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January 8th, 2013
Monthly Meeting Minutes
The meeting began at 7:10 after being moved upstairs due to high turnout. Attendance sheet was passed around by Cheryl Lemos President Scott Wilson led the members in the Pledge of Allegiance. 142 members were present.
President Scott Wilson had the E-Board introduce themselves. Announced WFSB 3 may come to the meeting. Addressed the crowd, thanking them for coming and asking that they continue to come. Spoke of the tough legislative session we are about to face and informing members that our backs will be up against the wall trying to keep track of all the anti-gun legislation that will be pouring out all over the state due to the tragedy in Newtown. Also informed members that we will be making a mini presentation of our Legislative Workshop on how to testify. Reminded members to please show up to testify. There will be strength in numbers. Scott then started his official report. See attached.
Vice Presidents Report: Had an interview with Bloomberg after he called him personally at his house, which did not make Lenny very happy… Wanted to remind people that if anyone has or knows of a gun-friendly business that would like to be promoted, we offer month-long ads for $50 on our site.
Secretary’s Report: None
Treasurer’s Report: John Biedler spoke briefly of his interview, letting people know that it was a little scary, however, it MUST be done. The issues at hand affect our future and our rights. For financials, see attached report.
Membership Coordinator: We have been overwhelmed with new members: 309 since the last meeting for a grand total of 2796!
Legislative Coordinator/Pistol Permit Issues: Spoke about his interview. Also informed members that Rob Sampson is putting together a presentation of sorts to educate legislators in basic gun knowledge.
Technology Coordinator: Monthly emails were sent. Facebook page was updated. $2281.89 was transferred from PayPal to savings account.
Educational Committee: Greg Hildebrand spoke briefly about the 2nd amendment brochure that they are working on. It will have topics like: ‘Gun Safety’ and ‘What is the 2nd Amendment?’
Merchandise Coordinator: No Report.
Judy: Our biggest concern with legislative session should be to educate non-2nd amendment people. Knowledge is power.
John from Farmington: Emails and letters are not enough! Please call your representatives.
Danny Brandt: Please sign the petition for strengthening rules already in place rather than add to gun control.
Gail from Cheshire: Same page as John. Call legislators. Gave some numbers out.
Paul from Farmington: 2nd Amendment side tends to rely solely on facts while the ‘anti’ side is emotional. We need to add our emotions to our facts. It will help them see that we have personal reasons too. We are not just ‘gun-nuts’
Rob Chambers: Allowing limitations is not good. It will start with one and go to another and another till there is nothing left to give. United We Stand!
Matt from AR15.com: The people on this forum are putting together a document that they would like to forward to CCDL, a sort of manifesto, stating that if you enjoy ANY type of fire arms that we can’t give in any rights! We must all stick together!
Tom from NRA: The certain members of the NRA have been receiving tons of threats and therefore had to remove their personal contact information from the site. The emails are still there and you may use that if you need to contact them. As far as testifying, chances are that people opposed to gun rights will try to get in your face to either rile you up or simply because they believe you are wrong. Be prepared. Also, the registration to testify can be lengthy. Don’t get disappointed. We have to make our voices heard.
Angel Hernandez: New York is allowing his business to teach people gun knowledge and training. Connecticut said no.
Nick from Middletown: There is a chief of police from Pennsylvania that is getting a bill together to promote the 2nd amendment. He has received word from many other state police departments asking if they can join and help get it moving.
Paul from Hamden: Wanted to know how to remind people that are anti-gun what causes and starts violence. To point out that it is not the weapon, but the person behind it that is the true issue. The answer was that sometimes you cannot but we must stick to facts and also show them how this issue emotionally affects us.
Paul from Woodbridge: Spoke about the town ordinance issue that is ongoing. They are also now trying to prevent zoning allowances for any gun related businesses in the town. Weston is also having the same zoning issues.
Chris from Weston: On top of the zoning issues, they are planning to beyond any assault weapons ban that may go thru, and pass regulations on everything that is not covered by the ban, as well as regulations for home storage. Their words were that they want the ‘teeth’ to come out and be able to then inspect said regulated storage for compliance.
-End open Forum-
Chris Duffy spoke briefly about the upcoming Hunting and Fishing Show in February. Volunteers are all set and we hope to see many of you there. Showing up helps support like-minded business in the area.
Rob Sampson is working on promoting Castle Doctrine and trying to make a bill for permits to be more uniform.
John Hardy will be handling the Legislative Workshops as they come up. We will be holding various workshops at varied locations that will all be posted on our site.
Adjournment: The meeting was adjourned at 8:50 pm.
