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2nd Amendment Poker Run Press Release PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Thursday, 19 September 2013 08:04

WoodBridge, CT- Gun Rights Supporters across Connecticut will unite this coming Saturday for a combination Motorcycle and Automobile Poker Run.This fund is to finance the legal challenge against (PA 13-3) and restore the rights taken away from Connecticut citizens.

 

Connecticut Citizens League President 'Scott Wilson' extended an invitation to all that wish to overturn the massive gun control act

(PA 13-3) that passed earlier this year. "This is an opportunity for all who support the 2nd Amendment to show up and become an active part to help overturn this law. It is going to be a great day that will include a Poker Run, burgers, hotdogs and entertainment".

 

The poker run will begin at Woodbridge Firearms Trading Post at 28 Selden St. in Woodbridge. Registration is from 9:30-10:30am and the cost will be $20/rider and $15/ passenger. The Poker Run will proceed north, ending at King 33 Training Facility in Southington for a Cookout and HUGE raffle. Same day registrants are more than welcome.The grand prize of the Bonus Raffle is a custom made Softail Springer Motorcycle. For additional details please visit the group's website: www.ccdl.us

 

The poker run will begin at Woodbridge Firearms Trading Post at 28 Selden St. in Woodbridge. Registration is from 9:30-10:30am and the cost will be $20/rider and $15/ passenger. The Poker Run will proceed north, ending at King 33 Training Facility in Southington for a Cookout and HUGE raffle. Same day registrants are more than welcome.The grand prize of the Bonus Raffle is a custom made Softail Springer Motorcycle. For additional details please visit the group's website: www.ccdl.us

 

Scott Wilson Sr.

President

CCDL, Inc.

www.ccdl.us

 

Last Updated on Friday, 11 October 2013 09:00
 
Lawsuit Filed in Connecticut U.S. District Court PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 22 May 2013 07:58

The Connecticut Citizens Defense League, the Coalition of Connecticut Sportsmen, Hiller Sports, MD Shooting along with several individuals have filed as Plaintiffs in a legal complaint that is intended to overturn the recent ban on guns of common use in the State of Connecticut.

Here is the official filed complaint.

Here is the official Press Release.

 

This is a big day for gun owners across Connecticut!

CCDL Executive committee has been advised to not discuss the case publicly. We are also asking our members to not discuss or debate any aspect of this legal action on our Facebook page, or any other social media that may be controlled by CCDL.This is for the good of the case.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 June 2013 14:19
 
CCDL President Interviewed by WTNH PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 06 April 2013 19:50

The Connecticut Citizens Defense League President, Scott Wilson, was interviewed by WTNH on Friday, April 5, 2013. He discussed the newly passed laws that have been passed by our Legislators, and the intentions of the organization to pursue litigation, the need for donations, and our upcoming rally on April 20.

 

"NEW LONDON, Conn. (WTNH) -- One group in Connecticut is now planning to take the state to court over the new gun law. The President of the Connecticut Citizens Defense League or CCDL spoke to News 8's Tina Detelj.

The fight over gun reform here in the state is far from over. Some legislators are saying the new law is just the beginning and a grass roots group is now planning to sue.

Scott Wilson of New London is the president and one of the founding members of the Connecticut Citizens Defense League.

"We're not entirely surprised that a law like this was passed. We are somewhat disappointed of course," said Wilson."

<read entire article>

Group to file lawsuit against the state over new gun laws

 

Last Updated on Saturday, 06 April 2013 20:13
 
Press Release - Publicizing Names of Permit Holders PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 05 January 2013 09:57
Groton, CT - January 5th, 2012 - The Connecticut Citizens Defense League (The states largest grass roots gun rights group) is speaking out on state rep Stephen Dargan's proposal to publicize the names of permit holders that own and carry firearms.

