General Meeting Minutes - 2014-04-08
7:06 Open Meeting
7:10 Executive Reports - President
Communicated with Attorneys and 2A candidates
Participated in media interviews and fielded e-mails.
Attended the NY and Connecticut gun rights rallies
7:10 Executive Reports - Vice President
Delivered the non-perishable food donations to the Bridgeport Rescue Mission
Attended the Executive Member Meeting
Ordered more magnets ($5 @ meetings)
Ordered rally signs
Attended the NY and Connecticut gun rights rallies
7:12 Executive Reports - Treasurer
Please don't fold the money you put into donations buckets. It makes more work for us
$26,676 income
$20,123 net expenses
7:15 Coordinator Reports - Membership
13,382 members
735 new this month
7:16 Coordinator Reports - Events
Attended the Executive meeting
Did lots of leg work for the CCDL Rally
Put on the CCDL Rally
7:16 Coordinator Reports - Fundraising
Sun. May 18th @ Cadillac Ranch from 12-4
$20/person all proceeds going to Litigation fund
Tickets available online and @ next meeting
Try to buy early so we get a good head count.
Wildcat Hill will be the band.
Concealed carry only (at request of Caddilac Ranch)
June 5th, Cenicolla's Deli in Clinton is having another Pig Roast
7:20 Coordinator Reports - Merchandise
Iron-on patches are now available at meetings
Also lapel pins
7:21 Coordinator Reports - Technology
Few updates to the website. Sent out e-mails to members
7:22 Open forum
7:55 Penny Bacciochi for Lt. Governor
Penny is having an event at Tommy's Pizza in Middletown
At 4:30 on May 13th.
7:58 Litigation Update
Appeal deadline is May 16th.
Brian Stapleton may be attending the May meeting.
Tami Zawistowski for State Rep in 61st district
Friends of NRA in Torrington needs commitee members to help plan and organize.
8:02 Break
8:15 Liam Heller
Handed out 500 pocket constituations and raise $650 for the Litigation Fund
8:17 Candidate: Kie Westby - Attorney General
8:24 Candidate Sal Lilienthal - 5th District US Congress
8:29 Candidate Walter Reddy - 26th State Senate District
8:36 Candidate Aundré Bumgardner - 41st State House District
8:47 Candidate Doug Dubitsky - 47th State House District
8:51 Pro-2A candidate list
Brian trying to put a website together to coordinate efforts and consolidate info
8:53 Upcoming events
Poker run and family picnic are being planned.
Additional fundraisers
8:55 Candidate Richard Demko - 105th State House District
8:57 Close of Meeting
General Meeting Minutes - 2014-09-09
7:06 Open Meeting
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 1st round of endorsement
7:13 Executive Reports - Vice President
Delivered the non-perishable food donations to the Bridgeport Rescue Mission
Picked up, delivered, and hauled more picnic stuff than can be listed
Arrived at the park at 7:30 to empty vehicle and start setup.
Gave remaining bread from picnic to BRM
Execuive Members put together a thank you letter to the Stratford Chief of Police for the great way his officers handled the 'man with a gun' call. VP printed and mailed the letter.
Ordered new return address labels for all shipping and mailing needs.
Interviewed for an article in the CT Post
Attended the Executive Member Meeting.
Arnie at CT Sporting Arms donated $300 from his customer
7:16 Executive Reports - Secretary
Attended picnic and executive member meeting
7:16 Executive Reports - Treasurer
Attended meetings including the endorsements
Operations Fund
Income: $9,059
Expenses: $9,195
Total donations received: $533k
Legal Fees to date: $363k
Fundraising costs: $13k
Other costs and fees: ~$2k
7:22 Coordinator Reports - Membership
Designed and ordered poker run t-shirts and bandannas
15,264 members
531 new this month
7:23 Coordinator Reports - Events
Hunting and Fishing Show contract has been set up.
Anniversary dinner will be sometime in February or March
7:24 Fundraising
Poker run coming up on 9/27. Starting in Woodbridge ending at the Cadillac Ranch.
$20 for riders, $15 for passengers. $15 if you show up at Cadillac Ranch only for the festivities.
NSSF donated 300 gift bags for the first entrants.
Volunteers needed for 9/27 and to hand out flyers for cruise and bike nights.
