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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.

Tonight's Meeting Is Still On PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 12 January 2016 16:45

Current weather reports show little to no snow accumulation for most of the state, so tonight's regular monthly meeting in Middletown will go on.
If you are uncomfortable about driving tonight, don't worry. We'll see you next month!

 
CCDL monthly meeting January 12th, 2016 PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 06 January 2016 16:32

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, January 12th, 2016.

All CCDL members are welcome and encouraged to attend.

This is our big "kick-off" meeting for the New Year. Your help is needed!

Meeting Agenda:

  • CCDL will conduct our yearly Legislative Workshop. This includes a PowerPoint presentation and informational handouts to prepare our membership for any gun control bills that may emerge this session. The 2016 session convenes February 3rd and adjourns May 4th. This is both educational and informative. The only way to defeat new gun control proposals is by gun owners engaging our legislators.
  • NRA-ILA State Liaison Christopher Kopacki will be on hand to introduce himself.
  • NRA Grassroots Coordinator Christian Ragosta will also be back for a visit.
  • Discussion on 2016 elections and how we all can make a difference.
  • Len Suzio (past State Senator for District 13), and possible candidate will be a guest as well.
  • Matt Maxwell (candidate US Congress 5th District) will be on hand as well.
  • Discussion on proposed federal legislation and executive orders involving firearms
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.
 
Call to Action: Help End CT Democratic Leaders Partisanship PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 21 December 2015 10:23

Governor Malloy and the Connecticut Democratic Party have been turning the 2nd Amendment and the 14th Amendment into a partisan issue. They are implying that only Republicans support the 2nd Amendment. Since CCDL is a nonpartisan organization, we are asking CCDL members to call and email those Democrat legislators we have previously endorsed, and ask them to speak out and oppose Governor Malloy's intention to sign an executive order that would violate both the 2nd Amendment and 14th Amendments.
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Alert: Urgent Action Required! PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 11 December 2015 13:58

Governor Malloy is planning on implementing an Executive Order that would deny purchases of any firearm by citizens of Connecticut who may be on a Federal Government watch-list. There are many people on this list who do not belong there. Not only does Governor Malloy intend to decline purchases to those who may be on a government list, he intends to revoke pistol permits, long arm eligibility certificates, and ammunition certificates as well. This action would remove due process and violate the rights of any citizen affected.
Important Note:
When asked by media, the governor stated that people who are on this list should not possess firearms. This seems to indicate that Governor Malloy might be making plans to implement confiscation of firearms possessed by individuals who have not been charged or convicted of any crime.

Please Call and Flood Governor Malloy's Office Today!
Phone: (860)566-4840
Or leave an online response here: link

Let him know that this impending Executive Action is wrong. Feel free to use some of these points below in your statements:
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 to actual criminals.
7) The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has recognized that these lists are inaccurate, unconstitutional, and unfairly target Muslims and people of color, and is currently suing the federal government over their use. They also caution that these lists "shouldn't be used to restrict people's freedoms."

Also:
CCDL is concerned that if there is a person actually connected with terrorism, the revocation process will tip them off and possibly hamper a federal investigation.

Further Reading:
ACLU - Until No-Fly List Is Fixed, It Shouldn't Be Used To Restrict People's Freedoms
CNN - No-fly nightmares: The program's most embarrassing mistakes
Huffington Post - 7 Ways That You (Yes, You) Could End Up On A Terrorist Watch List
The Boston Globe - Guns and the 'No-Fly' grandstanders

 
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"

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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

 
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