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June 2018 Meeting Minutes

                                                   MEETING MINUTES: CCDL General Meeting

CALL TO ORDER

General Meeting of Connecticut Citizens Defense League was held on June 12, 2018 at Elks Lodge 44 Maynard Street, Middletown CT. The meeting began at 7:05 PM and was presided over by Scott Wilson, with Heather Duffy filling in for Cheryl Lemos as secretary. The meeting opened with the National Anthem and the Pledge of Allegiance.e.

ATTENDEES

EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT: Scott Wilson,  Bob Starr,  Michelle McBrien, Holly Sullivan, Ray Bevis, Robert Chambers, Jonathan Hardy, John Beidler, Kevin Holian-Borgnis, Kris Witherill

EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBERS NOT PRESENT: Frank Russello,  Keith Cagle, Chris Lemos, Cheryl Lemos,

GUESTS:

Candidate for Governor – Rod Hanscomb

Candidate – 9th Senate District – Tyler Flanigan

Candidate for State Rep 29th District – Andrew Lanciotto

Candidate for State Rep 83rd District – Roger Misbach

Candidate for 5th Congressional District – Manny Santos

GENERAL MEMBERSHIP

AGENDA

  • Executive and Committee Reports
  • Firearms Legislative Issues
  • Guest Speakers

OFFICER REPORTS

President’s Report – Scott Wilson

  • Conducted Executive Meeting 05/21/2018
  • Numerous Press and radio contact
  • Election Cycle
  • Helped craft alerts and communications with legislators
  • Numerous other tasks.

Vice-President’s Report – Chris Lemos (not present at the meeting)

  • Worked on the website, blog, social media post, and membership emails.
  • Attended Executive Meeting 05/21/2018

Treasurer’s Report – Bob Starr

  • Available Funds:
    • People’s Bank Balance (Litigation) = $ 86,317 
    • People’s Bank Balance (Operations) = $ 80,295
  • Attended Executive Meeting 05/21/2018

Secretary’s Report – Cheryl Lemos

  • Created minutes for the previous monthly meeting and provided to the Technology Coordinator to post to the website.
  • Attended the CCDL Executive Meeting 05/21/2018

COORDINATOR REPORTS

Membership Coordinator – Kris Witherill

  • Membership report
  • Member Total – 30,598
  • New Members – 305
  • Attended Executive Meeting 05/21/2018
  • Participated in Election Workshop

Events Coordinator – Holly Sullivan

  • Attended the executive meeting 05/21/2018
  • The 10th Annual picnic is being planned. It is scheduled for Saturday August 25, 2018 11 AM to 4 PM at Booth Memorial Park in         Stratford. Request for volunteers and raffle items
  • New venue for next anniversary dinner to be discussed closer to event
  • Leaving for Washington DC next week for DC Workshop, possibly meeting with Vice President Pence

 

Legislative Coordinator – Ray Bevis 

  • On May 9, 2018 the Connecticut General Assembly adjourned the 2018 session.

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    This year CCDL tracked six potential 2nd Amendment related bills.  Our members spent numerous hours at a public hearing and contacting their legislators throughout this session. Thank you to all members who took the time to defend your rights here in the state. We all need to stay engaged and advocate for our rights.

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    Throughout this session two anti-gun bill stayed front and center; H.B. 5542 An Act Concerning Bump Stocks and Rate of Fire Enhancement Devices and H.B. 5540 An Act Concerning Ghost Guns. Both these bills had many champions and paid lobbyist fighting to get them both passed.

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    H.B. 5542 An Act Concerning Bump Stocks and Rate of Fire Enhancement Devices bill did and the Governor signed the bill at a ceremony where when he was asked about how this was feelgood legislation and bump firing is a technique that doesn’t require a bump stock. He said CCDL is wrong, they have been wrong, they will be wrong in the future. He even said that CCDL is lying.  CCDL countered Malloy’s accusations with a social media video that showed a gentleman bump firing an M1 with his beltloop that video had over 17k views.

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    A few legislators defended the 2nd Amendment both in chambers. Only 45 voted No on bump stocks.

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    Connecticut residents have until September 30, 2018 to render their ‘bump stock’, crank devices, binary triggers permanently inoperable, remove it from this state, or surrender it to Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection for destruction.

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    Gun Owners need to JOIN or DIE! I’ve heard from multiple legislators that when they talk to gun owners they say they don’t care about bump stocks. Let me point out that an infringement on the 2nd Amendment is an infringement. Now the state opened up the door to legislation to tell us what types of triggers we can have on our firearms.

