7:05 PM 4/12/2011

Scott opens meeting with pledge and introduction


7:09 PM 4/12/2011

President's Report

Testified against SB 1094 Act banning 'large capacity' magazines

Booked taping for television show on local access

Attended CCDL anniversary dinner

Communicated with legislators on various bills

Received material from outgoing Treasurer and passed it to VP who will be filling in.


7:12 PM 4/12/2011

Vice President's Report

Testified against SB 1094 Act banning 'large capacity' magazines

Attended Anniversary Dinner on April 2nd

Now a member of the NW CT Sportsman Council


7:14 PM 4/12/20115

Secretary's Report

Attended hearing on SB 1094 and submitted written testimony but was unable to stay long enough to be called upon.

Attended the Anniversary Dinner


7:14 PM 4/12/2011

Acting Treasurer's Report

Supplied Secretary with spreadsheets for November/December 2010 to complete taxes

Deposited $1136 cash that was collected at the Anniversary dinner. Books for this event have yet to be balanced (still waiting on receipts) Total cost to be reported next month.

Balance as of 4/7 was 7435, but doesn't include paypal deposits.

Received inventory list from new Merch. Coordinator. Requested an order in that was forwarded to the president for order placement.


7:16 PM 4/12/2011

Membership Coordinator's Report

1458 members. 175 new in past month.

Final preperations for Ye CT Gun Guild gun show.

Attended anniversary dinner and testified on SB 1094.


7:18 PM 4/12/2011

Events Coordinator's Report

Submitted written testimony

Setup and put on the anniversary dinner

Everyone who was shooting at the club was safe and well-mannered. We were welcomed back.

Photos sent to Tech coordinator for website.

Video for the dinner is uploading to internet and will be posted to website soon.


7:20 PM 4/12/2011

Technology Coordinator's Report

Transferred money from paypal to bank account.

Getting online purchases cleared out.

General maintenance on members database.

Sent out e-mails and renewed domain

Submitted written testimony

Set up new Merch. Coordinator with e-mail/paypal/etc.


7:21 PM 4/12/2011

Registered Agent's Report

Submitted written testimony

Made copies of all registration documents for VP.


7:22 PM 4/12/2011

Merchandise Coordinator's Report

Some inventory left, but trying to get more to cover orders.

Submitted written testimony on 1094


7:23 PM 4/12/2011

Open Forum - (Comments, questions and announcements from members, not necessarily CCDL Endorsed)

One member wants to focus our efforts on "trouble maker" lawmakers. Fundraising effort to support their opponents.

- Candidates we want to support need people willing to get out there on the streets helping candidates out in any way

Having such a large presence at the hearing had a big effect on the legislators. If every gun club was as involved as some we could have filled not only the room, but the lobby. Even some not really pro-2A legislators were persuaded by the hearing. For legislators who were there, the hearing had a huge impact. They have to report it out of committee by the end of the week. Otherwise it would have to be brought up as an amendment to another bill on the floor.

We need to get involved. It's hard to find people now adays willing to do that. Legislators are getting back to people who write e-mails. There is a good reason to have open-carry in our state. It's not just for city dwellers.

Committment from one sportsment club to have legislators come and learn handgun safety at their range. Other clubs should do the same.

Rich B. going forward on case where he was arrested for open-carrying at the pool hall. Rachel Baird will be the attorney(withregardtorights.org)


7:44 PM 4/12/2011



7:57 PM 4/12/2011

Gun Bill update

SB 1094 banning standard capacity magazines has until Friday to get out of committee. If not, it dies in committee, but can still be amended onto another bill. Keep contacting your legislators and get your friends to do the same. If your legislator has respond, thank them even if they didn't agree with your position.

HB 5800 - gun registration - died in committee. Can still come back as a

SB 42 - Range safety - died in committee. Probably won't be brought back up this session.

SB 1017 - Merging the Board of Firearms Permit Examiners into DPS - Voted out of committee. Now in committee for General Law.

