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.

CCDL Members Testifying and participating in our Events

To my fellow CCDL members -

This week we have all witnessed the horrible carnage committed by a mass murdering individual. With no respect for the lives of his victims, he went on a rampage that lasted for 10 minutes. Predictably, before all the victims were evacuated or any facts known, politicians were clamoring for more gun restrictions.

We are certain that we will be facing an untold variety of gun control proposals at the state, federal, and even local level. While we mourn for the victims of this senseless and violent act, the gun control lobby is already hard at work. They're working day and night to use this horrific event to further their agenda of restricting your rights. While we wait and see what legislators bring forth, we will undoubtedly need the effort and support or our members in the very near future.

This Tuesday evening at our monthly meeting in Middletown at 7:00pm, CCDL will take a moment of silence for those murdered and injured in Las Vegas this past week. Whether you can join us in person or not, we ask that you pause for a moment at 7:00pm in solidarity.
Come join us as we plan to continue the fight for our rights.

Scott Wilson - CCDL President

 10/2/2017
for Immediate Release:

Scott Wilson, President of the Connecticut Citizens Defense League issues the following statements in the aftermath of the Las Vegas shooting.

"CCDL expresses our sympathy for the victims and families of this horrible mass murder in Las Vegas. We are eager for more answers with regards to what might have motivated this mass murderer. We need to let investigators do their Jobs."

"There is no justification for anyone to commit mass murder. Unfortunately, Chris Murphy and the usual gun control entities are calling for knee-jerk reforms before all the facts are in. Mass murderers simply will break whatever laws that we have in place to commit atrocities. This fact is evidenced by the numerous cargo vehicle murders that occur in Spain, Germany, Sweden, France and multiple incidents in England."

"It seems to me that certain lawmakers very simply want to disarm citizens of the United States. If that is what they seek, then they should articulate their positions and simply say so. Americans will not stand for being disarmed and defenseless."

Scott Wilson- CCDL President

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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 28,000 members from across the state.

Thanks to this large supportive base, the CCDL has become a fixture at the state 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 http://www.ccdl.us

Press Contact:
Scott Wilson
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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

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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.

For the upcoming 2016 election, the CCDL Executive Committee has considered the past voting record and views that each candidate holds with respect to our constitutional rights.

This year, our job of vetting candidates has come with some regret. Some legislators we endorsed in the past have voted for a gun control bill (HB5054) this past session. Interestingly enough, some legislators who voted for gun control in 2013 reversed course and did not support gun control efforts this year. While we applaud this turn around, at this time we simply cannot endorse candidates who supported SB1160 in 2013.

One important point: This year, more legislators from both parties voted for anti-gun bills, than voted for them during the emotionally charged 2013 session. This trend should concern all gun owners, and be a cause for them to actively support the following candidates:

CCDL Endorsed Candidate List updated 11/4/16

CT House:
District  Candidate Name  Towns Represented

    8 Timothy J. ‘Tim’ Ackert - Columbia, Coventry, Tolland, Vernon
    9 Richard Lion – East Hartford, Manchester
  13 Mark Tweedie - Glastonbury, Manchester
  23 Devin R Carney - Lyme, Old Lyme, Saybrook, Westbrook
  24 Jim Sanders - New Britain, Newington
  30 Chris Morelli - Berlin, Southington
  33 Linda J Szynkowicz - Middletown
  34 Melissa H. Ziobron – Colchester, East Haddam, East Hampton
  35 Jesse D MacLachlan - Clinton, Killingworth, Westbrook
  36 Bob Siegrist - Chester, Deep River, Essex, Haddam
  37 Holly H Cheeseman - East Lyme, Salem
  38 Lauren Shaw - Montville, Waterford
  39 Andrew Lockwood - New London
  40 John F Scott - Groton, Ledyard
  41 Aundre P Bumgardner - Groton, New London
  42 Mike France - Ledyard, Montville, Preston
  44 Anne Dauphinais - Killingly, Plainfield
  45 Kevin Skulczyck - Griswold, Lisbon, Plainfield, Sterling, Voluntown
  45 Tracey Hanson - Griswold, Lisbon, Plainfield, Sterling, Voluntown
  47 Doug Dubitsky - Norwich, Sprague, Franklin, Lebanon, Lisbon, Hampton, Chaplin, Canterbury, Scotland
  48 Evan A. Evans – Colchester, Lebanon, Mansfield, Windham
  49 Tony Fantoli - Windham
  50 Pat Boyd - Brooklyn, Eastford, Pomfret, Union, Woodstock
  52 Kurt Vail - Somers, Stafford
  53 Sam Belsito - Ashford, Tolland, Willington
  57 Christopher C Davis - East Windsor, Ellington
  61 Tami Zawistowski - Suffield, East Granby, Windsor
  62 Bill Simanski - Barkhamsted, East Granby, Granby, New Hartford
  63 Jay M. Case - Colebrook, Goshen, Torrington, Winchester
  64 Brian Ohler - Canaan, Cornwall, Goshen, Kent, Norfolk, North Canaan, Salisbury, Sharon,Torrington
  66 David T Wilson - Bethlehem, Litchfield, Morris, Warren, Woodbury
  68 Eric C. Berthel - Oakville, Watertown, Woodbury
  70 Rosa Rebimbas - Naugatuck
  73 Steve Giacomi - Waterbury
  76 John E Piscopo - Burlington, Harwinton, Litchfield, Thomaston
  77 Cara C Pavalock - Bristol
  78 Whit Betts - Bristol, Plymouth, Terryville
  80 Robert C. ‘Rob’ Sampson - Wolcott, Southington
  83 Joseph Vollano - Berlin, Meriden
  85 Serge G Mihaly - Wallingford
  86 Vincent Candelora - Durham, Guilford, North Branford, Wallingford
  88 Marjorie Bonadies - Hamden
  89 Lezlye Zupkus - Bethany, Cheshire, Prospect
  90 Craig Fishbein - Cheshire, Wallingford
  99 Steve Tracey - East Haven
102 Chris Kelly - Branford
103 Andy Falvey - Cheshire, Southington, Wallingford
104 Joseph Jaumann - Ansonia, Derby
112 J.P. Sredzinski – Monroe, Newtown
113 Jason Perillo - Shelton
118 Rick Varrone - Milford
119 Pam Staneski - Orange, Milford
122 Ben McGorty – Shelton, Stratford, Trumbull
126 Anthony Pizighelli - Bridgeport
131 David K. Labriola - Naugatuck, Oxford, Southbury

