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7:08 Open meeting with national anthem, pledge, and opening words
7:15 Executive Report - President
Cancelled the executive member meeting as many couldn't attend
Attended the Pig Roast
Met with the NRA's head legal counsel to discuss lawsuit strategies
Communicated with outside organisations holding fundraisers
7:15 Executive Report - Vice President
Missed the Pig Roast because his wife was becoming the Connecticut State Trapshoot Woman's Champion
7:15 Executive Report - Secretary
Nothing to report
7:16 Executive Report - Treasurer
3419 Income last month (excludes Litigation Fund)
2367 Expenses last month
Attended the Enfield Parade. CCDL was well represented
7:20 Coordinator Report - Legislative/Permit Issues
3 hearings last month. Backlog is down to 6 months.
2 hearings last month were denials only where about two thirds of the downs never showed and lost by default.
State has now publicly admitted that there is no longer a background check backlog.
Board makeup changes this month. 2 new members (one from Mental Health, one former Superior Court Judge). but they haven't started.
With the two new positions, 5 members need to be present now in order to hold the meeting.
With Public Act 13-3, the towns now have 12 weeks instead of 8 to issue permits. Certain circumstances it could be longer.
Certain offenses prior to 1994 aren't disqualifiers, but if they happened in 1995+, they are.
7:29 Coordinator Report - Technology
Sent out e-mails and updates.
7:30 Coordinator Report - Merchandise
Sales are insane.
We were shipping 8 boxes per week, now up to 40+.
This is a volunteer organization. We don't have a warehouse. Please be patient with your orders.
Working on other types of limited run merchandise for sale at meetings only.
7:30 Coordinator Report - Fundraising
Couldn't make it to the meeting, but sent report which was read by Scott.
Thanks to Bruno for hosting the Pig Roast.
Thanks to Skip R. for cooking the pig.
There will be a 2A Poker Run (motocycle ride) September 21st. Starting at Woodbridge Trading Post and ending at King 33 in Southington. Flyer is on Facebook page and a website update will come later. It is a fundraiser for the Litigation Fund.
Other fundraisers are being put on by outside organizations to raise litigation funds.
August 24th is the CCDL Family Picnic. 11-4 at Boothe Memorial Park in Stratford. It's free and a good time. Bring your kids there's a play ground near our site.
7:43 Coordinator Report - Membership
266 new this month
7:43 Special Guest - Gubernatorial Candidate Joe Visconti
8:02 Presentation: "Countdown to Change"
8:15 Open Forum
8:46 Craig Fishbein
Used to be an Anti-gunner. Got better.
Education is key. We need to teach people about being responsible gun owners.
NSSF has filed a lawsuit against the state challenging the validity of the E-cert process.
Not sure how permits are being reinstated but transfers of firearms are being denied, but they are.
Get active in the political process. Representative government shouldn't ignore the people.
8:50 Fundraising Events
We're going to need help with events
8:54 Litigation Update
Motion for injunction was filed on June 26th. Amicus Briefs in support of the injunction must be filed by July 12th.
State has to file their opposition to the injunction by Sept. 6th and amicus briefs in opposition to the injunction must be filed by Sept. 13th.
We have to file our reply to the opposition to our injunction by Oct. 4.
We requested oral arguments on the injunction, and the state "take no position" on that request.
8:57 Legislator of the Year
Last year we chose a Legislator of the Year. This year a decision has been made. An announcement will be coming and a presentation of the award will happen at the next general meeting.
August 24th is the CCDL Family Picnic. 11-4 at Boothe Memorial Park in Stratford. Open Carry is allowed.
Bring something to sit on. Feel free to bring a dish to share.
9:07 Close of Meeting
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7:08 Open meeting with Pledge and introduction
7:11 Executive Reports - President
Communication with Attorney Dean, gun clubs, and members
Tea Party meeting in Putnam
Created full-time volunteer fundraising position and appointed Bob F.
7:12 Executive Reports - Vice President
Attended Rally at Capitol
Attended the Rob Sampson/Joe Markley meeting in Southington explaining Public Act 13-3 with a Republican lawyer. Not all answers, but some good information.
7:15 Executive Reports - Secretary
Attended Rally at Capitol
Spoke at the Rockville Fish and Game meeting about CCDL and our Litigation effort
7:15 Executive Reports - Treasurer
$18,000 in expenses this month
$6,700 in income (excluding Litigation donations)
All PayPal donations and anything marked 'Litigation' goes to the Litigation Fund. Cannot be used for anything except paying litlgation costs.