CCDL President Scott Wilson Has this to say: "After contacting Stephen Dargan's office on New Years day to point out the dire and unintended consequences this proposal would have if passed, we believe that logic and reason will prevail either with representative Dargan himself or with any committee a bill such as this would go before. Essentially public knowledge of who owns or may carry firearms also points out who does not own firearms. A criminal market would be created for two types of criminals, those who like to steal firearms for sale on the streets, and for those that like to commit various crimes against unarmed persons which would be seen as easy and helpless targets. This has to make sense to anyone".
CCDL members are preparing to stand behind their 2nd amendment rights, by contacting their elected officials, preparing for public hearings. Legislative training workshops hosted by CCDL have been ongoing since before the Newtown tragedy. And will be hosting several more at various locations across the state.
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Groton, CT - January 5th, 2012 - The Connecticut Citizens Defense League (The states largest grass roots gun rights group) is speaking out on state rep Stephen Dargan's proposal to publicize the names of permit holders that own and carry firearms.

CCDL President Scott Wilson Has this to say: "After contacting Stephen Dargan's office on New Years day to point out the dire and unintended consequences this proposal would have if passed, we believe that logic and reason will prevail either with representative Dargan himself or with any committee a bill such as this would go before. Essentially public knowledge of who owns or may carry firearms also points out who does not own firearms. A criminal market would be created for two types of criminals, those who like to steal firearms for sale on the streets, and for those that like to commit various crimes against unarmed persons which would be seen as easy and helpless targets. This has to make sense to anyone".

CCDL members are preparing to stand behind their 2nd amendment rights, by contacting their elected officials, preparing for public hearings. Legislative training workshops hosted by CCDL have been ongoing since before the Newtown tragedy. And will be hosting several more at various locations across the state.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 April 2013 06:10
 
Set your DVR PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Saturday, 22 December 2012 22:17
Tomorrow morning, Sunday 12/23/2012, two of CCDL's executive members will be on television.
CCDL Treasurer John Beidler @ 10:00am on FOX 61 "The Real Story."
CCDL Executive member Jonathan Hardy @ 11:00 am on WFSB 3 "Face the State"
Tomorrow morning, Sunday 12/23/2012, two of CCDL's executive members will be on television
CCDL Treasurer John Beidler @ 10:00am on FOX 61 "The Real Story."
CCDL Executive member Jonathan Hardy @ 11:00 am on WFSB 3 "Face the State"
Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 April 2013 06:08
 
Press Release - CCDL Expresses sorrow Over December 14 School Shooting PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 15 December 2012 10:22
Groton, CT - December 14, 2012 - The Connecticut Citizens Defense League (CCDL) sends out their heartfelt sympathies to the victims, families,and the entire community of Newtown, CT in the wake of today's school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. It is impossible to comprehend the full scope of this tragedy, and the lasting damage to children of such young age. You will remain in our thoughts and prayers throughout this ordeal and beyond.

CCDL President, Scott Wilson, also had this to say: "We, as law abiding gun owners abhor senseless and violent acts that harm our fellow human beings - especially innocent children. There have been, many statements condemning firearms and gun owners as a result of this tragedy. This was an act of deranged behavior from a mentally ill individual, not of decent and law abiding people that own guns and respect life. The members of CCDL weep with our fellow citizens of Connecticut".
Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 April 2013 06:11
 
CCDL Endorses Wayne Winsley for U.S. Congress PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bennett Prescott, Public Relations Coordinator   
Tuesday, 21 August 2012 00:00
Groton, CT - August 21, 2012: The Connecticut Citizens Defense League (CCDL), the state's largest grassroots second amendment advocacy group, has officially endorsed Wayne Winsley in his run for the U.S. Congress representing Connecticut's 3rd district. Scott Wilson, president of the organization, had this to say: "Wayne is an exceptional candidate that we can count on to uphold our constitutional right to keep and bear arms when he heads to Washington. The Executive Committee of CCDL is proud to endorse Wayne Winsley for Congress." It is the organization's hope that its members evaluate Mr. Winsley for themselves and consider supporting as well as voting for this new candidate. With his excellent history of support of our universal right to bear arms Mr. Winsley would certainly be a beacon of hope in Washington for the citizens of Connecticut.

