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April Meeting Canceled

Due to the social distancing requirements caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the April CCDL Monthly meeting is canceled.

We will be sending an update to members in the coming days.

Stay safe and carry on!

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CCDL Membership Meetings are Moving!

CCDL holds its monthly general membership meeting at 7:00pm on the 2nd Tuesday of each month. Starting in February 2020 the meetings will take place at the VFW Post 511, in New Britain.  The January meeting is still at the Elks Club in Middletown.

Come join us in our new location on February 11th!

VFW Post 511 Hall

 

 

The VFW hall is located at:VFW Post 511 Map

41 Veterans Drive

New Britain, CT 06051

Click here for driving directions

 

 

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Monthly Member Meeting – Tuesday, December 10th

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, Month December 10th.
All CCDL members are welcome and encouraged to attend.
Meeting Agenda:

  • Executive and Committee Reports
  • Recognition of Former Board Members & Introduction to New Executive Board
  • New Volunteer Opportunities for 2020
  • Progress Report of CCDL’s Outreach Committee & Early Successes
  • Review of New York State Rifle and Pistol Association v City of New York Supreme Court Actions
  • Recognition and Presentation of CCDL’s 2019 Legislator of the Year
  • Announcements of New Goals & Developments for CCDL in 2020

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.

As usual, we will be collecting canned goods/non-perishables for those less fortunate.

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Monthly Member Meeting – Tuesday, November 12, 2019

CALL TO ORDER

General Meeting of Connecticut Citizens Defense League was held on November 12, 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: John Beidler, Kris Witherill, Robert Chambers, Michelle McBrien, Walt Kupson, Frank Russello, Ray Bevis, Chris Lemos, Cheryl Lemos, Bob Starr, Scott Wilson, Holly Sullivan, Dominick Basile, Jonathan Hardy,

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

GUESTS:   

GENERAL MEMBERSHIP

AGENDA

  • Belated thank you to all Veterans
  • Executive and Committee reports
  • Legislative Workshop Planning- Ray Bevis
  • Amicus Brief Updates- Scott (Worman v Healy) (Remington v Soto)
  • DC Rally Report
  • Meet the Outreach Committee and Managers
  • Discussion on New State Police Canine Patrol Dogs

OFFICER REPORTS

President’s Report – Scott Wilson

-Attended the Executive Board meeting on 10/22/19

-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 on 10/22/19

Treasurer’s Report – Robert Starr

-Attended the Executive Board meeting on 10/22/19
-Available Funds:

  • People’s Bank Balance (Litigation) = $ 63,317
  • People’s Bank Balance (Operations) = $  103,115
  • Paypal Balance = $ 2,182

Secretary’s Report – Cheryl Lemos  
-Attended the Executive Board meeting on 10/22/19

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

COORDINATOR REPORTS

Membership Coordinator – Kris Witherill

-Attended the Executive Board meeting on 10/22/19

-Membership report

     -Member Total –     34810

     -New Members –    176

 

Events Coordinator – Holly Sullivan

-Attended the Executive Board meeting on 10/22/19

-Reminder that the 11th Anniversary Dinner is booked for Saturday February 22 at La Bella Vista

   -need volunteers

   -Tickets will be available for sale at the December meeting and on the website before then.

 

Legislative Coordinator – Ray Bevis

-Attended the Executive Board meeting on 10/22/19

-Attended the Kent Planning and Zoning Public Hearing on proposal to limit Gun Store in town to only a small industrial zoned area and to ban gun stores from 1000ft of placed of worship, schools, liquor stores, and establishments that sale liquor will be on Thursday October 10th

-The P&Z commission voted to extend the Public hear for 30 days. Meaning that they will take public comments via email and at the next P&Z meeting, which is scheduled for this Thursday, November 14th at 7:00pm at the Kent Town Hall at 41 Kent Green BLVD.

-During the hearing gun stores were compared to Marijuana Dispensaries and Adult Toy Shops, often asking the speakers if they would want one of those type of establishments in the center of town. The general mindset of the proponents of this ordnance change was that “we must do something to prevent shootings” “what about the children” “guns shops need to be kept out of sight so they are out of mind”

-Please attend the meeting and show your support for our rights, if you’re unable to attend you may email your comments to the town clerk of Kent.