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    Anti-gun legislators have already promised to bring back the ghost gun bill next year. 

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    I know I say this every two years BUT Gun Owners need to step up and volunteer on Pro2A candidates’ campaigns. If everyone one in this room volunteered just 12 hours over the next 4 months that’s just 3 hours a month or a part of one day a month. We would have a lot more

Merchandise Coordinator – Michelle McBrien

  • Taking pre-orders for polo shirts; available on website soon.

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    Save the date for annual CCDL Poker Run – Saturday, September 15th, 2018 – Route will be starting at Central CT Arms and Ending at Doody’s Totoket Inn

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    Attended CCDL executive meeting 05/21/2018

Permit Issues Coordinator – Jonathan Hardy

  • -Discussed current cases at the Board of Pistol Permit

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Campaign Workshop- Guilford June 23rd.  
  • June Food Drive – for nearly eight years, CCDL has collected and distributed food for those in need at our monthly meetings. Thank you to all of our members who generously donated canned goods and other non-perishable items to our January meeting.
  • 2018 State Elections – 2018 might be a pivotal year for gun rights in our state. It all comes down to CCDL members becoming engaged in helping pro 2A candidates hold and win seats. This is the most effective way any one member can protect their rights.
  • Letter Writing Campaign – all CCDL members are encouraged to write pro-gun letters to the editors of news organizations.

MEETING AGENDA DETAILS

 

NEXT SCHEDULED MEETING

The next General Meeting of Connecticut Citizens Defense League will held on July 10, 2018 at Elks Lodge 44 Maynard Street, Middletown CT. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 7:00 PM

ADJOURNMENT

Scott Wilson called the meeting be adjourned at 8:30 pm

MINUTES PREPARED BY

Cheryl Lemos – Secretary CCDL
June 25, 2018

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May 2018 Meeting Minutes

                                                   MEETING MINUTES: CCDL General Meeting

CALL TO ORDER

General Meeting of Connecticut Citizens Defense League was held on May 8, 2018 at Elks Lodge 44 Maynard Street, Middletown CT. The meeting began at 7:05 PM and was presided over by Scott Wilson, with Cheryl Lemos as secretary. The meeting opened with the National Anthem and the Pledge of Allegiance.e.

ATTENDEES

EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT: Scott Wilson, Chris Lemos, Bob Starr, Cheryl Lemos, Michelle McBrien, Holly Sullivan, , Ray Bevis, Robert Chambers, Jonathan Hardy

EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBERS NOT PRESENT: Frank Russello, John Beidler, Kevin Holian-Borgnis, Kris Witherill, Keith Cagle

GUESTS:

Candidate for Governor – Mark Stewart Greenstein
State Senate Candidate 14th District – Michele Gregorio
Candidate for Governor – Bob Stefanowski
Candidate for State Rep 104th District – Joe Jaumann

GENERAL MEMBERSHIP

AGENDA

  • Executive and Committee Reports
  • Rally wrap up
  • Firearms Legislative Issues
  • Guest Speakers

OFFICER REPORTS

President’s Report – Scott Wilson

  • Conducted Executive Meeting 04/24/2018
  • Numerous Press and radio contact
  • Emceed the rally April 14th
  • Helped craft alerts and communications with legislators
  • Worked on convention endorsements for GOP.
  • Numerous other tasks.

Vice-President’s Report – Chris Lemos

  • Worked on the website, blog, social media post, and membership emails.
  • Attended Executive Meeting 04/24/2018

Treasurer’s Report – Bob Starr

  • Available Funds:
  • People’s Bank Balance (Litigation) = $ 86,317
  • People’s Bank Balance (Operations) = $ 81,539
  • Attended Executive Meeting 04/24/2018

Secretary’s Report – Cheryl Lemos

  • Created minutes for the previous monthly meeting and provided to the Technology Coordinator to post to the website.
  • Attended the CCDL Executive Meeting 4/24/2018

COORDINATOR REPORTS

Membership Coordinator – Kris Witherill

  • Membership report
  • Member Total – 30,293
  • New Members – 999
  • Attended Executive Meeting 04/24/2018

Legislative Coordinator – Ray Bevis (presented by Scott Wilson)

