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


CCDL 2013 Year End Address

 “Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience”.– C.S. Lewis


2013 has been the toughest of years for Connecticut gun owners. Though this has been a difficult year, I have been inspired from all that have helped to defend our rights.

From the beginning of the year, the odds were that we were not going to get out unscathed by legislative action.  Still, in spite of the odds, CCDL members dug in to try and stop the proposed anti-gun legislation. Though we were not able to stop Public Act 13-3 from becoming law, I wholeheartedly believe that we did force legislators to take other Bills off the table prior to its passage.

Growth- CCDL Grew exponentially this past year. We had 2,499 members on December 14th 2012, and as of December of this year, we have nearly 11,000 members. Many of our new members joined during the peak frenzy of the aftermath of Sandy Hook. Many had more questions that no one knew the answers to yet.  I sincerely appreciate the patience and understanding by all during that particular time period. The executives that are charged with running and maintaining the organization received hundreds of emails a day. Somehow we managed to navigate through the chaos and uncertainty that came along with our growth.

Activism- After witnessing the extremely large turnout at our general meetings post Sandy Hook which includes rallies, public hearings, lobby day and also the many fundraisers across the state, I am humbled by the showing and the effort of those that became involved. This is a task that was not made easy for many. The overwhelming majority of our members have busy lives which include work, family, and other priorities. Still the fact remains that if we do not involve ourselves in matters such as 2nd Amendment rights, others that care to destroy our rights will still be out there. .

Litigation- CCDL has joined with other plaintiffs in legal action (Shew v. Malloy) for the purpose to overturn Public Act 13-3. Working with other groups that include the NRA has been a tremendous effort thus far, and one that we are proud of.

Donations from numerous gun clubs, shooting leagues, gun stores and gun ranges from everywhere in the State has helped immensely. CCDL is extremely appreciative of these donations and support. Donations from CCDL members have proven invaluable, and without them, the legal challenge might ultimately fail.


Closing- We look forward to oral arguments on January 30th of 2014 in Federal court.

Renew your spirits for the New Year is nearly upon us. We are in for a hell of a fight in the coming days and weeks beyond.

On behalf of the Executive Committee of CCDL, We thank all you for everything that our members have done this past year. Please stand with us 2014!

Happy New Year to All of Our Members!

Scott Wilson
President- CCDL

 Carry On!