– Attended Outreach Committee Meet and Greet with Reginal Managers on October 20th

– Still looking for a few more gun clubs to host a CCDL Legislative workshop in January, February, or the beginning of March. The workshops are about two hours long. And help gun owners understand the legislative process, how to communicate with their legislators, and how to write and submit testimony. Ask your clubs if they would be interested in a workshop. Please email Ray at legislative@ccdl.us if you have any questions or if your club is interested.

-Additional correspondence:

-Answered emails and phone calls

Merchandise Coordinator – Michelle McBrien

-Attended the Executive Board meeting on 10/22/19

-special addition t-shirts are available.

 

Permit Issues Coordinator – Jonathan Hardy

-Attended the Executive Board meeting on 10/22/19

Outreach committee report –  Walt Kupson

-Attended the Executive Board meeting on 10/22/19

– Outreach: will introduce RMs at meeting and review the program to boost recruitment, formal and candid photos for eventual use for CCDL webpage and FB articles to further energize program, next Regional Manager meeting with committee November 19th

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • November 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

  • Belated thank you to all Veterans
  • Executive and Committee reports
  • Legislative Workshop Planning- Ray Bevis
  • Amicus Brief Updates- Scott (Worman v Healy) (Remington v Soto)
  • DC Rally Report
  • Meet the Outreach Committee and Managers
  • Discussion on New State Police Canine Patrol Dogs

NEXT SCHEDULED MEETING

The next General Meeting of Connecticut Citizens Defense League will held on December 10, 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 8:45 pm

MINUTES PREPARED BY

Cheryl Lemos – Secretary CCDL

November 12, 2019

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Monthly Member Meeting – Tuesday, October 8, 2019

CALL TO ORDER

General Meeting of Connecticut Citizens Defense League was held on October 8, 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: John Beidler, Kris Witherill, Robert Chambers, Michelle McBrien, Walt Kupson, Frank Russello, Ray Bevis, Chris Lemos, Cheryl Lemos, Bob Starr, Scott Wilson, Dominick Basile, Holly Sullivan,

EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBERS NOT PRESENT: Kevin Holian-Borgnis, Keith Cagle, Jonathan Hardy,

GUESTS:  Hartford Mayoral Candidate Aaron Lewis

GENERAL MEMBERSHIP

AGENDA

  • Executive and committee reports
  • Legislative Update
  • Update and Volunteers for Outreach plan
  • Amicus Brief Update
  • 2Nd Amendment DC Rally
  • Open forum
  • Guest Speaker – Hartford Mayoral Candidate Aaron Lewis

OFFICER REPORTS

President’s Report – Scott Wilson

-Attended the Executive Board meeting on 10/1/19

-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 on 10/1/19

Treasurer’s Report – Robert Starr

-Attended the Executive Board meeting on 10/1/19
-Available Funds:

  • People’s Bank Balance (Litigation) = $ 100,025
  • People’s Bank Balance (Operations) = $  68,317
  • Paypal Balance = $ 2,054

Secretary’s Report – Cheryl Lemos  
-Attended the Executive Board meeting on 10/1/19

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

COORDINATOR REPORTS

Membership Coordinator – Kris Witherill

-Membership report

     -Member Total –     34603

     -New Members –    260

 

Events Coordinator – Holly Sullivan

-Attended the Executive Board meeting on 10/1/19

-Reminder that the 11th Anniversary Dinner is booked for Saturday February 22 at La Bella Vista

– Tickets for sale for 2nd Amendment Organization Bus to D.C. for rally November 2nd – 55 people round-trip, depart Danbury 5 Am. Rally from 1 – 4. Bus depart DC at 7 PM for $3000.

 

Legislative Coordinator – Ray Bevis

-Attended the Executive Board meeting on 10/1/19

  • • Attended Outreach Committee Meetings on September 30th and October 7th
  • • Interview with Yale Journalist
  • • Spoke at the Southington Constitutional Rally and help with the CCDL booth and merchandise sales
  • • Spoke at the Quiet Corner Freedom Festival and helped with CCDL booth and merchandise sales
  • • Griswold update: I’m trying to confirm but one source has told me that the ordinance banning firearms on town owned property, will not be going to a vote. CCDL sent out an alert and I was told it was well attended. We will be monitoring
  • • Kent Planning and Zoning Public Hearing on proposal to limit Gun Stores in town to only a small industrial zoned area and to ban gun stores from 1000ft of places of worship, schools, liquor stores, and establishments that sell liquor will be on Thursday October 10th at 7:00pm at the Kent Town Hall at 41 Kent Green BLVD
  • • DESPP-419-C forms are now available on the DESPP website. This is the “Unique Serial Application and Gun Manufactured Completion Notification” form. This form is to be filled out when transferring an unfinished receiver or frame without a serial number or if you want to complete an unfished frame or receiver. Connecticut is now the only State in the Union to issue firearm serial numbers
  • • Legislative Shoot Wrap-up: The 2019 CCDL Legislative Shoot and Luncheon was held this past Sunday at Blue Trail Range. 26 Legislators, Staff and their families RSVP’d. Eight people were in attendance. This was the lowest attended legislative shoot. This year we focused on the pistol permit process and the need for uniformed criteria legislation. On the range we focused on all platforms of .22’s (single shot, lever, pump, bolt, semi, and modern). We had mostly reactive targets and legislators asked some great questions. I would like to thank Blue Trail Range for hosting us, the NSSF for donating ammo, Elvex Corp. out of Shelton for donating the hearing and eye protection, Lukasz Jura for his pistol permit process video production, Dom Basile for organizing the range part and for the many other volunteers that assisted with making this event possible.
  • • 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. Pro 2A Candidates cannot get elected without the help of the Pro2A community. They need your time or money!

 

Merchandise Coordinator – Michelle McBrien

-Attended the Executive Board meeting on 10/1/19

 

Permit Issues Coordinator – Jonathan Hardy

-Attended the Executive Board meeting on 10/1/19

NOT AT THE MEETING  – NO REPORT

Outreach committee report –  Frank Russello

– met last night, our very first Meet & Greet for the Regional Managers is the 20th, from there, they will continue to build their teams of Area Managers and Town Captains. Maybe solicit more TCs? Goal is to have this entire plan operational before the next legislative session

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • October 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
  • 2Nd Amendment DC Rally
  • Open forum
  • Guest Speaker – Hartford Mayoral Candidate Aaron Lewis

NEXT SCHEDULED MEETING

The next General Meeting of Connecticut Citizens Defense League will held on December 10, 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

October 8, 2019

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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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Monthly Member Meeting – Tuesday, August 13, 2019

CALL TO ORDER

General Meeting of Connecticut Citizens Defense League was held on August 13, 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: Walt Kupson, Frank Russello, Ray Bevis, Chris Lemos, Cheryl Lemos, Bob Starr, John Beidler, Scott Wilson, Holly Sullivan, Keith Cagle, Jonathan Hardy, Dominick Basile

EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBERS NOT PRESENT: Kevin Holian-Borgnis, Kris Witherill, Robert Chambers, Michelle McBrien

GUESTS: Y.E.S. Attendee -Stephanie Weber, Attorney Greg Miller, Candidate for NRA Board of Directors- Tom Ellis, Candidate for Mayor of Meriden CT- Ernestine Holloway

GENERAL MEMBERSHIP

AGENDA

  • Executive and committee reports
  • Legislative Update (Status of current bills for this session)
  • Update and Volunteers for Outreach plan
  • Family Picnic
  • Black Guns Matter Event
  • Amicus Brief Update
  • Guest Speakers
    • Y.E.S. Attendee -Stephanie Weber
    • Attorney Greg Miller
    • Candidate for NRA Board of Directors- Tom Ellis
    • Candidate for Mayor of Meriden CT- Ernestine Holloway
  • Open forum

OFFICER REPORTS

President’s Report – Scott Wilson
-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 on 07/30/19

Treasurer’s Report – Robert Starr

-Attended the Executive Board meeting on 07/30/19
-Available Funds:

  • People’s Bank Balance (Litigation) = $ 76,317
  • People’s Bank Balance (Operations) = $ 104,224
  • Paypal Balance = $2,005

Secretary’s Report – Cheryl Lemos  
-Attended the Executive Board meeting on 07/30/19

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

COORDINATOR REPORTS

Membership Coordinator – Kris Witherill

-Attended the Executive Board meeting on 07/30/19

-Community Outreach  discussion / sign-up 
-Membership report

     -Member Total –     34143

     -New Members –    278

 

Events Coordinator – Holly Sullivan

-Attended the Executive Board meeting on 07/30/19

– Family Picnic is Saturday August 24, volunteers and raffle items needed

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

– 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.

– Participated in the DC Project

– Channel 12 interview

-Attended Women on Target at High Rock, upcoming picnic (need volunteers and raffle items)

-Updates on the Maj Event

 

Legislative Coordinator – Ray Bevis

-Attended the Executive Board meeting on 07/30/19

– Attended and Briefly Manned the CCDL table at Tom’s Firearms grand opening in Naugatuck. 
– Attended Outreach Committee Meetings on July 12th & July 29th.
– Legislative Shoot update: stuffed, addressed and sent out 187 the invitations. 
– CCDL presentation at the Danielson Veterans Coffeehouse
– Kent Planning and Zoning Update: Public Hearing on October 10th on proposed zoning changes to heavily restrict gun stores in town. 
Answered a few emails and phone calls 

Merchandise Coordinator – Michelle McBrien

-Attended the Executive Board meeting on 07/30/19

-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

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • August 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 (Status of current bills for this session)
  • Update and Volunteers for Outreach plan
  • Family Picnic
  • Black Guns Matter Event
  • Amicus Brief Update
  • Guest Speakers
    • Y.E.S. Attendee -Stephanie Weber
    • Attorney Greg Miller
    • Candidate for NRA Board of Directors- Tom Ellis
    • Candidate for Mayor of Meriden CT- Ernestine Holloway
  • Open forum

NEXT SCHEDULED MEETING

The next General Meeting of Connecticut Citizens Defense League will held on September 10, 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

August 13, 2019

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Monthly Member Meeting – Tuesday, July 9, 2019

General Meeting of Connecticut Citizens Defense League was held on July 9, 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: Ray Bevis, Chris Lemos, Cheryl Lemos, Bob Starr, John Beidler, Kris Witherill, Robert Chambers, Scott Wilson, Holly Sullivan, Michelle McBrien, Keith Cagle,

EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBERS NOT PRESENT: Walt Kupson, Dominick Basile, Frank Russello, Kevin Holian-Borgnis, Jonathan Hardy,

GUESTS: Laren Pizzitola

GENERAL MEMBERSHIP

AGENDA

  • Executive and committee reports
  • Legislative Update (Status of current bills for this session)
  • Update and Volunteers for Outreach plan
  • Family Picnic
  • Black Guns Matter Event
  • Amicus Brief Update – Robert Chambers
  • Open forum

OFFICER REPORTS

President’s Report – Scott Wilson
-Attended the Executive Board meeting on 06/25/19
-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 on 06/25/19

Treasurer’s Report – Robert Starr

-Attended the Executive Board meeting on 06/25/19
-Available Funds:

  • People’s Bank Balance (Litigation) = $ 76,317
  • People’s Bank Balance (Operations) = $ 111,468
  • Paypal Balance = $2,081

Secretary’s Report – Cheryl Lemos  
-Created minutes for the previous monthly meeting and provided to the Technology Coordinator to post to the website.

COORDINATOR REPORTS

Membership Coordinator – Kris Witherill

-Attended the Executive Board meeting on 06/25/19

-Community Outreach  discussion / sigh-up 
-Membership report

     -Member Total –     33865

     -New Members –    179

 

Events Coordinator – Holly Sullivan

-Attended the Executive Board meeting on 06/25/19

– Family Picnic is Saturday August 24, volunteers and raffle items needed

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

– 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.

 

Legislative Coordinator – Ray Bevis

-Attended the Executive Board meeting on 06/25/19

– Manned the CCDL table at The Gun Store in Waterbury for their “Meet & Greet” event with Gavin and Dom on June 15th

-Attended an Outreach Committee Meeting on June 19th

-Met with Blue Trail Range to discuss them hosting this year’s Legislative Shoot. We will be having the legislative shoot there in October. This will be the 5th year in a row CCDL has held a legislative shoot. We invite ALL legislators, their staff, and their families. We have had about 100 attendees over the last 4 years. And we have had few that attended go and get their permits because of this event.

-Worked on Legislative shoot Save the Date email, Thanks to Lukasz for designing the flyer.

-CCDL presentation at the Quiet Corner Tea Party Meeting with Scott 

-Additional correspondence:

-Answered a few emails and phone calls

Merchandise Coordinator – Michelle McBrien

-Attended the Executive Board meeting on 06/25/19

-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

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • July 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 (Status of current bills for this session)
  • Update and Volunteers for Outreach plan
  • Family Picnic
  • Black Guns Matter Event
  • Amicus Brief Update – Robert Chambers
  • Open forum

NEXT SCHEDULED MEETING

The next General Meeting of Connecticut Citizens Defense League will held on August 13, 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

July 9 , 2019

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Monthly Member Meeting – Tuesday, June 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, June 11th.
All CCDL members are welcome and encouraged to attend.
Meeting Agenda:

  • Executive and committee reports
  • Post legislative session update
  • BFPE Discussion
  • Impact of new gun laws
  • CCDL outreach effort
  • Volunteer opportunities to help CCDL
  • CCDL family picnic
  • Open forum

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.

As usual, we will be collecting canned goods/non-perishables for those less fortunate.

Post Legislative Session Update

The 2019 legislative session has finally ended. At the June meeting we will recap:

  • The bills that were introduced
  • What became law, and what didn’t
  • How the bills that passed were transformed from what was introduced into what became law
  • How your legislators voted

New Gun Laws for 2019

If you have questions about the three new Connecticut gun laws, we will try to answer them at the June meeting. State Rep Doug Dubitsky will join us for a breakdown on how these new laws will impact legal gun owners.

These are the bills that are now laws in Connecticut:

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Monthly Member Meeting – Tuesday, May 14, 2019

CALL TO ORDER

General Meeting of Connecticut Citizens Defense League was held on May 14, 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: Ray Bevis, Chris Lemos, Cheryl Lemos, Bob Starr, Walt Kupson, John Beidler, Kris Witherill, Robert Chambers, Scott Wilson, Holly Sullivan,

EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBERS NOT PRESENT: Michelle McBrien, Dominick Basile, Keith Cagle, Frank Russello, Kevin Holian-Borgnis, Jonathan Hardy,

GUESTS:

GENERAL MEMBERSHIP

AGENDA

  • Executive and committee reports
  • Legislative Update (Status of current bills for this session)
  • Emails to Senate
  • Black Guns Matter Event
  • Amicus Brief – Report on NYSRPA v NYC and its potential impact for CT
  • Volunteer opportunities to help CCDL
  • Open forum

OFFICER REPORTS

President’s Report – Scott Wilson
-Attended the Executive Board meeting on 04/23/19

-Exec Meeting on April 23rd
-Communicated with legislators
-Media and press statements
-Executed legal agreement for Amicus Brief
-Reviewed and approved Amicus Brief
-Responded to numerous emails and communications
-Worked with Ray on Amendments for the House and some on the Senate 
-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 on 04/23/19

Treasurer’s Report – Robert Starr

-Attended the Executive Board meeting on 04/23/19
-Available Funds:

  • People’s Bank Balance (Litigation) = $ $81,317
  • People’s Bank Balance (Operations) = $ 111,539
  • Paypal Balance = $2,009

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 Executive Board meeting on 04/23/19

COORDINATOR REPORTS

Membership Coordinator – Kris Witherill

-Attended the Executive Board meeting on 04/23/19

-Sold merchandise at the CT Gunfighter’s meet and greet @ The Gun Store 
-Membership report

     -Member Total –     33513

     -New Members –    331

 

Events Coordinator – Holly Sullivan

-Attended the Executive Board meeting on 04/23/19

– Family Picnic is Saturday August 24, volunteers and raffle items needed

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

– 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.

 

Legislative Coordinator – Ray Bevis

-Attended the Executive Board meeting on 04/23/19

-Attended the Central Connecticut Chapter of the Safari Club International annual dinner.