SB 1096 - Criminal possession of ammo - unknown today. results should be up tomorrow.

SB 547 - Definition of Assault Weapon - looks like they stripped out language for C&R licensees.

SB 5263 - Pistol Permits by Mail - Moving along, thought it looks like they upped the price of the permit in the process

Amy will be happy to take questions on bills or the legislative process - oldshotgun [at] live [dot] com


8:15 PM 4/12/2011

Gun Shop Visits

We've got a new volunteer who's been driving around to gun shops promoting CCDL. Trying to convince them to promote us.

We should leverage any members who are also members of gun clubs to try and get a presentation made at their clubs promoting CCDL and showing them who we are.

"We're not using the first amendment properly because we're losing our second amendment rights." is the message he's going to be pushing.

Share pro- and anti-2A stories from around the country with anyone in the state. The more information we have, the better we will be able to protect our rights.

He's working on his own, but could use help.


8:27 PM 4/12/2011

Ye CT Gun Guild gun show

At Elks Lodge in Widnsor: Sat 9-4, Sun 9-2.

Contact Jeff if you can volunteer: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


8:30 PM 4/12/2011


Permit for picnic can't be gotten until Memorial Day when the office opens.

Talk of another raffle or fundraiser, but we need to discuss with the attorney.


8:31 PM 4/12/2011

Jonathan H.

Represented gun owners while Channel 3 got some footage for a new story.

Brochure's are now at Wolf's.

Hoffman's is blowing through 70-100 brochure a day.

Instructors should put the Brochures in the packet.

Suitability study

-Looking for permit applications/instructions from all 169 towns and cities in the state.

-If you can, go to the town and get an application even if you don't need your permit and forward it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

-Need information from good towns and bad. Even if they don't require any additional information, send in the data.

-If they're only verbally telling you they require additional information or the process will take 3+ months, etc., let jonathan know as well.

-Jonathan's website is ctpistolpermitissues.com

Every time someong appeals to the BPFE, the State's attorney (DPS staff member) is submitting an objection every time Peter Kuck is involved with a case.


8:44 PM 4/12/2011

Tax Day Tea Party

April 15th, from 12-2pm there will be a rally at the State Capitol.


8:47 PM 4/12/2011

Close of meeting



Scott--Pledge of Allegiance

Introduction and welcome

Thanks for coming, we've been busy. It's now go time to testify in Hartford on proposed gun legislation.

Amy Stegall is here with a presentation on the legislative process.


President's report

E-meeting on January 24th

Printer purchased

Upcoming legislation: 10 bills

Endorsed candidates for the special elections

Friends of NRA banquet

CCDL 2nd anniversary dinner

Rich Burgess' Defensive Action and Response Committee proposal

Hunting and Fishing Expo booth

Alerts: HB 6185


Vice President not present

Secretary not present

Treasurer's Report e-mailed to E-members



Friends of NRA dinner, will have 2 tables

Annual dinner Sat. April 2 at Wolcott Landowner's Protective Association. There will be a raffle, it will be catered.




Tech Coordinator--

$212 from Paypal to our bank account

e-mail updates

Updated the CCDL Facebook



Dylan has withdrawn, the position is now open, an opportunity for members to step up.



39 new members this month, total of 1133 members

Researched and purchased a printer

Scheduled volunteers and made final arrangements for the CT Hunting/Fishing Expo Feb. 18-20


Open Discussion

Gunwalker scandal at ATF-ATF made straw-man purchases of 500-2000 rifles, intending to track them to Mexico. Grassley looking into it.


Judy--no news on the Heller II case


Danbury requiring 3 letters of recommendation for permits

Thompson--4 weeks asked for LORs, 6-8 months time. Called--8 weeks, permits handed out! Asked why permit desired, then 12 weeks.


Bill from Virginia--just moved from Virginia to CT. Is open carry legal? Yes.


Jonathan--go to the BPFE meetings, very informative, especially for instructors.


Cliff--problem in Clinton. Old charge in FL, was denied for his permit, but re-filed and permit issued in 5 months.


