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Upcoming Events

Tue Oct 13 @07:00PM - 09:00PM
Monthly CCDL Meeting
Tue Nov 10 @07:00PM - 09:00PM
Monthly CCDL Meeting

Our Mission Statement

The Connecticut Citizens Defense League is a non-partisan, grassroots organization devoted to advocating rights affirmed by the Constitutions of the United States of America and the State of Connecticut. We are especially dedicated to protecting the unalienable right of all citizens to keep and bear arms, for the defense of both self and state, through public enlightenment and legislative action.

We welcome anyone who believes that the defense of our constitutional rights is critical to the longevity of our freedom and to the success of this nation, and in particular that the rights to self defense and to keep and bear the arms to actualize that defense, are fundamental and undeniable.

Statement On Umpqua College Shooting PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 02 October 2015 09:32

10/02/2015 For Immediate Release:
The Connecticut Citizens Defense League (The state's largest grass-roots gun rights group) Releases the following statement regarding the Umpqua Community College shooting on Thursday October 1st.

From CCDL President Scott Wilson:

"We are shocked and saddened by any action that is violent in nature, and our sincerest thoughts and prayers go out to all the victims and families involved with this incident."

"Much of the commentary from political leaders calls for more useless bans on legal gun ownership. The critical point that is always left out by those who advocate along these lines is the fact that these shootings almost exclusively happen in ‘gun free zones’. From Columbine to Sandy Hook to Roseburg Oregon, there is one irrefutable fact: Signs or laws that bar individuals from possessing the means for personal protection will not work, nor have they ever worked against criminals who are bent on murder."

"It is time for people to wake up to the fact that Utopian fantasies like gun free zones simply do not work. It is time for those who control public gatherings (be it in a school or a movie theater) to wrap their heads around reality. People are needlessly dying."

"The president of this country calls for more gun control after each and every instance of a mass murder, but he has offered no solution beyond curtailing or eradicating our rights as a free people. Anyone who looks beyond the smokescreen of his empty words should wonder exactly why that is".

"It is time for our society to admit that the 'gun free zone' experiment has failed."

About the CCDL: The Connecticut Citizens Defense League was formed in 2009 by a small group of concerned citizens as a non-partisan organization to advocate second amendment rights in the state of Connecticut. Since their founding, the group has grown to over 19.000 members across the state.
Thanks to this large supportive base across the state the CCDL has become a fixture at the Capitol, and well-recognized by committees that see firearms related bills. As the go-to organization in the state they are consulted regularly by lawmakers who have questions and concerns about pending legislation or existing laws. For more information on the CCDL please visit www.ccdl.us

Press Contact:
Scott Wilson
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Project ChildSafe PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 16:13

CCDL firmly believes in responsible gun ownership over arbitrary and unconstitutional laws and regulations. This includes using good judgement (not mandatory storage laws) to keep guns out of the hands of unauthorized people.

We are proud to announce that CCDL is now a supporter organization for Project ChildSafe's campaign to promote voluntary safe handling and storage of firearms. You can join us in committing to firearm safety & responsibility and sign their "Own it? Respect it. Secure it." pledge today: ProjectChildSafe.org/take-the-pledge

Visit the Project ChildSafe website for other ways you can get involved. ProjectChildSafe.org


Annual 2nd Amendment Poker Run PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 08 September 2015 10:24

On Saturday September 26, 2015 CCDL will again be hosting a poker run to raise money for our Litigation Fund.
Once again the ride will start at Woodbridge Firearms Trading Post and end at the Cadillac Ranch in Southington, where we'll have a HUGE after-party. Both motorcycles and cars are welcome to participate in the run, and EVERYONE is welcome to attend the after-party whether you ride or not.

The run begins at Woodbridge Firearms Trading Post located at 28 Selden St. in Woodbridge. Registration is from 9:30-10:30am and the cost will be $20 per rider or driver and $15 per passenger and includes the after-party. At Woodbridge Firearms you will be given directions to various locations. At each location you will pick a playing card from a deck. The route will be the same as last year, and you can expect to drive about 50-75 miles total, and it will finish at the Cadillac Ranch located at 45 Jude Ln, Southington. Prizes will be awarded at the end for the top five poker hands.

If you just want to attend the party and not participate in the poker run, admission will be $15 per person payable at the door. Admission includes food and entertainment. Drinks are extra.

