General Meeting - 2015-04-14
7:05 Start of meeting

7:10 President's Report
Communicated with Attorney
Communicated with Media
Communicated with Legislators on gun bills
Testified on gun bills
Fielded e-mails

7:11 Vice President's Report
Brought the food donations to the Bridgeport Rescue Mission
Received a donation for $500 from Arnie at CT Sporting Arms on behalf of his customers
Received a donation for $300 from a customer at CT Sporting Arms

7:12 Treasurer's Report
Received the last of the 12 monthly $1,000 donations from New Haven Sportsman's Club
Income: $21,343
Expenses: $11,387
Total Litigation Donations: $591k
Total Litigation fees to date: $511k

7:15 Membership
17,745 total members

7:16 Fundraising
We'll be holding the Poker Run again this year. Details to follow.

7:17 Open Forum
DB: If you have an Idea to help the organization or raise money, ask permission and put it together yourself. CCDL execs can help but they can't do everything. I put on frequent shoots with my club to raise money. You can do it too.
DH: Working on a modification to existing ARs to make them CT legal based of previous CT legal AR design.

7:24 Special Guest - Chris Fields, King 33
New 360* shoot house, the only one in New England.
King 33 will be holding a CCDL Fundraising Shoot. Details are still being worked out.
king33training.com
King 33 is a Training Center not a gun range.

7:33 Special Guest - Christian Ragosta, NRA Grass Roots Field Coordinator
His district covers NY,CT, and NJ. Wants to educate on safety, promote politeness and facts.
He'll be going to gun shows and stores letting people know the NRA hasn't given up on CT. Pushing people to vote.
E-mail Chris with local events and he'll attend if he can.
Chris will be at the Ye CT Gun Guild Gun Show @ the Middletown Elks Lodge.

7:48 Break

8:02 Permit issues
Keep up on your appeals. Don't let them linger.
60 days after submittin the application, file an appeal if you haven't heard back. Form is available on the BPFE website.
The Lazurek case started out as an Open Carry case, but now the state just doesn't like that he got his permit back. Got a stay to carry while at work, but not while off duty.

8:05 S.B.650 and H.B.6848
Judiciary passed 2 bills out of committee. Both on Temporary Restraining Orders. Voted on party lines
2 Amendments were made:
- Police officers subject to a TRO get a hearing in 5 days instead of 14 days
- Allow revoked permit after TRO expires to be immediately returned
No wording yet on those amendments so we don't have any details
Contact Ray for details on sending Thank You cards to legislators that voted against the bills.
At this point in session, only e-mail your representatives. E-mails from non-constituents will likely be filtered out. Phone calls are even better.
Snail mail is a good way to contact your legislator, particularly if you hand-write the envelope. If you sent an e-mail, you can follow up by tweaking it a little and mailing a copy via the post office.
You may be able to meet your legislator in your district, or request to meet in their office in Hartford. If they're too busy, ask to meet with an aide
Women speaking out on these bills will hold considerably more weight than men.
Keep up to date on these bills by following them on our blog:
- http://ccdl.us/blog/tag/sb650/
- http://ccdl.us/blog/tag/hb6848/

8:35 Legislative Pointers

[Note: This presentation was given by a CCDL Member, but the statements made aren't necessarily CCDL endorsed]

10 Democrats voted against S.B. 1160 in the house. 8 are still there. One of the other was replaced by a stronger pro-2A representative. We need 12 Democrats to vote with us on this.
Representatives may not read all e-mails, but they count them.
Reach out to the leadership. New leaders in both houses. We need Republican leaders to keep caucus together against these bills.
Reach out to your local RTC. They have pull with legislators and you don't need to be a Town Committee member to talk to the local chair.
Contact State Central and let them know you oppose these bills.
Be sensitive about how they may be beaten up for an opposition vote on these bills.
Winning is every anti-gun provision of the bills being stripped out.

