New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. City of New York

05/14/19
(Groton, CT)

For Immediate Release:

The Connecticut Citizens Defense League along with the following law enforcement groups and other state and local firearms rights groups are amici curiae in a case that will go before the Supreme Court of the United States.

The case in question is stems from transportation restrictions on firearms by their owners. But the very important question that is on the mind of most legal owners of firearms is whether the 2nd Amendment extends outside the home. This is what we hope will finally be settled.

The CCDL Executive Committee thanks all of our hard working members and their financial contributions that helped to make this (as well as other legal participation) possible.

Download the full amicus brief here (pdf): CCDL Amicus Brief in NYSRPA v. NYC.pdf

You can also follow the case on SCOTUS Blog here: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, et al., Petitioners, v. The City of New York, et al

This is the group CCDL has joined with:

National Sheriffs’ Association
Western States Sheriffs’ Association
California State Sheriffs’ Association
Indiana Sheriffs’ Association
New Mexico Sheriffs’ Association
International Law Enforcement Educators and
Trainers Association
Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund
International Association of Law Enforcement
Firearms Instructors, Inc.
Association of New Jersey Rifle & Pistol Clubs, Inc.
Bridgeville Rifle and Pistol Club, Ltd.
Buckeye Firearms Association
Connecticut Citizens Defense League
Delaware State Sportsmen’s Association
Gun Owners’ Action League Massachusetts
Maryland State Rifle & Pistol Association
Vermont Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs
Vermont State Rifle & Pistol Association
Virginia Shooting Sports Association

Guide for Monday, March 11th Public Hearing on Gun Bills

Members and 2nd Amendment supporters are needed participate at the Judiciary Committee Public Hearing on March 11th, 2019 at 10 A.M. in Room 2C at the Legislative Office Building (LOB), 300 Capitol Ave, Hartford, CT. This is a grassroots effort to have our voice heard. It’s important to show lawmakers we are here and staying vigilant about protecting our rights. We anticipate this hearing to last all day and into the night.  Your attendance is needed!

Public Hearing Agenda

SUBJECT MATTER: Firearms

Oppose: S.B. No. 60 AN ACT CONCERNING THE PRESENTATION OF A CARRY PERMIT.

Oppose: H.B. No. 7218 AN ACT CONCERNING THE SAFE STORAGE OF FIREARMS IN THE HOME.

Oppose: H.B. No. 7219 AN ACT CONCERNING GHOST GUNS.

Oppose: H.B. No. 7223  AN ACT CONCERNING THE STORAGE OF A PISTOL OR REVOLVER IN A MOTOR VEHICLE.

Support: S.B. No. 940 AN ACT AUTHORIZING CERTAIN PERSONS TO CARRY HANDGUNS IN STATE PARKS AND STATE FORESTS.

Support: H.B. No. 5227 AN ACT CONCERNING THE REGULATION OF FIREARMS BY MUNICIPALITIES.

Support: H.B. No. 5870 AN ACT CONCERNING TRANSFER OF ASSAULT WEAPONS AND LARGE CAPACITY MAGAZINES.

There are three main ways to participate in the hearing:

  1. Attend the public hearing, submit written testimony and testify in person.
  2. Submit written testimony without attending the public hearing.
  3. Attend the hearing without testifying, show law makers that we are engaged.
  1. Attend the public hearing, submit written testimony and testify in person

