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Monthly CCDL Meeting
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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.

Elections - November Meeting Cancelled PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 07 November 2016 11:22

The November 8th election is an important one for gun owners, especially here in Connecticut. It is imperative that all CCDL members and supporters vote for pro2A candidates in this election. This election is so important, that WE HAVE CANCELLED OUR NOVEMBER 8th MEETING. We ask that our members use the time they would have spent attending the meeting to help out one of our endorsed candidates instead.

There are also still plenty of opportunities to help pro2A candidates get elected. Candidates still need people to help wave signs, work the polls, and various other last minute tasks that can mean the difference between winning and losing. Check out CCDL's list of endorsed candidates, find one or two in your town or close by, and volunteer to help. It's fun, it's easy, and it's great being around like-minded people. Be sure to tell them CCDL sent you!
CCDL Endorsed Candidates:

2016 Candidate Endorsements PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 29 June 2016 05:49

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.

For the upcoming 2016 election, the CCDL Executive Committee has considered the past voting record and views that each candidate holds with respect to our constitutional rights.

This year, our job of vetting candidates has come with some regret. Some legislators we endorsed in the past have voted for a gun control bill (HB5054) this past session. Interestingly enough, some legislators who voted for gun control in 2013 reversed course and did not support gun control efforts this year. While we applaud this turn around, at this time we simply cannot endorse candidates who supported SB1160 in 2013.

One important point: This year, more legislators from both parties voted for anti-gun bills, than voted for them during the emotionally charged 2013 session. This trend should concern all gun owners, and be a cause for them to actively support the following candidates:

CCDL Endorsed Candidate List updated 11/4/16

CT House:
District  Candidate Name  Towns Represented

    8 Timothy J. ‘Tim’ Ackert - Columbia, Coventry, Tolland, Vernon
    9 Richard Lion – East Hartford, Manchester
  13 Mark Tweedie - Glastonbury, Manchester
  23 Devin R Carney - Lyme, Old Lyme, Saybrook, Westbrook
  24 Jim Sanders - New Britain, Newington
  30 Chris Morelli - Berlin, Southington
  33 Linda J Szynkowicz - Middletown
  34 Melissa H. Ziobron – Colchester, East Haddam, East Hampton
  35 Jesse D MacLachlan - Clinton, Killingworth, Westbrook
  36 Bob Siegrist - Chester, Deep River, Essex, Haddam
  37 Holly H Cheeseman - East Lyme, Salem
  38 Lauren Shaw - Montville, Waterford
  39 Andrew Lockwood - New London
  40 John F Scott - Groton, Ledyard
  41 Aundre P Bumgardner - Groton, New London
  42 Mike France - Ledyard, Montville, Preston
  44 Anne Dauphinais - Killingly, Plainfield
  45 Kevin Skulczyck - Griswold, Lisbon, Plainfield, Sterling, Voluntown
  45 Tracey Hanson - Griswold, Lisbon, Plainfield, Sterling, Voluntown
  47 Doug Dubitsky - Norwich, Sprague, Franklin, Lebanon, Lisbon, Hampton, Chaplin, Canterbury, Scotland
  48 Evan A. Evans – Colchester, Lebanon, Mansfield, Windham
  49 Tony Fantoli - Windham
  50 Pat Boyd - Brooklyn, Eastford, Pomfret, Union, Woodstock
  52 Kurt Vail - Somers, Stafford
  53 Sam Belsito - Ashford, Tolland, Willington
  57 Christopher C Davis - East Windsor, Ellington
  61 Tami Zawistowski - Suffield, East Granby, Windsor
  62 Bill Simanski - Barkhamsted, East Granby, Granby, New Hartford
  63 Jay M. Case - Colebrook, Goshen, Torrington, Winchester
  64 Brian Ohler - Canaan, Cornwall, Goshen, Kent, Norfolk, North Canaan, Salisbury, Sharon,Torrington
  66 David T Wilson - Bethlehem, Litchfield, Morris, Warren, Woodbury
  68 Eric C. Berthel - Oakville, Watertown, Woodbury
  70 Rosa Rebimbas - Naugatuck
  73 Steve Giacomi - Waterbury
  76 John E Piscopo - Burlington, Harwinton, Litchfield, Thomaston
  77 Cara C Pavalock - Bristol
  78 Whit Betts - Bristol, Plymouth, Terryville
  80 Robert C. ‘Rob’ Sampson - Wolcott, Southington
  83 Joseph Vollano - Berlin, Meriden
  85 Serge G Mihaly - Wallingford
  86 Vincent Candelora - Durham, Guilford, North Branford, Wallingford
  88 Marjorie Bonadies - Hamden
  89 Lezlye Zupkus - Bethany, Cheshire, Prospect
  90 Craig Fishbein - Cheshire, Wallingford
  99 Steve Tracey - East Haven
102 Chris Kelly - Branford
103 Andy Falvey - Cheshire, Southington, Wallingford
104 Joseph Jaumann - Ansonia, Derby
112 J.P. Sredzinski – Monroe, Newtown
113 Jason Perillo - Shelton
118 Rick Varrone - Milford
119 Pam Staneski - Orange, Milford
122 Ben McGorty – Shelton, Stratford, Trumbull
126 Anthony Pizighelli - Bridgeport
131 David K. Labriola - Naugatuck, Oxford, Southbury

CT Senate:
District  Candidate Name  Towns Represented

  2 Theresa Tillett - Hartford, Bloomfield, Windsor
  6 Charles Paonessa - Berlin, Farmington, New Britain
  7 John A. Kissel - East Granby, Enfield, Granby, Somers, Suffield, Windsor, Windsor Locks
  8 Kevin D Witkos - Avon, Barkhamsted, Canton, Colebrook, Granby, Hartland, Harwinton, New Hartford, Norfolk, Simsbury, Torrington
13 Len Suzio - Cheshire, Meriden, Middletown, Middlefield
14 Pat Libero - Milford, Orange, West Haven, Woodbridge
16 Joe Markley - Cheshire, Prospect, Southington, Wolcott, Waterbury
18 Heather Somers - Griswold, Groton, North Stonington, Plainfield, Preston, Sterling, Stonington, Voluntown
19 Barbara Crouch - Columbia, Franklin, Hebron, Lebanon, Ledyard, Lisbon, Marlborough, Montville, Norwich, Sprague
19 Catherine A. ‘Cathy’ Osten - Columbia, Franklin, Hebron, Lebanon, Ledyard, Lisbon, Marlborough, Montville, Norwich, Sprague
20 Paul M Formica - Bozrah, East Lyme, Montville, New London, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook, Salem, Waterford
22 Elaine Hammers - Bridgeport, Monroe, Trumbull
29 John French - Brooklyn, Canterbury, Killingly, Mansfield, Putnam, Scotland, Thompson, Windham
30 Craig A Miner - Brookfield, Canaan, Cromwell, Goshen, Kent, Litchfield, Morris, New Milford, North Canaan, Salisbury, Sharon, Torrington, Warren, Winchester31 Henri R Martin - Bristol, Harwinton, Plainville, Plymouth, Thomaston
32 Robert J. ‘Rob’ Kane - Bethlehem, Bridgewater, Middlebury, Oxford, Seymour, Southbury, Roxbury, Washington, Watertown, Woodbury
33 Art Linares - Chester, Clinton, Colchester, Deep River, East Haddam, East Hampton, Essex, Haddam, Lyme, Old Saybrook, Portland, Westbrook
35 Tony Guglielmo - Ashford, Chaplin, Coventry, Eastford, Ellington, Hampton, Pomfret, Stafford, Tolland, Union, Vernon, Willington, Woodstock

US House:
District  Candidate Name

1 Matthew Corey
2 Daria Novak
2 Dan Reale
3 Angel Cadena
5 Clay Cope

US Senate:
Candidate Name

Dan Carter

*CCDL reserves the right to add or remove candidates as they are vetted by the Executive Committee. This page may be updated to reflect that.


11/4/2016 - Added:
CT House 48 Evan Evans

10/26/2016 - Added:
CT House 9 Richard Lion
CT House 112 J.P. Sredzinski
US House 2 Dan Reale

10/25/2016 - Added:
CT House 99 Steve Tracey
CT House 104 Joseph Jaumann

10/12/2016 - Added:
CT House 102 Chris Kelly

10/4/2016 - Added:
CT House 45 Tracey Hanson
CT House 126 Anthony Pizighelli
CT Senate 14 Pat Libero

8/28/2016 - Added:
CT House 39 Andrew Lockwood
CT House 50 Pat Boyd
CT House 66 David T Wilson
CT House 118 Rick Varrone
CT Senate 6 Charles Paonessa
CT Senate 22 Elaine Hammers

8/8/2016 - Added:
CT House 45 Kevin Skulczyck
CT House 83 Joseph Vollano
CT House 88 Marjorie Bonadies

8/8/2016 - Corrected:
CT House 63 Jay Case (corrected towns covered)

7/4/2016 - Added:
CT House 68 Eric Berthel
CT House 86 Vin Candelora

6/29/2016 - Added:
CT House 78 Whit Betts
US House 1 Matthew Corey

Member Meeting - October 11th PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 10 October 2016 07:04

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, October 11th. All CCDL members are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Meeting Agenda

  • November Elections
  • Candidate Forum:
    ∙ Joseph Vollano - House District 83
    ∙ Chris Kelly - House District 102
  • State Senator Joe Markley discusses critical election information
  • Poker Run wrap up
  • CCDL PAC update
  • Election volunteer efforts
NOTE: This is the last CCDL meeting before the elections!
Election Day is Tuesday, November 8th.
There will be NO November CCDL meeting, because we hope ALL our members will be busy that day helping to elect Pro2A candidates.

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.

New OLR Report PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 08 October 2016 11:22

Elections matter, and unless we win, the carry laws we now exercise may be at risk. This very recent report by the state Office of Legislative Research is an indicator that the firearm carry laws in CT are potentially up for debate in the 2017 session of the Connecticut General Assembly.

While we do not know for certain which state official requested this report, we are certain it was not someone that is friendly towards the 2nd Amendment.


By: Veronica Rose, Chief Analyst

ISSUE You asked for a summary of Peruta v. San Diego (824 F.3d 919), in which the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals considered whether the 2nd Amendment includes the right to carry concealed firearms in public.
Continue reading at the CCDL blog

4th Annual Poker Run PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 20 July 2016 17:16

On Saturday September 24, 2016 CCDL will be hosting our 4th consecutive poker run!

This year we have changed the route and will be starting at the Meriden Motor Boat Club located at 267 Airline Ave in Portland and end at Doody's Totoket Inn located at 465 Foxon Road in North Branford

We are planning a HUGE party and we will be rocking with the band Wastin’ Bullets which is one of Connecticut's best honky tonk/country bands. Both motorcycles and cars are welcome to participate in the run, and EVERYONE is welcome to attend the after-party whether you ride or not.

Registration is from 9:30 - 10:30am. Breakfast sandwiches and coffee will be available for purchase at the start of the run. The cost is $20 per rider or driver and $15 per passenger. The cost includes the after-party. At the Meriden Motor Boat you will be given directions to the various locations.

At each location you will pick a playing card from a deck. You can expect to drive between 50 and 70 miles total, and it will finish at the Doody's Totoket Inn. Prizes will be awarded at the end for the top five poker hands.

If you just want to attend the party and not participate in the poker run, admission will be $15 per person payable at the door. Admission includes food and entertainment. Drinks are extra.

We’ll have special 2016 CCDL Poker Run shirts and bandanas for sale at both the start and the finish. Quantities are limited, when they are gone, that’s it.

All net proceeds go to fight for our 2nd Amendment rights.

Sponsors include: By Carrier Custom Home Builders, Haymond Law, Connecticut Cruise News, C&D Arms Supply, Blue Trail Range, Ron's Guns, Branford Gun Club, Guilford Sportsmen's Association, New Haven Sportsman's Club, Newington Gun Exchange, TC Facility Services, Blue Mobile Wash, Nick's Roofing & Siding LLC, A Great Start Shooting School, Connecticut Sporting Arms, Chris' Indoor Range, Hoffman Gun Center & Indoor Range

We are still accepting sponsorships. To get on the t-shirts the sponsorship must be paid by July 31st. Please contact Michele McBrien at 203-645-2116 for more information.

To save time on the day of the ride, you may fill out and print the registration form in advance and bring it with you. Registration Form (pdf)

For more info: please email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Last year's ride was the largest poker run in the state! Let's make it an even greater success this year!


Come join us in support of our Second Amendment Rights!



2016 Poker Run Shirt

2016 Poker Run Shirt - front



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