Meeting Minutes May 2014


7:09 Open Meeting
7:11 Announcements
President Scott Wilson wrote a blog about a number of SB1160 ‘NO’-voting legislators who are now supporting McKinney. After speaking with several legislators, he understands they feel some loyalty to McKinney as a leader in the Legislature, but we can’t condone politics as usual. Our members need to hold their legislators feet to the fire and let their legislators know how they feel about endorsing someone who voted for SB1160.
After SB 1160/Public Act 13-3 went into effect, many refused to register their firearms or declare their magazines. We are starting to see an increase in e-mails from people who didn’t register and got into a dispute or other situation in which the police got involved. As a result firearms and magazines were seized and these individuals may be facing charges under the new law. CCDL has always felt choosing not to register was a deeply personal decision that individual had to make for themselves after accepting the risks for any act of civil disobedience. The best advice we can give at this point is to walk away from any bad situation before it can escalate, find and develop a relationship with a knowledgeable lawyer (, and exercise your right to remain silent.
It has been the policy of the CCDL Board to keep our cards close to our chest when it came to how much money we have raised for our litigation effort against Public Act 13-3. However, we’ve reached a point we’re pleased with and would like to share with all of our supporters. With a tremendous effort from Coalition of CT Sportsmen, sportsmen’s organizations and gun shops throughout the state, and individual gun owners in CT and around the world, we have been able to raise nearly $500,000 to fight the unconstitutional laws enacted April of 2013. We have no idea how much this lawsuit will cost in the end, but if the Heller case is a guidepost it may be more than $1 million.
7:16 Executive Reports – President
Took care of usual correspondence: emails and phone calls
7:17 Executive Reports – Vice President
Thanks for bringing in food donations. As usual delivered the donations to Bridgeport Rescue Mission.
Chaired the monthly Executive Meeting
Ordered and took possession of 2014 CCDL Trap Shooting trophies. Participated in the trap shoot event. Thanks to Dave Bicknell for putting it together, Guilford Sportsman Club for hosting, and CT Sporting Arms for a big donation.
7:19 Executive Reports – Treasurer
Donations/Merchandising/Tickets – $14,615
Expenses – $5970
7:22 Coordinator Reports – Membership
Cheryl unable to attend, but Scott reported the current number
13840 total
458 new this month
7:22 Coordinator Reports – Events
Attended the executive member meeting
Received a large order of merchandise. Set up our new operations center which will allow us more room to organize and a dedicated station for mailing out orders. This should help us get up to date and stay more current on web orders.
We’re always looking for volunteers for events. We’re going to be announcing our annual FREE picnic coming up. Let us know if you’re interested in helping.
7:24 Coordinator Reports – Fundraising
Bob couldn’t be here, Ray filling in:
Day at the Ranch –  Sunday, May 18th – Noon-4pm – $20 – Tickets available online for pickup at the door.
Cadillac Ranch – 45 Jude Lane, Southington, CT
Cennicola’s Pig Roast – June 15th. – $20/person – Tickets available at Cennicola’s Deli
Ceniccola’s Italian Deli & Pizzeria – 36 Killingworth Turnpike | Clinton, CT 06413
“An Evening with John Bolton” – CCDL Litigation Fundraising Dinner in Fairfield
Special invitation only event. $1,000/person $9,000/table. 100% of proceeds will go to litigation fund.
If you want to be included on the list or know of someone who would like to be included, contact
7:27 Coordinator Report – Technology
Sent out the usual e-mails and website updates.
7:29 Special Guest – Chris Conte, Legislative Counsel, NRA/ILA
7:46 Presentations from Gun Clubs
Harwinton Rod and Gun presented a check for $500.
New Haven Sportsmen’s Club donated $7,000 last year. This year they pledge $1,000/month for the next 12 months.
7:49 Special Guest Dave Walker – Candidate Lt. Governor
7:59 Special Guest Lori Hopkins Cavanaugh – Candidate US Congress, 2nd District
8:05 Special Guest Rob Kwasnicki – Candidate CT House, 59th District
8:11 Special Guest Representative Dan Carter – Incumbent Candidate CT House, 2nd District
8:17 Special Guest Al Aldinolfi – Incumbent Candidate CT House, 103rd District
8:22 Special Guest Carl Higbie – Candidate US Congress, 4th District
8:26 Special Guest Joe Markley – Incumbent Candidate CT Senate, 16th District
Joe was not here to talk about his campaign. Instead, Joe asked that you start asking your boss for election day off (Nov. 4th). Free up the weekend before election day as well. Find the pro-gun candidate in your district (or a neighboring district if you can’t find one in your district) and volunteer the weekend before election day, and election day, to helping that candidate get elected. Generally, get involved to change the makeup of the legislature.
8:42 Permit Issues
Issues have increased exponentially. Receiving half a dozen e-mails a day from people having issues, including some with problems under the new law.
Remember: take the high road. If you get into an argument, just walk away.
8:47 Close of meeting