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

Major Updates at Tuesday's 06/09/15 Meeting


The decision in the Federal Court Appeal that CCDL and other litigants are suing over (Shew v Malloy) should be here soon. We are days away from the typical time frame that an appellate court takes to reach a decision. We have a very special meeting for Tuesday, which will include a visit from Chris Conte. Chris is litigation counsel for NRA-ILA and has done a lot to help coordinate legal legwork associated with this case. Chris will talk about the lawsuit's future and other aspects of Connecticut gun rights.  
Connecticut Local Counsel Martha Dean will be in attendance and so will Tom King, the President of the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association. NY is fighting the SAFE Act law which is similar to the law that we are fighting here in CT (PA 13-3/13-220).

Session Ends - SB650 Dead (for now)

Senate Bill 650 died at the stroke of midnight on the last day of the legislative session. With that, so did the last serious piece of legislation that could have crippled the rights of gun owners (sort of).  
While it is unlikely that this bill will come back in the pending Special Session, it might. CCDL is working with 2A friendly legislators, and monitoring what may come. 

One extremely important note to add to the end of the session is language that was included in the Second Chance Society Bill. This is a bill that will be the focal point of the special session. State Rep Doug Dubitsky (47th district) has made this public statement: 

A drafting "error" in the Governor's Second-Chance Society bill would have created new offenses which would disqualify Connecticut residents from possessing firearms. The bill would have generally reduced the penalty for drug possession to a misdemeanor, but it would also eliminate an entire category of minor drug-related offenses that do not currently make people ineligible to own firearms.

Credit for fighting this last minute goes to Rep Doug Dubitsky, Rep Cara Pavalock (district 77) and Rep Rob Sampson (district 80). If this had passed, it would have been a 2nd amendment rights stripping nightmare for many gun owners. 

A full post-legislative breakdown will be presented by CCDL Legislative Coordinator Ray Bevis. Ray will be providing statistics about membership involvement and effectiveness at the meeting. He has worked very hard this session along with Chris Lemos to bring Legislative information to our members in real time.