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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.

April 12th Member Meeting PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 11 April 2016 18:56

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, April 12th, 2016. All CCDL members are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Come Join Us!

Meeting Agenda

  • Discussion and course of action on currently proposed legislation
  • Discussion on litigation against the State (Shew v Malloy)
  • Discussion on 2016 elections and how we can make a difference
  • Guest speaker: State Rep Dan Carter (candidate U.S. Senate)
  • Guest speaker: Linda Synkowicz (candidate 33rd House District)
  • Guest speaker: Matt Maxwell (candidate 5th District U.S. Congress)
  • Guest speaker: Andy Falvey (candidate 103rd House District)
  • Poker Run discussion (volunteers needed)
Merchandise 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.
 
Immediate Action Required! Contact Your Legislator Today PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 01 April 2016 09:15

To all CCDL members,
The following bills have passed out of committee, and will be going to the House and Senate for a vote. Please call or email your state Rep and your state Senator and ask them to take the following actions:

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Oppose HB 5054
AN ACT PROTECTING VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
This bill would violate due process rights for gun owners. Nearly half of these Temporary Restraining Orders do not become full restraining orders
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Oppose HB 5623
AN ACT CONCERNING VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND VICTIMS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING
This bill would violate due process rights for gun owners. Nearly half of these Temporary Restraining Orders do not become full restraining orders. The same identical language from HB 5054 is included in this bill. This bill is a very unsettling attempt to divide gun owners to make them look like we somehow support human trafficking.
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Oppose HB 5408
AN ACT CONCERNING THE PRESENTATION OF A CARRY PERMIT
This bill would undermine the “reasonable suspicion” clause in the current law and would deprive gun owners of Constitutional rights protected under the 4th Amendment.
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Support HB 5409
AN ACT CONCERNING APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS FOR A TEMPORARY STATE PERMIT TO CARRY A PISTOL OR A REVOLVER.
This bill is a worthy of support. This will help establish uniform criteria for local issuing authorities across the state.
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It is critical you contact your legislators to let them know your positions on these bills. Your communication with your elected officials is the only thing that will stop anti-gun bills from passing, and help pro-gun bills to pass. If you need more information before contacting your legislators about these bills, please visit our blog for useful information, or email Ray Bevis at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Our strength lies in the actions of our members. Please take action as soon as possible. Our rights are at stake!

 
ALERT! (Another) Public Hearing On Gun Bills PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 10 March 2016 14:45

ALERT! Public Hearing On Gun Bills

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARINGS ON MONDAY, MARCH 14, 2016 AT 10:30 A.M ____________________________________________________________

The Judiciary Committee of the Connecticut General Assembly (CGA) will hold a public hearing on Monday, March 14, 2016 at 10:30 A.M. in room 2C of the Legislative Office Building (LOB), located at 300 Capitol Ave, Hartford.
These are important bills. We need as many members as possible to show up.  You can be certain those who want to take away your rights will be there in force.
IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO ATTEND YOU MAY STILL SUBMIT WRITTEN TESTIMONY. *

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ALERT! Public Hearing On Gun Bills PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 25 February 2016 17:07
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARINGS ON THURSDAY, MARCH 3, 2016
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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
02/11/2016
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.

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