Heather Duffy, Stand-in Secretary
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7:04 PM 10/9/2012
Open meeting with introduction
7:09 PM 10/9/2012
Executive Report - President
Held executive member meeting (Hunting and Fishing, Postponing Metacon, New Britain, Membership/Events coordinator shifts, Education meeting)
Attended full common council in New Britain.
Guest on 94.9 FM radio station talking about CCDL and gun issues
Took the radio host and his son shooting for the first time
Attended Wake for Eric
Communicated with lawyer for the trust fund for Eric Sudarsky's children
7:11 PM 10/9/2012
Executive Report - Vice President
Attended Eric's wake.
Attended the Executive member meeting
Took role of Acting Membership Coordinator until Cheryl Lemos could get up to speed
Responded to an inquiry and designed an ad for prospective sponsore on our website/emails
Committee Report - Membership
Sent out all of the personalized welcome e-mails to the new members.
Virginia clean out any and all duplicate sign-ups on the website.
66 new members signed up this month
2378 total members
7:16 PM 10/9/2012
Executive Report - Secretary
Attended Eric's wake.
Attended the Executive member meeting
Updated the 'Is that Legal?' with the help of a few members on the Facebook group
7:17 PM 10/9/2012
Executive Report - Treasurer
186 Donations and Merch sales
7:26 PM 10/9/2012
Committee Report - Events
Attended emembers meeting
Newly elected Chris.
7:26 PM 10/9/2012
Committee Report - Legislative
List of endorsed candidates going out soon.
7:27 PM 10/9/2012
Committee Report - Technology
Sent out e-mails
Extended website hosting for another year
7:28 PM 10/9/2012
Committee Report - Public Relations
Bennett is still leaving and is newly engaged. We'll be addressing his replacement soon.
7:29 PM 10/9/2012
Committee Report - Merchanidse
Job hours have shifted. Unclear if he's able to continue in his current position as Merchandise coordinator.
7:30 PM 10/9/2012
A member spoke on behalf of Lezlie Zupkus running for State Representative in the 89th district.
Firearm knowledgeable lawyers are listed on our website.
A member is thanking Jonathan for helping him with his permit issues in Middletown. Needed an appointment to even drop off his application. Documenting date, time, and person you spoke with whenever you call. If you submit your application via certified, send it to the Chief with 'Attn: Pistol Permit Processing'
A member stopped by Cabela's to try to get in touch with the special events coordinator about getting CCDL involved in the next NRA or firearm events. Hopefully they'll let us put a laminated flyer in their lobby.
7:47 PM 10/9/2012
Special Guest - Tony Szewczyk running for CT State Senate in the 17th district
8:10 PM 10/9/2012
8:19 PM 10/9/2012
Few months ago we helped get the zoning approval for the Woodbridge gun shop.
Old ordinances in Woodbridge recently discovered:
- Chapter 231 Firearms - Discourage use of firearms within the town and prohibit hunting on town property. No person shall discharge any firearm... crossbow... airgun. Discharge of any weapon 500 yards of any building. Anyone found carrying a weapon. No hunting or target shooting or any other activity involving discharging of a weapon. Posession of loaded weapon on town owned property is prima facie evidence of a violation.
A member met with the ordinance committee and the selectmen to try and revise the ordinance.
We should ask to amend to provide exemption for permit holders.
8:36 PM 10/9/2012
One Legislative Thing
Joe Markley is running in 16th Senate District.
He's having a volunteer Oct. 16th
8:38 PM 10/9/2012
BFPE - Show update
Printing brochures again.
You'll see more of defensive use of firearms on the Facebook page.
Interesting case in Meridan with regard to a defensive use of a knife.
Interesting case at BPFE that started a year ago. The guy who lost his pistol in a school. He got his permit back.
Colt is threatening to move out of the state if microstamping happens. Prompted by a letter from Looney.
Jonathan contacted NSSF regarding other outreach training/literature, has yet to hear back from the woman. Will follow up.
Some of the towns are changing permit documents. We'll be archiving old info and starting over.
8:45 PM 10/9/2012
Hunting and Fishing Expo
8:47 PM 10/9/2012
Eric has a few people interested. Haven't had their first meeting yet, but is working on it.
Lenny will attend as an observer to keep the board updated.
The education committe is attempting to identify areas that would attract new members and provide valuable information to members and the public.
8:52 PM 10/9/2012
$450 donated by members at our October meeting for Eric's children's education
Donations made at the November general meeting will also be forwarded to the fund for Eric's children
8:58 PM 10/9/2012
Close of meeting