8:50 Final Notes
It's been more than 4 months since the oral arguments. We're checking daily for a decision but haven't seen anything yet.
Tim McGraw signed onto Sandy Hook Promise to oppose gun rights at a benefit

8:52 Close of Meeting
General Meeting - 2015-02-10
7:07 Open Meeting
7:13 President
Held executive meeting
7:13 Vice President
Busy being Mr. Mom.
Brought the donated food to the Bridgeport Rescue Mission
7:14 Treasurer
Income: $2,666
Expenses: $2,110
Total Lit. donations: $576k
Total Lit. expenses: $511k
Windsor Marksmen Association donated $500
Ongoing New Haven Sportsmen Club donation $1,000
7:19 Membership
17064 total
373 new
7:19 Events
Attended the Executive meeting
Hunting and Fishing show this weekend @ Convention Center
Anniversary Dinner is March 15th at New Life Church in Wallingford. $40/person
7:21 Permit Issues
Meriden area starting to arresting people who don't fill out application accurately.
SLFU threatening to arrest for not changing address within 48 hours of moving
Be careful what you post to social media. People in Middletown are watching.
Been helping someone for a year whose town is in bed with CAGV and ended up dying. Town trying to say he shot himself in a car accident.
Make the town follow the law when applying for your permit. Stay on them.
Backlog is currently over two years.
7:31 Merchandise
Holding off new hats due to embroidery issues.
7:33 Special Guest
Quentin Dreher - running for 23rd Senate District
7:43 Presentation to the Carrier Family
Plaque presented to the Carrier Family for their help over the years.
7:45 Open Forum
7:49 Break
8:06 Proposed Legislation Breakdown
(Please see blog for updated information)
8:49 Close of meeting
General Meeting - 2015-01-13
7:09 Open Meeting
7:12 President
Obtained copy of oral arguments
Communicated with NRA on Litigation
7:13 Vice President
Wife had a baby
Dave Bicknell ran Turkey Shoot and raised $542 for us
Received check from Guilford Sportsmen's Association
7:14 Treasurer
Income: $2,075
Expenses: $6,820
Litigation Total donations: $573k
Litigation Total expenses: $511k
7:18 Membership
304 new this month
16691 total members
7:19 Board of Firearm Permit Examiners
Getting better at local issues. Cyclical, but doing better at handling cases before the appeal.
There's a process to force a town to accept an application. E-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you need help.
Need to start tracking extra requirements freshly for this year. Get copies of local towns paperwork (application and all attachments) and bring to Jonathan at a meeting or email a scanned copy.
7:22 Upcoming Events
Did some work for the Hunting and Fishing Show, Feb 13-15.
Annual Dinner will be held March 15th at 5:30pm at the New Life Church (350 High Hill Road) in Wallingford, CT.
7:26 Merchandise
Shipping a big order soon.
New gray shirts.
New style hat coming.
7:28 Additional Donations
Mec-Gar sent in a $500 donation
Patchaug Outdoor Club held a pig roase and raised $2,000 for litigation
7:29 Legislative Breakdown
Sing up to follow blog and be up to date
11 gun-related bills. Legislators have until Friday to propose new bills.
Bills are headed for committee
Contact legislators early.
Around 2/17-2/18 when committees come out with their bills
TRO bill will be most important
7:46 Break
7:58 Special Election
23rd Senatorial District
107th Assembly District
129th Assembly District
8:02 Special Guest: Attorney David Thompson
Heller is clear about legality of firearms by lawful citizens for lawful purposes
Most popular long arm on market has to be commonly owned. Appeals courts around country have rejected that argument.
Longer courts have engaged in "interest balancing" on guns which Heller has taken off the table.
CT wants to blind the courts to the positions of defensive gun use.
D.C. said why do you need handguns when you have rifles and shotguns? SCTUS said it doesn't matter. There's a right to them and that's all you need to know in Heller.
The law in CT is an act of political theatre. Won't save any lives. Fortunately founders understood the importance of self defence by enshrining it in the Bill of Rights.
Ruling, not rule on timing, probably next 6 months
2nd Circuit not been helpful in the past, but panel seemed to be interested in facts and law. That's a positive sign.
Next step is SCOTUS. They've been reticent to take 2A cases in recent past, but who knows. Maybe they will take ours, maybe they'll take one of the others out there.
It's unusual to argue both cases in tandem, but tactically made sense to handle it how it was done.
Next election is crutial because theyw ill likely select at least 1 new SCOTUS Justice.
8:44 NSSF
Anti-gunners organizing rally @ NSSF headquarters. Jan. 20th @ 4:15.
