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

On Saturday, September 30th CCDL held its 3rd Legislative Shoot and Luncheon.

This year's event was a joint effort with the National Rifle Association, National Shooting Sports Federation, and Fairfield County Fish and Game. All state legislators, their staff, and their families were invited. This year there were over 30 guests in attendance, many of them were 1st time shooters. They were able to shoot many different styles of firearms, we had trap, bullseye, handgun, bolt action rifles, and AR stations setup. All the guests had a great time.

As a legislative action organization, events like this are a great opportunity to educate our legislators and their staff about firearms and also opens up communications with them about our cause.

            

Many thanks to our guests and everyone else that made this event a great success.

Carry On!

Just a few weeks away! On Saturday, September 19th CCDL will once again host our Annual Family Picnic at Boothe Memorial Park – 5800 Main Street on Putney, Stratford, CT.

We'll supply the burgers, hotdogs, soft drinks (no alcohol allowed in the park) and condiments. You can bring the family, the chips, dip, or whatever side dish (and a utensil to serve it) you're most famous for making, and some lawnchairs or a blanket to sit on. (Helpful hint: write your name on a piece of masking tape and attach it to your bowls/spoons/etc so you are sure to get them back)

This is a FREE event for CCDL members and their families. Bring some cash, we'll have our usual merchandise for sale as well as a special shirt just for this event. We'll also be raffling off lots of prizes. (The more raffle items the better, if you would like to donate something to the raffle, that would be great! This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and let him know. It doesn't have to be gun-related or expensive, anything legal that other people might like.)

So come to Boothe Memorial Park and enjoy the day with other CCDL members. Bring blankets, chairs, and your family. Come have a good time, relax, and celebrate our right to keep and bear arms. Come and get to know us, and learn more about what CCDL does to protect your rights as a gun owner in the state of Connecticut.

As I said, this a family picnic. There will be horseshoes, frisbees and wiffle balls, and all sorts of games for kids young and old. There is no alcohol allowed in the park, but pets on a leash and lawful carry of firearms are permitted. Please use an appropriate holster, and keep it holstered.

When: September 19, 2015 from 11am until 4pm.
Where: Boothe Memorial Park
5774 Main St. Putney
Stratford, CT 06614

Note: Please do not park on the grass or in a handicap spot (unless you have the placard). If the parking lot is full (it's a little small), you can park nearby on Putney Chapel Way (see the map below), and walk into the park from there. It's actually almost as close as the parking lot, and you won't have to walk up and down the hill.

(Click map for larger version)

DIRECTIONS
FROM RT. 15N (MERRITT PARKWAY)
Take exit 53; at end of ramp take a right; bear right (almost immediately) at next intersection onto Main St. Putney; follow ¼ mile and Boothe Park will be on your left.

FROM RT. 15S (MERRITT PARKWAY)
Take exit 53; at end of ramp take a left; bear right at next intersection onto Main St. Putney; follow ¼ mile and Boothe Park will be on your left.

FROM I-95N
Take exit 33 and follow signs to RT 110; stay on RT 110 (East Main St.) one mile to traffic light at intersection of East Main St. and Main St.; take right onto Main St. (still RT 110); take 3rd left by bearing onto Main St. Putney (pond on left); follow for approx. ½ mile and Boothe Park will be on your right.

FROM I-95S
Take exit 38 to Merritt Parkway RT 15S and follow directions above from RT 15S.

2015 Picnic Flyer

On Saturday September 9, 2017 CCDL will be hosting our 5th consecutive poker run!

Starting Location: Central Connecticut Arms - 130 Marlborough Street Portland, CT 
Ending Location: Doody's Totoket Inn - 465 Foxon Road, North Branford, CT.

We are planning a HUGE party and we will be rocking with the band Wastin’ Bullets which is one of Connecticut's best honky tonk/country bands. Both motorcycles and cars are welcome to participate in the run, and EVERYONE is welcome to attend the after-party whether you ride or not.

Registration is from 9:30 - 10:30am. The cost is $20 per rider or driver and $15 per passenger. The cost includes the after-party. At the Central Connecticut Arms you will be given directions to the various locations.

At each location you will pick a playing card from a deck. You can expect to drive between 50 and 70 miles total, and it will finish at the Doody's Totoket Inn. Prizes will be awarded at the end for the top five poker hands.

If you just want to attend the party and not participate in the poker run, admission will be $15 per person payable at the door. Admission includes food and entertainment. Drinks are extra.

We’ll have special 2017 CCDL Poker Run shirts for sale at both the start and the finish. Quantities are limited, when they are gone, that’s it.

All net proceeds go to fight for our 2nd Amendment rights.