Members are encouraged to give oral and written testimony

  • Where should I park? Free visitor parking is available on the first floor and basement of the Legislative Office Garage located at the Legislative Office Building (LOB), 300 Capitol Ave, Hartford, CT. Parking is limited, carpooling and allowing additional time to park is highly recommended.
  • How is the speaking order determined? Speaking order will be determined by a lottery system. Lottery numbers will be drawn from 8:00 A.M. to 9:30 A.M. in Room 2500 of the LOB.
  • What if I can’t make it there until after 9:30 A.M. but I still want to speak? Speakers arriving after the completion of the lottery will have their names placed at the end of the speaker list. Reminder: If you’re unable to sign up BEFORE the start of the hearing, speakers may add their names to the bottom of the speaker list ANYTIME during the hearing.
  • Where is Room 2500? The Judiciary Committee offices are located in Room 2500 on the second floor of the LOB. Go up the escalators, take a left and go down the first hallway on your right. CCDL members will be there to guide you.LOB Room 2500 map
  • What if I can’t make it there until the evening or later and still wish to speak? As long as there is an active public hearing the LOB is open. Speakers may add their names to the bottom of the speaker list ANYTIME during the hearing. The speaker list will be on the podium inside the hearing room, just inside the entrance to the room. CCDL members will be there to help direct you.</li?
  • Do I need to print my testimony or bring copies of my testimony? Yes, if possible, please submit 60 copies of your written testimony to the Committee staff no later than 9:00 A.M. in Room 2500 of the LOB. Testimony received after the 9:00 A.M. may not be distributed until after the hearing. BUT this is not necessary, if you submit your testimony via email well in advance, often legislators prefer to reference your written testimony while you’re speaking.Tip: Print a few extra copies for your Senator and Representative.
  • How do I email or submit my testimony electronically? Email your written testimony in Word or PDF format to JUDtestimony@cga.ct.gov a day or two before the hearing. Also, Email or drop off a copy of your written testimony to your State Senator and State Representative.
  • Should I contact my Senator and Representative while I’m at the LOB? Yes, it is highly recommended that you make a copy of your testimony and drop it off at your Senator and Representatives office during the course of the day. It’s important for them to know their constituents are in the building testifying.Tip: leave your cell number when you drop off your testimony. Ask to meet with them when they are available to talk about why you’re testifying today.
  • Will there be food? Yes, the LOB has a cafeteria open until 2 P.M. or a grab-and-go service until 4 P.M. Vending machines are also located on the first floor.Tip: Pack some snacks.
  • What time will I testify? The first hour of the hearing is reserved for legislators, constitutional officers and other officials. After the first hour the committee will start to call the speakers in the order determined by the lottery. The hearing will go ALL day long and possibly into the late evening or even later. You may have to wait a very long time to testify.Tip: Bring a charger.
  • How long will the hearing last? Public hearings on firearms can last a long time, often past midnight. Please plan for a long day. You may wish sign up and if your number to speak is later you may wish leave and return later.Tip: Leave your information with another CCDL member that is staying and can alert you when they’re calling 15 to 30 speakers ahead of you (depending on how far away you are).
  • What do I do when it’s my turn to speak? When your name is called, go to the speaker’s desk in front. Begin with “Distinguished members of the Judiciary Committee.” State your name and the town you reside in.  State the bill number and title of the bill for which you are testifying on. Clearly state if you support or oppose the bills, then start your testimony. When you finish wait to see in any committee members have a question.
  • How long will I have to speak? You will have 3 minutes to speak. A timer will sound after the 3 minutes. Wrap up your testimony and wait to see if any committee members have any questions. A public hearing is an important step in the legislative process. This is a formal hearing with a decorum. Please be courteous to other speakers, staff and legislators, regardless of their views. Do not applaud or indicate verbal pleasure or displeasure when others are speaking.
  1. Submit written testimony without attending the public hearing

It is very important to submit testimony even if you can’t attend the hearing. Legislators need to hear from us. Don’t think others will protect your rights.

  1. Attend the hearing without testifying, show law makers that we are engaged
  • Where should I park? Free visitor parking is available on the first floor and basement of the Legislative Office Garage located at the  Legislative Office Building (LOB), 300 Capitol Ave, Hartford, CT
  • When should I come? Public hearings on firearms can last a long time, often past midnight. Please plan for a long day. You may wish to come later in the evening or later, this is when attendee that are just observing tend to be needed. It’s nice to have steady flow of members coming in throughout the hearing.
  • Where is Hearing Room 2C? The public hearing will be held in room 2C, on the second floor. Go up the escalators and room 2C will be directly in front of you. There is an entrance to the right or left of the room.Hearing Room 2C map

Easy Steps for preparing your testimony to Judiciary Committee

• Be polite.