Come early and counter protest
8:46 Close of meeting
General Meeting - 2014-12-09
7:05 Start of meeting
7:07 President
7:10 Treasurer
Income: $4,550
Expenses: $1,227
Total Litigation Donations: $568k
Total Litigation fees to date: $485k
Donation received from collection taken by Niantic Sportsmen's Club: $335
New Haven Sportsman's Club monthly donation: $1,000
7:14 Len Suzio
Thanks for volunteering to all members who helped.
Even though we lost, we sent a message to the legislator who voted for S.B. 1160.
7:18 Membership
264 new this month
16,387 total members
7:20 Merchandise
New T-shirts available on website. They're grey with a white logo.
7:21 Testimony Tips and Update on Lazurek case
We must stay engaged. We gained a lot of momentum during the election and we need to keep it going.
Sign up fro CT General Assembly website to keep track of bills.
Case @ Board of Firearm Permit Examiners: guy had permit yanked. Police Chief lied as basis for pulling permit.
Lazurek: New tactic from the state. They pulled his permit to prevent him from working. During the hearing, the judge kept correcting correcting the State's Attorney on the law. Hearing on stay decision in week. Looks good for Scott to at least keep permit during court proceedings.
7:27 Gun Seizures
State using anything and everything to take guns. Be mindful of attempts to use Temporary Restraining Orders.
7:30 Appellate Hearing and Fund raising
Since there were no oral arguments @ district court, this was our first chance to argue in court
Lead Attorney: David Thompson (with Stephen Holbrook and Brian Stapleton)
David was well briefed. Argued strongly and attacked the states expert witness vigorously.
Both state's relied on Mother Jones for "expert witness"
By time it gets to this level, Judges have been fully briefed and may have already figured out how to rule, but are looking to solidify their arguments.
Possibility to expand fund raising efforts beyond the state after progressing past 2nd Circuit court.
The legal team is to be commended for their efforts
7:53 Interacting with Urban Communities
Mark Twain Forum to be aired on C-Span befor eChristmas.
How can we take the next step?
What do we do about a gun buyback program? When guns/2A are mentioned, urban citizens think about gun violence.
Where can urban residents go to get licensed? Practice?
How can we help those in urban environments?
There is not a voice opposing CAGV and others talking about gun violence.
7:58 Upcoming CCDL Events
We'll have a table at the Hunting and Fishing show: Feb 14-16.
No details on the dinner yet. We'll have details and tickets next month.
8:00 Possible CT Compliant AR
Doug Hoon worked with Atty. Greg Miller to design this CT compliant semi-auto firearm.
8:17 Final Topics
Arnie from CT Sporting Arms collected $300 in donations from his customers for the litigation fund
8:20 Close of meeting
General Meeting Minutes - 2014-10-14
7:05 Open Meeting
Scott appeals to CCDL members to get involved in a campaign for a pro-gun candidate.
7:12 Executive Reports - President
Communicated with Attorneys and 2A candidates
Participated in media interviews and fielded e-mails.
Conducted an executive meeting in Middletown
Worked on 2nd round of endorsements
Volunteered at the Poker Run
7:13 Executive Reports - Vice President
Delivered the non-perishable food donations to the Bridgeport Rescue Mission
Helped at the 2nd CCDL Poker Run
Arnie at CT Sporting Arms donated $300 from his customer
Dave Bicknell is running a Lucky Target Shoot and a Line Shoot
http://ccdl.us/component/content/article/38-news/291-lucky-target-a-line-shoot-fundraiser
7:16 Executive Reports - Secretary
Helped at the 2nd CCDL Poker Run
7:16 Executive Reports - Treasurer
Niantic Sportsman's Club raised $180 by passing a hat at the last meeting.
New Haven Sportsmen's Club has decided to donate $1,000 per month for 12 months to the CCDL Litigation effort
After making an additional payment to the IRS, we have finally received our 501(c)(4) status. [Reminder: donations to CCDL are not tax deductible]
Operations Fund
Income: $6,248
Expenses: $6,844
Litigation
Total donations received: $546k
Legal Fees to date: $363k
Fundraising costs: $23k
Other costs and fees: ~$2k
7:24 Special Guest - Bob Seigrest
Candidate 36th Connecticut House District - http://www.bobsiegrist.com/
Town of Chester is holding a public information session Oct. 21st regarding a ban target shooting on private land. If you live in the area, please show up and voice your opposition.
http://valleynewsnow.com/2014/09/chester-selectmen-schedule-information-session-on-possible-local-firearms-ordinance/
7:26 Pistol Permit Case
http://ccdl.us/blog/2014/10/02/help-a-brother-out/
