Is CCDL Lying?

Yesterday, CT Governor Dan Malloy, the least popular governor in the nation, signed Public Act 18-29, An Act Concerning Bump Stocks and Other Means of Enhancing the Rate of Fire of a Firearm into law.

Afterward, while taking questions from reporters, Malloy was asked about a statement CCDL had made about the new law. We said, in part: “… [the law] does absolutely NOTHING to increase public safely, and was passed solely to provide a feel-good but hollow victory to anti-Constitution, vocal minority groups like CAGV and Newtown Action Alliance. Bump fire is a technique that can be easily replicated without any aftermarket accessories at all.”
(Click HERE to read the full statement)

In response, Governor Malloy claimed “They’re [CCDL] wrong, they have been wrong, they’ll be wrong in the future… they’re wrong. How’s that? Actually, I’ll go a step further… and they’re lying.”

So, Governor Malloy thinks we’re lying when we say that the now banned bump stocks are not needed to bump fire a gun? Somebody certainly IS lying to the people of Connecticut, and it’s NOT CCDL. See the video below.

Action Alert!!

Immediate action is needed! We NEED EVERYONE to contact your State Senator.


We need every member to flood the Senate with calls telling them to Vote NO on H.B. 5542 AN ACT CONCERNING BUMP STOCKS AND OTHER MEANS OF ENHANCING THE RATE OF FIRE OF A FIREARM.

Senate Democrats Office 1-800-842-1420

Senate Republicans Office 1-800-842-1421

Please also call the Senate Presidents now and urge them NOT to call H.B. 5542 AN ACT CONCERNING BUMP STOCKS AND OTHER MEANS OF ENHANCING THE RATE OF FIRE OF A FIREARM.

Senate President Looney 860-240-0375

Senate President Fassano 860-240-8871

Please take one extra minute to send your Senator a simple email asking them NOT to vote for H.B. 5542 AN ACT CONCERNING BUMP STOCKS AND OTHER MEANS OF ENHANCING THE RATE OF FIRE OF A FIREARM.

Dear Senator,
I’m your constituent and urge you to vote no on H.B. 5542 An Act Concerning Bump Stocks. This is just feel-good legislation that will not make anyone safer.

Please focus on our state’s real problems and seek solutions to stopping the financial bleeding in our state.

Thank you

[Your Name and Town]

House Votes To Ban “Rate Of Fire Enhancements”

Late last night the State House voted to ban bump stocks by a 114 to 35 vote. This bill still needs to pass the Senate and then be signed by the Governor before becoming law.  This bill would make possessing, using, or selling a bump stock, trigger crank, and other rate of fire enhancement devices in Connecticut a Class D Felony.  The House debate lasted over five hours. If your Representative is on the following list, please send them an email thanking them for their vote on H.B.5542 – AN ACT CONCERNING BUMP STOCKS, and for protecting our rights.

Representatives That Voted With Us:

Tim Ackert serving the 8th House District (Columbia, Coventry, Vernon & Tolland)

Emil “Buddy” Altobello serving 82nd House District (Meriden & Middlefield)

Sam Belsito serving the 53rd House District (Ashford, Willington & Tolland)

Whit Betts serving the 78th House District (Bristol, Plymouth &Terryville)

Vincent Candelora serving the 86th House District (Durham, Guilford, North Branford & Wallingford)

Jay Case serving the 63rd House District (Winchester, Colebrook, Goshen & Torrington)

Holly Cheeseman serving the 37th House District (East Lyme & Salem)

Anne Dauphinais serving the 44th House District (Killingly & Plainfield)

Doug Dubitsky serving the 47th House District (Canterbury, Chaplin, Franklin, Hampton, Lebanon, Lisbon, Norwich, Scotland and Sprague)

Will Duff serving the 2nd House District (Bethel, Danbury, Redding & Newtown)

Craig Fishbein serving the 90th House District (Cheshire & Wallingford)

Mike France serving the 42nd House District (Ledyard, Montville & Preston)

John Fusco serving the 81st House District (Southington)

Robin Green serving the 55th House District (Andover, Bolton, Hebron & Marlborough)

Carol Hall serving the 59th House District (East Windsor & Enfield)

Nicole Klarides-Ditria serving the 105th House District (Beacon Falls, Seymour & Derby)

Tim LeGeyt serving the 17th House District (Avon & Canton)

Ben McGorty serving the 122nd House District (Shelton, Stratford & Trumbull)

Cara Pavalock-D’Amato serving the 77th House District (Bristol)

Jason Perillo serving the 113th House District (Shelton)

Dr. William A. Petit serving the 22nd House District (Plainville & New Britain)

John Piscopo serving the 76th House District (Burlington, Harwinton, Litchfield & Thomaston)

Joe Polletta serving the 68th House District (Watertown, Oakville & Woodbury)

Daniel Rovero serving (Killingly, Putnam & Thompson)

