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Tue Feb 09 @07:00PM - 09:00PM
Monthly CCDL Meeting
Tue Mar 08 @07:00PM - 09:00PM
Monthly CCDL Meeting

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.

ALERT! Plymouth/Terryville Area Members! PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 10 November 2015 22:24

Plymouth is one of the few towns in Connecticut that specifically allows shooting clubs and ranges by permit as long as they meet all applicable regulations. These regulations currently include demonstrating that there will be no adverse effect on neighboring properties with respect to traffic, noise, and safety. The regulations also require supervision by qualified personnel, limit the range to sport shooting (ie skeet, trap, target) and limit the range to operation during daylight hours only. The town must issue a permit before they can operate, and the range must meet all other federal, state and local regulations (environmental, zoning, etc).

On Thursday, November 12, 2015 there will be a public hearing at Plymouth Town Hall to consider a petition to change this and outlaw all future outdoor firearm clubs or ranges. You may download a copy of the proposed amendment here: Proposed Amendments To Plymouth P&Z Regulations (pdf)

CCDL feels the current regulations more than adequately address both existing and any future shooting clubs. While there are currently two clubs located in town, there is no guarantee they will operate forever. If they close, not only do Plymouth-area residents lose a nearby place to safely and legally enjoy an American tradition, they lose a place to exercise a Constitutional right.

Also, while the petition is likely a reaction to a proposed private gun club, the petition as written would appear to outlaw outdoor shooting on private residential property as well. If this petition does move forward, this issue must be addressed and clarified.

We encourage all members, especially those who live and pay taxes in Plymouth to attend this public meeting and voice your opposition to this petition.

Both residents and non-residents may speak. You will have a 3 minute time limit, so make your points quickly. Please be polite and respectful, and be aware the media may be present. Limit your comments to how this regulation would effect you or the town.

Date: November 12, 2015
Time: 7:00pm (but we suggest getting there around 6:00-6:30)
Location: Town Hall - 80 Main St, Terryville, CT in the Community Room on the ground level. There is limited parking in the front of town hall but there is ample parking around back.

What else you can do:
•Write a letter to:

Plymouth Mayor David Merchant; 80 Main St, Terryville, CT 06786
Or submit by online form

Plymouth Planning & Zoning Commission Chairman Carl Johnson; 80 Main St, Terryville, CT 06786
Or submit by online form

•Email a "letter to editor" to your local paper saying how you oppose this and the negative effect this will have on the town.

Waterbury Republican-American: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

The Bristol Press: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

(Important: Include your full name, address and telephone number for verification purposes.)

If you have any questions contact CCDL Legislative Coordinator; Ray Bevis at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

plymouth land use meeting
 
CCDL Meeting November 10th PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 07 November 2015 14:39

CCDL holds its monthly general membership meeting at 7:00pm on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at the Elks Lodge in Middletown, CT. Our next meeting is Tuesday, November 10th, 2015.
All CCDL members are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Meeting Agenda:

  • We are not done with litigation against the State of Connecticut!
    Special Message from Lead Attorney David Thompson.
    We will be broadcasting a recorded message from our lead attorney David Thompson (Cooper &Kirk). In this message David will give a run down of what can be expected with our lawsuit (Shew v. Malloy) against the State of Connecticut. This will include a rundown of current active similar cases in other circuits. We are not done!
  • Project: #IamCCDL underway. What it is, how you can help; etc
  • Discussion on 2016 Elections and how we all can make a difference.
  • Presentation by CCDL member Robert Starr. Bob will be passing educational information along to members pertaining to editorial and letter writing. Anti-gun supporters work hard to sway public opinion via letters to newspaper editorial departments in CT. CCDL is looking to start activating members to start doing the same. We hope that CCDL can kick start a successful effort to gain equal print space in Newspapers. This will be an informative and motivating discussion.
Avoid the wait and shipping fees! The full selection of CCDL merchandise is always for sale at our meetings, including many items not sold on our website.

Don't forget! The holiday season is once again upon us. As usual, we will be collecting canned goods/non-perishables at our meetings, and donating them to those less fortunate.

 
Comments On Today's Decision in Shew v. Malloy PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 19 October 2015 12:13

Below is the press release on today's Appellate decision in Shew v. Malloy, the lawsuit against Connecticut's unconstitutional gun laws.

10/19/2015 For Immediate Release:

The Connecticut Citizens Defense League (The state's largest grass-roots gun rights group) reacts to the Appellate decision handed down today. CCDL is one of the named Plaintiffs in the Shew v Malloy federal lawsuit. The case argues against a number of the firearms laws that were enacted with the signage of Public Act 13-3.