  • Spent over 30 hours advocating for CCDL at the Capitol last week.
  • Met with numerous legislators regarding Bump Stock and Ghost Gun bills.
    • On May 1st the House called H.B. 5542 AAC Bump Stocks, they debated the bill for over five hours. The bill passed with a 114 to 35 vote. Nine of the CCDL endorsed legislators voted against us. They were; Rep. Carney of the 23rd, Rep. Davis of the 57th, Rep. Labriola of the 131st , Rep. Maclachlan of the 35th , Rep. Ohler of the 64th , Rep. Rebimbas of the 70th, Rep. Siegrist of the 36th , Rep. Sredzinski of the 112th , and Rep. Tweedie of the 13th.
    • With just over 24 hours left in the session, H.B. 5542 AAC Bump Stocks still hasn’t been called in the Senate. H.B. 5540 AAC Ghost Guns, H.B. 5539 AAC Firearms in state parks, H.B. 5538 AAC Non-Expiring Ammunition Permit hasn’t been called in the House or Senate.
  • CCDL will have a table at the GOP Convention on Friday May 11th and Saturday May 12th.
  • Additional correspondence:
    • Answered numerous emails
    • Attended the Rally at the Capitol
    • Attended CCDL executive

 

Merchandise Coordinator – Michelle McBrien

  • Taking pre-orders for polo shirts; available on website soon.
  • Save the date for annual CCDL Poker Run – Saturday, September 15th, 2018 – Route will be starting at Central CT Arms and Ending at Doody’s
  • Attended CCDL executive meeting 04/24/2018

Permit Issues Coordinator – Jonathan Hardy

  • Discussed current cases at the Board of Pistol Permit
  • Request for applications from various towns for “Application Study”

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Campaign Workshop- First Two Dates Set- Fairfield County Fish and Game June 9th— Guilford June 23rd.
  • May Food Drive – for nearly eight years, CCDL has collected and distributed food for those in need at our monthly meetings. Thank you to all of our members who generously donated canned goods and other non-perishable items to our January meeting.
  • 2018 State Elections – 2018 might be a pivotal year for gun rights in our state. It all comes down to CCDL members becoming engaged in helping pro 2A candidates hold and win seats. This is the most effective way any one member can protect their rights.
  • Letter Writing Campaign – all CCDL members are encouraged to write pro-gun letters to the editors of news organizations.

MEETING AGENDA DETAILS

  • Candidate for Governor – Mark Stewart Greenstein
  • State Senate Candidate 14th District – Michele Gregorio
  • Candidate for Governor – Bob Stefanowski
  • Candidate for State Rep 104th District – Joe Jaumann

 

NEXT SCHEDULED MEETING

The next General Meeting of Connecticut Citizens Defense League will held on June 12, 2018 at Elks Lodge 44 Maynard Street, Middletown CT. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 7:00 PM..

ADJOURNMENT

Scott Wilson called the meeting be adjourned at 8:50 pm

MINUTES PREPARED BY

Cheryl Lemos – Secretary CCDL

May 10, 2018

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February 2018 Meeting Minutes

                                                   MEETING MINUTES: CCDL General Meeting

CALL TO ORDER

General Meeting of Connecticut Citizens Defense League was held on February 13, 2018 at Elks Lodge 44 Maynard Street, Middletown CT. The meeting began at 7:05 PM and was presided over by Scott Wilson, with Cheryl Lemos as secretary. The meeting opened with the National Anthem and the Pledge of Allegiance.

ATTENDEES

EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT: Scott Wilson, Chris Lemos, Bob Starr, Cheryl Lemos, Michelle McBrien, Holly Sullivan, , Ray Bevis, Robert Chambers, Kevin Holian-Borgnis, Kris Witherill, Keith Cagle

EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBERS NOT PRESENT: Frank Russello,Jonathan Hardy,  John Beidler

GUESTS:Candidate for Governor- State Rep. Prasad Srinivasan and Candidate for Lieutenant Governor – State Senator Joe Markley.

GENERAL MEMBERSHIP

  • Executive and Committee reports
  • Candidate for Governor – Prasad Srinivasan
  • Candidate for Lieutenant Governor – Joe Markley
  • Discussion on state elections 2018
  • Letter writing campaign
  • Legislative Session (opening impressions)
  • Volunteering on campaigns for pro 2A candidates

OFFICER REPORTS

President’s Report – Scott Wilson

  • Filed FOI and Received Response for Justice McDonald Communications with parties
  • Several Media pieces regarding Ghost guns, Bump Stocks, and stolen firearms
  • Follow up communication with Middletown Police Chief
  • Assisted with Dinner details
  • Attended Dinner
  • Attended GRE dinner
  • Communicated with numerous candidates running for various offices

