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2019 Year in Review

2019 was an eventful year for CCDL. It marked the end of an incredible decade of growth for the organization from just a few concerned residents around a table to a remarkable membership of 35,000. There are not words enough to thank Scott Wilson, all the founding members, committee members and volunteers throughout the past decade for their hard work and dedication. Their commitment to our cause laid the foundation for the next leadership team to continue to strengthen the organization in exciting new ways to come in 2020.

This year also marks the beginning of CCDL’s Outreach Program which will make our organization more successful in protecting the rights of Connecticut citizens by better leveraging our greatest strength – our members. We encourage all members to get to know our Outreach organizers and be involved in gun rights issues in your hometown.

Looking back, below is a recap of some of the activities that happened during 2019.

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Elections – November Meeting Cancelled

The November 8th election is an important one for gun owners, especially here in Connecticut. It is imperative that all CCDL members and supporters vote for pro2A candidates in this election. This election is so important, that WE HAVE CANCELLED OUR NOVEMBER 8th MEETING. We ask that our members use the time they would have spent attending the meeting to help out one of our endorsed candidates instead.

There are also still plenty of opportunities to help pro2A candidates get elected. Candidates still need people to help wave signs, work the polls, and various other last minute tasks that can mean the difference between winning and losing. Check out CCDL’s list of endorsed candidates, find one or two in your town or close by, and volunteer to help. It’s fun, it’s easy, and it’s great being around like-minded people. Be sure to tell them CCDL sent you!
CCDL Endorsed Candidates:
http://ccdl.us/blog/2016-candidate-endorsements/

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Member Meeting – October 11th

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, October 11th. All CCDL members are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Meeting Agenda

  • November Elections
  • Candidate Forum:
    ∙ Joseph Vollano – House District 83
    ∙ Chris Kelly – House District 102
  • State Senator Joe Markley discusses critical election information
  • Poker Run wrap up
  • CCDL PAC update
  • Election volunteer efforts

NOTE: This is the last CCDL meeting before the elections!
Election Day is Tuesday, November 8th.
There will be NO November CCDL meeting, because we hope ALL our members will be busy that day helping to elect Pro2A candidates.

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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July 12th Member Meeting

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, July 12th. All CCDL members are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Meeting Agenda:

  • Candidate Forum: Marjorie Bonadies (88th House District) – George Logan (17th Senate District)
  • Family Picnic (August 27th, volunteers needed)
  • Poker Run discussion (September 24th, volunteers needed)
  • Update Report from CT delegates returning from the DC Project
  • CCDL PAC 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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Member Meeting – June 14th

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, June 14th. All CCDL members are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Meeting Agenda:

  • Discussion on litigation against the State (Shew v Malloy)
  • Candidate Forum: U.S. Senate candidate Dan Carter
  • Family Picnic (August 27th, volunteers needed)
  • Poker Run discussion (September 24th, volunteers needed)
  • CT delegates for the DC Project
  • CCDL PAC forming

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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Monthly Meeting – May 10

CCDL holds its monthly general membership meeting at 7:00pm on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at the Elks Lodge in Middletown, CT. The next meeting is May 10, 2016. All CCDL members are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Meeting Agenda:

  • Legislative Wrap Up
  • Discussion on litigation against the State (Shew v Malloy)
  • Guest Speaker – Christian Ragosta, NRA Grassroots Field Coordinator
  • Candidate Forum (candidates TBD)
  • Family Picnic (volunteers needed)
  • Poker Run discussion (volunteers needed)

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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April 12th Member Meeting

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, April 12th, 2016. All CCDL members are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Come Join Us!

Meeting Agenda

  • Discussion and course of action on currently proposed legislation
  • Discussion on litigation against the State (Shew v Malloy)
  • Discussion on 2016 elections and how we can make a difference
  • Guest speaker: State Rep Dan Carter (candidate U.S. Senate)
  • Guest speaker: Linda Synkowicz (candidate 33rd House District)
  • Guest speaker: Matt Maxwell (candidate 5th District U.S. Congress)
  • Guest speaker: Andy Falvey (candidate 103rd House District)
  • Poker Run discussion (volunteers needed)

Merchandise 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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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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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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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