CT Senate:
District  Candidate Name  Towns Represented

  2 Theresa Tillett - Hartford, Bloomfield, Windsor
  6 Charles Paonessa - Berlin, Farmington, New Britain
  7 John A. Kissel - East Granby, Enfield, Granby, Somers, Suffield, Windsor, Windsor Locks
  8 Kevin D Witkos - Avon, Barkhamsted, Canton, Colebrook, Granby, Hartland, Harwinton, New Hartford, Norfolk, Simsbury, Torrington
13 Len Suzio - Cheshire, Meriden, Middletown, Middlefield
14 Pat Libero - Milford, Orange, West Haven, Woodbridge
16 Joe Markley - Cheshire, Prospect, Southington, Wolcott, Waterbury
18 Heather Somers - Griswold, Groton, North Stonington, Plainfield, Preston, Sterling, Stonington, Voluntown
19 Barbara Crouch - Columbia, Franklin, Hebron, Lebanon, Ledyard, Lisbon, Marlborough, Montville, Norwich, Sprague
19 Catherine A. ‘Cathy’ Osten - Columbia, Franklin, Hebron, Lebanon, Ledyard, Lisbon, Marlborough, Montville, Norwich, Sprague
20 Paul M Formica - Bozrah, East Lyme, Montville, New London, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook, Salem, Waterford
22 Elaine Hammers - Bridgeport, Monroe, Trumbull
29 John French - Brooklyn, Canterbury, Killingly, Mansfield, Putnam, Scotland, Thompson, Windham
30 Craig A Miner - Brookfield, Canaan, Cromwell, Goshen, Kent, Litchfield, Morris, New Milford, North Canaan, Salisbury, Sharon, Torrington, Warren, Winchester

31 Henri R Martin - Bristol, Harwinton, Plainville, Plymouth, Thomaston
32 Robert J. ‘Rob’ Kane - Bethlehem, Bridgewater, Middlebury, Oxford, Seymour, Southbury, Roxbury, Washington, Watertown, Woodbury
33 Art Linares - Chester, Clinton, Colchester, Deep River, East Haddam, East Hampton, Essex, Haddam, Lyme, Old Saybrook, Portland, Westbrook
35 Tony Guglielmo - Ashford, Chaplin, Coventry, Eastford, Ellington, Hampton, Pomfret, Stafford, Tolland, Union, Vernon, Willington, Woodstock

US House:
District  Candidate Name

1 Matthew Corey
2 Daria Novak
2 Dan Reale
3 Angel Cadena
5 Clay Cope

US Senate:
Candidate Name

Dan Carter

*CCDL reserves the right to add or remove candidates as they are vetted by the Executive Committee. This page may be updated to reflect that.

