General Meeting - 2015-09-08


7:09 Open meeting
Pledge, moment of silence, words from the President
Need to get out there, get involved to elect people who are pro-2a.

7:16 Executive Report - President
Conducted executive meeting
Communicated with candidates
working on endorsements
Communicated with attorneys on Shew v. Malloy
Interviews with the media

7:17 Executive Report - Vice President
Exec board meeting
Working on formatting endorsments
social media and blog

7:18 Executive Report - Acting Treasurer
Total Expenses: $2,481
Total Income: $2,006
Lit total: $94k
Total lit don: $646k
Total lit exp: $537k

7:22 Coordinator Report - Membership
23135 total
337 new

7:22 Coordinator Report - Events
Exec meeting
Final work on next year's anniversary dinner
Picnic - August 27th at Booth Memorial 11-4
Free, carry and pet friendly
Hunting and Fishing show moved to March. We'll be there again.

7:25 Coordinator Report - Legislative
Not in session, so not a lot going on
Working on another Legislative Shoot. Might be a joint effort with other organizations. Details are just beginning to be worked out
We need people to volunteer on compaigns and donate money. Getting pro-2A candidates elected will make our lives easier next session.
Contact Ray if you don't know who to volunteer for. Ray will find you someone in or near your district.
A lot of volunteering is stuff you can do at home. Sometimes it just stuffing envelopes or making calls. Sometimes it's door knocking. If you can volunteer 12 hours over the next 3 months, that would be a phenominal help. For every strong volunteer that works, it's worth 100 votes.
Endorsements should be coming out soon.
2700 votes would have flipped a house in our favor

7:35 Coordinator Report - Permit Issues
State rakes in 0.25 mil per year in permit fees. Cutting budget for board. 2 meetings are being cancelled per year.
If you filed an appeal and you get your permit (and it's in your hand) call the board and cancel your hearing. Free up the spot for someone else.
Almost a 3 year wait now.
Temporary Restraining orders are going to be a big problem.
Working with a couple of towns to try and fix their constructive denial issues
Likely to have an appeals workshop soon. Information will be posted to our blog.
Social Media, vote on any polls you see on social media

7:41 Poker Run
Starting at Meridan Boat Club, ending Doogies Inn in North Branford.
Party with band and food.
September 24th. Will be looking for volunteers and sponsorships.
We'll have a booth at the Biker Bash July 9th and 10th. Looking for volunteers

7:44 Dan Carter - Candidate US Senate
Challenging Richard Blumenthal

8:00 State Sen. Joe Markley and State Rep. Rob Sampson
Take election day off. Help at the polls.

8:07 Steve Giacomi - Candidate 73rd State House District

8:12 Chris Morelli - Candidate 30th State House District (Aresimowicz's seat)

8:15 Charles Paonessa - Candidate 6th State Senate District

8:18 Teresa Tillett - Candidate 2nd State Senate District

8:21 Linda Szynkowicz - Candidate 33rd District

8:24 Mentions
Letters to the editor workshop on our website under 'Resources'
- Tips for writing.
- Proof reading service is available free of charge for CCDL members

8:26 DC Project
Delegation of group of 50 women's shooters going to Washington to interface with Federal legislators
Show a different face of gun owners in America and trying to establish a relationship with them
CCDL is partially sponsoring the trip.

8:37 Political Action Committee
We've been debating for a couple years starting a PAC.

8:40 Lawsuit update
SCOTUS has picked up case and we wait for a decision on cert.
With Scalia gone, we likely have a 4:4 split, meaning the State of CT wins. Important to protect Heller and McDonald decisions.

8:50 Close of Meeting

General Meeting - 2015-09-08

7:08 Open meeting with national anthem and pledge


7:10 Executive Report - President

Conducted exec meeting actions of the Board included a poker run commitment

communicated with candidates for elected office

Communicated with attorneys

Communicated with media – press releases and news spots. Lots of interviews


7:15 Executive Report - Treasurer

Donations: 2507

Expenses: 7911

Lit: 90k

Total Lit don: 642k

Total Lit expenses: 564k


7:18 Executive Report - VP

Worked on blog/ facebook/website

executive meeting


7:19 Coordinator Report - Membership

22,524 total

377 new this month


7:19 Coordinator Report - Events


7:21 Coordinator Report - Legislative

Tracking 11, 9 have been voted out of committee

TRO Bills (2 similar bills) - 206 total testimonies written on our bills: 145 oppose, 61 support. 70% of total were CCDL membership

Of the people attending the public hearing, 15 for our side, 23 their side.

Most impact is had in face-to-face interaction with your legislators, particularly at the public hearing

5408 – Must show permit - 66 oppose, 130 supporting testimonies

  • Amended to only apply when open carrying and officer seas firearm, must show permit if asked

  • Ready to be added to the House Calendar for a vote

5409 – Permit app requirements

  • 49% of the testimony were CCDL members

5597 – Risk warrant bill (CCDL neutral on this bill)

  • 15 testimonies in support, majority opposed

SB 20 – Lowering intoxication limit for carrying firearms


Contact your representitives and senators and tell them how you feel.

Make sure to include the title and Number of the bill in addition to reasons why your opposed

Brief e-mail with contact info

If you don't hear from the rep, follow up with another e-mail.

If you still don't hear back, call


CT Liberty Caucus will be hosting a Campaign volunteer workshop. Markley and Sampsonw ill be there. In Manchester, June 11th.


7:55 Linda Szynkowicz – Candidate 33rd State House District

Linda is a CCDL Member


7:57 Coordinator Report - Permit Issues

Suitability makes us a may-issue state.

Important to testify on these bills.

Pushing 3years for denial/revocations. 8+ months for Constructive Denials


8:07 Special Election – April 26th. 75th House Ray Work


8:15 State Rep. Doug Dubitsky

Need to flip the power in the house

Donate small amounts to good candidates to help them qualify for public campaign financing

Contact your legislators. Form letters are useless. Personal phone calls are best. If they don't call you back in 1 day, call again.

E-mails are OK, phone calls are better.


8:37 Andy Falvey - Candidate 103rd State House District

Al Aldinolfi's Seat (Cheshire, Southington, Wallingford)


8:46 Angel Cadena - Candidate 3rd US Congressional District


8:48 Matt Maxwel - Candidate 5th US Congressional District

Lives in Sandy Hook


8:53 Poker Run

September 24th.

We'll be at the Super Sunday in Terryville June 5th


8:56 Brief Open Forum

2 week from today, we're having a primary


8:59 Close of meeting

General Meeting - 2016-02-09


7:13 Open meeting with national anthem and pledge
In legislative cycle and gun bills have already been introduced

Crucial to help pro-2A candidates get elected and anti-2A candidates unelected


7:16 Executive Report - President

Communicated with atty on drafts for SCOTUS

Communicated with media

Helping with legislative workshop in Patchaug


7:17 Executive Report - Vice President

Updated social media, blog, and e-mails


7:19 Executive Report - Treasurer

Op expenses: 7,004

Op Income: 8506

Lit total: 632k

Lit expenses: 564k

Lit remaining: 81k


7:23 Coordinator Report - Membership

21,285 total

439 new this month


7:23 Coordinator Report - Events

Executive meeting

metacon legislative workshop at King 33.

Hunting and Fishing show and dinner @ Convention center this weekend

Dinner 4-9 @ aquaturf


7:27 Coordinator Report - Legislative update

First leg. Workshop @ metacon

first 2 bills

- SB-20 AAC Carrying while intoxicated

  • 0.10 limit down to 0.08 to bring into line with driving statute

  • Under 21, limit will be 0.02.

  • GB 5054 – AAC Domestic Violence

    • Ex Parte orders are still an issue with this version of the bill

    Public Safety Committee has a concept for a bill

    • AAC Application for temp. pistol permit applications

    • No language yet

Buzz @ LOB that CT Police Chiefs Assoc. will try to get Open Carry addressed.

Open Carry Memorandum was been issued by Atty Gen. Office.


8:10 Coordinator Report - Permit Issues

Interview with WTNH on women an guns

Don't blame people who open carry. We need to stand together against the antis. Whether you agree or not, you must stand up against ANY anti-gun bill because they will use it as a wedge to divide us.

Working with legislators on campaigns

Need help checking municipal codes and getting copies of local applications for permits, especially any additional requirements towns are asking for.

Deep River asks for medical/mental impairments.

Constructive Denials were being pushed up to the front, but are not being spaced out. CDs currently have an 8-9 month backlog (vs 2 years for denials/revocations)

We need applications for permits from every town.


8:27 Clay Cope, Candidate for 5th US Congressional District (against Esty)


8:33 Lawsuit update


8:54 Legislative workshop

Being held 2/13.


8:55 Close of Meeting

General Meeting 2015-01-12

7:12 Open meeting

7:20 Executive Report - President
Communicated with the media
Having a singular issue helps us as an organization stay focused
Helped coordinate 2 legislative workshops (Patchaug and Metacon)

7:21 Executive Report - Treasurer
Income: 3935
Expenses: 1673
Total Lit Donations: 627k
Total Lit Expenses: 564k
Remaining Lit Fund: 75k

7:23 Executive Report - Vice President
Helped scott with press releases
Updated social media/blog/website
Helped Ray with Legislative Workshop PPT

7:25 Coordinator Report - Membership
20846 Total
754 new this month

7:25 Coordinator Report - Events
Dinner coming up
Hunting and Fishing Show as well
Need volunteers for both

7:27 Coordinator Report - Legislative
Feb. 3rd session opened.
Special election time
Primaries - Jan 26th

7:30 Coordinator Report - Permit Issues
Some towns still adding additional requirements. Don't fill it out, file an appeal (almost into 2018)
Constructive denial hearings are only about 4 month backlog.
Even if your firearms are confiscated, you can still sell them through an FFL. SCOTUS says you can't be denied their value.

7:34 Special Guest - Former State Senator Len Suzio - District 13
Considering another run

7:43 Special Guest - Matt Maxwell - Candidate for US Congress 5th District

7:49 NRA Grassroots Field Coordinator Christian Ragosta
Chris Kulpadi is new CT State liason (lobbyist)
After executive orders from obama
Bloomberg outspent NRA 10 to 1 in Virginia and pro-2A candidate still won
Go to clubs, put on events. Get clubs involved. Bring new people into 2A communities.

8:00 Lawsuit Update
Shew v. Malloy has gotten an extension. Need Kolby v. O'Malley (MD) decision to include in filing.

8:03 Close of meeting