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Our Mission Statement

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.

CCDL Litigation - Oral Arguments (CANCELLED) PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 11 January 2014 20:14

Oral Arguments for 01/30/14 Cancelled

(updated 1/21/2014)

Judge is Preparing to Issue Decision Shew v.Malloy

After reviewing thousands of pages of documents from both the plaintiffs and the defendants, Judge Alfred Covello cancelled oral arguments. A decision may come within the next several days, but it may come later. We will inform CCDL members as soon as possible. The fact that the arguments have been canceled are in no way an indicator of how the Judge will rule. Whatever the outcome is, appeals will be filed by us or the State.

From Judge Covello:

Full docket text for document 123: ORDER. After thorough review of the well-crafted and well-articulated position of the movants, and the responses thereto, the most recent of which was filed on January 15, 2014, the court concludes that oral argument on the pending motions is not necessary. The issues have been comprehensively briefed and the court is prepared to resolve the pending motions without further argument. The order setting the date for argument in this case is hereby vacated. The court will issue a decision on the merits forthwith. Signed by Judge Alfred V. Covello on 01/21/14.(Covello, Alfred)

Original Notice:

Oral Arguments set for 01/30/14 (Shew v. Malloy)

This is the first piece of what we have been waiting for! The Oral arguments are set for 1/30/2014 at 1:00 PM in Courtroom One, 450 Main St., Hartford, at the federal courthouse before Judge Alfred Covello. The proceedings are open to the public.(If you want a seat in the courtroom, you will need to arrive early).
ALL PERSONS ENTERING THE COURTHOUSE MUST PRESENT PHOTO IDENTIFICATION.
Court information: http://www.ctd.uscourts.gov/content/hartford
 
5th Anniversary Dinner PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 08 January 2014 22:15

5thdinner

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

Attachments:
FileDescriptionFile size
Download this file (CCDL 5th Dinner_2.pdf)CCDL 5 year Anniversary 533 Kb
 
The Right to Carry in State Forests and Parks PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 26 October 2013 08:03
Governor Malloy is asking for a wide variety of input from the public on current regulations that affect Connecticut citizens in numerous ways. 
It is currently a violation of state regulations to carry a firearm for personal protection in state parks and state forests. Pistol Permit holders go through training, background checks and pay a lot of money to obtain these permits. Since the Governor is asking for change recommendations, please take this opportunity by using the instructions below.
  • Fill out your NameEmail Address and Town.
  • field Regulations Agency drop-down, Select "Energy and Environmental Protection, Dept of"
  • field Regulation Subject Matter: enter Carrying handguns in State Forests and Parks
  • field Regulation Section Number: Enter 23-4-1(c) and 26-66-2
  • In the Comments enter the following text:

Please modify the State Agencies Regulations to allow individuals with valid Permits to Carry Pistols and Revolvers to carry a handgun for self defense while in CT State Parks and Forests. Specifically:

- Remove the prohibition on the 'carrying of firearms' in Section 23-4-1(c) of the Connecticut Agencies Regulations
- Add an exemption to 26-66-2 to allow the carrying of pistols and revolvers (including handguns using center-fire ammunition) for the purposes of self defense.

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Finally Click Submit
Thank you for taking the time to make a difference!
 
What did Governor Malloy say? PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 11 October 2013 08:53

This is being re-posted from our blog:

Governor Malloy was on the Chaz and A.J. show this morning where he took a call on the new Gun law.

Caller:
Hey governor. I’m just curious about this new gun bill that came out especially with pistols with high capacity mags. Right now I’ve got two 14-round mags that are only loaded to 10 as required, but it’s unclear, can I carry both of them if they’re loaded to 10 or can I only carry one?

Malloy:
First of all what you have to do is disclose – there’s a way to disclose that you have them and you’re grandfathered in. So, that’s how our law works in Connecticut. You don’t lose the right to have them, you just have to say that you have them. “Hey, I’m Joe. I’ve got two of these.” and that’s it. So the limitations that you’re fearing aren’t necessarily in our bill. They are – I think you’re referring to New York’s law, quite frankly, and New York has a different set of laws than we do.

The Governor is mistaken. Continue reading
 
Litigation Update PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 05 August 2013 00:00

This is a Joint Litigation Update from both CCDL and CCS

UPDATE: 2ND AMENDMENT CHALLENGE TO CT’S NEW FIREARMS LAW

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

President

CCDL, Inc.

 

Bob Crook

Executive Director

CCS

 

 
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