April General Meeting Minutes
7:12 Open meeting with Pledge and introduction
7:16 Executive Reports – President
Attended the Senate floor vote on SB 1160. Unable to stay for entire debate watched the rest and House vote from home
Worked on a number of other CCDL projects yet to be announced
Worked with other executive members on the Radio Commercials for WTIC and WJJF.
7:17 Executive Reports – Vice President
Wasted a lot of gas driving to Hartford
Helped coordinate on the Radio Ads
7:18 Executive Reports – Secretary
Attended the Senate Floor Vote on SB 1160
Did limited work on the FOIA project
Administered the Facebook Group
7:19 Executive Reports – Treasurer
Provided half of the talent on the Radio Ad
March Meeting Donations and Monthly Merchandising income $6,624
Various expenses for the month $1030
Approximate amount set aside for the litigation fund: $24,000
7:21 Coordinator Reports – Membership
1743 since March meeting
We’ve well over doubled our enrollment since Dec. 14th.
7:21 Coordinator Reports – Events
Attended and coordinated the 4th annual dinner
Also wasted gas driving to Hartford
Rally is coming up. April 20th on the North Capitol Steps in Hartford. 12-3
7:22 Coordinator Reports – Technology
“I worked on the website” 🙂
Added a new field to the membership web form. Responses are entertaining (approx 1/2 are Facebook, most of remaining are WTNH interview)
Performed a lot of Facebook administrative work
7:22 Coordinator Reports – Merchandise
Received a huge order right before the meeting. (Note: All sold after meeting)
Received tons of orders
Sent a ton of ‘thank you’s to people who donate
7:25 A Comment on Social Media from our President
It’s tremendously valuable to have a place for members to log on and chat.
We need to keep in mind that we’re being watched. By people who don’t agree with our position, by our legislators, by the media, etc.
We must be mindful of that fact and act appropriately. We need to project an image that appears above ‘the fringe.’
We periodically sent out e-mails to our members, but in order to no spam our members we keep our updates fairly limited.
Our blog is available for quickly getting the word out on a number of important issues to our members. It’s update daily and if you haven’t subscribed to it, you should. (http://ccdl.us/blog)
7:26 Open Forum
7:40 Broad Themes on Litigation from Martha Dean
CCDL is an incredibly important part of this effort. If you want to contribute to this effort, donate to the CCDL.
There may be issues you want raised with the legal team, but you have to remember that we can’t fight everything. We need to count the judges and make sure we craft a case that can win.
Many lawyers have already volunteered to help, but we need to keep our team limited. we don’t want to end up with ‘too many cooks’. There are other ways you can help. Perhaps finding an organization/club/etc who’s not involved but may want to file an amicus brief.
8:42 Update on SB 1160 (Public Act 13-3)
It’s interesting that there was a large police presence at Cabela’s for our Lobby day.
Gun shop employee’s did participate in efforts to oppose gun control. Some of them even gave up overtime pay to come to Hartford.
Either Cafero or McKinney told the public that legislators had at least 24 hours with the language, but we know the language changed a couple of times between Monday and Wednesday when it was debated.
There was no public hearing on this, no input from gun owners, and as such there are technical problems with the bill.
GET AN ATTORNEY. Talk to them about specific questions. They will be there to help you if you ever need to use your gun.
Most of the bill took place immediately upon signing. Only a few parts about registering and eligibility certificates take effect at some point in the future.
9:06 Political Campaigns
CCDL will be putting together a strong effort this election cycle.
(Paraphrasing Scott) “We don’t need a grade from the NRA this year. Everyone gets either an ‘A’ or an ‘F’ and they selected it themselves.”
9:08 FOIA Project
Our Secretary is working on a FOIA request to all of the local issuing authorities to find out how they’re complying with the permitting process. It’s ongoing and we should have an update next month
9:09 Gun Rights Rally in Hartford on 4/20
Post to come on Facebook looking for volunteers for specific roles.
12-3 North Side on Saturday April 20th.
Bring all your friends.
Blog post to come with parking suggestions.
9:10 Oath Keeper Rallys coming up
April 19th on the green in Lexington, MA at 12 noon
April 19th on the green in West Springfield, MA at 4pm
9:17 Close of meeting