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.

07/24/2018
For Immediate Release:

(Groton, CT) – The Connecticut Citizens Defense League’s Executive Committee releases the following endorsements for the August 14th primary elections.

US Senate - Matthew Corey

5th Congressional District - Manny Santos

9th State Senate District - Ed Charamut

14th State Senate District - Pam Staneski

100th House District - Tony Gennaro

116th House District - Roman Khondker

Previously released state-wide primary candidates:

Governor - Tim Herbst

Lieutenant Governor - Joe Markley

Attorney General - Sue Hatfield *See here for explanation

State Treasurer - Art Linares

Statement on primary endorsements:

The Connecticut Citizens Defense has worked to evaluate numerous candidates for the August 14th primary election. As an organization, we ask our members to consider our endorsements when weighing their decision making, and help our endorsed candidates win their respective elections. Over the last eight years, legal gun owners and applicants for gun permits have been subject to unfair practices by our governor, certain legislators as well as several municipalities. 2018 can be a different outcome for lawful and responsible gun owners.


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 30,000 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

02/15/2018
For Immediate Release:
The Connecticut Citizens Defense League (the state's largest grass roots gun rights group) makes a statement on yesterday's Florida shooting.

Comment from CCDL President Scott Wilson:
“While we wait for more facts to come out from the investigation, we know that the person responsible for this mass murder was someone who was a known threat to the safety of students and staff at this school. With this in mind, we wonder if more could have been done to protect this school. We also believe that the behavioral red flags being mentioned in current media reports should have been taken seriously and addressed proactively by those who were aware.”

Wilson Added:
“While some politicians are calling for more laws that will do nothing, the public should be aware that numerous existing laws were broken in this mass murder, and more laws will not stop a deranged person from killing.”

“In the meantime, our hearts go out to the families of these victims. We continue to oppose violent crime. All violent crime, not just those committed with firearms.”

Scott Wilson Sr.
President

CCDL, Inc.
www.ccdl.us

To our fellow members and supporters

CCDL is well aware of the budget proposal by the Governor to drastically increase the fees for pistol permit applications and renewals. We are actively working on counter-proposals to help mitigate the costs that Governor Malloy has proposed.

His proposal would negatively impact Connecticut citizens who merely wish to protect themselves and their families. His plan calls to put his failed policies on the backs of Connecticut gun owners.

We will keep our members updated every step along the way

Scott Wilson
President
CCDL, Inc.

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."
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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 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
860-235-7490
www.ccdl.us
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