Sponsors include: By Carrier Custom Home Builders, 1 Stop Tactical, 3B Lawn Care, A Great Start Shooting School, Absolute Countertops, Blue Trail Range, Branford Gun Club, Central Connecticut Arms, Chris' Indoor Range, Connecticut Cruise News, Connecticut Firearms and Tactical, Connecticut Sporting Arms, Delta Arsenal, Guilford Sportsmen's Association, Hoffman Gun Center & Indoor Range, Hotsy-Clean, Law Dogs MC Connecticut, Mallico Construction, New Haven Sportsman's Club, Newington Gun Exchange, North Atlantic Sportsman, Proactive Self Defense, Sportsmen’s Outpost, Tactical Arms & Indoor Range, TC Facility Services, The Gun Store, The Miller Law Group, The Powerwash Guys,

To save time on the day of the ride, you may fill out and print the registration form in advance and bring it with you. Registration Form (pdf)

If you want to print or view the route ahead of time they are  here (pdf)

For more info: please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Last year's ride was one of the largest poker runs in the state! Let's make it an even greater success this year!

 

Come join us in support of our Second Amendment Rights!

 

2016 Poker Run Highlights

On Saturday, August 26th from 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM, the Connecticut Citizens Defense League will host its 9th Annual Family Picnic.

The event will take place at Boothe Memorial Park Stratford, CT 5800 Main Street in Stratford, CT – Lower Picnic Areas

2017 Picnic

This event is open to all CCDL Members and to the public free of charge. Everyone is encouraged to attend this event to celebrate our rights in Connecticut to Keep and Bear Arms. Come and get to know us, and learn more about what CCDL does to protect your rights as a gun owner in the state of Connecticut.

Come and enjoy typical picnic fare - burgers, hotdogs, salads, desserts, soft beverages, and more. This will be an alcohol free gathering.

Bring your kids! Bring your dogs!

Any lawful forms of firearm carry are allowed and encouraged! If you will be carrying a firearm, please exercise safety and caution as we will be in the eyes of the public. Firearms must remain holstered for the duration of the event to ensure safety.

CCDL merchandise and membership sign-up will be available onsite. There will be games and prizes for all to participate in and enjoy.

Please let us know if you plan to contribute a food item. Salads, desserts, and snack items are suggested.

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Note: Please do not park on the grass. If the parking lot is full (it’s a little small), you can park nearby on Putney Chapel Way (see the map below), and walk into the park from there. It’s actually almost as close as the parking lot, and you wont have to walk up and down the hill.

(Click map for larger version)

(Click map for larger version)

DIRECTIONS FROM RT. 15N (MERRITT PARKWAY) Take exit 53; at end of ramp take a right; bear right (almost immediately) at next intersection onto Main St. Putney; follow ¼ mile and Boothe Park will be on your left.

FROM RT. 15S (MERRITT PARKWAY) Take exit 53; at end of ramp take a left; bear right at next intersection onto Main St. Putney; follow ¼ mile and Boothe Park will be on your left.

FROM I-95N Take exit 33 and follow signs to RT 110; stay on RT 110 (East Main St.) one mile to traffic light at intersection of East Main St. and Main St.; take right onto Main St. (still RT 110); take 3rd left by bearing onto Main St. Putney (pond on left); follow for approx. ½ mile and Boothe Park will be on your right.

FROM I-95S Take exit 38 to Merritt Parkway RT 15S and follow directions above from RT 15S.

SOLD OUT!

Thanks to all the members who will join us at our Anniversary Dinner.  We have sold out of tickets. 

For those going, we will be celebrating CCDL’s 8th anniversary with a dinner event to be held February 18th, 2017 at the Aquaturf Club in Plantsville. Relax, enjoy a meal, and share a well deserved night out. We've added over 25,000 members since that first dinner, and it's time to pat yourselves on the back.

Dinner will be buffet style, salad and cheese tables are on the menu as well. This event is 4pm-9pm, with dinner to start at 5:30. We will have some speakers, but not TOO many! This is a night to sit back and enjoy a well deserved meal. Bring some cash for raffle tickets and the bar! All lawful forms of carry are permitted and encouraged, but remember the Aquaturf does serve alcohol. Please carry (and drink) responsibly.

The Aquaturf is located at 556 Mulberry st, Plantsville CT, 06479. Their phone number is 860-621-9335.

 

Where: Legislative Office Building, Executive Dining Room, 300 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, CT 06106

Date:    Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Time:     8:30AM to 10:00AM

Come join us for breakfast, tour the Capitol, meet Legislators and become more familiar with learning how to make the Capitol work for you. Our Legislators need to hear from us about our legislative priorities this session. Members are encouraged, but not required to contact their State Representative and Senator in advance to schedule a meeting with them on this day. CCDL will provide members with information to present to their State Legislators on that day. We will have a table set up in the concourse from 10AM -3PM, If you’re unable to attend the breakfast be sure to stop by the CCDL table. Please note, this is not a rally, all members of the public are required to walk through a metal detector and have their bags and other items scanned through a package scanner as you enter the building. Be sure to check the list of prohibited items.

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.