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

Governor Malloy is asking for a wide variety of input from the public on current regulations that affect Connecticut citizens in numerous ways. 
It is currently a violation of state regulations to carry a firearm for personal protection in state parks and state forests. Pistol Permit holders go through training, background checks and pay a lot of money to obtain these permits. Since the Governor is asking for change recommendations, please take this opportunity by using the instructions below.
  • Fill out your NameEmail Address and Town.
  • field Regulations Agency drop-down, Select "Energy and Environmental Protection, Dept of"
  • field Regulation Subject Matter: enter Carrying handguns in State Forests and Parks
  • field Regulation Section Number: Enter 23-4-1(c) and 26-66-2
  • In the Comments enter the following text:

Please modify the State Agencies Regulations to allow individuals with valid Permits to Carry Pistols and Revolvers to carry a handgun for self defense while in CT State Parks and Forests. Specifically:

- Remove the prohibition on the 'carrying of firearms' in Section 23-4-1(c) of the Connecticut Agencies Regulations
- Add an exemption to 26-66-2 to allow the carrying of pistols and revolvers (including handguns using center-fire ammunition) for the purposes of self defense.

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