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, November 14, 2017.
All CCDL members are welcome and encouraged to attend.
- Updates on actions with the Middletown Pistol permit process (Victory)
- CCDL Amicus Brief (Soto v Bushmaster) oral arguments breakdown
- CCDL Legislator of the Year presentation
- Southbury proposed ban
- Discussion on state elections 2018
- Last chance to pre-order pocket knives
Merchandise We sell CCDL merchandise at the meeting, buy it there and save on shipping. We also sell many items that are not available in our online store. We still have patches, pins, and magnets (perfect to put on your car, gun safe, or refrigerator). We also sell the car decals in assorted colors and sizes that you can't get online.
Food Drive Don't forget - CCDL collects nonperishable food items at our monthly meetings to be donated to charities. With the holidays coming, please remember those who are less fortunate than ourselves.
For prior posts about this proposed gun ban in Southbury, click here.
There was a great showing of CCDL members for the November 2nd board of selectmen’s meeting. Over 700 people were in attendance, and the vast majority were Second Amendment supporters. 48 people stood up and spoke against a firearm ban and only 13 people spoke in favor of such an ordinance.
After a presentation by Southbury’s Resident State Trooper at the meeting, the trooper requested that the Board of Selectmen revisit and clarify two existing town firearm ordinances (one for town parks and one for town open spaces) to determine if these also ban permit holders or does a permit meet the “except by special permit” clause in the ordinances. Southbury Selectman George Bertram has said in an email, that he will also work to rescind both local ordinances that currently restrict legal firearms in Southbury. He doesn’t believe that Southbury should be in the business of adding restrictions to the legal carry of firearms. He said, “CT has enough (restrictions) already, in my humble opinion.”
The board of selectmen ran out of meeting time because they only had the use of the high school until 11PM. They had to table their discussion about the firearms ordinance until the November 16th meeting. Their next meeting will most likely again be at Pomperaug High School, 234 Judd Rd, Southbury, CT at 7PM in the auditorium. They will most likely not take any more public comments at the next meeting, but will vote on whether or not to continue to explore a firearms ban on town property, town building and at town events. With this proposal coming from the Southbury Democratic Town Committee and with the Republicans still holding the majority of the seats on the board after the elections, it is unlikely that this will move forward.
CCDL will of course continue to monitor the situation, and alert our members and supporters if further action is required.
The CCDL Executive Board proudly selects Melissa Ziobron as the 2017 CCDL Legislator of the Year.
Announcing the award, president Scott Wilson stated the following:
“CCDL would like to express our gratitude for the hard work that Melissa has done to protect our rights as citizens of Connecticut. While many other legislators were very helpful to kill pistol permit fee increase proposals or other gun related bills, this particular year, Melissa has stood out.”
“With Melissa’s effort to get ahead of this important issue, CCDL was able to muster support in time to testify before her committee and oppose these proposed fee increases. In a year of serious fiscal shortfalls, this was no small feat. CCDL and every permit holder owes Melissa a debt of gratitude. We would like to extend our heartfelt appreciation to her on behalf of our members.”
Melissa serves the 34th house district (Colchester, East Haddam and East Hampton). As a ranking member of the Appropriations Committee, she kept a keen eye on budget proposals that would have severely impacted the fees for pistol permits. These proposed fee increases would have been devastating to many gun owners in the state.
Melissa will be attending our monthly meeting to receive her award. CCDL invites our members to join us at the Elks Lodge (44 Maynard St) on November 14th 7:00pm in Middletown, CT to honor her.
Southbury town meeting on proposed gun ban; Thursday, November 2nd at 7:00PM at the Pomperaug High School auditorium.
The Southbury Democratic Town Committee (SDTC) has requested that the Board of Selectmen consider an ordinance to prohibit firearms on all town property. Ultimately, making these places “Gun Free Zones”.
The Board of Selectmen voted to explore this idea further, and added it to the agenda for their October 19th meeting.
You can see the SDTC letter here: Southbury DTC Gun Control Letter (pdf)
Many of the hundreds of Southbury CCDL members and supporters came out to the October 19th meeting to voice their concerns on this proposed town gun ban. So many, the meeting was rescheduled due to crowd size. The new date and location is Thursday, November 2nd at 7:00PM at the Pomperaug High School auditorium, 234 Judd Rd, Southbury, CT. You should plan on arriving early, and sitting in the front of the room. (Please remember that schools are gun free zones)
Since our founding in 2009, CCDL has been working to resolve various pistol permit issues in many cities and towns. Some of the issues pertain to issuing time frames or procedures that violate what is required or mandated by state statute.
On May 30th, CCDL filed a FOIA request with the Middletown Police to review their issuance time frame for temporary permits. Once the information was received and reviewed, CCDL determined that most of the applications exceeded the 8-week statutory time frame. This had been an ongoing problem that plagued residents of Middletown simply seeking approval for permits to carry.
Eventually, with the help of a CCDL resident of Middletown, a city councilor facilitated communications between Police Chief William McKenna and CCDL President Scott Wilson.
Because of the positive dialogue between the two, and the background efforts of the Police Chief, Middletown is adding additional resources and revamping its process to issue permits within the eight-week time frame. It was important to listen to the Chief’s concerns and the challenges that he has faced, and to also explain that CCDL is not out to create unnecessary headaches for his department.
CCDL wishes to thank Chief William McKenna for looking deep into this matter and resolving it. Special thanks to CCDL member Kevin Kelly and City Councilor Deb Kieckowski for their help.
Hosted by: Windsor Marksmen’s Association
Presented by: Connecticut Citizens Defense League
Thursday, January 18, 2018
7:00PM – 9:00PM
Suffield VFW Post 9544
972 Sheldon ST, Suffield, CT
Downstairs Meeting Hall
CCDL invites all that are interested in preserving our 2nd Amendment rights, in Connecticut to this FREE workshop open to the public. This workshop is designed to educate gun owners about legislative action.
Topics will Include:
- Learn about the legislative process and any pending gun bills
- Tips for communicating with your legislators
- How to prepare written testimony
- How to submit your testimony
- How to testify at a public hearing effectively
- How to track gun bills
- How to become proactive and vigilant
If you have any questions, contact CCDL’s Legislative Coordinator: