General Meeting - 2015-12-08

Executive Report - President

Communicated with our Attorneys

Press releases and lots of interviews

Conducted executive meeting, including election of new officers

Helped people with various issues

Drafted material for letters to the editor resources


7:19 Executive Report - Vice President


7:21 Executive Report - Treasurer

Op Inc: $1,288

Op Exp: $6,377

Total lit: 624k

Lit Expenses: 564k


7:24 Coordinator Report - Membership

20,093 total membership

500 new this month


7:25 Coordinator Report - Events

Hunting and Fishing show 2/12 → 2/14, Friday to Sunday. We will be selling merchandise this year.

Anniversary dinner tickets are on sale.

February 20th at the Aquaturf $55.

Next month I'll be asking for volunteers. If you have a big SUV and can help Thursday 2/11 with moving stuff @ hunting and fishing show.


7:30 Coordinator Report - Legislative Update

Legislative coordinator could be here

No fly-list bill appears dead for now. Might make ens to contact Blumenthal, Murphy, and your Representative with respectful displeasure over their support of the bill.

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7:40 Coordinator Report - Permit Issues

Good news: People starting to fight towns by pushing back.

Constructive denial hearings are now 2 years our, only a couple of moths because they get delayed.

If you know someone going through the process. Don't quote the 2yr backlog; it will scare them from fighting their constructive denials

Cancel appeal if issued before hearing to free up that spot.

Lot of contact this month with minor issues and town denies, people let it drop. It's important to file and appeal because they may deny appeal with 'at this time' which usually get overturned at some point in the future


7:50 Coordinator Report - Merchandise

Christmas Ornaments available


7:53 Coordinator Report - Technology

Handled by Chris and Kevin right now.

In new year looking for permanent tech coordinator


7:53 Woodbridge

Martha Dean met with ordinance committee.

There have been several meetings with the town attorney. Town appears to be draggin it's heals on this.

No guns on woodbridge property (including streets)


8:07 Bicknell

Last 2 years @ Branford cub opening up New Years Day for trap shoot for anyone who wants to come.

Last years had 25-30. Contact on Facebook. $5/25 shells. If there's enough of a head count, we may be able to do $10 for pistol

March, holding a CCDL Tag Sale. If you want to drop stuff off (in good shape only) Dave will sell it and donate to Lit Fund


8:12 Doug Hoon – New CT Legal Rifle

Doug has been an engineer for 30 years. A friend got him into Ars and it wasn't enough to build parts, he started looking at design changes.

Previously designed a fixed-mag version of the AR. More recently designed a pump-action AR kit.


8:25 Shew v. Malloy update




August Wolfe is running against Blumenthal


8:40 Legislative Workshjops

In january's meeting, we'll do a condensed version

Ful workshops will be held @ a few gun clubs aroudn the state.

CT NRA Liason and NRA-ILA CT grassroots coordinator


8:47 Close of Meeting

General Meeting - 2015-09-08

7:04 Open meeting with national anthem and pledge

7:08 Opening word from President Scott Wilson
It's important to get involved in local municipal elections. Be active and know the stances of candidates because first selectmen, zoning boards, etc. have some level of control over our right to keep and bear arms.

7:10 Executive Report - President
Communicated with attorney and the media.
Wrote a blog post about the home invasion in Hartford
Fielded emails from members and helped with various issues.
Held an executive member meeting at our new office.
Distributed Poker Run flyers

7:12 Executive Report - Treasurer
Last month’s Income: $3,187
Last month’s expenses: $3,971
Total Litigation Donations: $607k
Total Litigation fees to date: $564k

7:16 Executive Report - Secretary
After the loss of two of our founding members, we've all had to step up and filling where we can. Chris L. and Kevin have been keeping the website up to date and fixing problems as they come up.

7:17 Coordinator Report - Memberhsip
245 new this month
19,001 total members!
Shirts for the poker run and family picnic have been received.
Putting together a membership committee to set up booths and such at state fairs and other events around the state. If you're interested in volunteering, contact Cheryl at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

7:20 Coordinator Report - Events
Attended the exec. meeting.
Did work from the picnic and the hunting and fishing show.
9/19 is our free family picnic at Boothe Memorial Park in Stratford. Feel free to bring a side dish. Games and door prizes. We'll need volunteers to cover the grill and clean up. (contact Chris - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
9/26 is our 2nd Amendment Poker Run. We need more volunteers (contact Ray - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).

7:23 Coordinator Report - Permit Issues
Good news: appeals are slowing down, possibly because people are standing up for themselves against unreasonable towns. The rate has slowed; under the previous rate we would have extended the backlog to the end of 2017, but it's currently holding at 2 years.
The board gives a special designation (and shorter time table) for Constructive Denials, cases where the town is taking longer than the required 8 weeks to issue a permit. The constructive denial process is helping keep owns honest. Most of these cases are resolved before getting to the hearing.

7:26 Merchandise
We've got a bunch of $5 items we're trying to get rid of. And our usual. We'll have all of our merchandise available at the family Picnic as well as special picnic themed shirts. We'll have our poker run shirts available at the poker run the following week.
We've had requests for different types of items (hoodies, polos, etc.) We're working on a new web store that will let us handle these items for pre-order, as well as our current catalog.

7:29 Justin Zito on behalf of Cabinets Kwik
Cabinets Kwik is donating an in-wall concealment safe made of reinforced steel to the Poker Run.

7:32 Woodbridge Firearm Ordinance Update
Back in June, Attorney Martha Dean let us know about an ordinance in Woodbridge that basically prohibits the carrying of a loaded firearm anywhere on town property (including the streets). She's been pushing them to change the law for months and the Town Council finally agreed it's unenforceable and plans to change it, but they haven't done anything yet.
The Town Council is sending Martha a Draft of the updated language soon. A special meeting of the Board of Selectmen will happen next week to discuss the change. A following meeting of the Board of Selectman will take place after that to take action.
No action is required yet, but Attorney Dean is looking for people from Woodbridge and the surrounding area to be on standby should we need to make a showing at one of the meetings. If you'd like to be added to the list, please contact Kevin - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

7:37 Open Forum

7:45 #IAmCCDL Project
Several Years Ago the Twin Cities Gun Owners and Carry Forum put together a video showing what average Minnesotan Gun Rights Supports look like.
A few years ago, the Virginia Citizens Defense League (who we modeled ourselves after) put out their own video inspired by the original 'And I Carry' video.
We want to expand on that idea. We're going to start taking volunteer members from all walks of life during our picnic and add on to it. We'll set up a special website and start pushing our campaign to show the public the real face of CCDL, not what some Hartford Courant Cartoonist wants to portray us as.

8:05 Poker Run Update
Saturday 9/26 is our 2nd Amendment Poker Run. (What is a Poker Run?)
Our Poker Run starts at Woodbridge Firearms Trading Post and ends at the Cadillac Ranch in Southington. There will be 3 stops in between.
We need more volunteers at Woodbridge and Cadillac Ranch. Volunteers get free food and a free t-shirt. (contact Ray - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).
We have a number of good prizes: a leaf blower, suppressor, firearms trust services, etc.
Screamin Eagles Band will be providing the music

8:10 Legislative Shoot
We've put together an invite-only clay target shoot for the legislators and their aides. This is completely an informational event, no media or politics. We sent out around 290 invitations.
The goal is to introduce legislators to firearms, firearm safety, and have some fun.

8:12 Plymouth Gun Range
There will be a hearing on September 10th. Prepare to Act will just be asking for an extension as they've just added additional counsel and need more time.
Plymouth does let out-of-towners speak at their public hearings. They also accept letters if you'd rather not speak.
If you have any questions about the process or what's going on, contact Ray - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. He's got a FAQ sheet and the application documents.
Plymouth is kind of unique in that they have an ordinance that covers gun clubs.
A lot of you have contacted us about this issue. We are monitoring the situation and in close contact with Prepare to Act.

8:32 Sporting Clays Fundraiser to benefit Litigation Fund
On October 11, 2015 the Guilford Sportsman’s Association will be hosting a sporting clays fun shoot to raise money for the CCDL Litigation Fund. It starts at 9:00am. $40/shooter. Please pre-register if possible.
Any questions about the event please contact Dave Bicknell from the Guilford Sportsman’s Association at (203) 500-4169 or via Facebook.

8:39 WLOPA Ladies Day
Not a CCDL related event, but if you know a woman interested in learning to shoot,
Wolcott Land Owners Protective Association (WLOPA) is hosting a "Ladies Day" Sept 12th, 9am at their club. Wives, sisters, mothers, aunts, nieces, lady friends etc. are invited for a fun day of shooting. Guns, ammo and lunch will be provided by the club, and a nominal fee of $10 to cover costs is required. Contact Greg Gubitosi with questions or to register: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

8:40 Close of meeting

General Meeting - 2015-08-11

7:10 Start of meeting

Two founding members of CCDL have decided to step down: VP Lenny and Technology Coordinator Virginia. CCDL thanks them for their service over the last six years.


President's Report

Communicated with Attorney

Communicated with Media

Communicated with Legislators on gun bills

Held an executive member meeting

Handed out poker run flyers


Treasurer's Report

Thanks to Connecticut Sporting Arms for donating $300 this month

Last month’s Income: $1,853

Last month’s expenses: $1,603

Total Litigation Donations: $606k

Total Litigation fees to date: $564k



18,756 total members

281 new this month

Poker Run shirts will be available at the Picnic and the Poker Run next month



Anniversary dinner will be held on 2/20/16

Hunting and Fishing show is coming up in Feb. at the CT Convention Center. We’ll have a bigger booth and be selling merchandise this year.

9/19 is our free family picnic at Boothe Memorial Park in Stratford. Feel free to bring a side dish. Games and door prizes.

9/26 is our 2nd Amendment Poker Run. We need more volunteers (contact Ray - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).


Legislative update

October we’re holding a Legislative Clay Shoot. Inviting all Legislators and their aides.

