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Upcoming Events

Tue Sep 09 @07:00PM - 09:00PM
Monthly CCDL Meeting
Sat Sep 27 @09:00AM - 05:00PM
CCDL Poker Run
Tue Oct 14 @07:00PM - 09:00PM
Monthly CCDL Meeting
Events
2nd Annual 2nd Amendment Poker Run PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Friday, 22 August 2014 17:52
**Sept. 27th** 2nd annual CCDL 2nd Amendment Poker Run!!!
1st prize: $500 Cabela's Gift Certificate!
Both bikes and cars are welcome to participate for $20/rider and $15/passenger. EVERYONE is welcome to attend the HUGE party at Cadillac Ranch for $15/pp whether you ride or not. All net proceeds go to the CCDL Litigation Fund to fight for our 2nd Amendment rights and overturn Connecticut's anti-gun laws.
Sponsors are: National Shooting Sports Foundation, CT Cruise News, Bachand & Bachand Law, Yankee Harley Davidson, Haymond Law, Doc's Motorcycles, Cadillac Ranch and Woodbridge Firearms. For more info: please email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Last year's ride was a HUGE success. Let's make this the biggest poker run in the state!
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Last Updated on Friday, 22 August 2014 18:05
 
2014 Family Picnic PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Sunday, 20 July 2014 13:06

Join us, August 16th, 2014 at Boothe Memorial Park in Stratford for our annual family picnic. This makes the 6th year for this picnic, and it's always a great time for those that can make it. Bring your children, there is plenty of room to run and play, and this year will have a few more things for the little ones! Print the flyer, share with your friends. If you have any questions about what you can bring, please contact our Events Coordinator, Chris Duffy - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

See you there!

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Where: Boothe Memorial Park
5774 Main St. Putney
Stratford, CT 06614

Note: Please do not park on the grass. If the parking lot is full (it’s a little small), you can park nearby on Putney Chapel Way (see the map below), and walk into the park from there. It’s actually almost as close as the parking lot, and you wont have to walk up and down the hill.

(Click map for larger version)

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DIRECTIONS
FROM RT. 15N (MERRITT PARKWAY)
Take exit 53; at end of ramp take a right; bear right (almost immediately) at next
intersection onto Main St. Putney; follow ¼ mile and Boothe Park will be on your
left.

FROM RT. 15S (MERRITT PARKWAY)
Take exit 53; at end of ramp take a left; bear right at next intersection onto Main
St. Putney; follow ¼ mile and Boothe Park will be on your left.

FROM I-95N
Take exit 33 and follow signs to RT 110; stay on RT 110 (East Main St.) one mile
to traffic light at intersection of East Main St. and Main St.; take right onto Main
St. (still RT 110); take 3rd left by bearing onto Main St. Putney (pond on left);
follow for approx. ½ mile and Boothe Park will be on your right.

FROM I-95S
Take exit 38 to Merritt Parkway RT 15S and follow directions above from RT
15S.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 14 August 2014 08:25
 
Exclusive Dinner with John Bolton PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Wednesday, 25 June 2014 19:27

The Connecticut Citizens Defense League (CCDL) has secured Ambassador John Bolton as a speaker for a small, private dinner that we are hosting at the Patterson Club in Fairfield on July 20th, 2014. This fundraising dinner is specifically designed to appeal to gun owners that are also business owners, gun manufacturers and other high-profile individuals. The event will be by invitation only and will be closed to the press. 100% of net proceeds go to the CCDL Litigation fund to fight further infringement on our Second Amendment rights.

Tickets are available for a donation of $1000 per person or $9000 for a table to ten for gun clubs and various manufacturers. There will be a cocktail hour in which people can speak with Ambassador Bolton personally and get a photograph. We also plan to have a live auction for a couple of highly collectible firearms from Colt’s Manufacturing Company and Ruger Firearms. Colt’s has generously donated a unique Colt 1911 Marine Pistol from the Colt’s Custom Shop for which they have a 5-year wait list.

Connecticut is on the front lines for gun control. If last year’s laws are allowed to stand, they will be a blueprint for further infringements on our gun rights for ALL states to follow. If you are not interested in attending, I would appreciate it if you could circulate this to some of your friends and associates that might be interested.

Please help support CCDL in fighting for YOUR Second Amendment rights!

