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

Hosted by: Windsor Marksmen’s Association

Presented by: Connecticut Citizens Defense League

DATE:

Thursday, January 18, 2018

TIME:

7:00PM – 9:00PM

LOCATION:

Suffield VFW Post 9544

972 Sheldon ST, Suffield, CT

Downstairs Meeting Hall

CCDL invites all that are interested in preserving our 2nd Amendment rights, in Connecticut to this FREE workshop open to the public.  This workshop is designed to educate gun owners about legislative action.

Topics will Include:

  • Learn about the legislative process and any pending gun bills
  • Tips for communicating with your legislators
  • How to prepare written testimony
  • How to submit your testimony
  • How to testify at a public hearing effectively
  • How to track gun bills
  • How to become proactive and vigilant

If you have any questions, contact CCDL’s Legislative Coordinator:

Ray Bevis  -   (860) 800-2235  -  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


See all CCDL updates and alerts for the 2015 Connecticut State Legislative Session - 2015 Legislative Updates
Location: Niantic Sportsmen's Club-
67 Plants Dam Rd
East Lyme, CT 06333

Date: January 18th
Time:: 9:00am to 10:00am
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Proposed H.B. No. 5112 REP. DARGAN, 115th DIST. ‘AN ACT CONCERNING THE DISCLOSURE OF THE NAMES AND ADDRESSES OF PERSONS HOLDING HANDGUN PERMITS’, to permit the disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act of the names and addresses of persons holding handgun permits.
REF. PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY

Proposed S.B. No. 42 SEN. LOONEY, 11th DIST. ‘AN ACT CONCERNING THE CRIMINAL POSSESSION OF AMMUNITION’, to strengthen the state’s gun laws by providing that a person prohibited from possessing a firearm shall also be prohibited from possessing firearm ammunition.
REF. JUDICIARY

Proposed S.B. No. 1 SEN. WILLIAMS, 29th DIST. ‘AN ACT CONCERNING THE PROTECTION OF CHILDREN, FAMILIES AND OTHER INDIVIDUALS FROM VIOLENCE’, to protect children, families and other individuals from violence.
REF. JUDICIARY

Proposed S.B. No. 21 SEN. CRISCO, 17th DIST. ‘AN ACT AUTHORIZING BONDS OF THE STATE FOR AN ETERNAL LIGHT IN MEMORY OF VICTIMS OF GUN VIOLENCE’, to memorialize victims of gun violence.
REF. GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS

For hints on tracking bills, see this post in our blog.

Proposed H.B. No. 5179 REP. HOVEY, 112th DIST. ‘AN ACT CONCERNING ACCESS TO THE INTERACTIVE VOICE RESPONSE SYSTEM OF THE SPECIAL LICENSING AND FIREARMS UNIT OF THE DIVISION OF STATE POLICE’, to permit firearm dealers seeking sale authorization numbers greater access to the Interactive Voice Response system of the Special Licensing and Firearms Unit of the Division of State Police.
REF. PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY

 

Proposed H.B. No. 5176 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. ‘AN ACT CONCERNING THE APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS FOR A TEMPORARY STATE PERMIT TO CARRY A PISTOL OR REVOLVER’, to specify uniform criteria for an application for a temporary state permit to carry a pistol or revolver.
REF. PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY
NOTE: This is one bill we need to support!

 

Proposed S.B. No. 122 SEN. MEYER, 12th DIST. ‘AN ACT CONCERNING RESTRICTIONS ON GUN USE.’, To reduce the use of guns for criminal purposes.
REF. JUDICIARY
NOTE: this one is a special kind of stupid. It would outlaw any gun, magazine, or clip that holds more then one round of ammunition.

 

Proposed S.B. No. 124 SEN. GARY D. LEBEAU, 3RD DIST. & SEN JOHN MCKINNEY, 28TH DIST. ‘AN ACT BANNING LARGE CAPACITY AMMUNITION MAGAZINES.
, To prohibit the possession of certain ammunition feeding devices that accept more than ten rounds.

