9/13/2011 CCDL General Meeting

19:05 Meeting opened with pledge of allegiance
19:06 Introductions
Agenda: Brian K. Hill, Jonathan H. with BPFE, 2nd Amendment Rally, Outline for Shall Issue, Killingly Town Ordinance, New London Ordinance.

-President's Report: No executive meeting last  month. Brian K Hill to speak. President made a guest appearance on local television; ordinance code writer called in to show & joined CCDL. CCDL picnic. Shall Issue. Killingly issue.

-Vice President's Report: CCDL picnic
-Treasurer's Report: Picnic was good; thanks to Cheryl and Chris. Balance in accounts pf $7633.30. Donations $799. Merchandise $466. Expenses from raffle, etc: $277. General expenses (food, website, hall) $753.57.

-No Secretary's report

-Membership: Helped set up CCDL picnic, coordinated with Tech on database. 1744 members total, 39 new this month.

-Events: Picnic successful

-Tech: E-mails sent, Facebook updates, picnic.

-Public Relations: Newspaper submissions, working on fact sheet for press.

-No Merchandise report

Brian K. Hill, Senate Candidate (seeking to take Liberman's seat)

-JAG in the military, and attorney with broad experience especially in government, from Windsor, CT.
-Running for the Senate because the country is in trouble from attacks on business, uncontrolled spending, and other effects of Democrat policies, especially in the cities.
-Empowerment, not entitlement programs.
-Government has become an impediment to progress, and needs to get out of the way.
-Next major attack on this country will be a cyber-warfare attack, and this is where we need to focus for national security and the military, especially with regard to China.
-Would have supported a Federal law for reciprocal carry amongst states. It's Federal because it's inter-state.

-Q&A by Brian K. Hill

-Motion to waive the break accepted.

-Old Business:
-Picnic, shall-issue reform outline.

-New business
-Jonathan H update on permit process irregularities:
-Has been given an opportunity to address the BFPE about these irregularities.
-A Mr. Sultan was arrested when he confronted a man towing his truck while Sultan had a holstered weapon. In his permit appeals hearing, the BFPE said that open carry IS legal in CT and there's no reason to arrest for Breach of Peace.
-Board is trying to cut down on the back log by having extra hearings.
-Another interesting case: Mr. Martagua had a misdemeanor case in 2010 which shouldn't have disqualified him, but the judge admitted a bias against him because he was a firearms owner and permit holder and wanted to charge him more harshly. Firearms are part of Martagua's way of making a living.
-Brett Braccidiferro was cleaning his gun in his basement, did a function test on the re-assembled weapon, and found police officers outside his house with their hands on their weapons. They asked him to come out under threat of being dragged outside. They said he was outside to intimidate them. Neighbors had heard him cycling the weapon through the window, but he'd left the gun inside. They threatened to revoke his permit and NRA membership. Officers came into his house while he put his gun away, and drew their weapons. There was no request for any identification and no police report filed. He wishes the CCDL to pursue this.
-Jonathan has good access to records to get statistics, like how many permits were granted because the towns didn't oppose it at the hearings.
-Castle Doctrine, Shall-Issue, and Pre-emption are some important issues for the next legislative session.
-1744 is almost exactly 1% of the permit holders in the state.

-Scott with Shall-Issue reform
-We'll need statistics on how the permit process is being abused. About 30% of the towns have information, and many of these are not in compliance with state regulations. We'll need re-writes of the drafts we've got for the proposed law. We're working on getting sponsors and co-sponsors. We'll need people to contact local representatives when we have a final draft.

-2nd Amendment rally at the Capitol this coming April:
-Kevin B did most of the work 2 years ago. This is an opportunity for general members to step up by taking the lead on this. We need to reserve the capitol steps, and create flyers for this; we'll need to arrange the sound system and do set-up and clean-up. Also to be a point of contact with the Capitol Police.
-Several members are interested in working on such a committee. Eric is willing to take the lead on this.

-Killingly town ordinance meeting: Scott will not be attending the meeting, but if there's an open hearing where the public is invited to comment, Scott will go.

-New London ordinance against concealed weapons: the town manager has the ordinance and Scott has been invited to speak about this ordinance on October 3.

-Hartford Mayoral candidate Edwin Vargas wants to ban concealed carry even with a permit. Mike McGary may still be running as a Republican candidate, who is pro-2nd Amendment.

-Jonathan H: we need a questionnaire to send to candidates like this to know where they stand. The problem we need to solve with that is who would head this up. We'll address this at the Exec meeting and next general meeting.

