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: Groton Sportsmen’s Club

Presented by: Connecticut Citizens Defense League

DATE:

Saturday, February 3, 2018

TIME:

10:00am – 12:00pm

LOCATION:

Groton Sportsmen’s Club

421 Al Harvey Rd, Stonington, CT 

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.

 

Come celebrate our anniversary at the 9th Annual CCDL dinner, to be held this year at the Aquaturf Club in Plantsville. Relax, enjoy a meal, and share a well deserved night out.

Price is $57 per person, and you must show your ticket at the door to gain entry.

Dinner will be buffet style, salad and cheese tables are on the menu as well. This event is 4-9pm, 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. Aquaturf is located at 556 Mulberry st, Plantsville CT, 06479. Phone number is 860-621-9335.

You can buy your tickets through our online store. 

Buy tickets Here

 

Hosted by: New Haven Sportsman’s Club

Presented by: Connecticut Citizens Defense League

DATE:

Saturday, January 20, 2018

TIME:

10:00am – 12:00pm

LOCATION:

New Haven Sportsman’s Club

4158 Durham Rd, Guilford, CT

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.

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