For Immediate Release:

The Connecticut Citizens Defense League has co-filed an Amicus Brief to the Supreme Court of the United States (Worman v Healy) along with several Law Enforcement and other 2nd Amendment advocacy groups.

Essentially the summary of our argument is that the 1st Circuit Appellate Court did not properly apply the Heller decision for commonly used firearms and magazines that may contain over 10 rounds.

CCDL is proud to stand in support of gun owners and 2nd Amendment activists in neighboring Massachusetts.

Since both states are 2 of the original 13 colonies, it is especially fitting that we show our support to oppose gun control schemes of this nature.

PDF of Brief Here

Scott Wilson

President- CCDL, Inc.

A Brief Summary

In 2016, California passed a law, Cal. Penal Code § 32310. This Act banned not just the sale, but also the possession of any magazine holding more than ten rounds.  There are estimates of more than 100
million such magazines in the United States, and they are perfectly legal in most states.  In California, this new law would have required citizens who possessed such magazines to remove them from the state, transfer them to a licensed dealer, or surrender them to a law enforcement agency for destruction. In 2017, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California enjoined (prohibited) the enforcement of this new law.  The State of California has appealed the preliminary injunction to the Ninth Circuit.  In 2018, a panel of judges of the Ninth Circuit affirmed the issuance of the preliminary injunction.  Though en banc review of the panel decision was sought by California, it was not granted.  Hence the case was remanded to the District Court for trial. 

PDF of Brief Here

For Immediate Release:

(Groton, CT) - The Connecticut Citizens Defense League (The state's largest gun rights organization) co-files Amicus Curiae along with the National Rifle Association of America.

CCDL President Scott Wilson Releases the following Statement:

"We are proud to stand alongside the National Rifle Association with mutual support for Remington Arms and for the rights of legal gun owners. We hope that the Supreme Court considers addressing this issue.”

PDF of Brief Here

 

CCDL (along with other groups) is filing an Amicus Brief with the Supreme Court of the United States in support of the plaintiffs in this case. The petitioners have already been granted a writ of certiorari. This means that oral arguments will be presented at some point soon, and a landmark decision that could impact gun rights throughout the nation will likely result.

CCDL participates in out-of-state cases like this because the results would impact Connecticut gun owners either positively or negatively depending on how the cases are decided.  The brief should be filed with the court by Tuesday May 14th and we will be discussing it at our meeting that evening.   

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The Connecticut Citizens Defense League has joined with multiple law enforcement associations and other state-wide gun rights organizations to present legal arguments on behalf of lawful gun owners.

Together we have filed an amicus brief in support of the petition for certiorari filed with the Supreme Court in Rogers v. Grewal, No. 18-824.  This case challenges the extremely restrictive “discretionary” carry permit system in New Jersey, which basically does not recognize any right by ordinary citizens to obtain a carry permit.  Instead, an individual must show “justifiable need,” which is defined to mean (in addition to other criteria) that the applicant must “specify in detail the urgent necessity for self-protection, as evidenced by specific threats or previous attacks which demonstrate a special danger to the applicant’s life that cannot be avoided by means other than by issuance of a permit to carry a handgun.”

The application is to be supported by documentation of the threats or attacks in the form of police reports.  The New Jersey courts have held that “generalized fears for personal safety are inadequate.

The current case, challenging the New Jersey statutes on Second Amendment grounds, was filed after there had previously been a Third Circuit case upholding those statutes.  Accordingly, the federal District Court cited the Third Circuit case, and denied relief.  At the Third Circuit, the plaintiffs themselves asked the Third Circuit to summarily affirm, thereby saving time and setting the case up to take to the Supreme Court by way of certiorari as soon as possible.

The brief argues points that have been made in the past in right-to-carry cases, such as the total ineffectiveness of restrictive permitting systems in reducing crime, and the fact that concealed carry permit holders nationwide, even in far less restrictive “shall-issue” states, tend to be remarkably law-abiding.

We believe the brief should help convince the court that this is an important case, and worth considering for granting certiorari.

The full amicus curiae brief may be viewed here:
18-824 Amicus Brief of Law Enforcement Groups et al. (pdf)

The chances of getting some meaningful Court action on important issues—such as the fundamental question in this case, whether there is a Second Amendment right to carry outside the home—are probably the best in many years.

As 2nd Amendment advocates, we must recognize the impact that federal actions in other states could ultimately have on Connecticut.

Scott Wilson
President – CCDL Inc.