Meeting Minutes Jul 2011

7:06 PM 7/12/2011
Opening of meeting and introduction

7:10 PM 7/12/2011
Executive Report – President
Held exec. meeting on June 29. Items covered: annual picnic, reviewed by-laws, WPLR pig roast, possibility of new coordinator position for permit issues.
Communicated with SAF on
Reviewed opinoins of our attorney and recommendations for direction of CCDL to legally be most effective
Nominated and voted in a new treasurer.
Proposed that we endorse Jerry Labriola for CT GOP chairman.

7:12 PM 7/12/2011
Executive Report – Vice President
Attended executive member meeting
Attended gun range protest at Sprague Elementary in Waterbury. Only pro-2a person there and served as an ‘expert’ on the issue for news organizations.

7:14 PM 7/12/2011
Executive Report – Treasurer
Deposited 174 from Donations and merch from last meeting
Put together banking info for new treasurer
Jeff Harric, a member of the forum CTSHOOTING.COM, put together some decals to advertise the forum. He sold them to memebers fo rht eofrum and donated the money from the sales to CCDL. So far he has donated $158. CCDL will be sending him a CCDL t-shirt in appreciation.

7:16 PM 7/12/2011
Executive Report – Secretary
Attended executive member meeting
Made changes to the by-laws as discussed in that meeting

7:17 PM 7/12/2011
Coordinator Report – Membership
1629 members. 41 new this month including his wife who was previously anti-gun
Worked with Tech. Coordinator to clean up member list
Attended exec. meeting
Dropped of brochures at BMG

7:18 PM 7/12/2011
Coordinator Report – PR
Wrote endorsement for Jerry Labriola
Wrote SAF press release
Responded to gun related question from NH Advocate reporter

7:19 PM 7/12/2011
Coordinator Report – Events
Attended exec. meeting
Worked on picnic details

7:19 PM 7/12/2011
Coordinator Report – Technology
Transfered money from paypal
Updated member database
Sent out e-mails
Updated facebook and website.

7:20 PM 7/12/2011
Coordinator Report – Merchandise
Inventory has been taken.
Working on new vendor for t-shirts for faster service.
Working on merchandise for summer events

7:20 PM 7/12/2011
Open Forum
Jonathan H. is collecting town paperwork for permits to carry. Trying to gather all information to point out issues with a town’s process. The last two months a lot of people have been thinking permits to carry is a privilege when it should be a right. BFPE hearing is next Thursday. They’re under new ‘ownership’ within the state, but still holding meetings at DPS. Woodbridge is making people sign ‘hold harmless’ agreements where they can go to your employer and ask about you and you can’t sue the town if you get fired as a result of that inquiry. If anyone doesn’t feel comfortable signing the paperwork, bring it in, let it get denied and immediately file an appeal with the board. Board is very good about overturning denials based solely on paperwork issues.
It appears that you can’t open carry on the MTA, at least according to one conductor and the interpretive policy.

7:27 PM 7/12/2011

7:42 PM 7/12/2011
Special Guest – Daria Novak – Candidate for 2nd US Congressional District

7:46 PM 7/12/2011
Special Guest – Len Suzio – State Senator 13th District

8:00 PM 7/12/2011
Special Guest – Christopher Coutu – State Representative, 47th Assembly District – Candidate for 2nd US Congressional District

8:17 PM 7/12/2011
Old Business

8:19 PM 7/12/2011
Gun shop activism
We lost our previous distributor. Is anyone able to take brochures/cards and deliver them to gun shops? Contact PM 7/12/2011
Media Blitz on Project Gun Walker
We need to make media aware of CT’s Washington delegation who have not signed on against Project Gunwalker.
PR coordinator to work on something
Amy S. to also work with our delegation in DC on the subject.


8:22 PM 7/12/2011
August Picnic
3rd Annual CCDL Family picnic will be held on Saturday, August 27th from 11-4 is free and open to the public. Boothe Memorial Park in Stratford, CT at the same pavillion as previous years.
All lawful methods of carry are welcome. No alcohol allowed.
CCDL will provide hot dogs/hamburgers/drinks. Asking for people to bring salads/chips/desserts and please let Cheryl know by e-mailing so she can coordinate.
If you’d like to commit to help setup/clean up/cooking/contributing raffle or food item/ contact Cheryl at
Games and family fun will be had.

8:29 PM 7/12/2011
Project Gun Walker
Two good sites to go to for a huge amount of information on Project Gun Walker:

8:43 PM 7/12/2011
Close of meeting


Meeting Minutes Jun 2011

Opening of meeting and introduction

Executive Reports – President
Attended OathKeepers meeting where Stuart Rhodes was the speaker
Worked with Amy
Worked with Republican legislators work on laguage regarding moving the BPFE into another department
Met with attorney to discuss possible restructuring

Executive Reports – Vice President
Attended meeting with Attorney

Executive Reports – Treasurer
Refund of $62.50 overpayment received from caterer.
Donations from the Ye Connecticut Gun Guild gun show finally received

Executive Reports – Secretary
Attended meeting with Attorney

Coordinator Reports – Membership, Events
Not Present

Coordinator Reports – Tech
Upgraded Facebook group and create Facebook page for CCDL.
Posted articles to website and sent emails to members.

Coordinator Reports – PR
Wrote press reelase about joining the Second Amendment Foundation’s Amicus Curie

Coordinator Reports – Registers Agent
Reserved picnic area for Augest 27th

Coordinator Reports – Merchandise
Currenting filling back orders
Getting car vynals

Legislative Update with Amy S.
Possible the most gun-related bills brought up in a long time
Huge turnout at multiple hearing on multiple bills in multiple committees. This posed a problem with mobilizing our members but we did well.
Legislation was changed as a direct result of CCDL member comments.
Passed 5263 – Permit renewal by mail. Had 26 co-sponsors, but where added only AFTER it received much positive testimony from citizens
Thank your legislators who signed on
Prices do not get raised as a result and this goes into effect in October.
Passed – Federal Firearm Relief Bill (Federal mandate to provide path for those committed by a court to a mental health facility to restore their 2nd amendment rights)
Passed – 6581 – This was a DMV bill allowing an exemption of motor vehicle inspectors from having to get permits to carry in order to carry a firearm while on duty.
Passed 6629 – domestic violence bill – changes process for siezing firearms from those already prohibited
Passed 1017 (which became another bill number. Unsure of new number) BPFE moving to Office of (unclear) Accountability. Not merging with DPS.
Now that bills have been passed it will take time for them to come into effect and regulations to be written.
Special session is coming in fall, so we need to be watchful.
Good time to meet with ligislators since they’re not as busy with current legislation. Tell them what wrong with the system.
967 was killed in committee. Could not get it passed as an amendment either.
Any legislator introducing pro-gun legislation or ammedments – thank them.
Ammunition bill probably failed but unknown if it was attached to anything else.
Assault weapon ban fight coming to federal level again.

7:43 Membership
30 new member this month.
1583 total

7:44 Open forum
US Concealed Carry Association provides insurance policy in case you are in a situation where you need to defend yourself. Different levels depending on level of membership. Covers cibil and criminal cases. NRA has a similar program.
Does CCDL have any kind of relationship with NRA or GOA? We’ve talked, also talked with SAF about court case. NRA is in the loop on CT issues, but we don’t know how far that information is going.
Estelle from We The People of CT, Inc. It’s a CT lobby group for the consitutiont. Non-partisan lobbying organization looking for 175,000 people to join. Also looking for Citizen Constitution monitors to keep track of subjects of legislation/legislators and notify group to address it. Membership is $25/year.

8:07 Break

8:18 Special Guest Daria Novak

8:34 Pistol Permit Issues
Info on towns – if no ling for your town or one near you, please get an application and send it, along with any additional requirements/notes to Jonathan.
2×2 photo is only for non-residents. You do not need it for a resident permit.
Some towns are saying that the NRA basic pistol certificate has a 1 year expiration. It does not.
Woodbridge/West Hartford/Norwalk all want a hold harmless agreement signed allowing them to talk to your employer and preventing you from suing you if your employer fires you as a result of that discussion.
68% of permit revocations/denials are overturned.
Should look for a way to have records expunged after some period of time.
No stop-gap measure for when bourd overturns and police-chief will won’t issue. Board has to take chief to court.

8:59 Picnic
Will be held Saturday August 27th at Boothe Memorial Park in Stratford.
Times TBD, but similar to previous years

9:00 Amicus Brief
CCDL signed onto an Amicus Brief with the Second Amendment Foundation.
Information linked on our website.

9:02 New London
No new information on concealed carry ban. Not a lot of cooperation with town manager.

9:03 Close of meeting