7:18 Coordinator Reports - Membership
7550 total members
1400 new this month
7:19 Coordinator Reports - Events
Was voted in as an Executive Member
Attended a dinner for the MET League which is raising funds for our litigation effort.
7:20 Coordinator Reports - Legislative/Permit Issues
Worked a table at Hoffman's raising money.
Board of Firearms Permit Examiners is going well. Lots more appeals.
Last week's hearing a specific town was told they're not allowed to ask for more info or schedule specific times to submit applications.
There will be 2 denial days next month.
Getting about 30 emails a week asking for help with permit issues
7:23 Coordinator Reports - Technology
General maintenance to the website
Sent out emails and updated Facebook.
Spoke at the Rally at the Capitol
Received an offer for website help from a member. This will be discussed at the Executive Member Meeting later this month.
7:24 Coordinator Reports - Merchandise
Last of orders up to date. Should be sent out tomorrow.
Overwhelming demand after S.B. 1160 (Public Act 13-3) passed.
7:25 Special Guest - Representative for Brian Saucier
Candidate for 53rd State Congressional District (Willington, Ashford, Tolland)
7:34 Litigation Update
Attorney Brian Stapleton gave the membership an update.
Attorney Stapleton will be the lead trial attorney.
Steve Hallbrook will likely be handling the appeal.
8:42 Discussion of the FOIA project to towns regarding permit denials
8:53 Fundraising Coordinator
We'll also probably need volunteers to make these ideas happen
Only campaign right now is the special election in the 53rd district
Hopefully the model we work on here will help with next years elections
We need to change the political landscape
9:03 Upcoming events
CCDL Family Picnic is coming up. Date yet to be determined.
Mike Majewski's 1-year anniversary party for his gun shop is coming up on June 1st.
9:05 Close of meeting
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7:10 Open meeting and Introduction
7:16 Executive Report - President
Cancelled the February General Meeting
Numerous interviews with the media
Emails/meetings with legislators
Worked in a limited capacity on the 'Stop the Ban' coalition of which we are a member
Attended Chris Murphy town hall meeting
Coordinanted with NRA, CCS, NSSF for the Lobby Day
7:18 Executive Report - Vice President
Numerous meetings with elected officials and gun clubs
Who'd of thought we'd get press from the NRA?
7:20 Executive Report - Secretary
Attended the Hearing in January
Working on a FOIA project to question all 169 towns and cities on their adherence to the pistol permitting process. Sent out first batch late Feb. Remaining letters to go out. Starting to get some responses already though no analysis has been done of them.
7:22 Executive Report - Treasurer
We have a generous membership
Donations/Merch - $14,557
Expenses - $ 4166.32
7:25 Coordinator Report - Membership
471 new since February non-meeting
1607 since January
Approximately 2000 more since November
7:26 Coordinator Report - Events
Worked Hunting and Fishing How. Lots of volunteers
Great turnout yesterday (Lobby Day)
7:27 Coordinator Report - Permit/Legislative
Lot of trips to LOB
Hunting and Fishing show helped lots of people meet us
Helped people file legislators yesterday
Need to get candidates to oppose anti-gun legislators
7:29 Coordinator Report - Technology
Worked with Chris on getting blog set up/integrated
Policed Facebook page and group
Check out the blog (http://ccdl.us/blog). Updated almost daily
From the perspective of our executive member and blogger Chris L.
7:32 Coordinator Report - Registered Agent
7:33 Coordinator Report - Merchandise
Got lots of shirts available for sale
7:33 Donations from Clubs
We got very nice donations from the Mattabasset and Prospect Gun Clubs
7:33 Education Committee
We had a meeting. More work to do.
Thanks to Dave O. for putting on the Rally and DJ Mike Butler
7:58 Open Forum
8:37 S.B. 1076 breakdown and legislative items
If you can make it to the Legislative Office Building, do it. If not head to Murphy's meeting. It's more important to show force at the hearing.
Thursday (3/14) is a normal committee hearing. The process will not be like the Gun Safety hearing in January.
You'll have 3 minutes to talk.
11 bills are being discussed.