Contact Bob Ferguson with interest.
203-246-1975
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Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 June 2014 19:33
 
Day at the Ranch - Cadillac Ranch PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Saturday, 12 April 2014 17:04

CCDL Fundraising Event at Cadillac Ranch.

May 18th, 2014 Noon-4pm

Cadillac Ranch, 45 Jude Lane, Southington, CT 06489

Tickets are $20 when purchased in person, or $22 when purchased online through paypal. Tickets bought online through paypal will not be shipped, they will be available at the event.

Contact Bob Ferguson for more information. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Paypal tickets are no longer available for purchase.

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Last Updated on Friday, 16 May 2014 22:02
 
2014 CCDL Trapshooting Championship PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Saturday, 15 March 2014 19:50

Join us April 26, 2014 for a Trap shooting championship! We will have trophies for top shooters for men, women and youth. See flyer below for full details.

Contact Dave Bicknell 203-500-4169 or via Facebook

www.facebook.com/dave.bicknell.7

 

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Last Updated on Saturday, 15 March 2014 20:55
 
CT Gun Rights Rally 2014 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Wednesday, 05 March 2014 11:10

A Gun Rights Rally will once again be held on the North Side Capitol Grounds. We will need every person there to make sure that our voices will be heard.

Saturday, April 5, 2014
12:00pm to 3:00pm


Guest Speaker will be David Codrea.

Critical information regarding firearms Lawful carry at the Capitol
While the carrying of firearms is permitted on the Capitol grounds, firearms that are now defined as assault weapons under Public Act 13-3 are now prohibited. To avoid confusion and unnecessary hassles, we highly recommend carrying handguns (if you are properly permitted) in lieu of long arms. The Capitol police have been extremely friendly at our past rallies and have never hassled us for any reason. Lets try to keep it that way.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 March 2014 13:29
 
5th Anniversary Dinner PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Wednesday, 08 January 2014 22:15

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Come celebrate our anniversary at the 5th Annual CCDL dinner, to be held this year at the Aquaturf Club in Plantsville. Relax, enjoy a meal, and share a well deserved night out.

Over the last five years, we have watched our membership grow to 11,000 members, which has been an incredible show.

Price is $55 per person, and you must show your ticket at the door to gain entry. Your ticket will be used for a special door prize, a custom knife handcrafted by the CCDLs own Matt Gioia, with a handmade sheath. Bring some cash for both gun raffles and the bar.

Dinner will be buffet style, salad and cheese tables are on the menu as well. This event is 4-9pm, with dinner to start at 5:30. We will have some speakers, but not TOO many! This is a night to sit back and enjoy a well deserved meal. Aquaturf is located at 556 Mulberry st, Plantsville CT, 06479. Phone number is 860-621-9335.

If you can not attend the meeting, tickets may be ordered online with a $2 surcharge to cover the costs. Tickets will be held at the door under the name used to order them. Click the button to order

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 January 2014 21:38
 
2nd Amendment Poker Run Fundraiser PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Thursday, 11 July 2013 21:25

Save the date, sept. 21, 2013.

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Last Updated on Monday, 22 July 2013 19:10
 
Annual CCDL Family Picnic PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Thursday, 11 July 2013 21:04

Save the date for August 24th, CCDL Annual Family Picnic. See flyer for full details.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 11 July 2013 21:12
 
Sporting Clays Fundraiser PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Thursday, 11 July 2013 20:52
Fairfield County Fish & Game of Newtown, CT will be hosting a Sporting Clays Fundraiser Shoot on July 21st.
The cost is $85 which inclues lunch. Proceeds will be donated to CCDL.
Pre-registration or an RSVP is appreciated so they can plan for the food.
Fairfield County Fish & Game of Newtown, CT will be hosting a Sporting Clays Fundraiser Shoot on July 21st.
The cost is $85 which inclues lunch. Proceeds will be donated to CCDL.
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Last Updated on Thursday, 11 July 2013 21:37
 
Lobby Day at the Capitol PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Wednesday, 06 March 2013 09:19

NRA Sponsors Lobby Day

Several participants (CCDL, CCS and NSSF) will be coordinating with the NRA to participate and support a Lobby Day scheduled at the Legislative Office building on March 11th starting at 10:00 am till 4:00 pm.
The intent of this Lobby Day is to have our elected officials witness an overwhelming show of unity for the support of 2nd Amendment rights by citizens of Connecticut.
This event is timed to have a large turnout during the most visible day of the week at the Legislative Office Building and will show our legislators that we will not let our rights be stripped away.
The CCDL executive committee met with two NRA State Liaisons this last Monday at our executive meeting to discuss several strategies for countering anti-gun legislation. We are extremely pleased that they have taken the time to coordinate this event, and we are glad that they are on the ground fighting with us in Hartford.

