2012 2A Rally Press Release

CCDL Sponsors Second Amendment Rally at Hartford Capitol on April 28th

Groton, CT – March 16, 2012… The Connecticut Citizens Defense League (CCDL), the state’s largest grassroots firearms rights advocacy group, is once again sponsoring a rally in support of the second amendment. This year the popular event will take place on the south side of the majestic Hartford capitol building grounds, beginning at noon on Saturday, April 28th and running through 3:00 p.m. The event features prominent speakers on gun rights, live music, as well as plenty of information on firearms training and licensing here in Connecticut.

“We look forward to the rally being even bigger this year, and continuing the growth we have seen in years past.” says CCDL’s 2nd Amendment Rally Coordinator Eric Sudarsky. “It is wonderful to see how much awareness of our rights as citizens has grown since the CCDL was founded just a few short years ago, and the support we get from the community at events like this is outstanding. The growth of the second amendment rally mirrors that of the CCDL itself, and it is through community involvement that we have been able to accomplish our goal of seeing no new anti-gun legislation passed since our founding.”

The Second Amendment Rally welcomes the public, CCDL members and non-members alike. We have had the good luck of excellent weather in the past, and hope to continue the streak this year. Parking is readily available near the capitol grounds. Please make sure to bring some water for yourself, and as usual be respectful of the capitol grounds and pack out what you pack in. We pride ourselves on an untarnished record of friendly rallies that leave the capitol better than we found it. For more information on the rally or the CCDL, please visit

Note: While we have recently verified with the capitol police that firearms are permitted on capitol grounds, it is against the law in the state of Connecticut to possess a gun either in the capitol building itself or on the grounds of adjoining Bushnell park. If you choose to attend the rally armed, make sure to stay on the paved area so you do not risk losing your permit or worse.


About the Connecticut Citizens Defense League
The Connecticut Citizens Defense League is a non-partisan, grassroots organization devoted to advocating rights affirmed by the Constitutions of the United States of America and the State of Connecticut. We are especially dedicated to protecting the unalienable right of all citizens to keep and bear arms, for the defense of both self and state, through public enlightenment and legislative action.

We welcome anyone who believes that the defense of our constitutional rights is critical to the longevity of our freedom and to the success of this nation, and in particular that the rights to self defense and to keep and bear the arms to actualize that defense, are fundamental and undeniable.

For a photograph of last year’s rally, please visit:


Bennett Prescott
Public Relations Coordinator


Meeting Minutes Jan 2012

Open meeting with pledge and introduction

Executive Report – President
Coordinated the Executive member Meeting (Topics discussed: Hunting and Fishing show, Shall-Issue Campaign, NRA Banquet, Anniversary dinner)
Communicated with Ne London town council regarding concealed carry ban
Completed working on Shall issue document

Executive Report – Vice President
Attended Executive Member Meeting
Took delivery of CCDL return address stamp
Talked to chef for our Anniversary party
Answered all e-mails on CCDL ‘bling’ iron-on. Making deliveries soon

Executive Report – Secretary
Attended Executive Member Meeting
Worked on Shall-Issue document

Executive Report – Treasurer
Attended Executive Member Meeting
Expenses last month: $484
Donations from last month: $133

Coordinator Report – Membership
1866 Members
38 new this month
Attended Executive Member Meeting
Printed brochures
Maintained user DB with help of Technology Coordinator
Worked on gathering volunteers for Hunting and Fishing show

Coordinator Report – Events
Attended Executive Member Meeting
Uploaded speaker videos to our Youtube channel.
Did some coordinating on Anniversary dinner

Coordinator Report – Registered Agent
Nothing received in months

Coordinator Report – Merchandise
Received new merchandise from VP
Merchandise for sale during meeting

Coordinator Report – 2A Rally
Approved for location on date specified.
Flyers are done, need to distribute. Have some volunteers, but need to follow up with them.

CCDL Bling
Iron-on transfers available for sale. We will not be selling shirts with these already applied.
Selling for $10 each.
These can be applied with an iron or you can take it to a shirt shop to do the heat transfer for a nominal fee.
VP Will be meeting people in person to deliver these.

7:15 Minortown Firearms Group
Holing a meet the candidates forum for NorthWest corner of CT.
Saturday Jan. 21st, 3pm-7pm
Woodbury Senior/Community Center
265 Main St. South,  Woodbuy, CT
Candidates: Linda McMahon, Chris Shays, Justin Bernier, Mark Greenberg, Mike Clark, Lisa Wilson-Foley, among others.


Old business

7:30 BPFE Update
Board office is moving to a new location (with new phone numbers) on Trinity Street.
Board hearings are ‘civil administrative hearings’ and a lot can be admitted as evidence that wouldn’t be admissible during criminal court. Sealed records can be brought up if a witness from town can provide character witness. You can fight that evidence being brought into the hearing, but who has the money to do that? 3 people in the past have gotten in trouble with this. By not answering a question, the board is allowed to take that silence as an admission of guilt. (adverse inference)
Federal firearms owner restrictions should be added to the Shall-Issue document to compare with state requirements.
About the individual who lost a gun while maintaining a trail in CT park/forest: The trail was approximately 20ft away from school property. Carrying an unloaded revolver with no speedloader and trigger guards. Chief Knapp wants to reinvestigate to see whether his permit should have statutorily been revoked as opposed to just being ‘unsuitable’ due to the proximity of the school.
CT Pistol Permit Issues website
– To compile a new list in next week or two about 20 or so new towns.
– Went from 2007-2011 OLR reports and pulled good information from them
– Castle Doctrine summary posted
Big Problem with fingerprints
– CGS § 29-29 describes a 5 day time limit once local-issuing authority receives fingerprints.
– DPS is not being straightforward about how long. Some reports include: 4, 6, or 12 week backlog.
The BPFE is considering taking a few meetings a year solely for administrative denials to speed up the process for those denied on paperwork issues.
Currently doing two meetings a month.
If town sends you a denial, but doesn’t give a reason, schedule an appeal and don’t ask about it. Town are required to tell you within 10 days of hearing. If they don’t tell you the reasons within 10 days of the hearing, the BPFE has been pretty consistently finding for the applicant.

Hunting and Fishing Show
Hartford Convention Center, Feb. 17th-19th
Mostly about Hunting and Fishing, but some gun vendors will be there.
If you want to volunteer to talk about gun rights w/ other contact Jeff. Admission for volunteers is free.

2A Rally
Still working on finding a podium.

Anniversary Dinner
March 24th @ Wolcott Land Owners Protective Association
6-7 for cocktail hour
7-10 dinner
Entry fee between 10-15, will finalize.

Friends of NRA Dinner
April 7th at Aquaturf
Will be purchasing 2 tables. See Event’s Coordinator (Cheryl) for details.
If you get a table and want to sit near CCDL, tell Ray when you submit for tickets.

Cos Cob Gun Club
Scott received an e-mail from CosCob gun club. Cos Cob is on City Owned lands and having trouble with the town.

Final Notes
No meeting next month, due to St. Valentine’s Day.
Suggestion: On Website if an instructor wants brochures offer to send them some.

Close of meeting