Action Alerts

Call to Action: Help End CT Democratic Leaders Partisanship

Governor Malloy and the Connecticut Democratic Party have been turning the 2nd Amendment and the 14th Amendment into a partisan issue. They are implying that only Republicans support the 2nd Amendment. Since CCDL is a nonpartisan organization, we are asking CCDL members to call and email those Democrat legislators we have previously endorsed, and ask them to speak out and oppose Governor Malloy’s intention to sign an executive order that would violate both the 2nd Amendment and 14th Amendments.
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Anniversary Dinner

Tickets for CCDL’s 8th anniversary dinner are on sale now.
DATE: February 18, 2017
TIME: 4:00pm – 9:00pm
WHERE: Aqua Turf Club, 556 Mulberry St, Plantsville CT, 06479
COST: $57 per person. Includes appetizers, dinner, desert and soft drinks. There will be a cash bar serving alcoholic drinks.

Tickets ordered online will not be shipped! Tickets will be held at the door under the name used to order them.

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Meeting Minutes Dec 2015

General Meeting – 2015-12-08

Executive Report – President

Communicated with our Attorneys

Press releases and lots of interviews

Conducted executive meeting, including election of new officers

Helped people with various issues

Drafted material for letters to the editor resources


7:19 Executive Report – Vice President


7:21 Executive Report – Treasurer

Op Inc: $1,288

Op Exp: $6,377

Total lit: 624k

Lit Expenses: 564k


7:24 Coordinator Report – Membership

20,093 total membership

500 new this month


7:25 Coordinator Report – Events

Hunting and Fishing show 2/12 → 2/14, Friday to Sunday. We will be selling merchandise this year.

Anniversary dinner tickets are on sale.

February 20th at the Aquaturf $55.

Next month I’ll be asking for volunteers. If you have a big SUV and can help Thursday 2/11 with moving stuff @ hunting and fishing show.


7:30 Coordinator Report – Legislative Update

Legislative coordinator could be here

No fly-list bill appears dead for now. Might make ens to contact Blumenthal, Murphy, and your Representative with respectful displeasure over their support of the bill.

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7:40 Coordinator Report – Permit Issues

Good news: People starting to fight towns by pushing back.

Constructive denial hearings are now 2 years our, only a couple of moths because they get delayed.

If you know someone going through the process. Don’t quote the 2yr backlog; it will scare them from fighting their constructive denials

Cancel appeal if issued before hearing to free up that spot.

Lot of contact this month with minor issues and town denies, people let it drop. It’s important to file and appeal because they may deny appeal with ‘at this time’ which usually get overturned at some point in the future


7:50 Coordinator Report – Merchandise

Christmas Ornaments available


7:53 Coordinator Report – Technology

Handled by Chris and Kevin right now.

In new year looking for permanent tech coordinator


7:53 Woodbridge

Martha Dean met with ordinance committee.

There have been several meetings with the town attorney. Town appears to be draggin it’s heals on this.

No guns on woodbridge property (including streets)


8:07 Bicknell

Last 2 years @ Branford cub opening up New Years Day for trap shoot for anyone who wants to come.

Last years had 25-30. Contact on Facebook. $5/25 shells. If there’s enough of a head count, we may be able to do $10 for pistol

March, holding a CCDL Tag Sale. If you want to drop stuff off (in good shape only) Dave will sell it and donate to Lit Fund


8:12 Doug Hoon – New CT Legal Rifle

Doug has been an engineer for 30 years. A friend got him into Ars and it wasn’t enough to build parts, he started looking at design changes.

Previously designed a fixed-mag version of the AR. More recently designed a pump-action AR kit.


8:25 Shew v. Malloy update




August Wolfe is running against Blumenthal


8:40 Legislative Workshjops

In january’s meeting, we’ll do a condensed version

Ful workshops will be held @ a few gun clubs aroudn the state.

CT NRA Liason and NRA-ILA CT grassroots coordinator


8:47 Close of Meeting

Action Alerts

Alert: Urgent Action Required!

Governor Malloy is planning on implementing an Executive Order that would deny purchases of any firearm by citizens of Connecticut who may be on a Federal Government watch-list. There are many people on this list who do not belong there. Not only does Governor Malloy intend to decline purchases to those who may be on a government list, he intends to revoke pistol permits, long arm eligibility certificates, and ammunition certificates as well. This action would remove due process and violate the rights of any citizen affected.
Important Note:
When asked by media, the governor stated that people who are on this list should not possess firearms. This seems to indicate that Governor Malloy might be making plans to implement confiscation of firearms possessed by individuals who have not been charged or convicted of any crime.

