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Media Information Sheet PDF Print E-mail
Written by Admin   
Tuesday, 25 August 2015 06:47

The Connecticut Citizens Defense League (CCDL) is a non-partisan, grass roots organization advocating for the right to keep and bear arms (RKBA) in Connecticut. Formed in 2009 and headquartered in Groton, CT the CCDL boasts over 20,000 members statewide as of December 2015.

Q: Is the CCDL available to answer questions about firearms, laws, or current events?
A: Absolutely. Please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and we will answer your question or point you to someone who can.

Q: I would like to talk to a member who lives in a particular town.
A: Please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and we will do our best to find a member willing to speak with the media.

Q: Can I contact the CCDL membership directly?
A: Our membership list is not available to the public or general membership. However, in some cases it may be possible to reach our members through one of our monthly email alerts, or through an Executive Intermediary.

Q: How can I meet with the CCDL?
A: We hold a member meeting on the second Tuesday of every month at the Elk’s lodge in Middletown, CT. Generally most of the executive board attends, so this is an excellent opportunity to meet us and ask questions. We ask any media to notify us of their presence in advance.

Q: Someone claiming to be a member of the CCDL has said or done something crazy!
A: Membership to the CCDL is free and anyone can join at any time. Only executive members are authorized to act as agents for the organization. If the person is not listed on our website (www.CCDL.us) under the Contacts section it is unlikely that they are an Executive Member. Fortunately, we all respond to email very quickly and many of us are happy to give our phone numbers to the media to confirm or discuss stories like this.

Q: I heard the CCDL supports sensitive issues like open carry.
A: The CCDL supports any lawful firearm carry. Currently there is no law against visibly carrying a firearm in the state of Connecticut, provided the carrier has a valid CT pistol permit. To many people any firearm related issue is sensitive; this is exactly why the CCDL was formed: To better inform the public and legislators as to the facts, history, and statistics regarding firearms for sport, hunting, or defense.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 December 2015 21:58
Financial Disclosure PDF Print E-mail
Written by President   
Tuesday, 23 September 2014 08:18

In order to make information regarding CCDL’s finances more readily available to those that cannot attend our meetings, the Connecticut Citizens Defense League will make available the following information.

1. Current IRS form 990 available to anyone upon written request
2. Most recent copy of the Litigation Fund Activity Report – available to CCDL Members ONLY.

Requests for information must be in writing or email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . All documents will be sent without comment and we will not entertain further questions or requests for additional information.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 September 2014 08:40
Litigation Update PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Monday, 05 August 2013 00:00

This is a Joint Litigation Update from both CCDL and CCS


Greetings, Second Amendment Supporters: A lot has happened over the past few months in our lawsuit challenging Connecticut’s new firearms law. We would like to provide you with a status update. First, many thanks to those of you who have stepped up to the plate and provided generous financial support for the litigation. Your donations and additional efforts are greatly appreciated. We still have a long way to go to raise the funds needed, but we are off to a good start. We also want to thank our many friends and members who have participated in the litigation fundraising events. We also appreciate your input in online discussions of the new firearms law and working to educate the public about the harm caused by candidates for public office who are clearly anti-2nd Amendment. All of this work is invaluable to the restoration of our fundamental rights.


Plaintiffs and Request for Injunctive Relief: As you know, our legal team filed the lawsuit, Shew, et al. v. Malloy, et al., on May 22, 2013 in federal court in Connecticut. The plaintiffs are: June Shew, Stephanie Cypher, Brian McClain, Andrew Mueller, Mitchell Rocklin, Peter Owens, Hiller Sports, LLC, MD Shooting Sports, LLC., the Connecticut Citizen’s Defense League (“CCDL”), and the Coalition of Connecticut Sportsmen (“CCS”). Shortly after filing suit, we filed a request for immediate temporary injunctive relief, asking the court to stop the implementation and enforcement of the new law. In support of our request for injunctive relief, our legal team filed expert reports demonstrating that the law not only fails to make Connecticut citizens more safe – perversely, it actually makes Connecticut citizens less safe. (Read the reports here: http://ccdl.us/blog/2013/08/04/expert-testimony/ )


Amicus Briefs: In the past few weeks, we have been honored to receive support from three separate amicus briefs (friend of the court briefs) that were filed by various organizations and law enforcement officers in support of our lawsuit. These excellent and substantive briefs were filed by: 1) the National Rifle Association, 2) the Pink Pistols, and 3) the Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund, the Law Enforcement Action Network, the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association, and by a host of brave individual active duty and retired law enforcement officers who are willing to stand up for the rights of all Connecticut citizens. (Read the amicus briefs here: http://ccdl.us/blog/2013/07/19/amicus-briefs-filed-in-support-of-litigation/ )


The Legal Landscape: The Court has set a fast-paced briefing schedule. It is likely there will be one or more rulings in this case as early as Fall 2013. In mid-August, you can expect to see one or more significant briefs filed by the plaintiffs, and in September, by the State. We encourage you to check in at this link from time to time for updates: http://www.ccdl.us/aboutus/newsletters/49-archived-newsletters/91-archived-newsletters

As requested repeatedly over the past months, please do not discuss the litigation in online discussion pages, such as Facebook, or otherwise in any public forum. CCDL and CCS are plaintiffs, and it is the job of each and every one of us, as members of these fine organizations, to conduct ourselves in a way that is beyond reproach, without creating distractions or interference, and to allow our lawyers to get the job done.


Fundraising: CCDL and CCS are now asking all firearms owners and 2nd Amendment supporters in Connecticut who have not yet donated to please donate immediately to the litigation fund. For those who have already contributed, we ask that you please consider making an additional contribution and, better still, consider making ongoing monthly contributions online as your finances allow. Second Amendment lawsuits break new legal ground, as most of the issues raised have not been addressed by the courts in detail before. The average successful Second Amendment case to date has cost in excess of half a million dollars.


