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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.

Press Release On Malloy's Latest Executive Action PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 10 December 2015 14:30

12/10/2015

For Immediate Release:
(Groton, CT) The Connecticut Citizens Defense League is speaking out against Governor Malloy's executive order seizing firearms and denying purchases to individuals who are on Federal Government "lists".

Comment from CCDL President Scott Wilson:
"Governor Malloy is planning to take what is in our view unconstitutional executive action that would prohibit firearms purchases and seize firearms of individuals who have not been indicted or convicted for any crime. While we are all concerned about terrorism, this approach is very un-American and shameful”.

Wilson Added:
"Governor Malloy has gone even further into the deep end than ever before. His planning on denying purchases and likely seizing firearms of individuals are on a list that have not been charged or convicted of any wrongdoing is antithetical to every value that this country was founded on. There are millions of people on these lists, many who are not criminals or terrorists, and do not belong on it".

"Seizing firearms from individuals would be a clear violation of 'due process' under the 14th amendment of our constitution, and i have a hard time envisioning a judge appointed by the state of Connecticut who would issue a warrant to search and seize when the federal Government has not even done so in a wide-spread manner. Even the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has recognized that these lists are inaccurate, unconstitutional, and unfairly target Muslims and people of color Since the governor does not have access to these federal "lists", my hope at this point is the feds will analyze Governor Malloy's intent and decline access. This is very scary to think that police will be showing up to houses to seize firearms from people who may have done nothing wrong. It spells serious trouble”.

"The governor of Connecticut has pushed the envelope to beyond extreme by treating citizens of the United States in this manner. I hope people realize that this pattern of abuse is how totalitarian governments operate".

Wilson Finished:
"CCDL will not rule out any legal course of action to halt this imminent Executive Action"

--End--

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 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
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860-235-7490

 
Press Release - San Bernardino PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 02 December 2015 00:00

12/02/2015
For Immediate Release:

The Connecticut Citizens Defense League (The state’s largest grass-roots gun rights group) is speaking out against calls for more gun control made by elected officials from Connecticut.

Comment from CCDL President Scott Wilson:
“Once again we have Governor Malloy spouting off for more gun control before any facts are out about who may have committed the atrocity in San Bernardino and why they committed it. Once again we also have Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty, Senator Chris Murphy and Senator Richard Blumenthal parroting calls for more gun control out of their playbook. It is obvious that in their minds, law-abiding citizens of the United States would be better off walking around completely defenseless with no means to protect themselves”.

Wilson Added:
“While CCDL typically tries to refrain from commenting in the early stages of mass murders involving firearms, it is becoming increasingly harder to do so given the fact that elected officials run to the microphone while these events are still in progress. A sane person would be foolish to listen to any of these people, given that their ultimate goal is to eradicate our 2nd Amendment, and to disarm the population of this country. Therefore, it is the duty of this organization to counter outrageous statements made to today from these officials”.

Wilson Concluded with a reference to last weeks press release:
“Based on comments today by President Obama about possible terrorists, CCDL refers to a press release from last week for details”: (ccdl.us/blog/2015/11/24/dangerous-tyranny-act)

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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 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
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860-235-7490

 
The Dangerous Tyranny Act of 2015 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 24 November 2015 13:00

11/24/2015
For Immediate Release:

The Connecticut Citizens Defense League (The state's largest grass-roots gun rights group) is speaking out in opposition to recent statements made by Governor Malloy, and Senators Murphy and Blumenthal regarding the deceptively named “Denying Firearms and Explosives to Dangerous Terrorists Act of 2015”.

Comment from CCDL President Scott Wilson:

"I make no apologies for emphatically stating that all three of them are plainly and simply advocating for tyranny in the truest sense of the word. Everything that they are calling for is completely antithetical our rights as Americans. These proposals not only violate our 2nd Amendment rights, but our 14th Amendment rights as well. Their rhetoric about blanket gun control should concern every American regardless of their views on guns. They are actually advocating for the elimination of due process for citizens".

Key Points about the Watch List:

1) For the purposes of this proposed legislation, a “terrorist” is anyone whose name appears on the FBI’s terror watch list. This is not a list of known terrorists. As the name implies, it is just a list of people the FBI is watching for information about terrorism. A person might be watched because a relative, acquaintance or coworker is suspected of terroristic actions. They themselves may be law-abiding citizens.

2) Anyone can mistakenly and unknowingly end up on the terror watch list. You do not have to commit any crime to be added to the list Infants, US senators, Nelson Mandela, and the entire Ford Motor Company have all been mistakenly added to the watch list.

3) There is no deliberate means to remove yourself from the list should you mistakenly end up on it.

4) The criteria to end up on the terror list are unclear and vague.

5) We do not have a clue who is adding names to this list. Adding someone to the list is purely a bureaucratic decision with no accountability, and no opportunity for an individual to refute being added to the list. If Malloy, Murphy and Blumenthal have their way, citizens who have been charged with no crime will lose their Constitutional rights with NO due process.

6) Gun sales to individuals who are on the watch list are already reported to and approved by the federal government. They decline the sales for actual criminals.

Wilson concluded:

"Either we have rights as individuals, or we do not. Lawmakers continue to push down the road of gun control under the guise of concerns for safety, while many citizens in European countries are hiding behind locked doors wishing they had some means of protection with little help from police".

"If there are actual terrorists with plots or crimes being committed, the Federal Government and police already have the authority to act accordingly, instead of utilizing some list and Gestapo-style tactics against large swaths of the population".

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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 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

 
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.

 
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