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February Meeting Canceled

TUESDAY MEETING CANCELED

The monthly members meeting that was scheduled for Tuesday, February 12th has been canceled, due to the predicted snow and ice storm.

Our next meeting will be Tuesday, March 12th.

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If you need tickets to our big 10 year Anniversary Dinner on February 23rd, you can still buy tickets online, in the CCDL web store.  CLICK HERE

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CCDL is tracking a large number of gun bills both bad and good, working their way through the legislative process. Please pay close attention to your emails and to our social media accounts in the coming weeks and months. Usually we get very short notice when a bill is going to a public hearing. Often just a few days. We expect that at least some of these bills will be heard sometime in the next month or so. We’ll need as many people as possible to show up and testify on these bills in person, or at the very least submit emailed testimony. You can be sure those that want to take away your rights will be there in large numbers.

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CCDL Enjoins Amicus Brief in Support of Right to Carry Petition in New Jersey

The Connecticut Citizens Defense League has joined with multiple law enforcement associations and other state-wide gun rights organizations to present legal arguments on behalf of lawful gun owners.

Together we have filed an amicus brief in support of the petition for certiorari filed with the Supreme Court in Rogers v. Grewal, No. 18-824.  This case challenges the extremely restrictive “discretionary” carry permit system in New Jersey, which basically does not recognize any right by ordinary citizens to obtain a carry permit.  Instead, an individual must show “justifiable need,” which is defined to mean (in addition to other criteria) that the applicant must “specify in detail the urgent necessity for self-protection, as evidenced by specific threats or previous attacks which demonstrate a special danger to the applicant’s life that cannot be avoided by means other than by issuance of a permit to carry a handgun.”

The application is to be supported by documentation of the threats or attacks in the form of police reports.  The New Jersey courts have held that “generalized fears for personal safety are inadequate.

The current case, challenging the New Jersey statutes on Second Amendment grounds, was filed after there had previously been a Third Circuit case upholding those statutes.  Accordingly, the federal District Court cited the Third Circuit case, and denied relief.  At the Third Circuit, the plaintiffs themselves asked the Third Circuit to summarily affirm, thereby saving time and setting the case up to take to the Supreme Court by way of certiorari as soon as possible.

The brief argues points that have been made in the past in right-to-carry cases, such as the total ineffectiveness of restrictive permitting systems in reducing crime, and the fact that concealed carry permit holders nationwide, even in far less restrictive “shall-issue” states, tend to be remarkably law-abiding.

We believe the brief should help convince the court that this is an important case, and worth considering for granting certiorari.

The full amicus curiae brief may be viewed here:
18-824 Amicus Brief of Law Enforcement Groups et al. (pdf)

The chances of getting some meaningful Court action on important issues—such as the fundamental question in this case, whether there is a Second Amendment right to carry outside the home—are probably the best in many years.

As 2nd Amendment advocates, we must recognize the impact that federal actions in other states could ultimately have on Connecticut.

Scott Wilson
President – CCDL Inc.

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11th Anniversary Dinner

11th CCDL Dinner

 

Come celebrate our anniversary at the 11th Annual CCDL dinner, to be held February 22, 2020 at La Bella Vista in Waterbury. Relax, enjoy a formal seated dinner, and share a well deserved night out.

Tickets may be purchased at our monthly meeting or online, and you must show your ticket at the door to gain entry.Tickets are $57 per person when ordered online in our web store. Tickets ordered online will not be shipped. They will be held at the door under the name used to order them.

Dinner will be served table side. Salad, dessert and light hors d’eouvres are on the menu as well. This event is 5pm-9pm, with dinner to start at 5:30. We will have some speakers, but not TOO many! This is a night to sit back and enjoy a well deserved meal. Bring some cash for games.

All lawful forms of carry are permitted and encouraged, but remember the La Bella Vista does serve alcohol. Please carry (and drink) responsibly.

Click here to purchase tickets

 

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10th Anniversary Dinner

 

Come celebrate our anniversary at the 10th Annual CCDL dinner, to be held February 23, 2019 at La Bella Vista in Waterbury. Relax, enjoy a formal seated dinner, and share a well deserved night out.

We are incredibly excited to celebrate this landmark anniversary with an exquisite commemorative hand-engraved Colt 1911 as one of the prizes to be won.

Tickets may be purchased at our monthly meeting or online, and you must show your ticket at the door to gain entry.Tickets are $57 per person when ordered online in our web store. Tickets ordered online will not be shipped. They will be held at the door under the name used to order them.

Dinner will be served tableside. Salad, dessert and light hors d’eouvres are on the menu as well. This event is 5pm-9pm, with dinner to start at 5:30. We will have some speakers, but not TOO many! This is a night to sit back and enjoy a well deserved meal. Bring some cash for games. CCDL commemorative cigar patio and the bar! All lawful forms of carry are permitted and encouraged, but remember the La Bella Vista does serve alcohol. Please carry (and drink) responsibly.

Prize donations are tremendously appreciated. Items do not need to be shooting related- any new items will be a tremendous help.

The La Bella Vista is located at 380 Farmwood Road Waterbury, Connecticut. Please contact Holly Sullivan at events@ccdl.us for more information.

You can buy your tickets through our online store. 

Buy tickets Here