members donated $1,210 that was given directly to Scott's lawyer.]
7:35 Coordinator Reports - Membership
Attended the Poker Run on a motorcycle and took a bunch of pics. They'll be posted sometime soon.
15,725 members
461 new this month
7:35 Coordinator Reports - Fundraising
No events planned right now.
Poker run brought in a total revenue just over $15,000. Net profit was just under $9,000.
375 registered participants
450 total showed up including volunteers
7:36 Coordinator Reports - Merchandise
We still have a number of special even t-shirts available only at meetings for $10.
- I vote 2A
- Poker Run
- Family Picnic
7:38 Legislative update
These are the ideas legislators are floating around right now:
- Annual licensing renewal (at $70/year)
- In-person licensing only
- Expanding the AWB
- Getting rid of the AWB in favor of California-style 'approved firearms list'
- 50% ammo tax
- One gun per month limit
- 7 round mag limit
- ammo storage limits in your home
- reloading components limit
- insurance for gun owners
- no more mail-order ammo
- 'Smart' gun technology
- only able to purchase ammo for guns you currently own
- firearms registration every X number of years with a fee per gun
- Microstamping
- Serial numbered ammunition
- disaster recovery and forced evacuation with firearms legislation
7:43 Metacon Gun Club Presentation
Metacon has donated $750 to the CCDL operating fund
Additionally, when Metacon members renewed their memberships this year, they could donate an additional amount to CCDL. Metacon was able to raise $1,700 from that effort.
7:45 Garde Arts Center
Foley, Malloy, and Visconti to debate 10/16 at 7pm.
There will be a pro-Foley rally before the debate starting at 5. Wear your CCDL shirts. Rally will be across the street near Tony D's. Foley signs will be available and tickets to the debate will also be available.
7:48 Litigation Update - Chris Conte - NRA-ILA
Main Brief (Us) and Amicus Briefs filed. Respondent's (Connecticut) reply and Amici filed. Our reply brief has also been filed.
Hearing date tentatively set for week of 12/8. As we get closer to the hearing a final date will be set by the Court.
100% of the legal fees paid by the CCDL litigation fund go directly to fund the legal team for Shew v Malloy. None of it stays with the NRA.
Our case will be argued in tandem with the NY case
While the states and laws are different, the constitutional issues are largely the same.
Please limit attendance to those who can dress nicely and sit quietly.
The 2nd Circuit is not known for making quick decisions. Additional 2A cases are in the 9th, 4th, and 10th circuits. We don't need to win all of these cases, but we need to win one of them all the way.
CCDL presented another check for legal fees to the NRA for $123,000
8:03 Break
8:15 Special Guest coming to Connecticut
Colorado Recall organizer Timothy Knight will be in CT later this month to help raise awareness and get out the gun vote.
Joining Tim will be Sean Maloney of the Buckeye Firearms Association
8:21 Candidates for office
Pablo Soto - 83rd State House District
Steven Everett - 19th State Senate District
8:26 Craig Fishbein
This election is important. Talk to your neighbors, family and friends. Tell them how important it is.
Malloy lies when he says this new bill is preventing crime. There are no numbers showing that. Everything he claims it's doing was in place before the bill was signed. People are being swayed by the lies.
This will be a close election. Perception is important. Flood the public with images of gun owners supporting pro-gun candidates.
8:30 CT Oathkeepers
Will be at the Veterans Day parade in New Haven. 11/2 @ 12:30.
Don't assume people know about our cause. Get the word out.
8:35 Close of meeting