Shawn from Windsor Locks--10 weeks, checks cashed, background checks completed. No info. Started appeals process on the 56th day. Nov. 10th hearing--too long a wait. Jonathan suggested an FOIA for record with the Chief of Police for all records regaring the permit application. E-mail Scott for status and dates to help out.


Jonathan--when exchanging this kind of info, use certified return receipt with no refusal.


George--Ralph Sherman is a gun-savvy attorney to contact for these kinds of occasions.


Break, called back to order at 7:52

Old Business

Anniversary dinner

Food drive

"Gun shop assault teams"--flyers, cards being distributed

Legislator packets

Shall Issue project

Gun shop and range liasons for shall-issue


James Keyser introduction--endorsed as a candidate for the Bridgeport RTC, 126th district. Get the word out.


Pass bucket around


Donations--ammo, etc for anniversary party's raffle April 2


Hunting and fishing expo Feb. 18-20 at the Hartford Convention Center.


Need a merchandise coordinator. This position consists of taking and filling online orders, and ordering more merchandise when necessary.


Need help to send out cards and flyers to gun shops and ranges. Wayne offered to help.


Amy's presentation on the legislative process


Groups are good at taking over and forcing the issues.

CCDL testified for the first time last year.

Hearings have maximum of 5 days notice, could be as little as 1 day.

List of gun-related bills

Public hearing schedule for Thursday

Submitting written comments

Bill life cycle described.

40 copies of written testimony required.

Can bring testimony on behalf of others.


Reminder to wear hats, shirts.

Virginia offered to take testimony.


Closed by President at 8:58


Total of 35 members signed in.


7:04 PM 3/8/2011

Scott opens meeting and introductions


7:09 PM 3/8/2011


Worked a booth at the Hunting and Fishing show

Testified in Hartford on gun related bills

Nomintated and voted in new merchandise coordinator

Found a new gun shop coordinator

Worked with e-members to finalize details for Anniversary dinner at WLOPA

Contacted New London town manager about concealed carry ban and submitted a proposal to change the law


7:10 PM 3/8/2011


Attended 2 legislative sessions to give testimony against anti-gun bills and submitted written testimony on behalf of others.


7:11 PM 3/8/2011


Voted in new merchandise coordinator

Wrote testimony for on of the anti-gun bills


7:12 PM 3/8/2011


151 new member this month. Total of 1278 members

Finalized and ran H&F show. 15 volunteers over the course of 3 days.

- 100+ new members just from that show

Helped Technology coordinator clean up membership database

Printed 3000 Is That Legal pamphlets.

Went to first legislative session and wrote testimony for the second.

Trying to get info to get booth at YCGG gun show


7:15 PM 3/8/2011


Staffed Hunting and Fishing expo booth

Took in $411 last meeting.

Took in $623 total last month.

Began negotiations with new merch. vendor. Fast, easy, less expensive merchendise.

Will work with new merch. coordinator.

Booked caterer for our anniversary dinner.


7:17 PM 3/8/2011


Finalized details for 2nd annual dinner to be held April 2nd at Wolcott Land Owners Protective Association

Met with WLOPA board to discuss the details.

Represented CCDL at WLOPA meeting to discuss testifying in Hartford

Received tickets for our 2 tables at the Friends of NRA dinner.


7:18 PM 3/8/2011


Transferred money from paypal to CCDL bank account (donations and orders)

Updated members database

Updated website and featured sponsored

Went to Hartford to testify on gun bills.


7:21 PM 3/8/2011


Submitted testimony for one of the legislative sessions

Spent 2 days at H&F expo working booth

Trying to find a way to submit PSAs to broadcasters


7:22 PM 3/8/2011

Open forum - (Comments, questions and announcements from members, not necessarily CCDL endorsed)

On April 15th from 10a-2p, there will be a Tax Day rally. Looking for help with security. Martha Dean, Len Suzio, Joe Markley, will all be speakers. There will be an open mike slot.