Biks/cars/other vehicles are welcome!
7:32 Coordinator Reports - Permit Issues
Almost out to 2017 for hearings
Some of the Constructive Denials are being flushed out
Stuff is going on in Neighboring States regarding keeping permit info private. We need to stay vigilant on it.
Neet to support pro-2A candidates with your time and tell your friends.
There is a no guns = no business effort we should support
7:38 Lucky Target Shoot
Saturday November 8th @ Branford Gun Club
Pie shoot:
$2/slice - 15 slices be sheet
prize is a $15 gift card
On each sheet, slice with the most shots wins the gift card
Line Shoot:
10 spots at a time. Card with the most holes in each line wins
Also, come shoot trap - $5/25 shots
Pistol range will be open, too.
7:44 New Haven Sportsmen's Club Monthly donation
New Haven Sportsmen's Club has decided to donate $1,000 per month for 12 months to the CCDL Litigation effort.
7:45 Special Guest - Sean Cleary, CT GOP
(Tom Foley Campaign)
Come help good candidates at one of the CT GOP campaign offices to phone bank for candidates.
Sean is asking to donate 5 hours to make 250 phone calls.
7:50 CT Black Republicans and Conservatives - Regina Roundtree
Hosting a forum in Hartford Oct. 11, 9a-noon at the Mark Twain Museum
Within the urban community we often talk about gun violence but not the 2nd Amendment
Ken Blackwell and other 2A proponent speakers to talk to the community
Reaching out to faith organizations and non-profits to include then a conversation
"Negro and the gun" author will be there signing books.
7:55 Senate Race Effort - Tom Scott
Anti-gun groups have been quietly organizing people across the state
You don't need to know anything about campaigns to help. Just show up and offer to help. Campaigns know how to do this
Quinnepiac Poll coming out. Don't be encouraged and don't be discouraged.
Possible coming legislation if pro-2A candidates lose:
- Registration of everything
- Microstampiung
- "Smart" guns
- $3,000-$4,000 liability policy for gun owners under penalty of felony
Emails are great, but call people to encourage other to get involved.
8:05 Announcements
Hat city Friends of the NRA Banquet
8:08 Candidates Speaking to Members
Lori Hopkins-Cavanaugh - 2nd US Congressional District
Ruben Rodriguez - State Rep. 72nd House District
Charlie Ferraro - State Rep. 117th House District
Jesse McLaughlin - State Rep. 35th House District
Linda Szynkowicz - State Rep. 33rd House District
Richard Lion - State Rep. 9th House District
Andrew Lockwood - State Rep. 39th House District
Rob Kwasnicki - State Rep. 59th House District
Whit Osgood - State Senate 4th Senate District
Pam Staneski - State Rep. 119th House District
Art Linares - State Senate 33rd Senate District
Karl Shehu - State Senate 15th Senate District
Devin Carney - State Rep. 23rd House District
8:42 Craig Fishbein
CT Bar Association had a petition to join with the Brady Campaign's Amicus Brief against our lawsuit. The vote came down to a statistical tie and therefore died. One of Craig's interns joined the CBA just to vote against the proposal.
On CT Capitol Report notice the story of Malloy and CCSU at Yale and CCSU talking to young democrats.
Candidates need to see you involved. It's encouraging.
Put a sign in your yard. Perception makes a lot in an election.
We need to work hard. Write letters to the editor.
This is the most important election
8:47 Announcements
Chris Conte will be here next month to give a litigation update.
Timeframe for oral arguments _estimated_ for January.
8:52 Close of meeting.
CCDL General Meeting Minutes July 8th 2014
19:11 Meeting began with the National Anthem and the Pledge of Allegiance.
Welcomed first time members
Quick info on raffle, John Bolton Dinner – 3 seats up for raffle at meeting only.
Presidents Report: Busy with 2A candidate contacts, Exec meeting.
VP Report: Exec meeting, Bridgeport Rescue Mission broken into food and coats stolen – donations really needed to fill the gap.
Treasurers Report: Peoples Balance $8575, PayPal $2557, Sales $2827, Bolton Tickets $2000, Merchandise Expense $333, Web $122, Hall rental $200, Brochures $1010, Picnic $160, some other stuff I couldn’t copy fast enough, Total net expenses $3031
Dave Bicknell: Branford Gun club has raffle tickets in the back
Membership Report: Members 14424 of which 255 are new.