1076 is the big one
If you need facts and statistics gunfacts.info or FBI.gov
Look at the other bills too, not just 1076.
If your legislator is not on the Public Safety Committee, walk into their office and ask to speak with them.
8:58 April 20th Gun Rights Rally
Capitol Grounds on the North Side
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7:12 Open meeting with Pledge and introduction
7:16 Executive Reports - President
Attended the Senate floor vote on SB 1160. Unable to stay for entire debate watched the rest and House vote from home
Worked on a number of other CCDL projects yet to be announced
Worked with other executive members on the Radio Commercials for WTIC and WJJF.
7:17 Executive Reports - Vice President
Wasted a lot of gas driving to Hartford
Helped coordinate on the Radio Ads
7:18 Executive Reports - Secretary
Attended the Senate Floor Vote on SB 1160
Did limited work on the FOIA project
Administered the Facebook Group
7:19 Executive Reports - Treasurer
Provided half of the talent on the Radio Ad
March Meeting Donations and Monthly Merchandising income $6,624
Various expenses for the month $1030
Approximate amount set aside for the litigation fund: $24,000
7:21 Coordinator Reports - Membership
1743 since March meeting
We've well over doubled our enrollment since Dec. 14th.
7:21 Coordinator Reports - Events
Attended and coordinated the 4th annual dinner
Also wasted gas driving to Hartford
Rally is coming up. April 20th on the North Capitol Steps in Hartford. 12-3
7:22 Coordinator Reports - Technology
"I worked on the website" :)
Added a new field to the membership web form. Responses are entertaining (approx 1/2 are Facebook, most of remaining are WTNH interview)
Performed a lot of Facebook administrative work
7:22 Coordinator Reports - Merchandise
Received a huge order right before the meeting. (Note: All sold after meeting)
Received tons of orders
Sent a ton of 'thank you's to people who donate
7:25 A Comment on Social Media from our President
It's tremendously valuable to have a place for members to log on and chat.
We need to keep in mind that we're being watched. By people who don't agree with our position, by our legislators, by the media, etc.
We must be mindful of that fact and act appropriately. We need to project an image that appears above 'the fringe.'
We periodically sent out e-mails to our members, but in order to no spam our members we keep our updates fairly limited.
Our blog is available for quickly getting the word out on a number of important issues to our members. It's update daily and if you haven't subscribed to it, you should. (http://ccdl.us/blog)
7:26 Open Forum
7:40 Broad Themes on Litigation from Martha Dean
CCDL is an incredibly important part of this effort. If you want to contribute to this effort, donate to the CCDL.
There may be issues you want raised with the legal team, but you have to remember that we can't fight everything. We need to count the judges and make sure we craft a case that can win.
Many lawyers have already volunteered to help, but we need to keep our team limited. we don't want to end up with 'too many cooks'. There are other ways you can help. Perhaps finding an organization/club/etc who's not involved but may want to file an amicus brief.
8:42 Update on SB 1160 (Public Act 13-3)
It's interesting that there was a large police presence at Cabela's for our Lobby day.
Gun shop employee's did participate in efforts to oppose gun control. Some of them even gave up overtime pay to come to Hartford.
Either Cafero or McKinney told the public that legislators had at least 24 hours with the language, but we know the language changed a couple of times between Monday and Wednesday when it was debated.
There was no public hearing on this, no input from gun owners, and as such there are technical problems with the bill.
GET AN ATTORNEY. Talk to them about specific questions. They will be there to help you if you ever need to use your gun.
Most of the bill took place immediately upon signing. Only a few parts about registering and eligibility certificates take effect at some point in the future.
9:06 Political Campaigns
CCDL will be putting together a strong effort this election cycle.
(Paraphrasing Scott) "We don't need a grade from the NRA this year. Everyone gets either an 'A' or an 'F' and they selected it themselves."
9:08 FOIA Project
Our Secretary is working on a FOIA request to all of the local issuing authorities to find out how they're complying with the permitting process. It's ongoing and we should have an update next month
9:09 Gun Rights Rally in Hartford on 4/20
Post to come on Facebook looking for volunteers for specific roles.
12-3 North Side on Saturday April 20th.
Bring all your friends.
Blog post to come with parking suggestions.
9:10 Oath Keeper Rallys coming up
April 19th on the green in Lexington, MA at 12 noon
April 19th on the green in West Springfield, MA at 4pm
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