Please Call and Flood Governor Malloy’s Office Today!
Phone: (860)566-4840
Or leave an online response here: link

Let him know that this impending Executive Action is wrong. Feel free to use some of these points below in your statements:
Key Points about the Watch List:
1) For the purposes of this proposed legislation, a “terrorist” is anyone whose name appears on the FBI’s terror watch list. This is not a list of known terrorists. As the name implies, it is just a list of people the FBI is watching for information about terrorism. A person might be watched because a relative, acquaintance or coworker is suspected of terroristic actions. They themselves may be law-abiding citizens.
2) Anyone can mistakenly and unknowingly end up on the terror watch list. You do not have to commit any crime to be added to the list Infants, US senators, Nelson Mandela, and the entire Ford Motor Company have all been mistakenly added to the watch list.
3) There is no deliberate means to remove yourself from the list should you mistakenly end up on it.
4) The criteria to end up on the terror list are unclear and vague.
5) We do not have a clue who is adding names to this list. Adding someone to the list is purely a bureaucratic decision with no accountability, and no opportunity for an individual to refute being added to the list. If Malloy, Murphy and Blumenthal have their way, citizens who have been charged with no crime will lose their Constitutional rights with NO due process.
6) Gun sales to individuals who are on the watch list are already reported to and approved by the federal government. They decline the sales to actual criminals.
7) The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has recognized that these lists are inaccurate, unconstitutional, and unfairly target Muslims and people of color, and is currently suing the federal government over their use. They also caution that these lists “shouldn’t be used to restrict people’s freedoms.”

CCDL is concerned that if there is a person actually connected with terrorism, the revocation process will tip them off and possibly hamper a federal investigation.

Further Reading:
ACLU – Until No-Fly List Is Fixed, It Shouldn’t Be Used To Restrict People’s Freedoms
CNN – No-fly nightmares: The program’s most embarrassing mistakes
Huffington Post – 7 Ways That You (Yes, You) Could End Up On A Terrorist Watch List
The Boston Globe – Guns and the ‘No-Fly’ grandstanders


Press Release On Malloy’s Latest Executive Action


For Immediate Release:

(Groton, CT) The Connecticut Citizens Defense League is speaking out against Governor Malloy’s executive order seizing firearms and denying purchases to individuals who are on Federal Government “lists”.

Comment from CCDL President Scott Wilson:
“Governor Malloy is planning to take what is in our view unconstitutional executive action that would prohibit firearms purchases and seize firearms of individuals who have not been indicted or convicted for any crime. While we are all concerned about terrorism, this approach is very un-American and shameful”.

Wilson Added:
“Governor Malloy has gone even further into the deep end than ever before. His planning on denying purchases and likely seizing firearms of individuals are on a list that have not been charged or convicted of any wrongdoing is antithetical to every value that this country was founded on. There are millions of people on these lists, many who are not criminals or terrorists, and do not belong on it”.

“Seizing firearms from individuals would be a clear violation of ‘due process’ under the 14th amendment of our constitution, and i have a hard time envisioning a judge appointed by the state of Connecticut who would issue a warrant to search and seize when the federal Government has not even done so in a wide-spread manner. Even the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has recognized that these lists are inaccurate, unconstitutional, and unfairly target Muslims and people of color Since the governor does not have access to these federal “lists”, my hope at this point is the feds will analyze Governor Malloy’s intent and decline access. This is very scary to think that police will be showing up to houses to seize firearms from people who may have done nothing wrong. It spells serious trouble”.

“The governor of Connecticut has pushed the envelope to beyond extreme by treating citizens of the United States in this manner. I hope people realize that this pattern of abuse is how totalitarian governments operate”.

Wilson Finished:
“CCDL will not rule out any legal course of action to halt this imminent Executive Action”


About the CCDL: The Connecticut Citizens Defense League was formed in 2009 by a small group of concerned citizens as a non-partisan organization to advocate second amendment rights in the state of Connecticut. Since their founding, the group has grown to over 20,000 members from across the state.Thanks to this large supportive base, the CCDL has become a fixture at the state capitol, and well recognized by committees that see firearms related bills.
As the go-to organization in the state they are consulted regularly by lawmakers who have questions and concerns about pending legislation or existing laws. For more information on the CCDL please visit

Press Contact:
Scott Wilson

Legal Actions

About Yesterday’s (Non)Decision by the Supreme Court

While yesterday’s decision to deny cert in Friedman v Highland Park was disappointing, we knew that this would be likely. The fact remains that SCOTUS repeatedly kept conferencing the petition. This underscores that the matter is significantly important, but it was not the right time yet to hear a petition of this sort.