REF. JUDICIARY

 

Proposed H.B. No. 5165 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. ‘AN ACT CONCERNING THE DEFENSE OF A PERSON’S HOME, MOTOR VEHICLE OR BUSINESS.’, To establish a rebuttable presumption in a self-defense claim that, when a person believes it necessary to use deadly force to repel an intruder, such belief is a reasonable belief.
REF. JUDICIARY

 

Major Hearing Thursday

March 14th is going to be a “Gun Day” for public hearings.
The Public Safety and Security Committee will hold a public hearing on Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 10:00 A.M. in Room 2C of the LOB.
Please submit 35 copies of written testimony to Committee staff at the time of sign-up. Testimony submitted after sign-up may not be distributed until after the hearing.
Sign-up for the hearing will begin at 8:30 A.M. in the First Floor Atrium of the LOB. The first hour of the hearing is reserved for Legislators, Constitutional Officers, State Agency Heads and Chief Elected Municipal Officials. Speakers will be limited to three minutes of testimony. Unofficial sign-up sheets have no standing with the Committee. All public hearing testimony, written and spoken, is public information. As such, it will be made available on the committee website and indexed by internet search engines.

Any testimony that is submitted electronically for the public hearing will be published but not physically distributed to members.

CCDL and all 2A supporters should be particularly concerned with SB1076

For more information as we breakdown the language of these Bills, please follow the CCDL Blog for updates. We will be publishing updates on SB1076 and other Bills as we go. 

Based on the scheduled Lobby Day and the public hearing in the same week, members have expressed concerns over time off from jobs to attend both. If you have available time off from your work or are able to shift schedules around both days in Hartford are equally important. What we say to our legislators on Monday may help us ahead of time for Thursday. 

This is a major assault on our Liberty, and we need to give everything we possible     
can at this time. 

Bills being heard on 03/14/13:


1. S.B. No. 299 (COMM) AN ACT CONCERNING COMMUNICATION AMONG STATE AND LOCAL POLICE DEPARTMENTS DURING ACTIVE SHOOTER INCIDENTS. (PS,PS)
2. S.B. No. 505 (COMM) AN ACT CONCERNING THE MINIMUM AGE TO PURCHASE A RIFLE OR OTHER LONG GUN. (PS,PS)
3. S.B. No. 506 (COMM) AN ACT REQUIRING CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS FOR ALL PRIVATE FIREARM SALES. (PS,PS)
4. S.B. No. 710 (COMM) AN ACT CONCERNING PERMITS FOR GUN SHOWS. (PS,PS)
5. S.B. No. 897 (RAISED) AN ACT CONCERNING REGULATION OF FIREARMS. (PS)
6. S.B. No. 1071 (RAISED) AN ACT CONCERNING ADDITIONAL FUNDING FOR THE CRIMINAL INJURIES COMPENSATION FUND. (PS)
7. S.B. No. 1076 (RAISED) AN ACT CONCERNING THE REDUCTION OF GUN VIOLENCE. (PS)
8. H.B. No. 6162 (COMM) AN ACT CONCERNING INELIGIBILITY FOR A PERMIT TO CARRY A PISTOL OR REVOLVER OR AN ELIGIBILITY CERTIFICATE BASED ON A PRIOR HOSPITALIZATION. (PS,PS)
9. H.B. No. 6251 (COMM) AN ACT REQUIRING FINGERPRINTING AND CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS PRIOR TO THE SALE, DELIVERY OR TRANSFER OF ALL LONG GUNS. (PS,PS)
10. H.B. No. 6595 (RAISED) AN ACT PROHIBITING THE DISCHARGE OF FIREARMS NEAR PRIVATE RESIDENCES. (PS)
11. H.B. No. 6598 (RAISED) AN ACT CONCERNING PUBLIC PROTECTION. (PS)