CCDL is encouraging our members to attend this special event, and to seek out your legislators to discuss the issues of gun rights and the importance of protecting them. We are running out of time, so we must let our voices be heard.
We Need a Massive Turnout on This Day
So Please Come Join Us!

Lobby Day is not a rally like back in January. We will be inside the Legislative Office Building (LOB). This is your chance to meet one on one with your local legislators and tell them you oppose further restrictions on our rights. Even if your legislator is already on our side, come out and support us. There is strength in numbers!
Please, business attire or at least business casual, and leave your signs and camo home. Follow the same Dos and Don’ts you would if you were testifying. Also remember that under CT state law, weapons are not permitted inside the LOB.

Date:  Monday, March 11
Time:  10:00 a.m.
Where:  300 Capitol Avenue in Hartford
Parking: Free parking will be available at Cabela’s in Hartford located at 475 East Hartford Boulevard North, East Hartford, CT 06118
Transportation:   A complimentary shuttle service will run between Cabela’s and the state Capitol between the hours of 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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Pressure on Bipartisan Task Force Prevention on Gun Violence and Children's Safety

Time is running short, and more public statements from elected officials indicate that a small scale public hearing may be scheduled now that the Task force is turning over its recommendations to the leadership in the legislature. The majority of the public will be shut out! There is likely to be a vote on a proposed e-cert package within the next two weeks.

A small scale public hearing would not suffice in our views. We need to keep up the pressure to have FULL public hearings!

Actions Needed Now:
1) Contact your own state Reps and Senators and ask them to oppose any proposed legislation that is introduced that has not had a full public hearing.

Find your legislators here:
http://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/menu/CGAFindLeg.asp

2) Call the Legislative Leadership!
Speaker Rep. Brendan Sharkey 860-240-8577
House Minority Leader Rep. Larry Cafero 860-240-0028
House Majority Leader Rep. Joe Aresimowicz 860-240-8581
Senate Minority Leader Senator John McKinney 860-240-8846
President of the Senate Don Williams 860-240-8634
Majority Leader of the Senate Martin Looney 860-240-0375
This is another very important push to make sure that our elected officials understand that we will not sit back and let them pass laws that diminish our rights! We are having an effect and we must sustain our efforts. Call and email today!

We need to demand FULL public hearings on all gun related bills!
Please be polite and courteous when communicating with legislators.
If you wish to contact the whole Gun Violence team at once, copy/paste these email addresses and include your statements  To:
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Gun Violence Working Group Conducted Final Hearing

The final hearing was conducted with a clear message from some of the members on the committee that they had expected a full consensus agreement sent to Party leadership on a clear proposal. What ended up happening were two separate lists being drafted from each party from within the group. There are some items of agreement (crossover) between both sides.
Here is the Link to the Hartford Courant article with the proposals:

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 April 2013 06:06
 
2013 Annual Dinner PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Sunday, 13 January 2013 19:19

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 April 2013 06:07
 
4th Annual Family Picnic PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Tuesday, 26 June 2012 20:45

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 June 2012 20:50
 
2012 2A Rally Press Release PDF Print E-mail
Written by Public Relations Coordinator   
Friday, 16 March 2012 09:16

CCDL Sponsors Second Amendment Rally at Hartford Capitol on April 28th

Groton, CT – March 16, 2012... The Connecticut Citizens Defense League (CCDL), the state's largest grassroots firearms rights advocacy group, is once again sponsoring a rally in support of the second amendment. This year the popular event will take place on the south side of the majestic Hartford capitol building grounds, beginning at noon on Saturday, April 28th and running through 3:00 p.m. The event features prominent speakers on gun rights, live music, as well as plenty of information on firearms training and licensing here in Connecticut.

