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Action Alerts

ALERT! Public Hearing On Gun Bills

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARINGS ON THURSDAY, MARCH 3, 2016
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The Public Safety and Security Committee will hold a public hearing on Thursday, March 3, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. in Room 2E of the LOB. Sign-up for the hearing will begin 9:00 A.M. and conclude at 10:00 A.M. in Room 2E of the LOB. Please submit 35 copies (bring a few extra) of written testimony to committee staff at 9:00 A.M. in Room 2E of the LOB. Testimony received after the designated time may not be distributed until after the hearing.

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Legal Actions

Shew v. Malloy Filed With SCOTUS – Press Release

for Immediate Release:

(Groton, CT) – The Connecticut Citizens Defense League along with fellow plaintiffs have filed an appeal to the Supreme Court of the United States (Shew v. Malloy). The appeal challenges part of Public Act 13-3 (An Act Concerning Gun Violence Prevention and Children’s Safety) that was enacted by the Connecticut Legislature back in 2013.

The plaintiffs are challenging the ban on certain firearms that look similar to assault rifles. The plaintiffs claim that these are common semi-automatic firearms that only shoot once when the trigger is pulled; identical to others not banned. Real “assault rifles” are full-automatic and can fire multiple times when the trigger is pulled. Real assault rifles are already highly regulated by both federal and state government, and civilian ownership is quite rare.

The plaintiff’s challenge has been narrowed to focus strictly on the banned firearms and not magazines that contain 10 rounds or more as originally argued. The legal strategy behind this tactic is to offer the Supreme Court consideration to solely address this single issue with the hope that they will hear the case.

A similar case is expected to be filed soon in New York that may broaden the challenge to address magazines.

Comments from CCDL President Scott Wilson:
 
“We are thankful to finally have our petition filed with the Supreme Court. We have waited patiently for nearly three years to get to this stage, and we hope that the court will hear our arguments”.

“The firearms that have been banned under Public Act 13-3 are common firearms that are owned and enjoyed by millions of Americans throughout the country. They are excellent tools for home defense, and great for competition, hunting and target shooting. The law also bans firearms and features that enhance safety and allow physically disabled persons to exercise their rights and enjoy these same activities”.

“The Connecticut Citizens Defense League wishes to thank our fellow plaintiffs (especially June Shew) for being a part of this journey for justice. We also wish to thank our devoted members, numerous gun clubs, retailers, private individuals and of course the NRA-ILA for their help and support in getting us to this stage”.

“Public Act 13-3 infringes upon rights guaranteed by both the federal and state Constitution. Connecticut residents deserve to have these rights restored and protected by the Supreme Court”.

The filed petition (486 pages) may be downloaded here: Shew v. Malloy SCOTUS Petition as filed (pdf)

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Legal Actions

Shew v. Malloy Filed With SCOTUS

02/11/2016
for Immediate Release:

(Groton, CT) – The Connecticut Citizens Defense League along with fellow plaintiffs have filed an appeal to the Supreme Court of the United States (Shew v. Malloy). The appeal challenges part of Public Act 13-3 (An Act Concerning Gun Violence Prevention and Children’s Safety) that was enacted by the Connecticut Legislature back in 2013.

The plaintiffs are challenging the ban on certain firearms that look similar to assault rifles. The plaintiffs claim that these are common semi-automatic firearms that only shoot once when the trigger is pulled; identical to others not banned. Real “assault rifles” are full-automatic and can fire multiple times when the trigger is pulled. Real assault rifles are already highly regulated by both federal and state government, and civilian ownership is quite rare.

The plaintiff’s challenge has been narrowed to focus strictly on the banned firearms and not magazines that contain 10 rounds or more as originally argued. The legal strategy behind this tactic is to offer the Supreme Court consideration to solely address this single issue with the hope that they will hear the case.

Click here to read the rest of this article on the CCDL Blog.

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Meeting

Meeting Minutes Feb 2016

General Meeting – 2016-02-09

 

7:13 Open meeting with national anthem and pledge
In legislative cycle and gun bills have already been introduced

Crucial to help pro-2A candidates get elected and anti-2A candidates unelected

 

7:16 Executive Report – President

Communicated with atty on drafts for SCOTUS

Communicated with media

Helping with legislative workshop in Patchaug

 

7:17 Executive Report – Vice President

Updated social media, blog, and e-mails

 

7:19 Executive Report – Treasurer

Op expenses: 7,004

Op Income: 8506

Lit total: 632k

Lit expenses: 564k

Lit remaining: 81k

 

7:23 Coordinator Report – Membership

21,285 total

439 new this month

 

7:23 Coordinator Report – Events

Executive meeting

metacon legislative workshop at King 33.

Hunting and Fishing show and dinner @ Convention center this weekend

Dinner 4-9 @ aquaturf

 

7:27 Coordinator Report – Legislative update

First leg. Workshop @ metacon

first 2 bills

– SB-20 AAC Carrying while intoxicated

  • 0.10 limit down to 0.08 to bring into line with driving statute

  • Under 21, limit will be 0.02.

  • GB 5054 – AAC Domestic Violence

    • Ex Parte orders are still an issue with this version of the bill

    Public Safety Committee has a concept for a bill

    • AAC Application for temp. pistol permit applications

    • No language yet

Buzz @ LOB that CT Police Chiefs Assoc. will try to get Open Carry addressed.

Open Carry Memorandum was been issued by Atty Gen. Office.