Scott Lazurek, a CCDL member, was arrested and his permit to carry a firearm revoked while open carrying. All charges were dismissed and the Board of Firearm Permit Examiners (BFPE) reinstated his permit after over a year delay because of case backlogs.
A few weeks ago the State Attorney General’s Office made the unprecedented decision to take both Mr. Lazurek and the BFPE to court in an attempt to overturn the Board’s decision and again revoke Mr. Lazurek permit.It’s important to note here that Mr. Lazurek works in a profession that requires him to carry a firearm. The State’s actions are not just impacting his right to bear arms; it’s taking away his income.
CCDL is not involved in this case, but it’s importance to the rights of all gun owners in Connecticut should be obvious. Scott Lazurek needs all the help possible fighting to keep his right to carry a firearm, and by extension his profession.
[During the meeting, a collection was taken up for Scott's cause. Members donated $1,210 that was given directly to Scott's lawyer.]
7:35 Coordinator Reports - Membership
Attended the Poker Run on a motorcycle and took a bunch of pics. They'll be posted sometime soon.
15,725 members
461 new this month
7:35 Coordinator Reports - Fundraising
No events planned right now.
Poker run brought in a total revenue just over $15,000. Net profit was just under $9,000.
375 registered participants
450 total showed up including volunteers
7:36 Coordinator Reports - Merchandise
We still have a number of special even t-shirts available only at meetings for $10.
- I vote 2A
- Poker Run
- Family Picnic
7:38 Legislative update
These are the ideas legislators are floating around right now:
- Annual licensing renewal (at $70/year)
- In-person licensing only
- Expanding the AWB
- Getting rid of the AWB in favor of California-style 'approved firearms list'
- 50% ammo tax
- One gun per month limit
- 7 round mag limit
- ammo storage limits in your home
- reloading components limit
- insurance for gun owners
- no more mail-order ammo
- 'Smart' gun technology
- only able to purchase ammo for guns you currently own
- firearms registration every X number of years with a fee per gun
- Microstamping
- Serial numbered ammunition
- disaster recovery and forced evacuation with firearms legislation
7:43 Metacon Gun Club Presentation
Metacon has donated $750 to the CCDL operating fund
Additionally, when Metacon members renewed their memberships this year, they could donate an additional amount to CCDL. Metacon was able to raise $1,700 from that effort.
7:45 Garde Arts Center
Foley, Malloy, and Visconti to debate 10/16 at 7pm.
There will be a pro-Foley rally before the debate starting at 5. Wear your CCDL shirts. Rally will be across the street near Tony D's. Foley signs will be available and tickets to the debate will also be available.
7:48 Litigation Update - Chris Conte - NRA-ILA
Main Brief (Us) and Amicus Briefs filed. Respondent's (Connecticut) reply and Amici filed. Our reply brief has also been filed.
Hearing date tentatively set for week of 12/8. As we get closer to the hearing a final date will be set by the Court.
100% of the legal fees paid by the CCDL litigation fund go directly to fund the legal team for Shew v Malloy. None of it stays with the NRA.
Our case will be argued in tandem with the NY case
While the states and laws are different, the constitutional issues are largely the same.
Please limit attendance to those who can dress nicely and sit quietly.
The 2nd Circuit is not known for making quick decisions. Additional 2A cases are in the 9th, 4th, and 10th circuits. We don't need to win all of these cases, but we need to win one of them all the way.
CCDL presented another check for legal fees to the NRA for $123,000
8:03 Break
8:15 Special Guest coming to Connecticut
Colorado Recall organizer Timothy Knight will be in CT later this month to help raise awareness and get out the gun vote.
Joining Tim will be Sean Maloney of the Buckeye Firearms Association
8:21 Candidates for office
Pablo Soto - 83rd State House District
Steven Everett - 19th State Senate District
https://www.facebook.com/StevenEverettForStateSenate
8:26 Craig Fishbein
This election is important. Talk to your neighbors, family and friends. Tell them how important it is.
Malloy lies when he says this new bill is preventing crime. There are no numbers showing that. Everything he claims it's doing was in place before the bill was signed. People are being swayed by the lies.
This will be a close election. Perception is important. Flood the public with images of gun owners supporting pro-gun candidates.
8:30 CT Oathkeepers
Will be at the Veterans Day parade in New Haven. 11/2 @ 12:30.
Don't assume people know about our cause. Get the word out.
8:35 Close of meeting