Meeting Minutes May 2010

7:07 Open meeting with Pledge of Allegiance


7:09 Agenda


7:10 Officer Report – President

Attended National 2nd Amendment March

Facilitated Executive meeting with agenda being Elections, Picnic, Fundraiser, Executive meeting scheduling, merchandise expansion

Contact New Haven weapons unit to clarify process. Person in charge expressed interest in working to comply with BPFE ruling


7:12 Officer Report – VP

Attended National March

Ordered another 2500 promo card. Has many for distribution

Assisted Joe Markley for Senate kick off party

Attended meeting at WLOPA. If you live near Wolcott, join WLOPA as it’s a supportive organization.

Contacted Dave Lyman of Blue Trail Range. WPLR hosting pig roast at Blue Trail on Aug. 7-8th. CCDL will be participating. Pig roast is only Saturday.

Discussion with Kathy Brown running for office out of District 89. Asked her to make Lenny an Admin on Facebook so he can invite all CCDL friends to her events.

Contacted Jason of the NW Sportsmen Association to get CCDL’s name out to the NW portion of CT.


7:15 Officer Report – Secretary

Submitted FOIA Request to Derby Police Department seeking more information on their compliance with firearms permit laws.


7:15 Officer Report – Treasurer Report

About $1000 in bank.


7:16 Coordinator Report – Membership

726 members signed up online. 26 new since last meeting.

If you visited gun shops contact Nick with when you visited and how many cards you left.


7:17 Events

Met with Nick and Hans from WLOPA to discuss fundraiser ideas. Heidi Voight ageed to be celebrity guest at event. Discussed raffle prizes at executive member. Need to get raffle permit.

Contacted shooting ranges for hosting legislative shoots.

Represented CCDL at April RTC and Joe Markley event.


7:19 Special Guest Speaker – Duffy Acevedo, candidate for Governor.

From Branford seeking GOP nomination for Governor.

7:25 Coordinator Report – Legislative

Launching plan for 2010 election cycle.

Looking for volunteers who have experience working with campaigns to be District Election Coordinators.

After CCDL sent out a request for volunteers there were some interested people, but none who had the time to step up to the level of DEC.

Need help from Fairfield County, Hartford Area, etc.

Working with Atty. Craig Fishbein to vet candidates.


7:31 Coordinator Report – Merchandise

Website has generated 3 orders totaling $75 profit.

This month total revenue before meeting about $86.

Attended Joe Markley event. Encourages general membership to show up at pro-2A candidate events.

Attended impromptu meeting at WLOPA.

Searching for new merchandise supplier to take care of all of our merchandise needs.

Need ideas for new types of merchandise.


7:35 Open forum

James Goldberg was arrested because no one had the courage to stand up to the state and fight to make the law known. September of 2007 BPFE removes “mature judgement” from website because there was no basis in law. BPFE is a friend of the firearms community. They are very aware of CCDL. Courant wants to stir legislators into mandating concealment. A question was submitted to BPFE, “Can Appellants before BPFE have advocates assist in their appeal in addition to a lawyer?” Question is in front of AG’s office. Visit for good information.

Bridgeport cleaned up their backlog permits.

Permits are not exempt from FOIA request.

NRA certificates do not expire.

McDonald will be decided in 5-6.5 weeks.

Without permit to carry, a pistol or revolver can be transported to and from a range for self practice.

No statutory authority for towns to remove your permit from your possession.

From DPS, turn around time on fingerprints from 1-2 weeks. Some individual submissions may take longer but is due to specific conditions of the particular individual.

CCDL is looking into why pro-2A legislators voted for a bill that would eliminate BPFE. It appears they were looking at a number of other line items, but has not been confirmed.

RI Oath Keeps in supporting 2A March secured a couple of training sessions (1person 4day, 2person 2day) at $200 for a $2000 package.


8:04 Break


8:16 Old Business


8:17 New Business – Proposal to discuss Annual Picnic

Major components down. Grill in production and place booked.

Need volunteers to help with all aspects of running this event. Contact Cheryl at to volunteer.

Picnic August 14th, 11-4 at Booth Memorial Park in Stratford. Same place as last year. This is an open carry event.

Fun and games/family event. No political candidates speaking, but they may show up.

August 21st will be fund raiser at Wolcott Land Owners Protective Assoc. More details to be worked out later.


8:21 WPLA/Blue Trail event

Lenny waiting for call back from Bill from WPLR for more information.

CCDL should have a table at event. If anyone wants to help out, contact Phil C.


8:23 Election Coordination

District Election Coordinator (DEC) work is similar to working on a political campaign.

Republican Convention is soon, Democratic Convention to happen after that.

Have a “vetting” process that is more open ended than NRA/CCS questionnaires. Designed to get more information from candidates to allow us to gauge their knowledge/views on various pro-2A topics. Approximately 12 questions.

We have an idea for some candidates CCDL will be supporting already. Other offices need to wait and see.

Atty. Fishbein will help Steve L. in vetting candidates.

Looking for people who will step up and “do stuff” during the campaign. People who will show up at debates and bring supporters, work with other similarly aligned groups, people who aren’t going to be afraid to put in an hour after work at a phone bank, helping to distribute literature, walking door-to-door with a candidate, getting the word out to shooting friends/collegues, etc. Our biggest hurdle is apathy.

Need people to cover greater Hartford, eastern CT, NW CT. Have people in mind for greater New Haven and Fairfield.

Need to get more pro-2A people elected. E-mail Steve at to get involved.


8:35 Gun Shop visits

Need help getting cards and contacts at gun shops.

Some of us aren’t in a position to put a huge amount of effort into helping CCDL, but can “get their toe wet” by going to a gun shop and spreading the word.

We’re not reaching all of the gun shops in the state.

Suggestion to spend a little bit of money to get access to a business database with information on gun shops.

Suggestion to put out a list of gun shops that we’re missing to get people out to the shop.

Some place need to be restocked with cards once a week, others once a month.

Training available for anyone willing to visit gun shops as a representative.

Even if we’re not happy with a shop, we can’t give up on them.

Nick has working list of gun shops.


8:52 Other items

WLOPA is having a breast cancer shoot July 17th. To be advertised on CCDL website and will get in next e-mail going out.

General meetings held 3rd Tuesday of every month at Booth Memorial Park, Stratford Gun Collectors. Historical guns, show-and-tell’s. Open to general public. Picnic on 3rd Tuesday of June at Booth Memorial Park.


8:56 Close of meeting.