• Include your name, town of residence, the bill number and whether you support or oppose it.

• Do not include any private information. This testimony will be kept as public record.

• Testimony can be as little as a few sentences, try not to exceed one page in length.

• Make it personal. Any life experiences that are relevant to your position should be described.

• Save your testimony as a Word or PDF document.

• Begin your written testimony with:

Senator Winfield, Representative Stafstrom, and distinguished members of the Joint Committee on the Judiciary:

My name is [your name], I am from [town you reside].  I am testifying today in support of;

S.B. 940 AN ACT AUTHORIZING CERTAIN PERSONS TO CARRY HANDGUNS IN STATE PARKS AND STATE FORESTS.

H.B. 5227 AN ACT CONCERNING THE REGULATION OF FIREARMS BY MUNICIPALITIES.

H.B. 5870 AN ACT CONCERNING TRANSFER OF ASSAULT WEAPONS AND LARGE CAPACITY MAGAZINES.

I’m oppose to;

S.B. No. 60 AN ACT CONCERNING THE PRESENTATION OF A CARRY PERMIT.

H.B. No. 7218 AN ACT CONCERNING THE SAFE STORAGE OF FIREARMS IN THE HOME.

H.B. No. 7219 AN ACT CONCERNING GHOST GUNS.

H.B. No. 7223 AN ACT CONCERNING THE STORAGE OF A PISTOL OR REVOLVER IN A MOTOR VEHICLE.

[Explain why this is important to you:

-Do you have a personal story to share?

-How will these bills impact your life if passed?

-Why are firearms important to you?]

I urge you to favorably vote; S.B. 940, H.B. 5227, H.B. 5870 out of the Judiciary Committee and oppose; S.B. 60, H.B. 7218, H.B. 7219, H.B. 7223.

Sincerely,

[Your name]

[Town you reside]

More sample testimony is available at ccdl.us/how-to-help/2019-testimony

Upcoming Public Hearing on Gun Bills Monday March 11th

The Judiciary Committee will hold a public hearing on Monday, March 11, 2019 at 10 A.M. in Room 2C of the Legislative Office Building (LOB), 300 Capitol Ave, Hartford, CT. We anticipate this hearing to last all day and into the night. Your attendance is needed!

Monday, March 11, 2019
10:00 AM in Room 2C of the LOB
Public Hearing Agenda
SUBJECT MATTER: Firearms

Oppose: S.B. No. 60 AN ACT CONCERNING THE PRESENTATION OF A CARRY PERMIT.

This bill targets permit holders. It will allow police to stop, frisk, and detain lawful gun owners if a police officer just simply sees your holstered firearm. This bill removes the “reasonable suspicion of a crime” from the current statutes that just passed in 2015 and will allow police to stop you for no reason.

Oppose: H.B. No. 7218 AN ACT CONCERNING THE SAFE STORAGE OF FIREARMS IN THE HOME.

This will change current storage laws to require ALL firearms, loaded or unloaded, to be secured in a home with a minor under eighteen years of age. This bill as written focuses on the punitive not prevention.

Oppose: H.B. No. 7219 AN ACT CONCERNING GHOST GUNS.

This is a gun registry bill that will redefine the State’s definition of a firearm to include unfinished “frames or lower receivers”. This will also include frame or lower receiver blanks, casting or machined body that still requires further machining or molding to be used as part of a functional firearm. This could also ban the re-assembly of pre-1969 firearms that don’t have serial numbers.

Oppose: H.B. No. 7223  AN ACT CONCERNING THE STORAGE OF A PISTOL OR REVOLVER IN A MOTOR VEHICLE.

Proposed by an anti-gun group, it will require all firearms in an automobile to be kept in a lockbox when the vehicle in unattended. Making any stops to and from the range will become impossible. Gun owners will be shamed and prosecuted for being the victim of a robbery.