Wayne Winsley Campaign site: http://www.winsleyforcongress.com/
Last Updated on Saturday, 25 August 2012 16:01
 
Colorado Shooting Press Release PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bennett Prescott, Public Relations Coordinator   
Tuesday, 24 July 2012 05:39

CCDL Releases Statement on Colorado Movie Theater Incident

Groton, CT – July 23, 2012 – The Connecticut Citizens Defense League (CCDL), Connecticut's largest and most active grassroots gun rights organization, today released a statement regarding the movie theater shooting in Aurora, CO. Says CCDL President Scott Wilson: "The Connecticut Citizens Defense League expresses its heartfelt sympathies towards the victims and the families of the recent tragedy in Aurora, CO. Any instance where violence of this nature occurs, it leaves a mark on our society that is very simply impossible to erase. May there be peaceful days ahead for those affected by this terrible event."

In the past few days, we have heard many calls from elected officials all over the country for increased gun control. The CCDL is prepared to continue working against any further restrictions of our gun rights, which would punish law abiding citizens for the actions of a madman.

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Sincerely,

Bennett Prescott
Public Relations Coordinator
Connecticut Citizens Defense League

Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 April 2013 06:12
 
CCDL Honors Rob Sampson as Legislator of the Year for 2012 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bennett Prescott, Public Relations Coordinator   
Wednesday, 11 July 2012 21:21

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CCDL Honors Rob Sampson as Legislator of the Year for 2012

Groton, CT (July 11) – The Connecticut Citizens Defense League (CCDL), Connecticut's largest grassroots gun rights organization, for the first time will be presenting a Legislator of the Year award. This award is given to the legislator who has done the most for the gun rights of state residents, regardless of political affiliation. Candidates must have not only a good pro-rights voting record for the year, but also have taken time to be involved with shooting organizations and events, and demonstrated the kind of political backbone it takes to stand up for what is right year after year.

For 2012 the award will be given to Rob Sampson, a representative of the 80th district and resident of Wolcott. Rob was instrumental in introducing and championing several pieces of pro gun legislation in the 2012 legislative session, as well as helping the CCDL with an inside view of proceedings and regular updates on the fate of several pieces of legislation they were fighting against.

One of Rob's greatest contributions was the introduction of HB5245,  An act that if it had passed in the Senate, would have created fair and uniform criteria for pistol permit applicants. This Bill passed through the House 141 to 0.

Says CCDL President Scott Wilson: "The CCDL is pleased to honor Rob Sampson as the first recipient of this award. Representative Sampson has shown that he respects the rights of his constituents, and all Connecticut citizens, through his legislative efforts." The entire executive board extends its congratulations and thanks to Mr. Sampson for his tireless work, and hopes that this small token will help convey our gratitude.

The award will be given to Rob in a special ceremony during the CCDL's next general meeting on August 14th at the Elks Lodge on 44 Maynard st. in Middletown, CT. For more information please visit http://www.ccdl.us/. To write Rob yourself and thank him for his great work on the behalf of gun owners statewide, visit:  http://cthousegop.com/rob-sampson/

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 April 2013 06:08
 
Amicus Curiae signing in Colorado case with SAF PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bennett Prescott, Public Relations Coordinator   
Tuesday, 14 June 2011 14:45

June 14th 2011 (Groton, CT) – The Connecticut Citizens Defense League (CCDL) on Monday joined eighteen other gun organizations representing hundreds of thousands of gun owners from twenty states and the District of Columbia by signing an Amicus Curiae brief in Peterson v. Garcia, et al. This landmark court case, filed by the Second Amendment Foundation, seeks to redress an affront to the rights of American citizens by the city of Denver, Colorado which does not permit the lawful carrying of firearms by residents of many states like Connecticut. This court case falls perfectly in line with the goals of the CCDL, which seeks to protect the fundamental right of all Americans to keep and bear arms. Denver's anti-firearm law is heinous and does little but create victims out of otherwise well intentioned citizens, and therefore must not be allowed to stand.

