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.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Membership Meeting September 11th

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


Membership Meeting October 9th

CCDL Pop up Volunteer Day hosted by Melissa Ziobron

FOIA filed with City of Bridgeport


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


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


GOP Convention Endorsements


For Immediate Release:

CCDL Executive Committee Announces Partial List of GOP Convention Endorsements

The Connecticut Citizens Defense League is announcing a list of endorsed and preferred candidates ahead of the May 2018 GOP convention.

Peter Lumaj – *Endorsed
Mark Lauretti – 2nd Choice
Timothy Herbst – 3rd Choice

Lieutenant Governor
Joe Markley – *Endorsed

Attorney General
Sue Hatfield – *Endorsed

State Treasurer
Art Linares – *Endorsed

U.S. Senate
Matthew Corey – *Endorsed
Dominic Rapini – 2nd Choice

5th Congressional District
Manny Santos – *Endorsed

State Senate 14th District
Pam Staneski – *Endorsed


Statement on Boughton Exploratory Committee

For Immediate Release:

(Groton, CT) – The Connecticut Citizens Defense League (The state’s largest gun rights organization) release the following statement after Danbury mayor Mark Boughton announced the creation of an exploratory committee for the governor’s seat in 2018.

Statement from CCDL President Scott Wilson:

“Mark Boughton was a member of the gun control group “Mayors Against Illegal Guns”.
The Mayor also made several public statements about recently passed anti-gun laws that were very troubling to gun owners in Connecticut.

Mayor Boughton did finally severe his affiliation with MAIG towards the end of his last gubernatorial campaign because his being associated with gun control hurt his campaign. As far as CCDL can tell, there has been no outreach or attempt by the mayor to mend any fences. We must assume his position hasn’t changed in the last few years.

We hope that the mayor of Danbury is aware that gun owners do vote, and they do not forget.”

Wilson also stated:

“It would be an extremely difficult hurdle for any candidate to overcome a prior platform position that included gun control in a statewide election. Mayor Boughton would not just be campaigning in Danbury, but across the entire state”.


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 25,000 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 https://ccdl.us

Press Contact:
Scott Wilson