April General Meeting Minutes
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
Numerous interviews
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
6145 members
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.
Can't get into the specifics of the case or strategy at this time.
We'll likely be working with organizations who represenation gun owners as well as individuals directly impacted by this law.
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.
8:20 Break
 
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.
<<Insert link to summary document Jonathan wrote up>>
 
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."
House: http://www.cga.ct.gov/2013/VOTE/H/2013HV-00020-R00SB01160-HV.htm
Senate: http://www.cga.ct.gov/2013/VOTE/S/2013SV-00090-R00SB01160-SV.htm
 
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
 
9:17 Close of meeting
April General Meeting Minutes

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
Numerous interviews
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
6145 members
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.

 
 

8:20 Break

 
 

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."
House: http://www.cga.ct.gov/2013/VOTE/H/2013HV-00020-R00SB01160-HV.htm
Senate: http://www.cga.ct.gov/2013/VOTE/S/2013SV-00090-R00SB01160-SV.htm

 
 

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

 
 
9:17 Close of meeting
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
Combined Jan-Feb:
Donations/Merch - $14,557
Expenses - $ 4166.32
 
7:25 Coordinator Report - Membership
4403 members
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
Attended hearings
Managed website
Worked with Chris on getting blog set up/integrated
Policed Facebook page and group
 
7:31 Blog
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
Attended hearing.
 
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.
 
7:35 Rally
Thanks to Dave O. for putting on the Rally and DJ Mike Butler
 
7:36 Break
 
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
 
9:07 Close of Meeting

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
Combined Jan-Feb:
Donations/Merch - $14,557
Expenses - $ 4166.32

 

7:25 Coordinator Report - Membership
4403 members
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
Attended hearings
Managed website
Worked with Chris on getting blog set up/integrated
Policed Facebook page and group

 

7:31 Blog
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
Attended hearing.

 

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.

 

7:35 Rally
Thanks to Dave O. for putting on the Rally and DJ Mike Butler

 

7:36 Break

 

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

 
9:07 Close of Meeting
We REGRET to inform our members that due to the SNOW, the Elks Lodge in Middletown will not be able to allow us to use the facility, therefore our meeting is CANCELLED!
We will NOT be rescheduling this month's meeting.

 

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January 8th, 2013
Monthly Meeting Minutes
 
The meeting began at 7:10 after being moved upstairs due to high turnout. Attendance sheet was passed around by Cheryl Lemos President Scott Wilson led the members in the Pledge of Allegiance.  142 members were present.
 
President Scott Wilson had the E-Board introduce themselves. Announced WFSB 3 may come to the meeting. Addressed the crowd, thanking them for coming and asking that they continue to come. Spoke of the tough legislative session we are about to face and informing members that our backs will be up against the wall trying to keep track of all the anti-gun legislation that will be pouring out all over the state due to the tragedy in Newtown. Also informed members that we will be making a mini presentation of our Legislative Workshop on how to testify. Reminded members to please show up to testify. There will be strength in numbers. Scott then started his official report. See attached.
 
Vice Presidents Report: Had an interview with Bloomberg after he called him personally at his house, which did not make Lenny very happy… Wanted to remind people that if anyone has or knows of a gun-friendly business that would like to be promoted, we offer month-long ads for $50 on our site.
Secretary’s Report:  None
 
Treasurer’s Report:  John Biedler spoke briefly of his interview, letting people know that it was a little scary, however, it MUST be done. The issues at hand affect our future and our rights. For financials, see attached report.
 
Membership Coordinator:  We have been overwhelmed with new members: 309 since the last meeting for a grand total of 2796!
 
Legislative Coordinator/Pistol Permit Issues: Spoke about his interview. Also informed members that Rob Sampson is putting together a presentation of sorts to educate legislators in basic gun knowledge.
 
Technology Coordinator:  Monthly emails were sent. Facebook page was updated. $2281.89 was transferred from PayPal to savings account.
 