"This is about more than gun ownership." said organization president Scott Wilson after signing the brief. "This lawsuit is about one state saying that citizens from another state, honest citizens who have passed rigorous background checks to receive a concealed carry permit in their home state and perhaps others, are criminals if they enter the city of Denver with a handgun. This unequal treatment can have no benefit but to create victims out of good Americans who must render themselves defenseless simply due to geographical location. Our utmost appreciation goes out to the Second Amendment Foundation for their hard work on this case."

The Colorado case is another milestone on the road that was laid down by Heller v. District of Columbia in 2008 and continued in McDonald v. Chicago in 2010. These cases have stemmed the anti gun tide of the last half decade that has helped increase the violent crime rate in many of America's cities by denying law abiding citizens the right to self defense. The CCDL is thrilled to be a signatory on this new Amicus Curiae and a part of these court cases, and hopes that by influencing firearm legislation out of state the benefits of firearm ownership will be better understood and appreciated at home in Connecticut.

For more information, please visit: http://www.ccdl.us/attachments/192_Peterson%20Amicus%20Brief%20-%20Filed.pdf

The Second Amendment Foundation may be reached at http://www.saf.org

 

About the CCDL:
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.

The CCDL logo may be downloaded here: http://ccdl.us/images/CCDL/ccdl_logo.jpg

Attachments:
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Download this file (Peterson Amicus Brief - Filed.pdf)Peterson Amicus Brief - Filed.pdf 360 Kb
Download this file (SAF - Release Amicus Denver.pdf)SAF - Release Amicus Denver.pdf 60 Kb
Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 June 2011 15:00
 
Firearms Rights Group CCDL Collecting Canned Goods for Needy PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bennett Prescott, Public Relations Coordinator   
Sunday, 15 May 2011 18:24

May 11, 2011 (Groton, CT) – Popular Connecticut gun rights organization the Connecticut Citizens Defense League (CCDL) is now collecting canned goods at all of their meetings and events. Donations will be given to the Bridgeport Rescue Mission and St. Johns Church in Sandy Hook. Scott Wilson, president of the volunteer organization, says "Community action has always been a part of our mission, we don't want to be seen as a group that only cares about guns. Firearms are just one part of the equation that represents individual liberty, and a lot of individuals have lost much of what they've spent their lives trying to build. Helping others is a moral imperative for us, just as we promote firearms ownership to lower the crime rate and keep the good guys safe." The CCDL holds regular meetings at 7:00 p.m. on the second Tuesday of every month at the Middletown Elks Lodge. Meetings are open to everyone but come early as seats fill up quickly.

 

For more information visit http://www.ccdl.us

Image attached, caption: CCDL Members at their 2nd Annual Picnic

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Last Updated on Thursday, 19 May 2011 22:23
 
Radio Interview 12/18/09 PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 27 December 2009 08:50

CCDL President Scott Wilson  was interviewed on the Lee Elci Show on Dec. 18th from 9:00am to 9:30am. Scott spoke about the CCDL mission, and potential upcoming legislative proposals. Interviewed along with Scott was CCDL Events Coordinator Kevin Borgnis,talking about the upcoming 2nd Amendment March on Hartford slated for Saturday April 10th, 2010 at the Capitol. The Lee Elci Show is broadcast on FM 104.7 (WXLM). Click below to listen to the interview (about 22 minutes).

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Last Updated on Friday, 09 July 2010 14:34
 
CCDL in the New Haven Register PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 27 September 2009 08:19

President of CCDL, Inc., Scott Wilson, was recently interviewed by Ed Stannard, Metro Editor, for the New Haven Register concerning gun issues.

Click the link below to read the entire article.

Supreme Court cases could affect state laws

Last Updated on Friday, 09 July 2010 14:33
 
Radio Interview 8/28/09 E-mail
Sunday, 30 August 2009 12:45

Listen to our very own talking about the CCDL on the radio. Scott Wilson, Jeremy Newman, and Lenny Benedetto spent some time with Lee Elci of WXLM 104.7 in New London, CT on Friday, August 28, 2009.

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