"We look forward to the rally being even bigger this year, and continuing the growth we have seen in years past." says CCDL's 2nd Amendment Rally Coordinator Eric Sudarsky. "It is wonderful to see how much awareness of our rights as citizens has grown since the CCDL was founded just a few short years ago, and the support we get from the community at events like this is outstanding. The growth of the second amendment rally mirrors that of the CCDL itself, and it is through community involvement that we have been able to accomplish our goal of seeing no new anti-gun legislation passed since our founding."

The Second Amendment Rally welcomes the public, CCDL members and non-members alike. We have had the good luck of excellent weather in the past, and hope to continue the streak this year. Parking is readily available near the capitol grounds. Please make sure to bring some water for yourself, and as usual be respectful of the capitol grounds and pack out what you pack in. We pride ourselves on an untarnished record of friendly rallies that leave the capitol better than we found it. For more information on the rally or the CCDL, please visit http://www.ccdl.us.

Note: While we have recently verified with the capitol police that firearms are permitted on capitol grounds, it is against the law in the state of Connecticut to possess a gun either in the capitol building itself or on the grounds of adjoining Bushnell park. If you choose to attend the rally armed, make sure to stay on the paved area so you do not risk losing your permit or worse.

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About the Connecticut Citizens Defense League
The Connecticut Citizens Defense League is a non-partisan, grassroots organization devoted to advocating rights affirmed by the Constitutions of the United States of America and the State of Connecticut. We are especially dedicated to protecting the unalienable right of all citizens to keep and bear arms, for the defense of both self and state, through public enlightenment and legislative action.

We welcome anyone who believes that the defense of our constitutional rights is critical to the longevity of our freedom and to the success of this nation, and in particular that the rights to self defense and to keep and bear the arms to actualize that defense, are fundamental and undeniable.

For a photograph of last year's rally, please visit: http://www.ccdl.us/images/phocagallery/CT2AMarch/thumbs/phoca_thumb_l_zz.jpg

Sincerely,

Bennett Prescott
Public Relations Coordinator

Last Updated on Friday, 16 March 2012 09:52
 
Raffle Winners! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Thursday, 26 August 2010 08:29

This month was extremely busy for CCDL and its members. Three events kept us all hopping! The final event in our "Month of Fun" was our Fundraiser/Shooting Event this past Saturday, held at Wolcott Landowners Protective Association. We would like to thank all our members that attended and participated in our Pistol and Trap shooting contests.

If you weren't able to attend and would like to view the pics, or if you were there and you want to look for pictures of yourself, click here.

Or, see the video.

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The winners of our shooting contests:

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2nd Annual Family Picnic PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Tuesday, 17 August 2010 22:18

The CCDL 2nd Annual Family Picnic was held on August 14th, 2010 at Boothe Memorial Park in Stratford CT. It was a fantastic day - the weather was perfect, the food was plentiful, and a good time was had by all. Our picnic was open to the public free of charge. It was good to meet so many great people and celebrate our right in Connecticut to Keep And Bear Arms. 

Cheryl Lemos
Events Coordinator

 

Click the picture to see the album.

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A video with photos from the day:

 

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 August 2010 23:11
 
CT 2A March - Scott Wilson Speech PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Wednesday, 14 April 2010 20:20

Watch the President of the CCDL, Scott Wilson, deliver a moving speech at the CT Second Amendment March in Hartford.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 April 2010 20:27
 
Family Picnic Video PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 07 September 2009 00:00
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Family Picnic 2009 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Vice President   
Sunday, 06 September 2009 08:58

I would like to thank all that attended and helped with our CCDL Family Kickoff Picnic on September 5th. A great day was had by everybody. It was a pleasure to meet all of our new members from across the State. Please view our pictures in the gallery.

 

Although it was a day of fun and celebration, I believe a message was delivered that we, as residents of this State, being the gun rights supporters that we are, must not simply get carry permits, buy a gun, and remain silent about our rights. We are truly involved in an ongoing battle for our freedoms against those that seek to curtail, or very simply eradicate our rights all together.

 

September 5th, 2009, The Connecticut Citizens Defense League, Inc. has officially arrived!

Carry On!

 

Scott Wilson Sr.

CCDL, Inc. President

Last Updated on Sunday, 13 December 2009 23:09