Permit Issues

Permit Issues, Suitability Study

Every month at CCDL meetings, we find that there are people having a difficult time getting their CT pistol permit.
The process should be rather simple:

Obtain training:  NRA or other “state approved” basic pistol safety training
Fill out state application:  complete and notarized document
Notify local issuing authority: PD or first selectman.

This is often where the difficulties comes in.

Many local issuing authorities are asking for additional information that is not required per the State of Connecticut to obtain your permit.  We’ve seen some local issuing authorities, go so far as to ask for skin color, handicap information, medical information, dental information, credit data, three letters of reference, etc.  All of this is NOT required per the State and is just a barrier for those that want to maintain a certain amount of privacy and still obtain a permit.

CCDL Member E. Jonathan Hardy, a certified NRA Pistol Instructor, has had enough with local issuing authorities and their requests for personal information that are not required per the state, and started a statewide study in order to end suitability requirements for the State of Connecticut. 

This is indeed a lofty goal, but the data we obtain from the study is useful (and has been so far) to many of our elected representatives that are “second amendment friendly”.  We’ve also used this data to notify the CT Board of Firearms Permit Examiners of towns requiring more than the state requires.
This helps the board by making them aware of local issuing authority issues before their (BoFPE) calendar gets backed up to what used to be (almost two years to get an appeal hearing!).

All we are looking for is a copy of the paperwork that is being handed out to prospective pistol permit applicants from all 169 towns in CT.
We are then taking this data and using it to demonstrate the many variances throughout the state as far as what is being asked for.

Please, go to and see for yourself .
There is a “town by town” page where you can look and see if we have your towns required paperwork.
If we do not, please obtain a copy from your local issuing authority and email it or mail it to us via regular postal mail.

Information is kept confidential and we are very grateful for any submissions we receive.

FYI:  The town by town page will be updated by May 27th.  Check back then to see if we have your towns information.




Firearms Rights Group CCDL Collecting Canned Goods for Needy

May 11, 2011 (Groton, CT) – Popular Connecticut gun rights organization the Connecticut Citizens Defense League (CCDL) is now collecting canned goods at all of their meetings and events. Donations will be given to the Bridgeport Rescue Mission and St. Johns Church in Sandy Hook. Scott Wilson, president of the volunteer organization, says “Community action has always been a part of our mission, we don’t want to be seen as a group that only cares about guns. Firearms are just one part of the equation that represents individual liberty, and a lot of individuals have lost much of what they’ve spent their lives trying to build. Helping others is a moral imperative for us, just as we promote firearms ownership to lower the crime rate and keep the good guys safe.” The CCDL holds regular meetings at 7:00 p.m. on the second Tuesday of every month at the Middletown Elks Lodge. Meetings are open to everyone but come early as seats fill up quickly.


For more information visit

Image attached, caption: CCDL Members at their 2nd Annual Picnic



Meeting Minutes May 2011

7:07 PM 5/10/2011
Scott opens meeting with pledge and introduction

7:09 PM 5/10/2011
President’s Report

Communicated with legislators and candidates

7:10 PM 5/10/2011
Vice President’s Report
CCDL will now be collecting non-perishable food items for donation at all of our events. As of now, donations will be donated to Bridgeport Rescue Mission and St. John’s Church in Sandy Hook.

7:11 PM 5/10/2011
Secretary’s Report
Nothing to report

7:11 PM 5/10/2011
Acting Treasurer’s Report
Completed review of all Treasury issues for January through April of 2011.
Anniversary dinner took in 1800, cost 1967.
Received t-shirt order from the president. inventoried and sorted the order and gave to merch. coordinator
Ordered 5000 CCDL business cards

7:14 PM 5/10/2011
Technology Coordinator’s Report
Made paypal transfer to bank account.
James was able to ship all outstanding orders.
Helped with inventory
General maintenance on website, members list, and sending e-mails.
Will be updating Facebook group to a Facebook page soon.

7:15 PM 5/10/2011
Membership Coordinator’s Report
Shipped out all outstanding orders.

7:15 PM 5/10/2011
Merchandise Coordinator’s Report
Ran table at Ye CT Gun Guild gun show
Printed out brochures.
94 new members this month. Total of 1545 members.