Some important things to note:
The inaction of the Supreme Court to not review Friedman v Highland Park is not based on merits of the case.

The Supreme Court will often decline the first case that comes before it to allow for other courts to offer a broader view of things to come.

There are differences between the opinions that came out of the 7th Circuit (Highland Park) and the 2nd Circuit (our case as well as New York’s). As such, arguments from our attorney in our petition to the Supreme Court will be tailored somewhat differently based on this.

We are still waiting on an opinion from the 4th Circuit (Maryland) in a similar case as well. One way we can be helped is if the Circuit renders a favorable opinion for the plaintiffs in that case. This is possible, but there is no certainty. Our hope is that the opinion gets published prior to our deadline to submit our appeal.

My statement as of now is this:
This has been a long fight from all of you to get to this point. Everyone has worked so hard, and in so many different ways to get us where we are, now we have to hang in there a bit longer.
I personally would rather go down swinging and maybe connect than to do nothing. Being that many of our rights in this country are on a downward trajectory as it is, the alternative we faced was to do nothing and accept our ultimate fate. I do not want to look back on my life one day years from now and think that we just let it all happen, and did nothing to try to stop it. To all of you, who feel the same way; thank you!

My final thoughts:
The Governor of Connecticut yesterday released a press statement after the ‘denial for Certiorari’ was released. In his press release, he sounded off in a manner which indicates he believes the Supreme Court’s “non-decision” was an ultimate victory for anti-gun laws. I’d like to take the opportunity to make sure that the governor of this state understands that we are not done, and I hope he enjoys a brief respite built upon the smoldering embers of our Constitution.

Scott Wilson – CCDL President

Letter Writing Guide

A Guide for Public Letter Writing

Connecticut Citizens Defense League Presents

A Guide for Public Letter Writing

While individuals on our side get the meaning of ‘A Well Regulated Militia’, those who disagree with us obviously do not. Many on the anti-gun side work overtime to minimize or dismiss entirely what the intent of the 2nd Amendment’s purpose is altogether.  They typically argue from false narratives and bolster their claims at every turn.

There is a battle in the court of public opinion day in and day out. Let’s face facts; the general public tends to be influenced by what is seen and heard in typical news stories. Not enough positive stories (defensive use of firearms) make the news. Typically the positive stories that do make the news fall off the radar quickly and usually do not grab headlines in the first place. .  

This section of our website is dedicated to providing resources for CCDL members to engage publicly by writing editorial letters and opinions to online and print media. We are providing web links, email contacts, writing tips and other useful resources so that we can sustain our efforts.

This is a simple and easy feat for people to accomplish. We feel that it is our obligation as 2A activists and supporters to engage the public with positive information and logical opinions.

 Writing submissions may include simple opinions, constitutional facts, referrals about defensive use of firearms, and how simply owning and carrying firearms serve as a deterrent in the first place.  

Simple Points

1. When our rights come under attack by people who fear guns rather than the evil intentions of criminals, we must make sure that our side of the argument is heard. Our opponents don’t hesitate to use the editorial pages of our state’s newspapers to advance their agenda. We can and must do so as well.

2. The beauty of this writing and emailing opinion letters is that it does not involve a huge time investment and can be done in the comfort of your home.

3. It is free.

Writing Tips

a)    Be concise; it is easy for most people to ramble without realizing it.

b)    Avoid redundancy. Make your point and be careful about repeating that point.

c)     If you are responding to a previous letter or news story be sure to reference it specifically so the editors have some context.

d)    Credit and cite any sources when applying statistical information to your point.

 e) Check your newspaper’s list of parameters, there are usually space limit guidelines.

f) Proof read and spell check, get a second pair of eyes to check for    grammar and/or content.

g) Follow the newspaper’s instructions for submitting your letter, for the sake of timeliness, email is best.

h) If your paper doesn’t publish your opinion automatically, follow up with the editor to make sure that your letter was received in a day or two.

4. Don’t be nervous about expressing your opinion publicly. Any effort we utilize to protect and defend our 2nd Amendment rights is well worth it.

5. The newspaper editors really do want to hear what you have to say. That’s exactly what letters to the editor are for.


Proofreading Resources

If you wish to obtain useful and constructive edits for letters prior to submission, CCDL has a member who stepped forward with writing experience. 