The Federal Lawsuit against Public Act 13-3 has waged on since May 22nd of 2013.

Comment from CCDL President Scott Wilson:
"We along with our fellow plaintiffs were hopeful for a more favorable decision from the 2nd Circuit, but we are not surprised that this decision was handed down from this level. We are working with our team of attorneys and other plaintiffs and preparing for the next round".

"We knew all along that we would end up appealing to the Supreme Court to overturn this clear injustice of our 2nd Amendment rights. We have 90 days from this ruling, and our attorneys will file a petition for certiorari within that time frame".

Wilson concluded:
"We know that we are on the right side of this matter, and Connecticut gun owners will not surrender our constitutional rights. We will exhaust every possible avenue to preserve those rights".

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About the CCDL: The Connecticut Citizens Defense League was formed in 2009 by a small group of concerned citizens as a non-partisan organization to advocate second amendment rights in the state of Connecticut. Since their founding, the group has grown to nearly 20,000 members from across the state.

Thanks to this large supportive base, the CCDL has become a fixture at the state capitol, and well-recognized by committees that see firearms related bills.

As the go-to organization in the state they are consulted regularly by lawmakers who have questions and concerns about pending legislation or existing laws. For more information on the CCDL please visit http://www.CCDL.us

Press Contact:
Scott Wilson
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
860-235-7490

 
Firearms Law & The Second Amendment Symposium PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 13 October 2015 15:55

The 2015 NRA-ILA "Firearms Law & The Second Amendment Symposium" will be held on Saturday, October 24, at The Hartford Club in Hartford, Connecticut.

Focusing on recent Second Amendment developments in our nation’s courts and legislatures, speakers will discuss and debate a variety of topics among multiple panels. The symposium will feature leading Second Amendment scholars and attorneys (including CCDL's general counsel Craig Fishbein, lead attorney in our federal lawsuit David Thompson, and CCDL supporter and 2A attorney Rachel Baird) discussing topics ranging from the history of the Second Amendment, current litigation in Connecticut, and emerging trends from across the nation. Throughout, attendees will be exposed to insights regarding the nuts and bolts of legal practice in both defending and advancing gun owners' civil rights.

This event promises to present a thought-provoking discussion of one of the most relevant and important freedoms in the Bill of Rights. Each registrant will receive written materials from the proceedings, including all panelist presentations and supporting documentation. For guests who are attorneys, this year’s event may once again meet state requirements for continuing legal education. The event, including all materials, food and beverage, is complimentary for all attendees.

Saturday, October 24, 2015
The Hartford Club
46 Prospect St.
Hartford, CT 06103
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Registration and continental breakfast from 9 - 9:30 AM
*Parking will be free at the adjacent lot to The Hartford Club


For additional information, please contact Suzanne Anglewicz at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 
Statement On Umpqua College Shooting PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 02 October 2015 09:32

10/02/2015 For Immediate Release:
The Connecticut Citizens Defense League (The state's largest grass-roots gun rights group) Releases the following statement regarding the Umpqua Community College shooting on Thursday October 1st.

From CCDL President Scott Wilson:

"We are shocked and saddened by any action that is violent in nature, and our sincerest thoughts and prayers go out to all the victims and families involved with this incident."

"Much of the commentary from political leaders calls for more useless bans on legal gun ownership. The critical point that is always left out by those who advocate along these lines is the fact that these shootings almost exclusively happen in ‘gun free zones’. From Columbine to Sandy Hook to Roseburg Oregon, there is one irrefutable fact: Signs or laws that bar individuals from possessing the means for personal protection will not work, nor have they ever worked against criminals who are bent on murder."

"It is time for people to wake up to the fact that Utopian fantasies like gun free zones simply do not work. It is time for those who control public gatherings (be it in a school or a movie theater) to wrap their heads around reality. People are needlessly dying."

"The president of this country calls for more gun control after each and every instance of a mass murder, but he has offered no solution beyond curtailing or eradicating our rights as a free people. Anyone who looks beyond the smokescreen of his empty words should wonder exactly why that is".

"It is time for our society to admit that the 'gun free zone' experiment has failed."
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About the CCDL: The Connecticut Citizens Defense League was formed in 2009 by a small group of concerned citizens as a non-partisan organization to advocate second amendment rights in the state of Connecticut. Since their founding, the group has grown to over 19.000 members across the state.
Thanks to this large supportive base across the state the CCDL has become a fixture at the Capitol, and well-recognized by committees that see firearms related bills. As the go-to organization in the state they are consulted regularly by lawmakers who have questions and concerns about pending legislation or existing laws. For more information on the CCDL please visit www.ccdl.us

Press Contact:
Scott Wilson
860-235-7490
www.ccdl.us
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
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