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Upcoming Events

Tue Dec 13 @07:00PM - 09:00PM
Monthly CCDL Meeting
Tue Jan 10 @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! Public Hearing On Gun Bills PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 25 February 2016 17:07

The Public Safety and Security Committee will hold a public hearing on Thursday, March 3, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. in Room 2E of the LOB. Sign-up for the hearing will begin 9:00 A.M. and conclude at 10:00 A.M. in Room 2E of the LOB. Please submit 35 copies (bring a few extra) of written testimony to committee staff at 9:00 A.M. in Room 2E of the LOB. Testimony received after the designated time may not be distributed until after the hearing.

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Shew v. Malloy Filed With SCOTUS PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 11 February 2016 17:31
for Immediate Release:

(Groton, CT) - The Connecticut Citizens Defense League along with fellow plaintiffs have filed an appeal to the Supreme Court of the United States (Shew v. Malloy). The appeal challenges part of Public Act 13-3 (An Act Concerning Gun Violence Prevention and Children's Safety) that was enacted by the Connecticut Legislature back in 2013.

The plaintiffs are challenging the ban on certain firearms that look similar to assault rifles. The plaintiffs claim that these are common semi-automatic firearms that only shoot once when the trigger is pulled; identical to others not banned. Real "assault rifles" are full-automatic and can fire multiple times when the trigger is pulled. Real assault rifles are already highly regulated by both federal and state government, and civilian ownership is quite rare.

The plaintiff's challenge has been narrowed to focus strictly on the banned firearms and not magazines that contain 10 rounds or more as originally argued. The legal strategy behind this tactic is to offer the Supreme Court consideration to solely address this single issue with the hope that they will hear the case.

Click here to read the rest of this article on the CCDL Blog.

7th Anniversary Dinner - Feb. 20th PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 07 February 2016 16:28
Come celebrate CCDL’s 7th anniversary with a dinner event to be held February 20th, 2016 at the Aquaturf Club in Plantsville. Relax, enjoy a meal, and share a well deserved night out. For more information, and to purchase tickets online, go here: 7th Anniversary Dinner
CCDL monthly meeting February 9th PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 07 February 2016 16:06

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, February 9th, 2016. All CCDL members are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Come Join Us!

Meeting Agenda:

  • Legislative Coordinator Ray Bevis will lay breakdown the landscape of proposed 2A related legislative proposals, or likely proposals.
  • Discussion on Shew v Malloy (Assault Weapon Challenge) Major Update including filing date and legal tactics
  • Discussion on 2016 state elections
  • Guest Speaker: Clay Cope (candidate US Congress 5th District)
  • Voter Registration Table
  • CCDL Anniversary Dinner Tickets available on site
  • Events planning update
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.
Free Legislative Workshop PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 04 February 2016 11:45

Hosted by: Pachaug Outdoor Club
Presented by: Connecticut Citizens Defense League

Date: February 13, 2016
Time: 10:00am-11:30am
Location: Pachaug Outdoor Club, 178 Banjo Sullivan Rd, Jewett City, CT 06351

The purpose of this workshop is to help educate gun owners about legislative activism.
The 2016 legislative session convenes Feb 3rd and adjourns May 4th.

Gun owners have shown that they can make a tremendous difference by engaging their elected officials.
CCDL invites all to attend that are interested in playing a vital role in preserving our 2nd amendment rights in Connecticut.

This workshop will cover:
• How to prepare written testimony for public hearings
• How and where to submit testimony for public hearings
• How to testify effectively
• How to coordinate public testimony with others
•Tips on tracking legislation and communicating with legislators

Contact: Ray Bevis for more info: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


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