Events Report:  Picnic Aug 16th Boothe Memorial Park in Stratford, bring a dish, sign up for grill duty (2 grills 30 min stretch), cleanup, balloons, face painting, dog friendly, kid friendly, O/C friendly, no alcohol.
Fundraising Report: Ray in place of Bob – Bob doing a great job, Bolton Dinner July 20th $1000/seat
Raffle to win a pair and a single seat tonight. Tickets in the back.
Patterson Club in Fairfield.
Colt donates a 1911, Ruger something special, S&W a revolver from their performance center and there will be a nice gift for the attendees.
Sept 27th is the Poker Run, Flyers coming soon, Bikes AND cars are welcomed.  End at the Cadillac Ranch in Southington, Ranch only $15.
Permit Issues Report:
Hoffman’s class to be announced
Legislative update –
Need to help out the pro 2A candidates, volunteer, donate, place signs, call your friends, get them e
Commission (Sandy Hook) report suggests Man of magazines over 10 rounds, limit ammo purchases, rules against the capacity of loading firearms (anything that *can* take more than a 10 round magazine), Trigger locks, mandated storage in homes, shell casings serial numbered for tracking, mental health screening for anyone who owns a gun, micro stamping of shells as they are fired which would stop manufacturers from shipping to CT like CA did, smart gun technology.
Merchandise Report:
Selling water, pamphlets, shot glasses, last few poker run shirts, credit cards accepted.
New Business:
Matabasset Rifle and Pistol club Brian Kowalcik donation of $1500 check for litigation fund.
Rebecca – Meet and greet Tuesday 15th 5-7 at McBride’s Pizza in Wolcott. Senator Joe Markley, Rep Rob Sampson and other good folks.
New Haven Sportsman’s Club sent monthly $1000 litigation donation.
Candidates Open Mic:
Linda Szenkowicz running for state rep in 33rd district (Middletown) running against a 22 year incumbent.
Fundraiser at the Italian Center in Middletown July 23rd 5-8 featuring the Chubby Checker suggested donation $25
Angel Fernandez running for state rep in the 100th district against Matt Lesser
Kathy Pugliese - running in district 22 (Plainville, New Britain) against her cousin 20+ year incumbent. Has been on town council in Plainville in various roles.
Mark Greenberg running against Esty in the 5th Congressional district.
Penny Bacchiocci running for Lt. Governor, currently the representative for the 12th district (Stafford and Somers), voted against SB 1160, has 200 yard signs to give out.
Pablo Soto running in the 83rd district (Meriden and Berlin), electpablosoto on Facebook.
Quick notice from Jeri McMillan – volunteers needed focus on senate and house races where 2A friendlies are under attack and those where anti 2A are vulnerable.
Brian Saucier mentioned that we need to organize gun owners, all of them and get everyone ready for the elections.  Don’t go to the polls on your own, fill your car with gun guys and have the plan for who you are going to elect before you walk in.
20:30 short break
Steven on behalf of Phil Tripp running in the 17th District.
Kie Westby running for Attorney General, July 30th (Wed night) Middletown Elks fundraiser 5:30-8:30, catered dinner $40/pp suggested.
Closing notes:
Family Picnic needs volunteers to grill, and bring a dish to share.
Picnic is free
Ray Bevis – Raffle for Bolton dinner
Blue ticket 143, Red Ticket 425 congratulations.
Close of meeting.


7:09 Open Meeting
7:11 Announcements
President Scott Wilson wrote a blog about a number of SB1160 'NO'-voting legislators who are now supporting McKinney. After speaking with several legislators, he understands they feel some loyalty to McKinney as a leader in the Legislature, but we can't condone politics as usual. Our members need to hold their legislators feet to the fire and let their legislators know how they feel about endorsing someone who voted for SB1160.