We’ll have special 2015 CCDL Poker Run shirts and bandanas for sale at both the start and the finish. Quantities are limited, when they are gone, that’s it.

All net proceeds go to the CCDL Litigation Fund to fight for our 2nd Amendment rights and overturn Connecticut's anti-gun laws.

Sponsors include: Haymond Law, Connecticut Cruise News, Cadillac Ranch, C&D Arms Supply, Yankee Harley Davidson, The Outpost Guns & Ammo, Connecticut Sporting Arms, Ceglarz Motor Repair and Sales, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, and Woodbridge Firearms.

To save time on the day of the ride, you may fill out and print the registration form in advance and bring it with you. Registration Form (pdf)

For more info: please email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Last year's ride was the largest poker run in the state! Let's make it and even greater success this year.

CCDL Poker Run Postcard

2015 Poker Run Shirt

2015 Poker Run Shirt - front
It’s Almost Time For A Picnic! PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 01 September 2015 10:15

Just a few weeks away! On Saturday, September 19th CCDL will once again host our Annual Family Picnic at Boothe Memorial Park – 5800 Main Street on Putney, Stratford, CT.

We'll supply the burgers, hotdogs, soft drinks (no alcohol allowed in the park) and condiments. You can bring the family, the chips, dip, or whatever side dish (and a utensil to serve it) you're most famous for making, and some lawnchairs or a blanket to sit on. (Helpful hint: write your name on a piece of masking tape and attach it to your bowls/spoons/etc so you are sure to get them back)

This is a FREE event for CCDL members and their families. Bring some cash, we'll have our usual merchandise for sale as well as a special shirt just for this event. We'll also be raffling off lots of prizes. (The more raffle items the better, if you would like to donate something to the raffle, that would be great! This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and let him know. It doesn't have to be gun-related or expensive, anything legal that other people might like.)

So come to Boothe Memorial Park and enjoy the day with other CCDL members. Bring blankets, chairs, and your family. Come have a good time, relax, and celebrate our right to keep and bear arms. Come and get to know us, and learn more about what CCDL does to protect your rights as a gun owner in the state of Connecticut.

As I said, this a family picnic. There will be horseshoes, frisbees and wiffle balls, and all sorts of games for kids young and old. There is no alcohol allowed in the park, but pets on a leash and lawful carry of firearms are permitted. Please use an appropriate holster, and keep it holstered.

When: September 19, 2015 from 11am until 4pm.
Where: Boothe Memorial Park
5774 Main St. Putney
Stratford, CT 06614

Note: Please do not park on the grass or in a handicap spot (unless you have the placard). If the parking lot is full (it's a little small), you can park nearby on Putney Chapel Way (see the map below), and walk into the park from there. It's actually almost as close as the parking lot, and you won't have to walk up and down the hill.

(Click map for larger version)

Take exit 53; at end of ramp take a right; bear right (almost immediately) at next intersection onto Main St. Putney; follow ¼ mile and Boothe Park will be on your left.

Take exit 53; at end of ramp take a left; bear right at next intersection onto Main St. Putney; follow ¼ mile and Boothe Park will be on your left.

Take exit 33 and follow signs to RT 110; stay on RT 110 (East Main St.) one mile to traffic light at intersection of East Main St. and Main St.; take right onto Main St. (still RT 110); take 3rd left by bearing onto Main St. Putney (pond on left); follow for approx. ½ mile and Boothe Park will be on your right.

Take exit 38 to Merritt Parkway RT 15S and follow directions above from RT 15S.

2015 Picnic Flyer

Monthly Meeting September 8th PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 31 August 2015 00:00

CCDL holds its monthly general membership meeting at 7:00pm on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at the Elks Lodge in Middletown, CT. Our next meeting is Tuesday, September 8, 2015.

All CCDL members are welcome and encouraged to attend. We have a request from the property owners to please do not park on the grass when attending the meeting.

Meeting Agenda

  • Updates (if any) on our lawsuit against the State of Connecticut – Shew v. Malloy
  • Volunteers for 3rd CCDL Poker Run – help needed
  • CCDL Family Picnic updates/volunteers needed
  • New Project: #IamCCDL underway. What it is, how you can help; etc
  • Discussion on CCDL activism to support a new shooting facility
Avoid the wait and shipping fees! The full selection of CCDL merchandise is always for sale at our meetings, including many items not sold on our website..

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