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11/4/2016 - Added:
CT House 48 Evan Evans

10/26/2016 - Added:
CT House 9 Richard Lion
CT House 112 J.P. Sredzinski
US House 2 Dan Reale

10/25/2016 - Added:
CT House 99 Steve Tracey
CT House 104 Joseph Jaumann

10/12/2016 - Added:
CT House 102 Chris Kelly

10/4/2016 - Added:
CT House 45 Tracey Hanson
CT House 126 Anthony Pizighelli
CT Senate 14 Pat Libero

8/28/2016 - Added:
CT House 39 Andrew Lockwood
CT House 50 Pat Boyd
CT House 66 David T Wilson
CT House 118 Rick Varrone
CT Senate 6 Charles Paonessa
CT Senate 22 Elaine Hammers

8/8/2016 - Added:
CT House 45 Kevin Skulczyck
CT House 83 Joseph Vollano
CT House 88 Marjorie Bonadies

8/8/2016 - Corrected:
CT House 63 Jay Case (corrected towns covered)

7/4/2016 - Added:
CT House 68 Eric Berthel
CT House 86 Vin Candelora

6/29/2016 - Added:
CT House 78 Whit Betts
US House 1 Matthew Corey

Below is the press release on today's Appellate decision in Shew v. Malloy, the lawsuit against Connecticut's unconstitutional gun laws.

10/19/2015 For Immediate Release:

The Connecticut Citizens Defense League (The state's largest grass-roots gun rights group) reacts to the Appellate decision handed down today. CCDL is one of the named Plaintiffs in the Shew v Malloy federal lawsuit. The case argues against a number of the firearms laws that were enacted with the signage of Public Act 13-3.

The Federal Lawsuit against Public Act 13-3 has waged on since May 22nd of 2013.

Comment from CCDL President Scott Wilson:
"We along with our fellow plaintiffs were hopeful for a more favorable decision from the 2nd Circuit, but we are not surprised that this decision was handed down from this level. We are working with our team of attorneys and other plaintiffs and preparing for the next round".

"We knew all along that we would end up appealing to the Supreme Court to overturn this clear injustice of our 2nd Amendment rights. We have 90 days from this ruling, and our attorneys will file a petition for certiorari within that time frame".

Wilson concluded:
"We know that we are on the right side of this matter, and Connecticut gun owners will not surrender our constitutional rights. We will exhaust every possible avenue to preserve those rights".

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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 nearly 20,000 members from across the state.

Thanks to this large supportive base, the CCDL has become a fixture at the state 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 http://www.CCDL.us

Press Contact:
Scott Wilson
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860-235-7490

11/24/2015
For Immediate Release:

The Connecticut Citizens Defense League (The state's largest grass-roots gun rights group) is speaking out in opposition to recent statements made by Governor Malloy, and Senators Murphy and Blumenthal regarding the deceptively named “Denying Firearms and Explosives to Dangerous Terrorists Act of 2015”.

Comment from CCDL President Scott Wilson:

"I make no apologies for emphatically stating that all three of them are plainly and simply advocating for tyranny in the truest sense of the word. Everything that they are calling for is completely antithetical our rights as Americans. These proposals not only violate our 2nd Amendment rights, but our 14th Amendment rights as well. Their rhetoric about blanket gun control should concern every American regardless of their views on guns. They are actually advocating for the elimination of due process for citizens".

Key Points about the Watch List:

1) For the purposes of this proposed legislation, a “terrorist” is anyone whose name appears on the FBI’s terror watch list. This is not a list of known terrorists. As the name implies, it is just a list of people the FBI is watching for information about terrorism. A person might be watched because a relative, acquaintance or coworker is suspected of terroristic actions. They themselves may be law-abiding citizens.

2) Anyone can mistakenly and unknowingly end up on the terror watch list. You do not have to commit any crime to be added to the list Infants, US senators, Nelson Mandela, and the entire Ford Motor Company have all been mistakenly added to the watch list.

3) There is no deliberate means to remove yourself from the list should you mistakenly end up on it.

4) The criteria to end up on the terror list are unclear and vague.

5) We do not have a clue who is adding names to this list. Adding someone to the list is purely a bureaucratic decision with no accountability, and no opportunity for an individual to refute being added to the list. If Malloy, Murphy and Blumenthal have their way, citizens who have been charged with no crime will lose their Constitutional rights with NO due process.

6) Gun sales to individuals who are on the watch list are already reported to and approved by the federal government. They decline the sales for actual criminals.

Wilson concluded:

"Either we have rights as individuals, or we do not. Lawmakers continue to push down the road of gun control under the guise of concerns for safety, while many citizens in European countries are hiding behind locked doors wishing they had some means of protection with little help from police".

"If there are actual terrorists with plots or crimes being committed, the Federal Government and police already have the authority to act accordingly, instead of utilizing some list and Gestapo-style tactics against large swaths of the population".

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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 20,000 members from across the state.

Thanks to this large supportive base, the CCDL has become a fixture at the state 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 http://www.ccdl.us

Press Contact:
Scott Wilson
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
860-235-7490