Oath Keeper meeting is in Southington at the Police Station(69 Lazy Lane) on March 23rd

Jonathan, a CCDL member, is looking for Permit to Carry paperwork from Towns to keep track of what towns are requiring additional information than is allowed by law. If you have information please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


7:32 PM 3/8/2011



7:47 PM 3/8/2011

Call to order


7:48 PM 3/8/2011

Old business


7:49 PM 3/8/2011

Friends of NRA Dinner

March 18th at 6pm at the Aqua Turf in Southington.

As of the meeting 4 tickets at the CCDL table were left for $60/ticket.


7:50 PM 3/8/2011

Anniversary dinner

April 2nd @ 6pm at Wolcott Land Owners Protective Association. Please notify This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are planning on attending. We need a head count for the caterer.

Pistol and Rifle ranges will be open to CCDL members for the day.

Trap and skeet fields are open from 10-2

Pistol range is open from 10-sundown

Rifle range is open from 2-sundown

$10 donation at the door to get in

Fun, games and merchandice merchandise.

Family friendly event.

Cash bar available. Because alcohol is being served WLOPA's insurance prohibits the carrying of firearms inside the clubhouse.

WLOPA is located at 920 Woodtick Road in Wolcott, CT. If you are using a GPS, make a right and not a left on woodtick.

WLOPA's phone number is 203-879-9976

Applications to join WLOPA will be available. Memberships are offered at a pro-rated rate due to it being so far into their financial year. Smoking is allowed in the bar.


7:55 PM 3/8/2011

Testifying at Hartford

Historically, gun owners in CT have not been particularly involved.

It's critically important to get out to meet the legislature and voice your concerns.

Legislators are often not familiar with guns. We need to be the people they go to to ask questions and get the real facts about guns.

A bill is proposed. It goes to committee. The committee holds a public hearing on the bill, then vote on it and either let it out of committee or it dies in committee. After is leaves the committee it can go to the floor or to another committee. A second public hearing will not be heard (except if it's by the appropriations committee, which is the exception)

Changes can be made to bills until June 8th when the session ends.

This is all something you can do.

You don't need to be an expert on anything to testify. All you need to do is get up and introduce yourself, where you're from and tell them you either support or don't support their bill.


What can you do to be effective:

Contact your own legislators first. Go to cga.ct.gov, or town hall, to find out who your legislators are. Links are available on the CCDL website as well.

Public hearings are announced minimum 5 days before the hearing.

If you can't show up to the legislative sessions in person to submit testimony, written testimony can be submitted.

Get all your friends to do the same thing. We need people to get involved in ALL gun issues even if you don't think it applies to you.

If legislators do something you support, send them a note of thank you. They get yelled at all day long, they will remember some kind words.


How to write testimony:

Always use the bill number and title at the top

State up front whether you support or oppose it

Make testimony short and to the point

Include your name and town at a minimum

Include contact information if you feel comfortable receiving a follow up

Most committees don't accept e-mail testimony. You have to mail it ahead of time (usually 40 copies) or have someone who is going hand it in for you.


Bills to watch this legislative session:



SB 1094 - High cap mag ban (If this bill passes and you have not turned in all your magazines that can hold more than 10 rounds by July 1st, you can be charged with a Class D felony. There is no grandfather clause.)


Things to remember when interacting with legislators:

Don't be hostile to legislators.

Don't show up in camo or hunting gear. Dress NICELY. (Shrit/Ties are preferred)

Very important for women to go an testify as well.

Legislators have a poor image of gun owners. We need to present ourselves professionally.

Be polite and helpful.

DO NOT make up statistics. Have the facts (and sources) to back up your claims.


How to testify:

Show up at hartford.

Sign up for a speaking slot.

Wait for your name to be called.

Everyone gets 3 minutes to speak except legislators. They are not bound by a time limit.

If you can engage a legislator during your testimony, they might prompt you with questions that can extend your time.


8:43 PM 3/8/2011

Close of meeting


Meeting Canceled due to weather.

Join us on February 7th for our next monthly meeting.