Proof Reading Contact:

About Jeffrey Cain (Ph.D.):

Contact List

Most newspapers require that you include your name, address and phone number for verification.
It is helpful and sometimes required that you include the words “letter to the editor” in the subject line of email submissions.

Connecticut Post
410 State Street
Bridgeport, CT 06604
Fax: 203-367-8158

The Bristol Press
188 Main Street
Bristol, CT 06010
Phone: 860-584-0501
Fax: 860-584-2192

333 Main Street
Danbury, CT 06810
Phone: 203-731-3344
Fax: 203-792-8730

Greenwich Time
1455 East Putnam Avenue
Old Greenwich, CT 06870
Phone: 203-964-2293
Fax: 203-964-2345

Hartford Courant
285 Broad Street
Hartford, CT 06115
Phone: 860-241-6200
Emails can be submitted via the form at: letter-20140911-htmlstory.html
Fax: 860-520-6941

Journal Inquirer
306 Progress Drive
Manchester, CT 06045
Phone: 1-800-237-3606
Fax: 860-646-9867

500 South Broad Street
Meriden, CT 06450
Phone: 203-235-1661
Fax: 203-639-0210

The Middletown Press
386 Main Street 4th floor
Middletown, CT 06457
Phone: 860-347-3331
Fax: 860-347-3380

The New Britain Herald
1 Court Street
New Britain, CT 06051
Phone: 860-225-4601
Email submissions use the form at : https://centralctcommunications-dot-

New Haven Register
100 Gando Drive
New Haven, CT 06513
Phone: 203-789-5200
Fax: 203-789-5705

Yale Daily News
202 York Street
New Haven, CT 06511
Phone: 203-432-2424
Fax: 203-432-7425

The Day
47 Eugene O’Neill Drive
New London, CT 06320
Phone: 1-800-542-3354
Fax: 860-442-0420

The Hour
1 Selleck Street
Norwalk, CT 06855
Phone: 203-846-3281
Email submissions use form at: https://thehour-dot-com.bloxcms-
Fax: 203-846-9897

The Bulletin
10 Railroad Place
Norwich, CT 06360
Phone: 860-425-4225

The Advocate
9A Riverbend Drive South
Stamford, CT 06907
Phone: 203-964-2293
Fax: 203-964-2345

The Register Citizen
59 Field Street
P.O. Box 58
Torrington, CT 06790
Phone: 860-489-3121

Republican American
389 Meadow Street
Waterbury, CT 06722
Phone: 203-574-3636
Fax: 203-596-9277

Westport News
410 State Street
Bridgeport, CT 06604
Phone: 203-333-6688
Email: (include “Letter To Editor” in subject line)

The Chronicle
1 Chronicle Road
P.O.Box 148
Willimantic, CT 06226
Phone: 860-423-8466


Press Release – San Bernardino

For Immediate Release:

The Connecticut Citizens Defense League (The state’s largest grass-roots gun rights group) is speaking out against calls for more gun control made by elected officials from Connecticut.

Comment from CCDL President Scott Wilson:
“Once again we have Governor Malloy spouting off for more gun control before any facts are out about who may have committed the atrocity in San Bernardino and why they committed it. Once again we also have Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty, Senator Chris Murphy and Senator Richard Blumenthal parroting calls for more gun control out of their playbook. It is obvious that in their minds, law-abiding citizens of the United States would be better off walking around completely defenseless with no means to protect themselves”.

Wilson Added:
“While CCDL typically tries to refrain from commenting in the early stages of mass murders involving firearms, it is becoming increasingly harder to do so given the fact that elected officials run to the microphone while these events are still in progress. A sane person would be foolish to listen to any of these people, given that their ultimate goal is to eradicate our 2nd Amendment, and to disarm the population of this country. Therefore, it is the duty of this organization to counter outrageous statements made to today from these officials”.

Wilson Concluded with a reference to last weeks press release:
“Based on comments today by President Obama about possible terrorists, CCDL refers to a press release from last week for details”: (


About the CCDL: The Connecticut Citizens Defense League was formed in 2009 by a small group of concerned citizens as a non-partisan organization to advocate second amendment rights in the state of Connecticut. Since their founding, the group has grown to over 20,000 members from across the state. Thanks to this large supportive base, the CCDL has become a fixture at the state capitol, and well-recognized by committees that see firearms related bills. As the go-to organization in the state they are consulted regularly by lawmakers who have questions and concerns about pending legislation or existing laws. For more information on the CCDL please visit

Press Contact:
Scott Wilson