Vice-President’s Report – Chris Lemos

  • Worked on the website, blog, social media post, and membership emails.
  • Attended the CCDL Long Term Planning session on January 14th.
  • Met with the Membership Committee to discuss new membership initiatives
  • Attended the 9th Anniversary Dinner

Treasurer’s Report – Bob Starr

  • People’s Bank Balance (Litigation) = $87,389.64
  • People’s Bank Balance (Operations) = $62,678

Secretary’s Report – Cheryl Lemos

  • Created minutes for the previous monthly meeting and provided to the Technology Coordinator to post to the website.
  • Attended the CCDL Long Term Planning session on January 14th.
  • Met with new Membership Coordinator, Kris Witherill, to transition her to the position
  • Met with the Membership Committee to discuss new membership initiatives
  • Attended the 9th Anniversary Dinner

COORDINATOR REPORTS

Membership Coordinator – Kris Witherill

  • Attended the CCDL Long Term Planning session on January 14th.
  • No new numbers this month, still transitioning

Events Coordinator – Holly Sullivan

  • 9th Annual Anniversary Dinner was held on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at the Aquaturf in Plantsville. There were about 300 people in attendance. Several legislators and candidates were also in attendance.
  • The 10th Anniversary dinner is being planned for Saturday February 9th 2019 at the Aquaturf in Plantsville.
  • We will be setting up a booth at the Fishing and Hunting Show being held at the Connecticut Convention Center April 6th through the 8th, 2018. Will call for volunteers at future meetings.
  • The 10th Annual picnic is being planned. It is scheduled for Saturday August 25, 2018 at Booth Memorial Park in Stratford

Legislative Coordinator – Ray Bevis (presented by Scott Wilson)

  • Held four Legislative Workshops, in Middletown, Suffield, Guilford and Stonington 123 members attended. One more workshop is scheduled for Sunday February, 25th at the Rockville Fish & Game Club.
  • Attended the CCDL Long Term Planning session on January 14th.
  • Communicated with Legislators.
  • The 2018 Legislative session opened on 2/7. We’ve seen 2 gun bills thus far.
    •  SB18   AN ACT BANNING RATE OF FIRE ENHANCEMENTS.
    •  HB5020   AN ACT ESTABLISHING A CREDIT AGAINST THE PERSONAL INCOME TAX FOR THE PURCHASE OF A GUN SAFE. To establish a credit, not to exceed one hundred fifty dollars, against the personal income tax for the purchase of a gun safe for a taxpayer’s personal use.
  • Attended the CCDL Long Term Planning session on January 14th.
  • Discussed 2018 elections, citizens election program, election contributions
  • Save the date for Sportsmen’s Day at the Capitol being held Thursday March 22, 2018
  • Attended the 9th Anniversary Dinner

 

Merchandise Coordinator – Michelle McBrien

  • Flag decals are sold out. They are on order and will be available again next month
  • Sweatshirt pre-orders are now available on the website.
  • There are mugs and long sleeve t-shirts available.
  • CCDL will be setting up a booth and selling merchandise at the Connecticut Winter Indoor All Brands Motorcycle Show with Don Clady & Connecticut Cruise News for February 17th & 18th, 2018 that is being held at the Naugatuck Entertainment Building at 6 Rubber Avenue in Naugatuck
  • Save the date for annual CCDL Poker Run – Saturday, September 15th, 2018.

Permit Issues Coordinator – Jonathan Hardy

  • No Report

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • February Food Drive – for nearly eight years, CCDL has collected and distributed food for those in need at our monthly meetings. Thank you to all of our members who generously donated canned goods and other non-perishable items to our January meeting.
  • 2018 State Elections – 2018 might be a pivotal year for gun rights in our state. It all comes down to CCDL members becoming engaged in helping pro 2A candidates hold and win seats. This is the most effective way any one member can protect their rights.
  • Letter Writing Campaign – all CCDL members are encouraged to write pro-gun letters to the editors of news organizations.
  • There will be a campaign workshop at the next meeting

MEETING AGENDA DETAILS

  • Candidate for Governor- State Rep. Prasad Srinivasan discussed his campaign platform. Explained his position on legislation he previously voted for that may have been perceived as anti-gun, including his vote on SB1160. Discussed his position on the 2nd Amendment and gun rights. Answered questions from the general membership.
  • Candidate for Lieutenant Governor – State Senator Joe Markley discussed his campaign platform. He is done with fundraising and is now looking for volunteers for his campaign.