Make A Donation: While we are off to a good start raising the needed funds, it is critical that we keep going if we intend to achieve our objective: full restoration of 2nd Amendment rights in Connecticut. To donate online to the litigation fund, click here to access the secure site: PayPal link


If you prefer to write a check, please make it payable to: “CCDL” and note on the face of the check that it is for the “2A Litigation Fund.” Checks should be mailed to: CCDL, P.O. Box 642, Groton, CT 06340. (NOTE: Please do not write checks to CCS. By agreement, CCDL is serving as the organization in charge of receiving all donations to the plaintiffs’ litigation fund and it has established strict procedures and a separate account for handling and managing donations for this purpose. Checks that go to the wrong destination only end up getting lost or creating unnecessary work for our volunteers.)


Again, many thanks to all of you for your tireless efforts to secure our most basic rights!


Warm Regards,


Scott Wilson


CCDL, Inc.


Bob Crook

Executive Director



Last Updated on Saturday, 10 August 2013 15:01
A message from CCDL President Scott Wilson PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Tuesday, 13 July 2010 00:00
An interview with current president of CCDL, Scott Wilson, discussing what CCDL is all about.
Last Updated on Friday, 30 July 2010 21:20
Update: Donate Button PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 31 October 2009 12:36

The Connecticut Citizens Defense League, Inc. (CCDL) is a not for profit organization registered with the state of Connecticut. Our web hosting HAD been donated; however there were some issues with our emails being tagged as spam. We have fixed this problem by using a PAID web host. We are also now using a PAID host for our mass emails. The website itself and all of the hours that went into the design and development was and continues to be a donation to the cause from a founding member.

For an organization like ours to survive and continue to work for the people of our great state, we will need money. Donations, we feel, have been and still are best way for us to proceed. We hope everyone that visits our website, will sign up to be a member, attend our monthly meetings, become involved in the CCDL and please do not forget to hit the Donate button.

Every bit helps!

Carry On!

Founding Members

CCDL, Inc.

Last Updated on Saturday, 31 October 2009 12:40
A Welcome From Connecticut Citizens Defense League To Our New Members PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Saturday, 15 August 2009 17:35

This letter will explain why CCDL was founded, and the mission we intend to fulfill.


After a lot of behind the scenes preliminary work from the founding members and others who came on board shortly after our first several meetings, we have chosen a direction based on voluntary action through “hands on” participation. Additionally, following much debate, we have decided to rely on voluntary financial contributions.


If we are to grow toward our vision, we will need ideas, input and, above all, involvement from everyone at every level.  All ideas submitted during meetings are debated in committee and a consensus is then reached on future organizational structure.  We encourage everyone to attend general meetings to get a feel for how they are conducted and offer your comments.  Fresh input will be essential to becoming an effective state-wide organization commenting on issues concerning Connecticut firearms statutes.


Over the next several months, we will be asking for and identifying volunteers as committee heads to begin developing the guidelines we will use to achieve these goals:

  1. To begin a dialog with members of the Connecticut Legislature to ensure our views on firearms rights are clearly communicated.
  2. To convey contact information to members regarding laws our legislators may be introducing which could hinder or further our rights concerning firearms... The membership will then be requested to email, call or write their legislators to offer their positions on the language being proposed.
  3. To develop plans for public gatherings at appropriate locations deemed necessary to convey our message. (local and out of state)
  4. To carry the message gun ownership is a right given all citizens, in good standing, of this State.  We want the public to know it is also a right for all citizens to be responsible for and prepared to defend their lives and liberty if needed.


As CCDL grows, and we accumulate knowledge, expertise and wisdom, the “welcome message” included in this statement, will surely evolve.


It is not enough for the gun owners of Connecticut to rely solely on national organizations to defend our rights in this State. We have to become a vocal, visible and responsible organization to promote the benefits of firearms ownership to the people who may be indifferent to the rights and responsibilities we have as citizens of a magnificent free society. Please join us and become a supportive member of the Connecticut Citizens Defense League.


Carry On!


Scott Wilson Sr.

President .

CCDL, Inc.

Last Updated on Sunday, 13 December 2009 23:11
Starting Up A State-Wide Gun Rights Organization Is Not Easy PDF Print E-mail

When myself and other individuals met in person for the first time in February this year (2009) for dinner, some camaraderie and hopefully to see where we could take the foundation from that evening , I had no idea by June (5 months), we would have secured a central meeting location, formed an interim standing committee, elected interim officers, coordinated a number of organizational meetings, opened a Facebook page, built a web-site, created membership forms, written numerous drafts of by-laws, become incorporated, opened a PO Box, open a bank account, and started to look towards long term goals of this organization.

(Which to me means tormenting our legislators to write favorable pro-firearm legislation)

So far it seems like a blurr the way the time so far has blown by. But then looking back on this past months report that I had written for our Committee Meeting, And on what was accomplished to move the CCDL Organization forward towards our next phase, and knowning how hard other members and myself have worked, and their many contributions, I cannot help but smile with satisfaction on our achievements thus far.

Many thanks are owed to the VCDL for being a source of inspiration and some guidance. Thanks are also certainly in order to be given to OPENCARRY.ORG for facilitating our meeting up with each other online in the first place. "OC" also allowed us to utilize their CT forum as a mechanism to meet and debate many aspects of the Organization.

Many, many thanks are also owed to the hard work and dedication from all CCDL members that continue to believe in our cause and the ability for us to effect "real change" in not only our rights with respect to firearms, but to how gun owners and gun ownership in general may be viewed in the future by citizens of this beautiful State Of Connecticut.


Carry On Everybody!


Scott Wilson Sr.

President CCDL, Inc.