Educational Committee:  Greg Hildebrand spoke briefly about the 2nd amendment brochure that they are working on. It will have topics like: ‘Gun Safety’ and ‘What is the 2nd Amendment?’
 
Merchandise Coordinator:  No Report.
 
Open Forum:
 
Judy: Our biggest concern with legislative session should be to educate non-2nd amendment people. Knowledge is power.
 
John from Farmington: Emails and letters are not enough! Please call your representatives.
Danny Brandt: Please sign the petition for strengthening rules already in place rather than add to gun control.
 
Gail from Cheshire: Same page as John. Call legislators. Gave some numbers out.
 
Paul from Farmington: 2nd Amendment side tends to rely solely on facts while the ‘anti’ side is emotional. We need to add our emotions to our facts. It will help them see that we have personal reasons too. We are not just ‘gun-nuts’
 
Rob Chambers: Allowing limitations is not good. It will start with one and go to another and another till there is nothing left to give. United We Stand!
 
Matt from AR15.com: The people on this forum are putting together a document that they would like to forward to CCDL, a sort of manifesto, stating that if you enjoy ANY type of fire arms that we can’t give in any rights! We must all stick together!
 
Tom from NRA: The certain members of the NRA have been receiving tons of threats and therefore had to remove their personal contact information from the site. The emails are still there and you may use that if you need to contact them. As far as testifying, chances are that people opposed to gun rights will try to get in your face to either rile you up or simply because they believe you are wrong. Be prepared. Also, the registration to testify can be lengthy. Don’t get disappointed. We have to make our voices heard.
 
Angel Hernandez: New York is allowing his business to teach people gun knowledge and training. Connecticut said no.
 
Nick from Middletown: There is a chief of police from Pennsylvania that is getting a bill together to promote the 2nd amendment. He has received word from many other state police departments asking if they can join and help get it moving.
 
Paul from Hamden: Wanted to know how to remind people that are anti-gun what causes and starts violence. To point out that it is not the weapon, but the person behind it that is the true issue. The answer was that sometimes you cannot but we must stick to facts and also show them how this issue emotionally affects us.
 
Paul from Woodbridge: Spoke about the town ordinance issue that is ongoing. They are also now trying to prevent zoning allowances for any gun related businesses in the town. Weston is also having the same zoning issues.
 
Chris from Weston: On top of the zoning issues, they are planning to beyond any assault weapons ban that may go thru, and pass regulations on everything that is not covered by the ban, as well as regulations for home storage. Their words were that they want the ‘teeth’ to come out and be able to then inspect said regulated storage for compliance.
 
-End open Forum-
 
Chris Duffy spoke briefly about the upcoming Hunting and Fishing Show in February. Volunteers are all set and we hope to see many of you there. Showing up helps support like-minded business in the area.
 
Rob Sampson is working on promoting Castle Doctrine and trying to make a bill for permits to be more uniform.
 
John Hardy will be handling the Legislative Workshops as they come up. We will be holding various workshops at varied locations that will all be posted on our site.
 
Adjournment:  The meeting was adjourned at 8:50 pm.
 
 
Respectfully submitted,
Heather Duffy, Stand-in Secretary
 
January 8th, 2013
Monthly Meeting Minutes
 
The meeting began at 7:10 after being moved upstairs due to high turnout. Attendance sheet was passed around by Cheryl Lemos President Scott Wilson led the members in the Pledge of Allegiance.  142 members were present.
 
President Scott Wilson had the E-Board introduce themselves. Announced WFSB 3 may come to the meeting. Addressed the crowd, thanking them for coming and asking that they continue to come. Spoke of the tough legislative session we are about to face and informing members that our backs will be up against the wall trying to keep track of all the anti-gun legislation that will be pouring out all over the state due to the tragedy in Newtown. Also informed members that we will be making a mini presentation of our Legislative Workshop on how to testify. Reminded members to please show up to testify. There will be strength in numbers. Scott then started his official report. See attached.
 