We’re helping out ‘Prepare to Act’, but will likely be limiting our rallying to Plymouth residents.

No legislative updates.

Woodbridge Firearms Trading Post is asking for donations to help pay their lawyer costs. They had a break-ing that caused significant structural damage and the landlord tried evicting them. They’ve set up a Go Fund Me account ( Mike at Woodbridge has helped us immensely over the years. It would be great if our members could help them out.



Buy our stuff!



Chris and Kevin have been making some minor changes. We’re working on some significant improvements.

Special Guest - Nanette Dieterle - CT Chapter of Well Armed Women

30,000 women with permits. 1% actually train.

Get women to join CCDL

King 33 will be host range for training

Do what you can to support shooting community

Not-for-profit advocating safe friendly fun.

1st Monday of every month (except September 16th) evening 6-9 pm at King 33 in Southington.


Special Guest - Holly Sullivan - Sheepdog Mamas

Young-moms with small kids - support system - pro-2a meetups


Welcome to:

Representative Mike France - 42nd District

Attorney Martha Dean

Andy Lockwood - Candidate for 39th House District


Presentation by Representative Doug Dubitsky, CCDL Legislator of the Year


Final notes from President Scott Wilson

You need to get invovled in your local elections

No update on Shew v. Malloy lawsuit yet.

General Meeting - 2015-07-14
7:07 Meeting opens with National Anthem and Pledge of Allegiance

7:11 Executive Reports - President
Slow month besides holding an executive meeting, fielding the usual e-mails, and communicating with our Attorneys about the lawsuit.

7:11 Executive Reports - Vice President
Attended the executive member meeting and prepared the certificate for our Legislator of the Year.
Dropped our monthly food donations off to Bridgeport Rescue Mission
Reminder: The Elks lodge where we hold our monthly meetings prefers that our meetings be concealed carry only. Please respect their wishes by not open carrying at the meeting.

7:12 Executive Reports - Treasurer
Total Monthly Expenses: 4,397
Total Monthly Income: 2,589
Total Litigation Donations to Date: 604,000
Total Ligitation Expenses to Date: 564,000

7:12 Executive Reports - Secretary
Personal appeal:
Our efforts at the Legislature this year would not have been possible without the tireless work of Ray Bevis. The executive members already 'rewarded' him by forcing him to become the Legislative Coordinator, but I felt we should try to do something more. That opportunity came up when the Hartford Yard Goats announced they were soliciting names for their new mascot. I thought what better tribute than immortalizing Ray as a Minor League baseball team mascot. So please go to, and submit your vote for 'Ray'.

7:20 Coordinator Reports - Membership
18475 total
293 new this month

7:20 Coordinator Reports - Events
Annual Family Picnic - September 19th, 11-4 at Boothe Memorial Park, 5800 Main St. - Putney in Stratford, Connecticut.
We need volunteers. Please email Chris to help out, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Poker Run - September 26th. Starting at Woodbridge Firearms Trading Post on Sheldon Street in Woodbridge.
We need volunteers for Woodbridge, Waterbury, Southington. Volunteers get a free t-shirt and admission to the after party. E-mail Ray to help out, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

7:27 Coordinator Reports - Permit Issues
Some changes with regard to illegal drug possession and permits due to the change made during this session. We won't know the effects of this for about 9 months when those cases start coming up for a hearing at the Board of Firearm Permit Examiners and we see how it plays out.
There will be a form letter available for permit applicants who want to dig in their heels and not provide the extra information some towns are requiring.
Backlog is currently almost two and a half years. Don't let this discourage you from filing an appeals, especially when the town is delaying beyond 8 week state mandate (Constructive Denial). Constructive Denial cases are often sped up to as little as 5 months.

7:37 Special Guest - Aaron from Alpha Dog Suppressors in Southbury, CT
Alpha Dog Suppressors is graciously donating a suppressor to our CCDL raffle. If you win the suppressor, you would need to apply for a tax stamp. (Alpha Dog Suppressors can help with the paperwork but you are responsible for paying the $200 tax stamp).
For CT residents that purchase an Alpha Dog Suppressor, Alpha Dog Suppressors will help you with the paperwork and pay the tax stamp fee for you.

7:57 Special Guest - Daria Novak, Candidate for the 2nd US Congressional District
Website should be available end of July 2015:

8:20 Break

8:37 Open Forum
Question came up about the new show your permit law. Despite what the Waterbury Republican-American reported, thre needs to be 'reasonable suspicion' of a crime for a police officer to demand to see your permit. Open carrying of a firearm is not sufficient. in and of itself, to require a permit to be shown.

8:44 Local Elections
There are three CCDL members running for local elected positions. Town committees will be meeting later this month to nominate their candidates that will be running in November:
- Tom Pietrini for Southbury Board of Selectmen
- Bob Ferguson for Weston Board of Finance
- Tony D'Amato for Bristol, District 1, City Council
If you know of other pro-2a candidates for local elections, please email Ray - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

8:48 Close of meeting