 

NEXT SCHEDULED MEETING

The next General Meeting of Connecticut Citizens Defense League will held on March 13, 2018 at Elks Lodge 44 Maynard Street, Middletown CT. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 7:00 PM..

ADJOURNMENT

Scott Wilson called the meeting be adjourned at 9:05 pm

MINUTES PREPARED BY

Cheryl Lemos – Secretary CCDL

February 14, 2018

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Judiciary Votes To Raise More Gun Bills

Today the Connecticut Judiciary Committee met and voted to raise two more gun related bill concepts this legislative session, An Act Concerning Lawfully Carrying Firearms in State Parks and An Act Concerning Lifetime Ammunition Permits.
We do not have the bill numbers or language at this time. The Judiciary Committee just voted to raise the bill concepts and will hold a public hearing soon (date to be determined).

You can see the full agenda of today’s meeting here: https://www.cga.ct.gov/2018/JUDdata/ca/2018ca-00221-R001100JUD-ca.htm

Be sure that you are receiving CCDL’s member emails which include our action alerts. Normally we send out 1-2 emails a month, so if you haven’t seen an email from us in a while, make sure you check your spam folder and white-list us. We usually only get a few days advance notice on public hearings, so it’s important you find out about them as soon as possible.

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Press Releases

Press Release – Parkland, Florida

02/15/2018
For Immediate Release:
The Connecticut Citizens Defense League (the state’s largest grass roots gun rights group) makes a statement on yesterday’s Florida shooting.

Comment from CCDL President Scott Wilson:
“While we wait for more facts to come out from the investigation, we know that the person responsible for this mass murder was someone who was a known threat to the safety of students and staff at this school. With this in mind, we wonder if more could have been done to protect this school. We also believe that the behavioral red flags being mentioned in current media reports should have been taken seriously and addressed proactively by those who were aware.”

Wilson Added:
“While some politicians are calling for more laws that will do nothing, the public should be aware that numerous existing laws were broken in this mass murder, and more laws will not stop a deranged person from killing.”

“In the meantime, our hearts go out to the families of these victims. We continue to oppose violent crime. All violent crime, not just those committed with firearms.”

Scott Wilson Sr.
President

CCDL, Inc.
www.ccdl.us

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Monthly Member Meeting – February 13th

CCDL holds its monthly general membership meeting at 7:00pm on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at the Elks Lodge in Middletown, CT. All CCDL members are welcome and encouraged to attend.
Our next meeting is Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Meeting Agenda:
• Executive and Committee reports
• Candidate for Governor – Prasad Srinivasan
• Candidate for Lieutenant Governor – Joe Markley
• Discussion on state elections 2018
• Letter writing campaign
• Legislative Session (opening impressions)
• Volunteering on campaigns for pro 2A candidates.
• Guest Speakers –
Candidate for Governor- State Rep. Prasad Srinivasan
Candidate for Lieutenant Governor – State Senator Joe Markley

Rep Srinivasan and Senator Markley will come and address our members. We encourage members to show up and ask the candidates 2A related questions.

Merchandise
We sell CCDL merchandise at the meeting, buy it there and save on shipping.
We also sell many items that are not available in our online store.
We still have patches, pins, and magnets (perfect to put on your car, gun safe, or refrigerator). We also sell the car decals in assorted colors and sizes that you can’t get online.

Food Drive
Don’t forget – CCDL collects nonperishable food items at our monthly meetings to be donated to charities. With the holidays coming, please remember those who are less fortunate than ourselves.

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Events

Legislative Workshop #4

Hosted by: Rockville Fish & Game Club

Presented by: Connecticut Citizens Defense League

DATE:

Sunday, February 25, 2018

TIME:

10:00am – 12:00pm

LOCATION:

Rockville Fish & Game Club
Main club house
Fish & Game Road, Tolland, CT

CCDL invites all that are interested in preserving our 2nd Amendment rights, in Connecticut to this FREE workshop open to members and guests of the club.  This workshop is designed to educate gun owners about legislative action.

Topics will Include:

  • Learn about the legislative process and any pending gun bills
  • Tips for communicating with your legislators
  • How to prepare written testimony
  • How to submit your testimony
  • How to testify at a public hearing effectively
  • How to track gun bills
  • How to become proactive and vigilant

If you have any questions, contact CCDL’s Legislative Coordinator:

Ray Bevis  –   (860) 800-2235  –  legislative@ccdl.us