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

Southbury town meeting on proposed gun ban; Thursday, November 2nd at 7:00PM at the Pomperaug High School auditorium.

The Southbury Democratic Town Committee (SDTC) has requested that the Board of Selectmen consider an ordinance to prohibit firearms on all town property. Ultimately, making these places “Gun Free Zones”.

The Board of Selectmen voted to explore this idea further, and added it to the agenda for their October 19th meeting.
You can see the SDTC letter here: Southbury DTC Gun Control Letter (pdf)

Many of the hundreds of Southbury CCDL members and supporters came out to the October 19th meeting to voice their concerns on this proposed town gun ban. So many, the meeting was rescheduled due to crowd size. The new date and location is Thursday, November 2nd at 7:00PM at the Pomperaug High School auditorium, 234 Judd Rd, Southbury, CT. You should plan on arriving early, and sitting in the front of the room. (Please remember that schools are gun free zones)

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Since our founding in 2009, CCDL has been working to resolve various pistol permit issues in many cities and towns. Some of the issues pertain to issuing time frames or procedures that violate what is required or mandated by state statute.

On May 30th, CCDL filed a FOIA request with the Middletown Police to review their issuance time frame for temporary permits. Once the information was received and reviewed, CCDL determined that most of the applications exceeded the 8-week statutory time frame. This had been an ongoing problem that plagued residents of Middletown simply seeking approval for permits to carry.

Eventually, with the help of a CCDL resident of Middletown, a city councilor facilitated communications between Police Chief William McKenna and CCDL President Scott Wilson.

Because of the positive dialogue between the two, and the background efforts of the Police Chief, Middletown is adding additional resources and revamping its process to issue permits within the eight-week time frame. It was important to listen to the Chief’s concerns and the challenges that he has faced, and to also explain that CCDL is not out to create unnecessary headaches for his department.

CCDL wishes to thank Chief William McKenna for looking deep into this matter and resolving it. Special thanks to CCDL member Kevin Kelly and City Councilor Deb Kieckowski for their help.

Today, CCDL joined a number of law enforcement and gun rights groups in filing an amicus curiae brief in the case of Kolbe v. Hogan. This is a case in Maryland that seeks to overturn their unconstitutional ban on so-called "assault weapons".

CCDL and our members have a vested interest in this case, as any ruling by the Supreme Court in this case would have a national impact on similar gun bans; including Connecticut's.

You can read the brief as submitted here: USSC 17-127 Amicus Brief - Kolbe v Hogan (pdf)

Due to a recent CT court decision involving “pre-ban” types of firearms, CCDL has decided to try and address some basic concerns from those members who may own these products. At our July meeting, noted attorney Greg Miller made a PowerPoint presentation to our members. If you missed that meeting, you can now view the presentation on the CCDL Youtube channel. Please forgive the audio quality.
Video: Attorney Greg Miller on Kaminsky v. Schriro

We are still waiting on further updates.

It has been brought to our attention that there are people and businesses offering bootleg CCDL merchandise. While we're thrilled CCDL is now so popular for this to happen, as a 100% FREE nonprofit organization  merchandise sales are our primary source of funds used to keep CCDL alive and fighting for YOUR rights here in Connecticut. These illegal vendors are only looking out for themselves,  essentially stealing money from your organization.

Official CCDL merchandise is sold at all meetings and events we host, as well as some other events around the state. There are also many gun stores that support CCDL and have agreed to sell our decals  with all profits going to CCDL. If you see CCDL merchandise for sale anywhere else, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

List of Stores Carrying CCDL Decals
1 Stop Tactical, Jewett City
Aces Defense, Danielson
Battlezone Exchange, Orange
Central CT Arms, Portland
Connecticut Firearms and Tactical, Orange
CT Sporting Arms, North Branford
Hoffman’s Gun Store, Newington
Newington Gun Exchange, Newington
North Atlantic Sportsman, Monroe
Sportsmen’s Outpost, Wolcott
Tactical Arms, Torrington
The Gun Store, Waterbury

All members are welcome and encouraged to attend

CCDL holds its monthly general membership meeting at 7:00pm on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at the Elks Lodge in Middletown, CT.

All CCDL members are welcome and encouraged to attend.
Meeting Agenda:

  • Updates on actions involving the Middletown pistol permit process
  • Updates on actions involving the New Haven pistol permit process
  • Updates on actions involving the Waterbury pistol permit process
  • Updates on actions involving the Stamford pistol permit process
  • CCDL Family Picnic (volunteers needed)
  • CCDL Poker Run (volunteers needed)
  • Soto v Bushmaster update
  • CCDL educational legislative shoot
  • Unauthorized use of CCDL logo
Avoid the wait and shipping fees! The full selection of CCDL merchandise is always for sale at our meetings, including many items not sold on our website.

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