Vice Presidents Report: Had an interview with Bloomberg after he called him personally at his house, which did not make Lenny very happy… Wanted to remind people that if anyone has or knows of a gun-friendly business that would like to be promoted, we offer month-long ads for $50 on our site.
Secretary’s Report:  None
 
Treasurer’s Report:  John Biedler spoke briefly of his interview, letting people know that it was a little scary, however, it MUST be done. The issues at hand affect our future and our rights. For financials, see attached report.
 
Membership Coordinator:  We have been overwhelmed with new members: 309 since the last meeting for a grand total of 2796!
 
Legislative Coordinator/Pistol Permit Issues: Spoke about his interview. Also informed members that Rob Sampson is putting together a presentation of sorts to educate legislators in basic gun knowledge.
 
Technology Coordinator:  Monthly emails were sent. Facebook page was updated. $2281.89 was transferred from PayPal to savings account.
 
Educational Committee:  Greg Hildebrand spoke briefly about the 2nd amendment brochure that they are working on. It will have topics like: ‘Gun Safety’ and ‘What is the 2nd Amendment?’
 
Merchandise Coordinator:  No Report.
 
Open Forum:
 
Judy: Our biggest concern with legislative session should be to educate non-2nd amendment people. Knowledge is power.
 
John from Farmington: Emails and letters are not enough! Please call your representatives.
Danny Brandt: Please sign the petition for strengthening rules already in place rather than add to gun control.
 
Gail from Cheshire: Same page as John. Call legislators. Gave some numbers out.
 
Paul from Farmington: 2nd Amendment side tends to rely solely on facts while the ‘anti’ side is emotional. We need to add our emotions to our facts. It will help them see that we have personal reasons too. We are not just ‘gun-nuts’
 
Rob Chambers: Allowing limitations is not good. It will start with one and go to another and another till there is nothing left to give. United We Stand!
 
Matt from AR15.com: The people on this forum are putting together a document that they would like to forward to CCDL, a sort of manifesto, stating that if you enjoy ANY type of fire arms that we can’t give in any rights! We must all stick together!
 
Tom from NRA: The certain members of the NRA have been receiving tons of threats and therefore had to remove their personal contact information from the site. The emails are still there and you may use that if you need to contact them. As far as testifying, chances are that people opposed to gun rights will try to get in your face to either rile you up or simply because they believe you are wrong. Be prepared. Also, the registration to testify can be lengthy. Don’t get disappointed. We have to make our voices heard.
 
Angel Hernandez: New York is allowing his business to teach people gun knowledge and training. Connecticut said no.
 
Nick from Middletown: There is a chief of police from Pennsylvania that is getting a bill together to promote the 2nd amendment. He has received word from many other state police departments asking if they can join and help get it moving.
 
Paul from Hamden: Wanted to know how to remind people that are anti-gun what causes and starts violence. To point out that it is not the weapon, but the person behind it that is the true issue. The answer was that sometimes you cannot but we must stick to facts and also show them how this issue emotionally affects us.
 
Paul from Woodbridge: Spoke about the town ordinance issue that is ongoing. They are also now trying to prevent zoning allowances for any gun related businesses in the town. Weston is also having the same zoning issues.
 
Chris from Weston: On top of the zoning issues, they are planning to beyond any assault weapons ban that may go thru, and pass regulations on everything that is not covered by the ban, as well as regulations for home storage. Their words were that they want the ‘teeth’ to come out and be able to then inspect said regulated storage for compliance.
 
-End open Forum-
 
Chris Duffy spoke briefly about the upcoming Hunting and Fishing Show in February. Volunteers are all set and we hope to see many of you there. Showing up helps support like-minded business in the area.
 
Rob Sampson is working on promoting Castle Doctrine and trying to make a bill for permits to be more uniform.
 
John Hardy will be handling the Legislative Workshops as they come up. We will be holding various workshops at varied locations that will all be posted on our site.
 
Adjournment:  The meeting was adjourned at 8:50 pm.
 
 
Respectfully submitted,
Heather Duffy, Stand-in Secretary