Meeting closed at 21:00

7:09 PM 8/9/2011
Open meeting and introduction, and moment of silence

7:13 PM 8/9/20115
Executive Report - President
Called exec meeting and discussed picnic, purchasing tables/canopy/etc, WPLR pig roast, leasing a storage area, candidates to come speak, new "Is That Legal" brochure printing, putting on a new 2A rally, Setting up a PAC (which isn't likely to happen)
Met with Attorney to discuss possibility of some time in the future setting up a legal defense fund, but a lot of work needed before that
Wrote update for our e-mails - Contact your US Senators and Representative on Project Gunwalker
Attended Sunday meeting, but had to leave early due to weather.
Invited Justin Bernier to speak at our meeting
Started outline for true 'Shall Issue' reform in Connecticut

7:15 PM 8/9/2011
Executive Report - Vice President
Attended exec member meeting.
Attended meeting with attorney
Organized, set up and staffed booth on Saturday at WPLR event.
Entered new members into database

7:16 PM 8/9/2011
Executive Report - Secretary
Attended executive member meeting

7:16 PM 8/9/2011
Coordinator Report - Membership
Printed/Folded brochures

7:17 PM 8/9/2011
Coordinator Report - Events
Picnic coming up August 27th. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you plan on bringing side dishes or want to help setup/cleanup. RSVP if you can.

7:18 PM 8/9/2011
Coordinator Report - Technology
Updated user database per Membership coordinator's
Send e-mail and facebook updates
Attended Blue Trail WPLR event.

7:19 PM 8/9/2011
Ken's incident OCing around Police Officer
July 22nd, 2011 was approached by a Trooper from Troop E and asked what his business was. Trooper requested ID and pistol permit. Bank where he was located was not posted. Trooper took ID and Permit to car. Short while later Trooper returned into bank and handed back ID and
Permit. Trooper questioned Ken about reasons for Open Carrying even though he understood the laws. Trooper said if someone made a complaint, he would have to arrest Ken for Breach of Peace. Ken finished business at bank and Trooper agreed to meet after bank business was finished. Ken approached the Trooper and continued the conversation. Ken felt the Trooper was unprofessional in his speech during this manner. Complaint was filed through their website for complaints/compliments. No profane language was used, but Ken feels the Trooper's overall demeanor was unprofessional. Got some response from a Lt. from DPS who after some further questions said there was no reason to continue the investigation and no further action needed to be taken, but would file the complaint permanently in the Trooper's file in case a future event occurs.

7:26 PM 8/9/2011
Executive Report - Treasurer
Getting introduced into protocols and procedures.
Completed necessary steps to manage financial resources
Transferred all accounting information into Quickbooks.
Received $254 sold in product and $50 in donations at WPLR.
Attended Exec. board meeting
Attended meeting with Attorney
Attended Sunday WPLR/Blue Trail event, but had to leave early due to weather.
Ongoing financial activities:
- CCDL will have to replace the pop-up canopy on loan to us by VP and Tech. Coordinator that was damaged by severe weather on Sundary morning
- Preparations are ongoing for the August Family picnic.

7:31 PM 8/9/2011
Special Guest - Justin Bernier - Candidate for US Congress, 5th District

7:47 PM 8/9/2011

8:01 PM 8/9/2011
Old business

8:02 PM 8/9/2011
Family Picnic
August 27th at Booth Memorial Park in Stratford, CT
Setup starts at 9:30, event starts at 11.
No Alcohol because all lawful forms of carry are allowed.
Looking for other raffle donations

8:04 PM 8/9/2011
Rich B's new website
Rich's case is still sitting in the process. Any updates will be posted on the above site and opencarry.org

8:04 PM 8/9/2011
Open Forum
Utah had a reciprocity agreement with many states. Last year they had cancelled 200+ permits. In the first half of this year they had to cancel almost 300 permits due to the Utah permit being cheaper than the other state's permit and the other state cancelled reciprocity with Utah.

8:07 PM 8/9/2011
Shall issue reform in CT
Scott started and outline for the campaign.
When it's done, we're going to need volunteers to go to their reps and senators to get this passed. We're going to need enough backing in the legislature to get it passed.

8:10 PM 8/9/2011
Project Gunwalker
Read our last members update.
Contact your US Representatives and Senators and get them to take action.
Brief Summary: ATF was going to border town gun dealers and getting them to notify the ATF when known gun smugglers came into the store. The ATF told the gun dealers to sell them the firearms and those firearms made it across the Mexican border and end up being used by the drug dealers in Mexico where some Border Potrol Agents where killed by them.

8:12 PM 8/9/2011
Close of meeting.