Rob Sampson serving the 80th House District (Wolcott & Southington)

Bill Simanski serving the 62nd House District (Barkhamsted, Granby, Hartland & New Hartford)

Kevin Skulczyck serving the 45th House District (Griswold, Lisbon, Plainfield, Sterling & Voluntown)

Pam Staneski serving the 119th House District (Milford & Orange)

Greg Stokes serving the 58th House District (Enfield)

Scott Storms serving the 60th House District (Windsor & Windsor Locks)

Kurt Vail serving the 52nd House District (Somers & Stafford)

David Wilson serving the 66th House District (Bethlehem, Litchfield, Morris, Warren & Woodbury)

Tami Zawistowski serving the 61st House District (Suffield, East Granby & Windsor)

Melissa Ziobron serving the 34th House District (Colchester, East Haddam & East Hampton)

Lezlye Zupkus serving the 89th House District (Prospect, Cheshire & Bethany)



New Bills For March 15 *AND* a Public Hearing

There are four new gun bills for today.
All four have already been assigned a public hearing date. Here are the bills, followed by the public hearing information.

H.B. No. 5538 (RAISED) JUDICIARY. ‘AN ACT CONCERNING A NONEXPIRING AMMUNITION PERMIT’, to allow an option for a life-time ammunition permit.

H.B. No. 5539 (RAISED) JUDICIARY. ‘AN ACT CONCERNING FIREARMS IN STATE PARKS’, to permit persons to carry firearms in state parks.

H.B. No. 5540 (RAISED) JUDICIARY. ‘AN ACT CONCERNING GHOST GUNS AND THE PERMIT APPLICATION PROCESS’, to ban guns without serial numbers and regulate those which are sold in a form requiring the purchaser to finish assembly or that are homemade and to permit local authorities to interview immediate family members as part of a determination of an applicant’s suitability.

H.B. No. 5542 (RAISED) JUDICIARY. ‘AN ACT CONCERNING BUMP STOCKS AND OTHER MEANS OF ENHANCING THE RATE OF FIRE OF A FIREARM’, to ban the sale or transfer, possession, manufacturing or use of bump stocks or other accessories to increase the rate of fire of a firearm.

The Judiciary Committee will hold a public hearing on Friday, March 23, 2018 at the Legislative Office Building (LOB), 300 Capitol Ave, Hartford. Exact time and room number to be determined.

We need members to show up in force to show our support. The people opposed to our rights plan to be there in large numbers.

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 before the start of the hearing. Speakers arriving after the completion of the lottery will have their names placed at the end of the speaker list.

Please submit 50 copies of your written testimony to the committee staff before the hearing. Testimony received after the designated time may not be distributed until after the hearing.

It is also very helpful to email your written testimony in Word or PDF format to a day or two before the hearing. Many legislators prefer to read your testimony online. Be sure to send a copy of your written testimony to your State Senator and State Representative.

Judiciary Meeting Today To Propose Anti-Gun Bills

Today the Connecticut Judiciary Committee will be meeting to vote on what bill concepts to raise this legislative session. The meeting will take place immediately following a public hearing on unrelated matters.

On the Judiciary’s agenda for today are three gun related bill concepts;

  • An Act Concerning Bump Stocks

  • An Act Concerning Ghost Guns

  • An Act Concerning Open Carry

We do not have the bill numbers or language at this time. They’re just voting to raise the bill concepts for now. We won’t get the bill information until the committee actually votes to raise the concept and files it.

You can watch the hearing live starting at 10AM at:

Today’s meeting agenda can be found at:

Please note that because of the unpredictable length of a public hearing, we are unable to give an actual start time for the Judiciary Meeting.

Also, the hearing video is hosted on YouTube. If access to that happens to be blocked on your network, you can also try this link:

Press Release – Proposed Bump Stock Ban

For Immediate Release:

(Groton, CT) – The Connecticut Citizens Defense League (The state’s largest gun rights organization) issues the following statement in response to Governor Malloy’s 2018 bumpstock initiative.

Statement from CCDL President Scott Wilson:

“Lame duck Governor Malloy is not surprisingly going back to the well of gun control yet again, perhaps to distract from his poor approval ratings. It is key that the public be aware the legislation proposed today is simply feel good in nature. The devices in question that Malloy seeks to ban are not needed to replicate the rapid rate of fire. This effect can be easily accomplished by the use of a belt loop, a rubber band, or even just by holding a firearm a certain way. Moreover, the devices themselves can be easily made in a typical basement shop using everyday materials.”

“Connecticut already has a very punitive ban on the same types of firearms that were used in the Las Vegas mass murder, as well as a magazine capacity limitation to 10 rounds or less. This fact already renders devices such as bumpstocks mostly ineffective.”

“While these devices are not commonly owned by the vast majority of legal gun owners, we need to see the language of any bill that comes out to see if there are other ways legal gun owners might be impacted.”


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 30,000 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: