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ACTION ALERT: Hearing Scheduled for Gun Bills & CCDL Lobby Day Part 2 – POSTPONED

 

It is time for you to step up and fight for your rights!

NOTICE of PUBLIC HEARING:

Lobby Day is POSTPONED!

The Public Hearing/Lobby Day Part 2 has been POSTPONED: Date to be determined.

CCDL just received an update that the Public Hearing originally scheduled for Friday, March 13, 2020 and then postponed to Monday, March 16, 2020 has been canceled.

Due to concerns over Coronavirus all events and public hearings have been cancelled for next week.

As soon as CCDL gets any further information we will pass it along.

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The Connecticut Senate will soon be voting on more gun control bills that would require manufacturers of gun parts to put serial numbers on firearm receivers and frames they sell to Connecticut residents.

The bill would also require a permit and background checks to purchase frames and receivers, heavily restricting legal home manufacturing of personal firearms.

Additional restrictions on legal gun owners include: requiring handguns to be locked in a safe, trunk or glovebox while transporting or while unattended in a motor vehicle. This would mean even during the transport of your handguns to a gun range.

Efforts by some legislators during the House debates to increase penalties for criminals who steal firearms were voted down earlier this month. Criminals get a pass and gun owners face harsher penalties!
 
H.B. 7219 would heavily restrict and regulate the practice of making firearms at home for personal use. It will require legal gun owners to get permission from the state to make a firearm at home, requiring a pistol permit and background checks to buy essentially gun parts. It will require manufacturers to put serial numbers on incomplete frames or receivers.
 
H.B. 7223 would require handguns to be locked in a safe, trunk, or glove compartment when the vehicle is unattended. Essentially, changing the gun owner with a crime if their firearm is stolen while they ran into a store and left their firearms unattended in a locked car.
 
 Please take immediate action to protect your rights. Remaining silent tells your State Senator that no one cares about gun rights in their district.

Step 1:
Email your State Senator TODAY, and tell them to OPPOSE H.B. 7219 and H.B. 7223.
You can look up your State Legislators HERE.
Simply enter your address, and then click the title “State Senator, District”.  Write a simple email:
 

Dear Senator,
Please support legal firearm owners.
OPPOSE H.B. 7219 AN ACT CONCERNING GHOST GUNS
OPPOSE H.B. 7223 AN ACT CONCERNING THE STORAGE OF A PISTOL OR REVOLVER IN A MOTOR VEHICLE. 
Support the State Constitution and legal firearm owners.
Sincerely,

                                          
 Step 2:
After sending your email, follow up with a quick phone call.
Call your state Senator and tell them that you are OPPOSED to H.B. 7219 and H.B. 7223.
Remind them that there are lots of people like yourself that live in their district and support lawful gun owners.

Senate Republicans – (860) 240-8800
Senate Democrats – (860) 240-8600
      
PLEASE!  Take a few minutes of your time to protect YOUR RIGHTS. contact your State Senator TODAY!

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Your Action Needed To Stop More Antigun Laws in Connecticut

Please contact your State Representative and State Senator, and ask them to oppose the following bills:
You can look up your State Legislators HERE.
Simply enter your address, and then click the name of your State Representative and State Senator to be taken to their official website with contact information.

OPPOSE: S.B. 60 – AN ACT CONCERNING THE PRESENTATION OF A CARRY PERMIT
This is a ‘Stop & Identify’ bill, that requires permit holder to produce their permit any time a law enforcement officer says they see a handgun. Proponents of this bill say it is needed to verify the validity and identification of the permit holder.

Current law requires the permit holder to do so only if the officer also has reasonable suspicion of a crime. The bill removes “reasonable suspicion of a crime” from the current statues that only just passed back in 2015. Proponents say this bill is needed to help diffuse public alarm and unsettling situations when someone is seen exercising their right to carry a firearm in public.

OPPOSE: H.B. 7219 – AN ACT CONCERNING GHOST GUNS
This bill will prohibit anyone from completing the manufacture a firearm without obtaining and engraving a serial number from the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (DESPP). It also prohibits the manufacturing of polymer guns that are not detectible by metal detectors, which is ALREADY banned by federal law.

The proponents say this will close a loophole that allows unregulated firearms from landing in the hands of dangerous people. But it is already illegal for felons to have firearms in the first place, and it is far more difficult and expensive the manufacture a new firearm than it is to simply grind the serial number off an existing gun, or just simply steal one. Gun control proponents are claiming that firearms not made in a factory pose a safety risk.

OPPOSE: H.B. 7223 – AN ACT CONCERNING THE STORAGE OF A PISTOL OR REVOLVER IN A MOTOR VEHICLE
This bill makes it a class D felony, to store or keep a handgun in an unattended motor vehicle if the firearm is not in a securely locked safe. Proponents are claiming this is a common-sense safety measure that would improve public safety and the security in our communities, by increasing the chances that if a burglar steals the handgun, they cannot access it.

They’re also saying this will send a clear message to gun owners: lock up your firearms when they are not in your immediate control. The problem here is criminals committing illegal car burglaries. The focus should be on criminals and justice reform, not blaming and prosecuting (with a felony) the victim of the crime. Please, take a moment of your time to email your state legislators and ask them to oppose these bills.

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Upcoming Public Hearing on Gun Bills Monday March 11th

The Judiciary Committee will hold a public hearing on Monday, March 11, 2019 at 10 A.M. in Room 2C of the Legislative Office Building (LOB), 300 Capitol Ave, Hartford, CT. We anticipate this hearing to last all day and into the night. Your attendance is needed!   
 

Monday, March 11, 2019

10:00 AM in Room 2C of the LOB

Public Hearing Agenda

SUBJECT MATTER:   Firearms

Oppose: S.B. No. 60 AN ACT CONCERNING THE PRESENTATION OF A CARRY PERMIT.  

This bill targets permit holders, it will allow permit holders to be ‘Stop and Frisk’ and detained, if a police officer just simply sees your holstered firearm. This bill removes the “reasonable suspicion of a crime” from the current statues that just passed in 2015 and will allow police to stop you for no reason.

Oppose: H.B. No. 7218 AN ACT CONCERNING THE SAFE STORAGE OF FIREARMS IN THE HOME.

Will change current storage laws to require ALL firearms, loaded or unloaded, to be secured in a home with a minor under eighteen years of age. This bill as written focuses on the punitive not prevention.

Oppose: H.B. No. 7219 AN ACT CONCERNING GHOST GUNS.

This a gun registry bill, that will redefine the State’s definition of a firearm to include unfinished “frame or lower receiver”. This will also include the frame or lower receiver blanks, casting or machined body that still requires further machining or molding to be used as part of a functional firearm. This could also ban the re-assembly of pre-1968 firearms that don’t have serial numbers. 

Oppose: H.B. No. 7223  AN ACT CONCERNING THE STORAGE OF A PISTOL OR REVOLVER IN A MOTOR VEHICLE.

Proposed by an anti-gun group. It will require all firearms in an automobile to be kept in a lockbox when the vehicle in unattended. Making any stops to and from the range impossible. Gun owners will be victim shamed and prosecuted for being the victim of a robbery.  

Support: S.B. No. 940 AN ACT AUTHORIZING CERTAIN PERSONS TO CARRY HANDGUNS IN STATE PARKS AND STATE FORESTS.

This will override the state regulations that bans permit holders from carrying in State Parks and Forests for the purpose of self-defense.

Support: H.B. No. 5227 AN ACT CONCERNING THE REGULATION OF FIREARMS BY MUNICIPALITIES.

This is a preemptive bill to prohibit the regulation of firearms by municipalities. Currently, any of the 169 municipalities in Connecticut can regulate and ban firearms or firearm components. Some towns have already banned certain types of Connecticut legal firearms.  

Support: H.B. No. 5870 AN ACT CONCERNING TRANSFER OF ASSAULT WEAPONS AND LARGE CAPACITY MAGAZINES.

This bill would allow the transfer of State Registered “Assault Weapons” and declared “Large Capacity Magazines” among residents that also have these items. It will not generate any new “Assault Weapons” or “Large Capacity Magazines” in this state, just simply allow the transfers among legal firearm enthusiast.

 
Members are encouraged to give oral and written testimony on these bills. Speaking order will be determined by a lottery system. Lottery numbers will be drawn from 8:00 A.M. to 9:30 A.M. in Room 2500 of the LOB. Speakers arriving after the completion of the lottery will have their names placed at the end of the speaker list. Reminder: If you’re unable to sign up BEFORE the start of the hearing, speakers may add their names to the bottom of the speaker list ANYTIME during the hearing. As long as there is an active public hearing the LOB is open. CCDL members will be there to direct you.

Please submit 60 copies of your written testimony to the Committee staff no later than 9:00 A.M. in Room 2500 of the LOB. Testimony received after the 9:00 A.M. may not be distributed until after the hearing.
Email your written testimony in Word or PDF format to JUDtestimony@cga.ct.gov a day or two before the hearing. Email or drop off a copy of your written testimony to your State Senator and State Representative.
 
Testimony Tips:

                -Include your name, town of residence, the bill number and whether you support or oppose.

                – Make it personal. Any life experiences that are relevant to your position should be described.

                – Testimony can be as little as a few sentences, but try not to exceed one page in length.

                – You may submit separate written testimony for each bill, but you will only get 3 minutes to speak.

                – Testimony is limited to matters related to the items on the agenda.

More information
Read our Public Testimony Tip Sheet for help composing your written or in-person testimony.

If you are unable to attend, your voice still needs to be heard on these issues, please email your written testimony in Word or PDF format to: JUDtestimony@cga.ct.gov  Be sure to email a copy of your written testimony to your State Senator and State Representative.
 
If you are able attend, but DO NOT WISH to speak or submit testimony, please come and help fill the seats with Second Amendment supporters. This hearing will likely last many hours, please consider coming even if only for a few hours. Legislators need to see that Second Amendment supporters are strong in Connecticut.

If you have any question contact CCDL Legislative Coordinator Ray Bevis legislative@ccdl.us
 

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Immediate Action Required! Contact Your Legislator Today

To all CCDL members,
The following bills have passed out of committee, and will be going to the House and Senate for a vote. Please call or email your state Rep and your state Senator and ask them to take the following actions:

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Oppose HB 5054
AN ACT PROTECTING VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
This bill would violate due process rights for gun owners. Nearly half of these Temporary Restraining Orders do not become full restraining orders
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Oppose HB 5623
AN ACT CONCERNING VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND VICTIMS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING
This bill would violate due process rights for gun owners. Nearly half of these Temporary Restraining Orders do not become full restraining orders. The same identical language from HB 5054 is included in this bill. This bill is a very unsettling attempt to divide gun owners to make them look like we somehow support human trafficking.
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Oppose HB 5408
AN ACT CONCERNING THE PRESENTATION OF A CARRY PERMIT
This bill would undermine the “reasonable suspicion” clause in the current law and would deprive gun owners of Constitutional rights protected under the 4th Amendment.
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Support HB 5409
AN ACT CONCERNING APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS FOR A TEMPORARY STATE PERMIT TO CARRY A PISTOL OR A REVOLVER.
This bill is a worthy of support. This will help establish uniform criteria for local issuing authorities across the state.
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It is critical you contact your legislators to let them know your positions on these bills. Your communication with your elected officials is the only thing that will stop anti-gun bills from passing, and help pro-gun bills to pass. If you need more information before contacting your legislators about these bills, please visit our blog for useful information, or email Ray Bevis at legislative@ccdl.us

Our strength lies in the actions of our members. Please take action as soon as possible. Our rights are at stake!

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ALERT! (Another) Public Hearing On Gun Bills

ALERT! Public Hearing On Gun Bills

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARINGS ON MONDAY, MARCH 14, 2016 AT 10:30 A.M ____________________________________________________________

The Judiciary Committee of the Connecticut General Assembly (CGA) will hold a public hearing on Monday, March 14, 2016 at 10:30 A.M. in room 2C of the Legislative Office Building (LOB), located at 300 Capitol Ave, Hartford.
These are important bills. We need as many members as possible to show up.  You can be certain those who want to take away your rights will be there in force.
IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO ATTEND YOU MAY STILL SUBMIT WRITTEN TESTIMONY. *

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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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Counter-Protest The Antigun Rally in Newtown!

The antigunners are staging another rally in front of the NSSF Headquarters in Newtown. We’ll be there again too!

We’ll be meeting on January 18th in front of the NSSF headquarters at 3:30pm, located right off rt 25 at 11 Mile Hill Rd, Newtown. Parking is tough, but you can park behind the Reed School, by the soccer and baseball fields on Old Farm Rd. Any crossing of Mile Hill Rd. is prohibited, except up by Reed School where you park. Remember if you park there you are technically parking on school grounds.

• Bring Pro2A signs.
• Bring American flags.
• Bring a sign thanking the NSSF for what they do.
• Wear your CCDL gear with pride!
• BE RESPECTFUL AND POLITE! Don’t let someone goad you into an argument or fight. Remember the media will be there.

For more info and maps click here.

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Call to Action: Help End CT Democratic Leaders Partisanship

Governor Malloy and the Connecticut Democratic Party have been turning the 2nd Amendment and the 14th Amendment into a partisan issue. They are implying that only Republicans support the 2nd Amendment. Since CCDL is a nonpartisan organization, we are asking CCDL members to call and email those Democrat legislators we have previously endorsed, and ask them to speak out and oppose Governor Malloy’s intention to sign an executive order that would violate both the 2nd Amendment and 14th Amendments.
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Alert: Urgent Action Required!

Governor Malloy is planning on implementing an Executive Order that would deny purchases of any firearm by citizens of Connecticut who may be on a Federal Government watch-list. There are many people on this list who do not belong there. Not only does Governor Malloy intend to decline purchases to those who may be on a government list, he intends to revoke pistol permits, long arm eligibility certificates, and ammunition certificates as well. This action would remove due process and violate the rights of any citizen affected.
Important Note:
When asked by media, the governor stated that people who are on this list should not possess firearms. This seems to indicate that Governor Malloy might be making plans to implement confiscation of firearms possessed by individuals who have not been charged or convicted of any crime.

Please Call and Flood Governor Malloy’s Office Today!
Phone: (860)566-4840
Or leave an online response here: link

Let him know that this impending Executive Action is wrong. Feel free to use some of these points below in your statements:
Key Points about the Watch List:
1) For the purposes of this proposed legislation, a “terrorist” is anyone whose name appears on the FBI’s terror watch list. This is not a list of known terrorists. As the name implies, it is just a list of people the FBI is watching for information about terrorism. A person might be watched because a relative, acquaintance or coworker is suspected of terroristic actions. They themselves may be law-abiding citizens.
2) Anyone can mistakenly and unknowingly end up on the terror watch list. You do not have to commit any crime to be added to the list Infants, US senators, Nelson Mandela, and the entire Ford Motor Company have all been mistakenly added to the watch list.
3) There is no deliberate means to remove yourself from the list should you mistakenly end up on it.
4) The criteria to end up on the terror list are unclear and vague.
5) We do not have a clue who is adding names to this list. Adding someone to the list is purely a bureaucratic decision with no accountability, and no opportunity for an individual to refute being added to the list. If Malloy, Murphy and Blumenthal have their way, citizens who have been charged with no crime will lose their Constitutional rights with NO due process.
6) Gun sales to individuals who are on the watch list are already reported to and approved by the federal government. They decline the sales to actual criminals.
7) The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has recognized that these lists are inaccurate, unconstitutional, and unfairly target Muslims and people of color, and is currently suing the federal government over their use. They also caution that these lists “shouldn’t be used to restrict people’s freedoms.”

Also:
CCDL is concerned that if there is a person actually connected with terrorism, the revocation process will tip them off and possibly hamper a federal investigation.

Further Reading:
ACLU – Until No-Fly List Is Fixed, It Shouldn’t Be Used To Restrict People’s Freedoms
CNN – No-fly nightmares: The program’s most embarrassing mistakes
Huffington Post – 7 Ways That You (Yes, You) Could End Up On A Terrorist Watch List
The Boston Globe – Guns and the ‘No-Fly’ grandstanders