7:17 PM 5/10/2011
Open Forum – (Comments, questions and announcements from members, not necessarily CCDL Endorsed)
Ed Peruta circulated the idea of creating a legal defense fund. CCDL wanted to take it under advisement and he would like to know what happened with that. There are approximately 8 important gun cases in CT or coming up in CT. Ed would like CCDL to make a donation to one of the gun attorneys. Ed would also like an accounting of all revenue generated and where it has been used. Would also like an e-mail sent out to members asking who would be interested in someone creating a Legal Defense Fund.
Under current registration and structuring with the state we cannot legally do what he’s asking. The Executive Board will be discussing the issue with an attorney.
At This meeting, Ed Peruta asked to be taken off of the membership status of CCDL , he was then removed as a member from the database by our technology coordinator , per the direction of CCDL President Scott Wilson to honor his request.  
Thursday in Poquonok President of John Birch Society is coming to CT.
Stewart Rhodes, founder of Oath Keeper, is coming to CT to speak as well.
Tax Day Rally on the 15th was very lively and had a significant number of CT Republican representatives there promising not to vote for any tax increases. And every single republican voted against it. Unfortunately it passed anyway.
Suggestion from new member: tries to get information from small towns. People can join and post events going on in the towns and articles. You should check it out to keep the political spectrum even. (It’s and offshoot of the Huffington Post)
Stratford Gun Collector’s is raffling off a Mauser among other things. May 21st running a bus to the Indian Motorcycle Museum leaving at 8am from Booth Memorial Park. $35/per person including bus there and back. Payments must be made by May 17th. Contact Jeff – This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

7:36 PM 5/10/2011
Jonathan H.
Gave some information from the town carry requirements which was used in Hartford.
A little over 30 of 186 towns
Especially ‘shady’ towns: Hartford (claiming they don’t have staff to handle paperwork), East Hartford (giving telephone run around when inquiring about application)
The Board of Firearm Permit Examiners is doing their best to keep on top of the backlog.
Board has said towns can’t charge extra for fingerprinting.
If you experience any delay or run around from the towns, call the Board immediately.
All this information is on
Brochures are going good. If you’re friends with Jonathan H. on Facebook and you see he was at Hoffman’s the day or two before you and you’re at Hoffman’s let him know if

7:55 PM 5/10/2011

8:07 PM 5/10/2011
Old Business

8:09 PM 5/10/2011
Legislative Overview
967 – Died in committee
547 – Died in committee
1017 – still alive and in committee. (Call legislators to tell them to oppose the bill or at least remove BPFE from becoming part of DPS. Either is acceptable)
1096 – Illegal possession of ammunition alive on Senate calendar
1227 – Children who illegally possess firearms alive on Senate calendar
998 – (gun offender registry) alive on Senate calendar
6158 – Minor changes to land revolver statutes – still alive on House calendar
6376 – bound book requirement – alive on House calendar
6490 – give someone who has been barred from owning firearms due to mental illness an appeal process for regaining their rights as required by federal law is alive and on House calendar.

8:19 PM 5/10/2011
CCDL Family Picnic
Stratford Park & Rec. Dept. will be open on Memorial Day. We can get the permit at that time.
Contact Cheryl if you are interested in helping plan the event – This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

8:21 Meeting Closed


Meeting Minutes Apr 2011

7:05 PM 4/12/2011

Scott opens meeting with pledge and introduction


7:09 PM 4/12/2011

President’s Report

Testified against SB 1094 Act banning ‘large capacity’ magazines

Booked taping for television show on local access

Attended CCDL anniversary dinner

Communicated with legislators on various bills

Received material from outgoing Treasurer and passed it to VP who will be filling in.


7:12 PM 4/12/2011

Vice President’s Report

Testified against SB 1094 Act banning ‘large capacity’ magazines

Attended Anniversary Dinner on April 2nd

Now a member of the NW CT Sportsman Council


7:14 PM 4/12/20115

Secretary’s Report

Attended hearing on SB 1094 and submitted written testimony but was unable to stay long enough to be called upon.

Attended the Anniversary Dinner


7:14 PM 4/12/2011

Acting Treasurer’s Report

Supplied Secretary with spreadsheets for November/December 2010 to complete taxes

Deposited $1136 cash that was collected at the Anniversary dinner. Books for this event have yet to be balanced (still waiting on receipts) Total cost to be reported next month.

Balance as of 4/7 was 7435, but doesn’t include paypal deposits.

Received inventory list from new Merch. Coordinator. Requested an order in that was forwarded to the president for order placement.


7:16 PM 4/12/2011

Membership Coordinator’s Report

1458 members. 175 new in past month.

Final preperations for Ye CT Gun Guild gun show.

Attended anniversary dinner and testified on SB 1094.


7:18 PM 4/12/2011

Events Coordinator’s Report

Submitted written testimony

Setup and put on the anniversary dinner

Everyone who was shooting at the club was safe and well-mannered. We were welcomed back.

Photos sent to Tech coordinator for website.

Video for the dinner is uploading to internet and will be posted to website soon.


7:20 PM 4/12/2011

Technology Coordinator’s Report

Transferred money from paypal to bank account.

Getting online purchases cleared out.

General maintenance on members database.

Sent out e-mails and renewed domain

Submitted written testimony

Set up new Merch. Coordinator with e-mail/paypal/etc.


7:21 PM 4/12/2011

Registered Agent’s Report

Submitted written testimony

Made copies of all registration documents for VP.


7:22 PM 4/12/2011

Merchandise Coordinator’s Report

Some inventory left, but trying to get more to cover orders.

Submitted written testimony on 1094


7:23 PM 4/12/2011

Open Forum – (Comments, questions and announcements from members, not necessarily CCDL Endorsed)

One member wants to focus our efforts on “trouble maker” lawmakers. Fundraising effort to support their opponents.

– Candidates we want to support need people willing to get out there on the streets helping candidates out in any way

Having such a large presence at the hearing had a big effect on the legislators. If every gun club was as involved as some we could have filled not only the room, but the lobby. Even some not really pro-2A legislators were persuaded by the hearing. For legislators who were there, the hearing had a huge impact. They have to report it out of committee by the end of the week. Otherwise it would have to be brought up as an amendment to another bill on the floor.

We need to get involved. It’s hard to find people now adays willing to do that. Legislators are getting back to people who write e-mails. There is a good reason to have open-carry in our state. It’s not just for city dwellers.

Committment from one sportsment club to have legislators come and learn handgun safety at their range. Other clubs should do the same.

Rich B. going forward on case where he was arrested for open-carrying at the pool hall. Rachel Baird will be the attorney(


7:44 PM 4/12/2011



7:57 PM 4/12/2011

Gun Bill update

SB 1094 banning standard capacity magazines has until Friday to get out of committee. If not, it dies in committee, but can still be amended onto another bill. Keep contacting your legislators and get your friends to do the same. If your legislator has respond, thank them even if they didn’t agree with your position.

HB 5800 – gun registration – died in committee. Can still come back as a

SB 42 – Range safety – died in committee. Probably won’t be brought back up this session.

SB 1017 – Merging the Board of Firearms Permit Examiners into DPS – Voted out of committee. Now in committee for General Law.

SB 1096 – Criminal possession of ammo – unknown today. results should be up tomorrow.

SB 547 – Definition of Assault Weapon – looks like they stripped out language for C&R licensees.

SB 5263 – Pistol Permits by Mail – Moving along, thought it looks like they upped the price of the permit in the process

Amy will be happy to take questions on bills or the legislative process – oldshotgun [at] live [dot] com


8:15 PM 4/12/2011

Gun Shop Visits

We’ve got a new volunteer who’s been driving around to gun shops promoting CCDL. Trying to convince them to promote us.

We should leverage any members who are also members of gun clubs to try and get a presentation made at their clubs promoting CCDL and showing them who we are.

“We’re not using the first amendment properly because we’re losing our second amendment rights.” is the message he’s going to be pushing.

Share pro- and anti-2A stories from around the country with anyone in the state. The more information we have, the better we will be able to protect our rights.

He’s working on his own, but could use help.


8:27 PM 4/12/2011

Ye CT Gun Guild gun show

At Elks Lodge in Widnsor: Sat 9-4, Sun 9-2.

Contact Jeff if you can volunteer:


8:30 PM 4/12/2011


Permit for picnic can’t be gotten until Memorial Day when the office opens.

Talk of another raffle or fundraiser, but we need to discuss with the attorney.


8:31 PM 4/12/2011

Jonathan H.

Represented gun owners while Channel 3 got some footage for a new story.

Brochure’s are now at Wolf’s.

Hoffman’s is blowing through 70-100 brochure a day.

Instructors should put the Brochures in the packet.

Suitability study

-Looking for permit applications/instructions from all 169 towns and cities in the state.

-If you can, go to the town and get an application even if you don’t need your permit and forward it to

-Need information from good towns and bad. Even if they don’t require any additional information, send in the data.

-If they’re only verbally telling you they require additional information or the process will take 3+ months, etc., let jonathan know as well.

-Jonathan’s website is

Every time someong appeals to the BPFE, the State’s attorney (DPS staff member) is submitting an objection every time Peter Kuck is involved with a case.


8:44 PM 4/12/2011

Tax Day Tea Party

April 15th, from 12-2pm there will be a rally at the State Capitol.


8:47 PM 4/12/2011

Close of meeting