Support: S.B. No. 940 AN ACT AUTHORIZING CERTAIN PERSONS TO CARRY HANDGUNS IN STATE PARKS AND STATE FORESTS.

This will override the state regulations that currently ban permit holders from carrying in State Parks and Forests for the purpose of self-defense.

Support: H.B. No. 5227 AN ACT CONCERNING THE REGULATION OF FIREARMS BY MUNICIPALITIES.

This is a preemptive bill to prohibit the regulation of firearms by municipalities. Currently, any of the 169 municipalities in Connecticut can regulate and ban firearms or firearm components. Some towns have already banned certain types of Connecticut legal firearms.

Support: H.B. No. 5870 AN ACT CONCERNING TRANSFER OF ASSAULT WEAPONS AND LARGE CAPACITY MAGAZINES.

This bill would allow the transfer of State Registered “Assault Weapons” and declared “Large Capacity Magazines” among residents that also have these items. It will not generate any new “Assault Weapons” or “Large Capacity Magazines” in this state, just simply allow the transfers among legal firearm enthusiasts.

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Members are encouraged to give oral and written testimony on these bills. Speaking order will be determined by a lottery system. Lottery numbers will be drawn from 8:00 A.M. to 9:30 A.M. in Room 2500 of the LOB. Speakers arriving after the completion of the lottery will have their names placed at the end of the speaker list. Reminder: If you’re unable to sign up BEFORE the start of the hearing, speakers may add their names to the bottom of the speaker list ANYTIME during the hearing. As long as there is an active public hearing the LOB is open. CCDL members will be there to direct you.

Please submit 60 copies of your written testimony to the Committee staff no later than 9:00 A.M. in Room 2500 of the LOB. Testimony received after the 9:00 A.M. may not be distributed until after the hearing.
Email your written testimony in Word or PDF format to JUDtestimony@cga.ct.gov a day or two before the hearing. Also, be sure to email or drop off a copy of your written testimony to your State Senator and State Representative.

Testimony Tips:

  • Include your name, town of residence, the bill number and whether you support or oppose.
  • Make it personal. Any life experiences that are relevant to your position should be described.
  • Testimony can be as little as a few sentences, but try not to exceed one page in length.
  • You may submit separate written testimony for each bill, but you will only get 3 minutes total to speak.
  • Testimony is limited to matters related to the items on the agenda.

More information
Read our Public Testimony Tip Sheet for help composing your written or in-person testimony.

If you are unable to attend, your voice still needs to be heard on these issues, please email your written testimony in Word or PDF format to: JUDtestimony@cga.ct.gov
Be sure to also email a copy of your written testimony to your State Senator and State Representative.

If you are able attend, but DO NOT WISH to speak or submit testimony, please come and help fill the seats with Second Amendment supporters. This hearing will likely last many hours, please consider coming even if only for a few hours. Legislators need to see that Second Amendment supporters are strong in Connecticut.

If you have any questions email CCDL Legislative Coordinator Ray Bevis at legislative@ccdl.us

About that 50% Ammunition Tax

With regards to Connecticut legislative proposals that affect gun rights in one way or another, there has been a lot of focus over the emergence of HB5700 (AN ACT INCREASING THE RATE OF THE SALES AND USE TAXES ON AMMUNITION).

The introduction of this proposal is a direct slap in the face to law-abiding gun owners that live by the laws of our society and who simply want to shoot for sport, hunt or maintain firearms and proper training for self-defense purposes.

  • HB5700 will make it hard for people already struggling in our economy to own and train properly
  • HB5700 would be taxing at an unfair rate
  • HB5700 would be on par with consideration towards a sin tax
  • Guns and ammo are ALREADY subject to an additional 11% tax besides the CT sales tax
  • A 50% AMMO TAX is a 100% SPITE TAX!

