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Legal Actions

CCDL Joins (Next Round) Amicus Brief in Duncan v. Becerra

A Brief Summary

In 2016, California passed a law, Cal. Penal Code § 32310. This Act banned not just the sale, but also the possession of any magazine holding more than ten rounds.  There are estimates of more than 100
million such magazines in the United States, and they are perfectly legal in most states.  In California, this new law would have required citizens who possessed such magazines to remove them from the state, transfer them to a licensed dealer, or surrender them to a law enforcement agency for destruction. In 2017, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California enjoined (prohibited) the enforcement of this new law.  The State of California has appealed the preliminary injunction to the Ninth Circuit.  In 2018, a panel of judges of the Ninth Circuit affirmed the issuance of the preliminary injunction.  Though en banc review of the panel decision was sought by California, it was not granted.  Hence the case was remanded to the District Court for trial. 

PDF of Brief Here

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Meeting

Monthly Member Meeting – Tuesday, September 10, 2019

CALL TO ORDER

General Meeting of Connecticut Citizens Defense League was held on September 10, 2019 at Elks Lodge 44 Maynard Street, Middletown CT.  The meeting began at 7:00 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: Kris Witherill, Robert Chambers, Michelle McBrien Walt Kupson, Frank Russello, Ray Bevis, Chris Lemos, Cheryl Lemos, Bob Starr, Scott Wilson, Dominick Basile Holly Sullivan, Jonathan Hardy,

EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBERS NOT PRESENT: Kevin Holian-Borgnis, John Beidler, Keith Cagle,

GUESTS:  Candidate for 2nd Congressional District- Justin Anderson

GENERAL MEMBERSHIP

AGENDA

  • Executive and committee reports
  • Legislative Update
  • Update and Volunteers for Outreach plan
  • Amicus Brief Update
  • Guest Speaker – Candidate for 2nd Congressional District- Justin Anderson
  • Open forum

OFFICER REPORTS

President’s Report – Scott Wilson

-Attended the Executive Board meeting via conference call on 08/27/19

-Communicated with legislators
-Media and press statements
-Responded to numerous emails and communications

-Numerous other tasks

Vice-President’s Report – Chris Lemos

-Worked on the website, blog, social media post, and membership emails. 

-Attended the Executive Board meeting via conference call on 08/27/19

Treasurer’s Report – Robert Starr

-Attended the Executive Board meeting via conference call on 08/27/19
-Available Funds:

  • People’s Bank Balance (Litigation) = $ 76,317
  • People’s Bank Balance (Operations) = $ 106,557
  • Paypal Balance = $2,123

Secretary’s Report – Cheryl Lemos  
-Attended the Executive Board meeting via conference call on 08/27/19

-Created minutes for the previous monthly meeting and provided to the Technology Coordinator to post to the website.

-Attended the Family Picnic and Rally at the capital. We took the leftover food from the picnic to the Bridgeport Rescue Mission and they were extremely grateful for the contributions.

COORDINATOR REPORTS

Membership Coordinator – Kris Witherill

-Attended the Executive Board meeting via conference call on 08/27/19

-Community Outreach  discussion / sign-up 

-Attended the Rally at the Capital
-Membership report

     -Member Total –     34416

     -New Members –    305

 

Events Coordinator – Holly Sullivan

-Attended the Executive Board meeting via conference call on 08/27/19

– The Family Picnic was Saturday August 24,

– Friday, Sept 6 was Black Guns Matter speaking event at UNH

– Saturday, Sept 7 was the rally at the Capital with Black Guns Matter and other speakers

– 11th Anniversary Dinner is booked for Saturday February 22 at La Bella Vista

-Working on possibly hosting a shoot for college kids. No date scheduled yet.

-I’m speaking at the Gun Rights Policy Conference in Phoenix August 21 & 22

-CCDL has now been invited to speak at Fairfield University as of this morning

 

Legislative Coordinator – Ray Bevis

– Attended Outreach Committee Meeting on Sept 9th.
– Griswold is trying to pass an ordinance banning firearms on town owned property. They’re looking at the Woodbridge ordinance as their model. The ordinance committee had a meeting last week to discuss this, CCDL sent out an alert. We will be monitoring for further town action.
– Kent Planning and Zoning Update: Public Hearing on October 10th on proposed zoning changes to heavily restrict gun stores in town.
– Now that the local primaries are over, please reach out to local campaigns, research how candidates are on our issue and offer your time or money to get the Pro2A candidates elected.
– Gov. Lamont joined 11 other Governors in a letter to Sen. McConnell, calling for;
     – Extreme Risk Protection Orders “Red Flag Law”
     – Universal background check
     – Outlawing Assault Weapons and High-Capacity Magazines
     – Stricker reporting for mental health professionals
-Additional correspondence:
-Answered a few emails and phone calls

Merchandise Coordinator – Michelle McBrien

-delivered decals to various stores

-picked up decals from our vendor

 

Permit Issues Coordinator – Jonathan Hardy

-Discussed current cases at the Board of Pistol Permit

Outreach committee report –  Frank Russello

-Making good progress

   -Committee meeting twice a month

    -Regional managers on board

    -Kickoff meeting with regional managers scheduled for end of October

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • September 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.
  • Letter Writing Campaign – all CCDL members are encouraged to write pro-gun letters to the editors of news organizations.  

MEETING AGENDA DETAILS

  • Executive and committee reports
  • Legislative Update
  • Update and Volunteers for Outreach plan
  • Amicus Brief Update
  • Guest Speaker – Candidate for 2nd Congressional District- Justin Anderson
  • Open forum

NEXT SCHEDULED MEETING

The next General Meeting of Connecticut Citizens Defense League will held on October 8, 2019 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

September 11, 2019

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Legal Actions

CCDL co-files Amicus Curiae along with the NRA

November 12th 2019- Update SCOTUS Denied CERT. The Legal Action Will Resume in the Connecticut Judicial Branch 

For Immediate Release:

(Groton, CT) – The Connecticut Citizens Defense League (The state’s largest gun rights organization) co-files Amicus Curiae along with the National Rifle Association of America.

CCDL President Scott Wilson Releases the following Statement:

“We are proud to stand alongside the National Rifle Association with mutual support for Remington Arms and for the rights of legal gun owners. We hope that the Supreme Court considers addressing this issue.”

PDF of Brief Here