After SB 1160/Public Act 13-3 went into effect, many refused to register their firearms or declare their magazines. We are starting to see an increase in e-mails from people who didn't register and got into a dispute or other situation in which the police got involved. As a result firearms and magazines were seized and these individuals may be facing charges under the new law. CCDL has always felt choosing not to register was a deeply personal decision that individual had to make for themselves after accepting the risks for any act of civil disobedience. The best advice we can give at this point is to walk away from any bad situation before it can escalate, find and develop a relationship with a knowledgeable lawyer (, and exercise your right to remain silent.
It has been the policy of the CCDL Board to keep our cards close to our chest when it came to how much money we have raised for our litigation effort against Public Act 13-3. However, we've reached a point we're pleased with and would like to share with all of our supporters. With a tremendous effort from Coalition of CT Sportsmen, sportsmen's organizations and gun shops throughout the state, and individual gun owners in CT and around the world, we have been able to raise nearly $500,000 to fight the unconstitutional laws enacted April of 2013. We have no idea how much this lawsuit will cost in the end, but if the Heller case is a guidepost it may be more than $1 million.
7:16 Executive Reports - President
Took care of usual correspondence: emails and phone calls
7:17 Executive Reports - Vice President
Thanks for bringing in food donations. As usual delivered the donations to Bridgeport Rescue Mission.
Chaired the monthly Executive Meeting
Ordered and took possession of 2014 CCDL Trap Shooting trophies. Participated in the trap shoot event. Thanks to Dave Bicknell for putting it together, Guilford Sportsman Club for hosting, and CT Sporting Arms for a big donation.
7:19 Executive Reports - Treasurer
Donations/Merchandising/Tickets - $14,615
Expenses - $5970
7:22 Coordinator Reports - Membership
Cheryl unable to attend, but Scott reported the current number
13840 total
458 new this month
7:22 Coordinator Reports - Events
Attended the executive member meeting
Received a large order of merchandise. Set up our new operations center which will allow us more room to organize and a dedicated station for mailing out orders. This should help us get up to date and stay more current on web orders.
We're always looking for volunteers for events. We're going to be announcing our annual FREE picnic coming up. Let us know if you're interested in helping.
7:24 Coordinator Reports - Fundraising
Bob couldn't be here, Ray filling in:
Day at the Ranch -  Sunday, May 18th - Noon-4pm - $20 - Tickets available online for pickup at the door.
Cadillac Ranch - 45 Jude Lane, Southington, CT
Cennicola's Pig Roast - June 15th. - $20/person - Tickets available at Cennicola's Deli
Ceniccola's Italian Deli & Pizzeria - 36 Killingworth Turnpike | Clinton, CT 06413
"An Evening with John Bolton" - CCDL Litigation Fundraising Dinner in Fairfield
Special invitation only event. $1,000/person $9,000/table. 100% of proceeds will go to litigation fund.
If you want to be included on the list or know of someone who would like to be included, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
7:27 Coordinator Report - Technology
Sent out the usual e-mails and website updates.
7:29 Special Guest - Chris Conte, Legislative Counsel, NRA/ILA
7:46 Presentations from Gun Clubs
Harwinton Rod and Gun presented a check for $500.
New Haven Sportsmen's Club donated $7,000 last year. This year they pledge $1,000/month for the next 12 months.
7:49 Special Guest Dave Walker - Candidate Lt. Governor
7:59 Special Guest Lori Hopkins Cavanaugh - Candidate US Congress, 2nd District
8:05 Special Guest Rob Kwasnicki - Candidate CT House, 59th District
8:11 Special Guest Representative Dan Carter - Incumbent Candidate CT House, 2nd District
8:17 Special Guest Al Aldinolfi - Incumbent Candidate CT House, 103rd District
8:22 Special Guest Carl Higbie - Candidate US Congress, 4th District
8:26 Special Guest Joe Markley - Incumbent Candidate CT Senate, 16th District
Joe was not here to talk about his campaign. Instead, Joe asked that you start asking your boss for election day off (Nov. 4th). Free up the weekend before election day as well. Find the pro-gun candidate in your district (or a neighboring district if you can't find one in your district) and volunteer the weekend before election day, and election day, to helping that candidate get elected. Generally, get involved to change the makeup of the legislature.
8:42 Permit Issues
Issues have increased exponentially. Receiving half a dozen e-mails a day from people having issues, including some with problems under the new law.
Remember: take the high road. If you get into an argument, just walk away.
8:47 Close of meeting