Make no mistake, HB5700 is being presented to you by anti-gun politicians that are making claims that your constitutionally affirmed 2nd Amendment right is somehow a PUBLIC HEALTH THREAT!
However:

Watch Out for the Distraction

Given that this bill has caught the attention of numerous media outlets across the country, it is the duty of CCDL to point out:

  • In the past, bills that typically gain the outrage of gun owners such as HB5700 are often used to distract from other pieces of legislation that will also potentially harm gun owners.
  • Right now, the bill has been referred to the Joint Committee on Finance, Revenue and Bonding. It has not yet moved out of committee.
  • The bill has only one co-sponsor at this point.
  • Currently there are over 70 other firearms related bills that have been introduced in the 2019 legislative session. Some of these bills are good, some are very bad. The good ones will have a harder time succeeding given the current political climate in Connecticut.
  • A number of these bills have gained more traction than the “Ammo Tax Bill”. This is key for gun owners to understand:
    Among other things, there are a multitude of bills that would penalize law-abiding gun owners for how you store your firearms, for how you carry firearms, for where you carry your firearms and numerous ways to prohibit more individuals from carrying or owning firearms altogether. Do not focus on one bill and ignore all the others.

The complete list of bills that CCDL is tracking (including hunting bills) can be found here.

As bills move from committee to committee, we will continue to monitor and inform members throughout this legislative session.

We are asking our members to monitor their emails, our website and social media for current updates.

Breaking News: CCDL Enjoins Amicus Brief in Support of Right to Carry Petition in New Jersey

The Connecticut Citizens Defense League has joined with multiple law enforcement associations and other state-wide gun rights organizations to present legal arguments on behalf of lawful gun owners.

Together we have filed an amicus brief in support of the petition for certiorari filed with the Supreme Court in Rogers v. Grewal, No. 18-824.  This case challenges the extremely restrictive “discretionary” carry permit system in New Jersey, which basically does not recognize any right by ordinary citizens to obtain a carry permit.  Instead, an individual must show “justifiable need,” which is defined to mean (in addition to other criteria) that the applicant must “specify in detail the urgent necessity for self-protection, as evidenced by specific threats or previous attacks which demonstrate a special danger to the applicant’s life that cannot be avoided by means other than by issuance of a permit to carry a handgun.”

The application is to be supported by documentation of the threats or attacks in the form of police reports.  The New Jersey courts have held that “generalized fears for personal safety are inadequate.

The current case, challenging the New Jersey statutes on Second Amendment grounds, was filed after there had previously been a Third Circuit case upholding those statutes.  Accordingly, the federal District Court cited the Third Circuit case, and denied relief.  At the Third Circuit, the plaintiffs themselves asked the Third Circuit to summarily affirm, thereby saving time and setting the case up to take to the Supreme Court by way of certiorari as soon as possible.

The brief argues points that have been made in the past in right-to-carry cases, such as the total ineffectiveness of restrictive permitting systems in reducing crime, and the fact that concealed carry permit holders nationwide, even in far less restrictive “shall-issue” states, tend to be remarkably law-abiding.

We believe the brief should help convince the court that this is an important case, and worth considering for granting certiorari.

The full amicus curiae brief may be viewed here:
18-824 Amicus Brief of Law Enforcement Groups et al. (pdf)

The chances of getting some meaningful Court action on important issues—such as the fundamental question in this case, whether there is a Second Amendment right to carry outside the home—are probably the best in many years.

As 2nd Amendment advocates, we must recognize the impact that federal actions in other states could ultimately have on Connecticut.

Scott Wilson
President – CCDL Inc.

Today’s Judiciary Committee Meeting Includes Gun Bills

The Judiciary Committee is meeting today at 1:00pm.
Here is their agenda: 2019ca-00201-R001300JUD-ca(pdf)

On their agenda are several raised bills and concepts that are of interest or concern to CCDL and our members. Among other things, the Committee will be discussing so-called “ghost guns”, safe gun storage laws, “show your papers” laws, carry in state parks, and transfer of so-called assault weapons and high capacity magazines.