-Spent numerous days at the LOB and Capitol advocating on the pending bills. And spent the morning, day, evening, on May 7th when the house called two of the gun bills.

-Gave two media interviews, Newstimes and Fox 61

-Worked on numerous amendments for H.B. 7219 AAC Ghost Guns and H.B. 7223 AAC The Storage Of A Pistol Or Revolver In A Motor Vehicle. Rep. Dubitsky, Rep. Fishbien, were key in getting these amendments called and passed. I also need to mention Rep. Rebimbas and acknowledge her help with the storage in vehicle bill amendments.

-The three gun bills passed the House and are waiting to be called in the Senate.

    -H.B. 7218 AN ACT CONCERNING THE SAFE STORAGE OF FIREARMS IN THE HOME AND FIREARM SAFETY PROGRAMS IN      PUBLIC SCHOOLS. (Yea 127 / Nay 16 / Absent or NV 7) This bill remained unchanged from the version that came out of committee.

     -H.B. 7219 AN ACT CONCERNING GHOST GUNS (Yea 108 / Nay 36 / Absent or NV 6) This bill has changed a lot from the previous version. The current version which may change in the Senate, has a grandfather clause, so, anyone that might want to buy a frame or receiver may want to do it now or before it becomes law, most likely to happen within the next few weeks. It also, will allow for the completion of frames or receivers after getting a serial number from DESPP. It states DESPP must issue within 3 business days. It will allow for future sale provided the manufacture affixes a serial number and the buyer has a valid pistol permit and passes a background check. There is an exception for antique and replicas. The bill only applies to the initial manufacturing not re-assembly. So, it doesn’t apply to the pre-68 firearms.

     -H.B. 7223 AN ACT CONCERNING THE STORAGE OF A PISTOL OR REVOLVER IN A MOTOR VEHICLE.  (Yea 98 / Nay 48 / Absent or NV 4) The current version that passed the house, says any pistol or revolver as to be locked in a trunk, toolbox, glove box, or safe when the vehicle is unattended. The back of hatchbacks and SUV are NOT acceptable. It also decreased the penalty from a class D felony to a class A misdemeanor.

-Spoke and gave legislative update to the Prospect Gun Club, 17 new members signed up.

-Thank you to the few members that sent me ideas, but we still need ideas on how to get more gun owners engaged, I’m asking if anyone has any suggestions on what we can do to get more members engaged in the legislative process to email those suggestions to me, at Legislative@ccdl.us

-Naugatuck Members or Naugatuck business owners: There will be a special zoning permit hearing on Wednesday, May 15th at the Naugatuck Town Hall at 6:00 P.M. for the special permit for the proposed Firearm Store at 4 Arch Street, Applicant: Tom’s Firearm’s, LLC.

-ACTION ALERT: We need to contact our State Senator H.B. 7219, H.B. 7223 ASAP! Call them!!!

-Please for our keyboard warriors, if you see a legislator taking heat for voting with us, give them cover, show your support for their vote. Let people know that residents of CT do still support gun rights.

-Additional correspondence:

-Answered numerous emails and phone calls

-Met with numerous legislators

Merchandise Coordinator – Michelle McBrien (Kris Witherall)

-Attended the Executive Board meeting on 04/23/19
-Scheduled CCDL to have merch at the Gunfighter meet and greet at The Gun Store

-delivered decals to various stores

-picked up decals from our vendor

-went to the Prospect Gun Club with Ray Bevis

 

Permit Issues Coordinator – Jonathan Hardy

-Discussed current cases at the Board of Pistol Permit

Walt Knupson

– Attended the Gun Safety and Public Health Panel and Rep Gilcrest’s response

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • 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.
  • 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 (Status of proposed legislation)
  • BFPE Discussion
  • Hunting and Fishing Show (wrap up)
  • Volunteer opportunities to help CCDL
  • Report on Duncan v Becerra (Potential Impact for CT)
  • Looking ahead in 2019
  • Brief Open Forum – input from Attendees

NEXT SCHEDULED MEETING

The next General Meeting of Connecticut Citizens Defense League will held on June 11, 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

May 15, 2019