Monthly Meeting September 8th

CCDL holds its monthly general membership meeting at 7:00pm on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at the Elks Lodge in Middletown, CT. Our next meeting is Tuesday, September 8, 2015.

All CCDL members are welcome and encouraged to attend. We have a request from the property owners to please do not park on the grass when attending the meeting.

Meeting Agenda

  • Updates (if any) on our lawsuit against the State of Connecticut – Shew v. Malloy
  • Volunteers for 3rd CCDL Poker Run – help needed
  • CCDL Family Picnic updates/volunteers needed
  • New Project: #IamCCDL underway. What it is, how you can help; etc
  • Discussion on CCDL activism to support a new shooting facility

Avoid the wait and shipping fees! The full selection of CCDL merchandise is always for sale at our meetings, including many items not sold on our website..

About Us

Media Information Sheet


The Connecticut Citizens Defense League (CCDL) is a non-partisan, grass roots organization advocating for the right to keep and bear arms (RKBA) in Connecticut. Formed in 2009 and headquartered in Groton, CT the CCDL boasts almost 30,000 members statewide as of April 2018.

Q: Is the CCDL available to answer questions about firearms, laws, or current events?
A: Absolutely. Please contact and we will answer your question or point you to someone who can.

Q: I would like to talk to a member who lives in a particular town.
A: Please contact and we will do our best to find a member willing to speak with the media.

Q: Can I contact the CCDL membership directly?
A: Our membership list is not available to the public or general membership. However, in some cases it may be possible to reach our members through one of our monthly email alerts, or through an Executive Intermediary.

Q: How can I meet with the CCDL?
A: We hold a member meeting on the second Tuesday of every month at the Elk’s lodge in Middletown, CT. Generally most of the executive board attends, so this is an excellent opportunity to meet us and ask questions. We ask any media to notify us of their presence in advance.

Q: Someone claiming to be a member of the CCDL has said or done something crazy!
A: Membership to the CCDL is free and anyone can join at any time. Only executive members are authorized to act as agents for the organization. If the person is not listed on our website ( under the Contacts section it is unlikely that they are an Executive Member. Fortunately, we all respond to email very quickly and many of us are happy to give our phone numbers to the media to confirm or discuss stories like this.

Q: I heard the CCDL supports sensitive issues like open carry.
A: The CCDL supports any lawful firearm carry. Currently there is no law against visibly carrying a firearm in the state of Connecticut, provided the carrier has a valid CT pistol permit. To many people any firearm related issue is sensitive; this is exactly why the CCDL was formed: To better inform the public and legislators as to the facts, history, and statistics regarding firearms for sport, hunting, or defense.

Legal Actions

No News Yet On Lawsuit

Every day we’re getting people asking about the status of our lawsuit against CT’s unconstitutional gun laws; Shew v. Malloy. Unfortunately things usually happen slowly in the court system, and we are still waiting on a decision on our appeal that was heard in the 2nd Circuit Court Of Appeals back on December 9, 2014. While rulings generally come down around 6 months later, there is no hard and fast time-frame, and all we can do is play the waiting game.

Rest assured, any major updates in the case will be posted here and on our Facebook and Twitter pages as well. We’ll also send out an update to all CCDL members via email. Make sure you are getting our member update emails (generally once or twice a month) and they aren’t going to your spam folder. If you aren’t yet a member, what are you waiting for? Membership is easy and FREE! Join now at

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Meanwhile, our legal team is still hard at work following other cases and notifying the court of recent favorable decisions they should consider. They’re also prepping for the next step. Even if the court returns a decision favorable to us, you can be certain Governor Malloy and Attorney General Jepsen will appeal it. Of course we will do the same if the decision goes against the state and/or federal Constitution. All this still costs us money. We appreciate all the contributions that have allowed the case to move this far, but the longer this takes the more it costs. Any and all donations to our Litigation Fund will help us take this all the way to the Supreme Court, if need be. Donate here.


Meeting Reminder – August 11th

CCDL holds its monthly general membership meeting at 7:00pm on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at the Elks Lodge in Middletown, CT. Our next meeting is Tuesday, August 11, 2015. All CCDL members are welcome and encouraged to attend. We have a request from the property owners to please do not park on the grass when attending the meeting. Meeting Agenda

Merchandise We sell CCDL merchandise at the meeting, buy it there and save on shipping. We also sell limited edition items that are not available in our online store. Right now we have patches, pins, and magnets (perfect to put on your car, gun safe, or refrigerator). We also sell the car decals in assorted colors besides white.

Food Drive CCDL collects canned goods/non-perishables at all our meetings to be donated to local charities. The holiday season may be over, but people still need to eat. Please bring non perishables to the meeting. If everyone that attends brought at least one canned good we would be helping to feed MANY! Middletown Elks 44 Maynard St Middletown, CT 06457 August 11, 2015 7:00pm-9:00pm Please park in the event lot to the left of the building (looking at it from Maynard St) and enter the upstairs banquet hall at the front of the building.
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CCDL Legislator of the Year – Doug Dubitsky

The Executive Board proudly selects Doug Dubitsky as the CCDL Legislator of the Year for 2015. Announcing the award, CCDL president Scott Wilson said:

“CCDL expresses our gratitude and appreciation that there are legislators like Doug Dubitsky who work to protect our constitutionally recognized rights. Connecticut is a brighter place with Doug in office”.

Doug serves the 47th house district,and is a freshman legislator. As a member of the Judiciary Committee, Doug stayed throughout the 13 hour hearing for Senate Bill 650 and House Bill 6848. Doug queried those who testified about ‘Due Process concerns’ and followed both of these bills right to the end of the legislative session. Doug was also instrumental in killing language harmful to gun owners in the 2nd Chance Society bill that passed in the special session this year. Doug is a regular at our monthly member meetings, and will receive his award at our August 11th meeting. Thank you, Representative Doug Dubitsky!