If you want to watch the meeting, it will be streaming online at CT-N.

Note: There are many topics on the agenda. Expect the gun related stuff to be interspersed with everything else.

Pending Legislation for 2019

The legislative session for 2019 is now well underway here in Connecticut, and we’re seeing a plethora of gun-related proposed bills; both progun and anti. The important thing to remember is, at this stage the legislators are basically throwing everything they can think of out there, just to see what might stick. Many proposed bills never go any further than this stage. In other words, it’s a little too soon to be fist pumping over an exceptionally good sounding bill, or to be breaking out the torches and pitchforks over an extremely bad sounding one.

That’s not to say CCDL isn’t already carefully following every single proposed bill. We are.

We’re currently tracking over 40 different proposed bills, and that number grows almost daily. Yes, we already know about the ammo tax one, and the one gun a month one, and all the others, good and bad. We’re already working with legislators on many of them.

Make sure you’re following CCDL’s blog, Facebook page, and Twitter for updates on any proposed bills that advance. Often there is very little advance notice when the time comes to call or email your legislators, or testify (in person or via email) at a public hearing. And of course, CCDL members will also get an email.

You’ll always find a list of ALL the bills CCDL is tracking for this session at: blog.ccdl.us/2019-legislation/

Or you can always click the “Pending Legislation” button on our website:

Or on our blog:

A Look Back At 2018

It’s the last day of 2018. As we prepare to ring in the new year, we’ve compiled a little list of some of CCDL’s activities during this past last year.

January

Membership Meeting January 9th

CCDL Joined with 20 other law enforcement and gun rights orgs on an amicus brief for Duncan v Becerra

A press statement was made regarding bumpstock proposals

CCDL conducted 2 legislative workshops in January

CCDL Executive Meeting held in New Britain

February

Membership Meeting February 13th

7 gun bills were introduced for the 2018 legislative session

CCDL 9th Anniversary Dinner was held on February 10th

A press statement was made regarding Parkland High School murders

CCDL gearing up 2A support for numerous political campaigns

CCDL conducted 2 Legislative Workshops

CCDL Executive Meeting held in New Britain

March

Membership Meeting CANCELLED

CCDL attended and presented material for a public hearing on March 23rd at the Legislative Office building on March 23rd

CCDL met with key legislators on the Judiciary Committee to address gun legislation

Action Alert was sent out on March 30th for CCDL members to contact the Judiciary Committee

Executive Meeting was held in New Britain

April

Membership Meeting April 10th

CCDL sponsored and hosted a Pro 2A rally at the State Capitol

A press statement was made for the planned rally at the Capitol

Action Alert was sent out regarding 3 gun bills on April 17th

Executive Meeting was held in New Britain

May

Membership Meeting May 8th

Action Alert was sent to CCDL members regarding bumpstock bill

Legislative Session ended May 9th

Executive meeting was held in New Britain

June

Membership Meeting June 12th

CCDL membership statement regarding Governor Malloy’s claims about CCDL

Campaign Workshop Hosted by CCDL June 9th

Campaign Workshop Hosted by CCDL June 23rd

July

Membership Meeting July 10th

A press statement regarding Brett Kavanaugh nomination for SCOTUS

CCDL President participated in White House conference calls regarding Kavanaugh nomination

Executive Meeting was held in New Britain

August

Membership Meeting August 14th CANCELLED

Legislative Shooting event hosted by Niantic Sportsman’s Club, conducted by CCDL August 5th

Campaign Workshop hosted by CCDL August 10th

CCDL Family Picnic August 25th

Campaign Workshop hosted by Melissa Ziobron Supported by CCDL

September

Membership Meeting September 11th

6th Annual CCDL 2nd Amendment Poker Run September 15th

October

Membership Meeting October 9th

CCDL Pop up Volunteer Day hosted by Melissa Ziobron

FOIA filed with City of Bridgeport

November

Membership Meeting November 13th

Food Drive – While CCDL collects food donations year-round, our members were especially generous during the holidays. All donations go to local churches and shelters to help feed those less fortunate than ourselves.

A press statement was made in response to a “safe storage” gun bill proposal

December

Membership Meeting December 11th

CCDL met with key legislators at the Legislative Office Building to discuss several likely bills for the 2019 Legislative session

Aside from these events, CCDL took part in numerous other public appearances and events. These included the CT Hunting and Fishing Show, Super Sunday, and Middletown Motorcycle Mania. Other things were also done in a more discreet manner to achieve a higher likelihood of success in combating gun control schemes.

In retrospect, 2018 has been a tough year for law-abiding gun owners in Connecticut. Specifically, the statewide elections saw some tough losses for endorsed candidates.

Moving into the new year, we strongly encourage CCDL members to help us during the upcoming legislative session. Learn how to help at the next Monthly Meeting on January 8th in Middletown CT.

CCDL wishes to thank all our volunteers and attendees that have continued to help the organization grow even further this past year!

Also, please join us on February 23rd for our 10th Anniversary Dinner

 

CCDL Statement On Today’s CAGV Press Conference In Hartford

11/27/2018
For Immediate Release:

(Groton, CT) The Connecticut Citizens Defense League (the state’s largest grass-roots gun rights group) offers the following statement in response to today’s press conference over the death of Guilford teenager Ethan Song.

CCDL President Scott Wilson Stated:
“We would first like to extend our heartfelt sympathies to the parents of Ethan Song. As an organization that understands the importance of gun safety, we feel that along with securing firearms there should be an effort by all parents to make sure that their children understand that firearms can be deadly if handled improperly.”

“There are tremendous programs out there that teach firearm safety to children of all ages; often at little or no cost. Along with the securing of firearms in a responsible manner, proper firearms education is imperative to the safety of children. Even if parents don’t own firearms themselves, children should still be taught what to do if they encounter a firearm without parental supervision.”

“We thank Ethan’s father for acknowledging that there may be times that gun owners may also need to gain access to their firearms immediately to stop home invasions or protect loved ones.”

Scott Wilson,
President
Connecticut Citizens Defense League

Last Day To Register To Vote Online

Crucial Election Information

The November 6th election is an important one for gun owners, especially here in Connecticut. It is imperative that CCDL members and supporters vote for pro2A candidates in this election.

The anti-gun groups in our state have endorsed Ned Lamont for Governor. If he wins, we will have four more years of non-stop gun control. If you disliked Governor Malloy, you’re going to hate Governor Lamont.

This is some of what to expect from a Lamont administration:

  • Harsher requirements and penalties surrounding “safe storage” requirements
  • Elimination of “Open Carry”, which means you could be arrested just for printing or having your shirt ride up while carrying concealed
  • Continued support for existing unconstitutional gun laws
  • Continued under-funding or even outright elimination of the Board of Firearms Permit Examiners
  • Continued looking the other way while numerous municipalities violate state statutes regarding new permits
  • Continued support of any and all anti-gun proposals that make it out of legislative committee
  • Bypassing legislators and implementing executive orders that will negatively impact legal gun owners

CCDL endorsed candidates such as Bob Stefanowski for governor will respect the Constitution, and the rights of lawful gun owners.
But first they must win on November 6th.
If you are not yet registered to vote, there is still time, but you MUST hurry. The deadline for voter registration is TODAY, October 30th.

Voter registration is simple, and can be done online. Just go to the following link and follow the directions  https://voterregistration.ct.gov

If you are not sure if you are registered or not, you may check here:
http://www.dir.ct.gov/sots/LookUp.aspx

You may also register in person with the registrar of voters in your town or city. Offices are usually located in your town hall, and will be open from 9am until 8pm TODAY,  October 30th to accommodate last minute registrations.

Please be sure to register to vote
Please vote on election day
Please be sure to remind like-minded people to vote
Please help our endorsed candidates between now, and election day

This may be our last chance to save our gun rights in Connecticut