 

8:10 Coordinator Report – Permit Issues

Interview with WTNH on women an guns

Don’t blame people who open carry. We need to stand together against the antis. Whether you agree or not, you must stand up against ANY anti-gun bill because they will use it as a wedge to divide us.

Working with legislators on campaigns

Need help checking municipal codes and getting copies of local applications for permits, especially any additional requirements towns are asking for.

Deep River asks for medical/mental impairments.

Constructive Denials were being pushed up to the front, but are not being spaced out. CDs currently have an 8-9 month backlog (vs 2 years for denials/revocations)

We need applications for permits from every town.

 

8:27 Clay Cope, Candidate for 5th US Congressional District (against Esty)

http://claycope.com

 

8:33 Lawsuit update

http://ccdl.us/blog/2016/02/11/press-release-scotus-filed/

 

8:54 Legislative workshop

Being held 2/13.

 

8:55 Close of Meeting

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Legal Actions

Update On Shew v Malloy

The following is a statement from CCDL president Scott Wilson and lead attorney David Thompson.

On Thursday (2/11/2016) CCDL along with the other name plaintiffs will be filing our request for the United States Supreme Court to take up our case on appeal (Shew v Malloy).

This is an important moment in the case. Our appeal is going to focus on the ban on so-called assault weapons, but we want to emphasize that we haven’t given up in any way, shape, or form on the challenge to the magazine ban.

We remain fully committed to ensuring that the magazine ban is thrown out. But we want to give the Supreme Court a menu of options – so our petition will focus on the ban on safety enhancing features, and we expect that a subsequent petition in the New York case will focus on both magazines and the banned features.
Rest assured that if the Supreme Court wants to take up both issues (firearms and magazines), it will have the ability to do so, and that whatever ruling comes from the Court on magazines will redound fully to the benefit of Connecticut.

More information about the petition will be available on Thursday after it is filed with the Court.

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Supreme Court challenges are extremely expensive. The total bill for DC v Heller was $3.5 million.
CCDL is an all-volunteer, free to join non-profit organization (501c4).
As such all the money to fund this fight for your constitutional rights comes solely from donations. If you can afford to, please donate to our Litigation Fund.
Thank you.

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Events

7th Anniversary Dinner – Feb. 20th

Come celebrate CCDL’s 7th anniversary with a dinner event to be held February 20th, 2016 at the Aquaturf Club in Plantsville. Relax, enjoy a meal, and share a well deserved night out. For more information, and to purchase tickets online, go here: 7th Anniversary Dinner

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History

CCDL monthly meeting February 9th

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, February 9th, 2016. All CCDL members are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Come Join Us!

Meeting Agenda:

  • Legislative Coordinator Ray Bevis will lay breakdown the landscape of proposed 2A related legislative proposals, or likely proposals.
  • Discussion on Shew v Malloy (Assault Weapon Challenge) Major Update including filing date and legal tactics
  • Discussion on 2016 state elections
  • Guest Speaker: Clay Cope (candidate US Congress 5th District)
  • Voter Registration Table
  • CCDL Anniversary Dinner Tickets available on site
  • Events planning update

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.

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State Legislature

Free Legislative Workshop – January 21st

Hosted by: New Haven Sportsman’s Club
Presented by: Connecticut Citizens Defense League

Date: January 21, 2017
Time: 10:00am-11:30am
Location:  New Haven Sportsman’s Club, 4158 Durham Road (Rt. 77) Guilford, CT 06437

The purpose of this workshop is to help educate gun owners about legislative activism.
The 2017 legislative session convenes Jan 4th and adjourns on June 7th.

Gun owners have shown that they can make a tremendous difference by engaging their elected officials.
CCDL invites all to attend that are interested in playing a vital role in preserving our 2nd amendment rights in Connecticut.

This workshop will cover:
• How to prepare written testimony for public hearings
• How and where to submit testimony for public hearings
• How to testify effectively
• How to coordinate public testimony with others
•Tips on tracking legislation and communicating with legislators

Contact: Ray Bevis for more info: legislative@ccdl.us

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History

Free Legislative Workshop

Hosted by: Pachaug Outdoor Club
Presented by: Connecticut Citizens Defense League

Date: February 13, 2016
Time: 10:00am-11:30am
Location: Pachaug Outdoor Club, 178 Banjo Sullivan Rd, Jewett City, CT 06351

The purpose of this workshop is to help educate gun owners about legislative activism.
The 2016 legislative session convenes Feb 3rd and adjourns May 4th.

Gun owners have shown that they can make a tremendous difference by engaging their elected officials.
CCDL invites all to attend that are interested in playing a vital role in preserving our 2nd amendment rights in Connecticut.

This workshop will cover:
• How to prepare written testimony for public hearings
• How and where to submit testimony for public hearings
• How to testify effectively
• How to coordinate public testimony with others
•Tips on tracking legislation and communicating with legislators

Contact: Ray Bevis for more info: legislative@ccdl.us

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History

2016 Legislative Session

The 2016 Connecticut Legislative Session runs February 3rd – May 4th.

While this is a ‘Short Session’ with traditionally fewer bills that pertain to the 2nd Amendment, some bills usually find their way to committee. Like always, CCDL will be tracking and informing our members on any gun related bills that surface during this session. While we do send out monthly updates and other alerts, the best way to get expedient legislative updates is to subscribe to our Blog.
You can also track and monitor all legislation here: Connecticut General Assembly