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.

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Judge Has Issued  Decision in Shew v. Malloy


The ruling issued by Judge Covello has favored the State of Connecticut. Our arguments were dismissed, and the judge accepted the States argument in the entirety. Read Decision and Order

Everyone would like to know what this means for CCDL and the other plaintiffs. Here is what we know as of now:

1) We are far from done! We knew that there would be appeals no matter how this ruling was decided, and we were prepared for this.
2) Judge Covello did acknowledge that the list of firearms that are deemed as assault weapons are very much in common use, but public safety outweighs a definitive right to such arms.
3) The legal team for CCDL and the other plaintiffs have already filed a 'Notice of Appeal' with the Federal Court System. Read Notice of Appeal here. Filing the appeal may take one to two weeks.
4) We are asking our members to be patient throughout this process. This will be a long fight, but it is a fight that we will not turn our backs on. The very foundation of the 2nd Amendment is at stake. Please contribute to the litigation fund.

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