7:04 PM 3/8/2011
Scott opens meeting and introductions
7:09 PM 3/8/2011
Worked a booth at the Hunting and Fishing show
Testified in Hartford on gun related bills
Nomintated and voted in new merchandise coordinator
Found a new gun shop coordinator
Worked with e-members to finalize details for Anniversary dinner at WLOPA
Contacted New London town manager about concealed carry ban and submitted a proposal to change the law
7:10 PM 3/8/2011
Attended 2 legislative sessions to give testimony against anti-gun bills and submitted written testimony on behalf of others.
7:11 PM 3/8/2011
Voted in new merchandise coordinator
Wrote testimony for on of the anti-gun bills
7:12 PM 3/8/2011
151 new member this month. Total of 1278 members
Finalized and ran H&F show. 15 volunteers over the course of 3 days.
– 100+ new members just from that show
Helped Technology coordinator clean up membership database
Printed 3000 Is That Legal pamphlets.
Went to first legislative session and wrote testimony for the second.
Trying to get info to get booth at YCGG gun show
7:15 PM 3/8/2011
Staffed Hunting and Fishing expo booth
Took in $411 last meeting.
Took in $623 total last month.
Began negotiations with new merch. vendor. Fast, easy, less expensive merchendise.
Will work with new merch. coordinator.
Booked caterer for our anniversary dinner.
7:17 PM 3/8/2011
Finalized details for 2nd annual dinner to be held April 2nd at Wolcott Land Owners Protective Association
Met with WLOPA board to discuss the details.
Represented CCDL at WLOPA meeting to discuss testifying in Hartford
Received tickets for our 2 tables at the Friends of NRA dinner.
7:18 PM 3/8/2011
Transferred money from paypal to CCDL bank account (donations and orders)
Updated members database
Updated website and featured sponsored
Went to Hartford to testify on gun bills.
7:21 PM 3/8/2011
Submitted testimony for one of the legislative sessions
Spent 2 days at H&F expo working booth
Trying to find a way to submit PSAs to broadcasters
7:22 PM 3/8/2011
Open forum – (Comments, questions and announcements from members, not necessarily CCDL endorsed)
On April 15th from 10a-2p, there will be a Tax Day rally. Looking for help with security. Martha Dean, Len Suzio, Joe Markley, will all be speakers. There will be an open mike slot.
Oath Keeper meeting is in Southington at the Police Station(69 Lazy Lane) on March 23rd
Jonathan, a CCDL member, is looking for Permit to Carry paperwork from Towns to keep track of what towns are requiring additional information than is allowed by law. If you have information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
7:32 PM 3/8/2011
7:47 PM 3/8/2011
Call to order
7:48 PM 3/8/2011
7:49 PM 3/8/2011
Friends of NRA Dinner
March 18th at 6pm at the Aqua Turf in Southington.
As of the meeting 4 tickets at the CCDL table were left for $60/ticket.
7:50 PM 3/8/2011
April 2nd @ 6pm at Wolcott Land Owners Protective Association. Please notify email@example.com if you are planning on attending. We need a head count for the caterer.
Pistol and Rifle ranges will be open to CCDL members for the day.
Trap and skeet fields are open from 10-2
Pistol range is open from 10-sundown
Rifle range is open from 2-sundown
$10 donation at the door to get in
Fun, games and merchandice merchandise.
Family friendly event.
Cash bar available. Because alcohol is being served WLOPA’s insurance prohibits the carrying of firearms inside the clubhouse.
WLOPA is located at 920 Woodtick Road in Wolcott, CT. If you are using a GPS, make a right and not a left on woodtick.
WLOPA’s phone number is 203-879-9976
Applications to join WLOPA will be available. Memberships are offered at a pro-rated rate due to it being so far into their financial year. Smoking is allowed in the bar.
7:55 PM 3/8/2011
Testifying at Hartford
Historically, gun owners in CT have not been particularly involved.
It’s critically important to get out to meet the legislature and voice your concerns.
Legislators are often not familiar with guns. We need to be the people they go to to ask questions and get the real facts about guns.
A bill is proposed. It goes to committee. The committee holds a public hearing on the bill, then vote on it and either let it out of committee or it dies in committee. After is leaves the committee it can go to the floor or to another committee. A second public hearing will not be heard (except if it’s by the appropriations committee, which is the exception)
Changes can be made to bills until June 8th when the session ends.
This is all something you can do.
You don’t need to be an expert on anything to testify. All you need to do is get up and introduce yourself, where you’re from and tell them you either support or don’t support their bill.
What can you do to be effective:
Contact your own legislators first. Go to cga.ct.gov, or town hall, to find out who your legislators are. Links are available on the CCDL website as well.
Public hearings are announced minimum 5 days before the hearing.
If you can’t show up to the legislative sessions in person to submit testimony, written testimony can be submitted.
Get all your friends to do the same thing. We need people to get involved in ALL gun issues even if you don’t think it applies to you.
If legislators do something you support, send them a note of thank you. They get yelled at all day long, they will remember some kind words.
How to write testimony:
Always use the bill number and title at the top
State up front whether you support or oppose it
Make testimony short and to the point
Include your name and town at a minimum
Include contact information if you feel comfortable receiving a follow up
Most committees don’t accept e-mail testimony. You have to mail it ahead of time (usually 40 copies) or have someone who is going hand it in for you.
Bills to watch this legislative session:
SB 42 – AN ACT CONCERNING GUN SAFETY STANDARDS FOR FIRING RANGES
HB 5800 – AN ACT REQUIRING REGISTRATION OF ALL FIREARMS
SB 1094 – High cap mag ban (If this bill passes and you have not turned in all your magazines that can hold more than 10 rounds by July 1st, you can be charged with a Class D felony. There is no grandfather clause.)
Things to remember when interacting with legislators:
Don’t be hostile to legislators.
Don’t show up in camo or hunting gear. Dress NICELY. (Shrit/Ties are preferred)
Very important for women to go an testify as well.
Legislators have a poor image of gun owners. We need to present ourselves professionally.
Be polite and helpful.
DO NOT make up statistics. Have the facts (and sources) to back up your claims.
How to testify:
Show up at hartford.
Sign up for a speaking slot.
Wait for your name to be called.
Everyone gets 3 minutes to speak except legislators. They are not bound by a time limit.
If you can engage a legislator during your testimony, they might prompt you with questions that can extend your time.
8:43 PM 3/8/2011
Close of meeting