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Meeting

Meeting Minutes Jan 2015

General Meeting – 2015-01-13
 
7:09 Open Meeting
 
7:12 President
Obtained copy of oral arguments
Communicated with NRA on Litigation
 
7:13 Vice President
Wife had a baby
Dave Bicknell ran Turkey Shoot and raised $542 for us
Received check from Guilford Sportsmen’s Association
 
7:14 Treasurer
Income: $2,075
Expenses: $6,820
Litigation Total donations: $573k
Litigation Total expenses: $511k
 
7:18 Membership
304 new this month
16691 total members
 
7:19 Board of Firearm Permit Examiners
Getting better at local issues. Cyclical, but doing better at handling cases before the appeal.
There’s a process to force a town to accept an application. E-mail permitissues@ccdl.us if you need help.
Need to start tracking extra requirements freshly for this year. Get copies of local towns paperwork (application and all attachments) and bring to Jonathan at a meeting or email a scanned copy.
 
7:22 Upcoming Events
Did some work for the Hunting and Fishing Show, Feb 13-15.
Annual Dinner will be held March 15th at 5:30pm at the New Life Church (350 High Hill Road) in Wallingford, CT.
 
7:26 Merchandise
Shipping a big order soon.
New gray shirts.
New style hat coming.
 
7:28 Additional Donations
Mec-Gar sent in a $500 donation
Patchaug Outdoor Club held a pig roase and raised $2,000 for litigation
 
7:29 Legislative Breakdown
Sing up to follow blog and be up to date
11 gun-related bills. Legislators have until Friday to propose new bills.
Bills are headed for committee
Contact legislators early.
Around 2/17-2/18 when committees come out with their bills
TRO bill will be most important
 
7:46 Break
 
7:58 Special Election
23rd Senatorial District
107th Assembly District
129th Assembly District
 
8:02 Special Guest: Attorney David Thompson
Heller is clear about legality of firearms by lawful citizens for lawful purposes
Most popular long arm on market has to be commonly owned. Appeals courts around country have rejected that argument.
Longer courts have engaged in “interest balancing” on guns which Heller has taken off the table.
CT wants to blind the courts to the positions of defensive gun use.
D.C. said why do you need handguns when you have rifles and shotguns? SCTUS said it doesn’t matter. There’s a right to them and that’s all you need to know in Heller.
The law in CT is an act of political theatre. Won’t save any lives. Fortunately founders understood the importance of self defence by enshrining it in the Bill of Rights.
Ruling, not rule on timing, probably next 6 months
2nd Circuit not been helpful in the past, but panel seemed to be interested in facts and law. That’s a positive sign.
Next step is SCOTUS. They’ve been reticent to take 2A cases in recent past, but who knows. Maybe they will take ours, maybe they’ll take one of the others out there.
It’s unusual to argue both cases in tandem, but tactically made sense to handle it how it was done.
Next election is crutial because theyw ill likely select at least 1 new SCOTUS Justice.
 
8:44 NSSF
Anti-gunners organizing rally @ NSSF headquarters. Jan. 20th @ 4:15.
Come early and counter protest
 
8:46 Close of meeting
Categories
Legal Actions

Oral Arguments Audio

OK, we finally have audio from the December 9th oral arguments in the 2nd Circuit Court Of Appeals.

After listening, I’m sure you’ll agree that our attorney Dave Thompson made some strong arguments for our side. Also included is the case against our NY neighbor’s (un)SAFE Act, which is similar to our Public Act 13-3 and was argued at the same time.

Don’t forget, Dave Thompson will be coming up from Washington, DC to attend our January 13 meeting, where he share his thoughts on the case and answer questions. If you haven’t made it to a meeting in a while, you’ll want to attend this one.

Also, remember this legal challenge is far from over. Even if we prevail here, the state is sure to appeal. If you can, please donate to our legal fund. 100% of the donations go to this lawsuit. DONATE HERE

 

If you would like to just download the audio, you can do that here: Second Circuit Oral Arguments.mp3

UPDATE: For those who have not been following this case closely the whole time, I’d just like to point out that this not like a trial you see on TV or in the movies. The bulk of the case is submitted in written form well in advance. Think of the posted audio as just the closing argument, where our lawyer was only allowed 20 minutes to sum up our case. If you’ve been following along, we’ve posted many of these written documents as they became available to us, but if you want a quick overview, click here.

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Legislative

2015 Legislative Updates

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