Thursday, May 23, 2013

CCDL Files Lawsuit In CT While CT Lawmakers Draft Additional Secret Legislation


The Connecticut Citizens Defense League, the Coalition of Connecticut Sportsmen, Hiller Sports, MD Shooting and several individuals (all Plaintiffs) filed a legal complaint that is intended to overturn the recent ban on guns of common use in the State of Connecticut.

The Press Release put out by CCDL said in part:
Today, a widely anticipated lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Connecticut, challenging the constitutionality of the new firearms law that was passed hastily by the Connecticut legislature in response to the tragic shooting in Newtown by a disturbed individual. The lawsuit seeks immediate injunctive relief and a ruling declaring the new law unconstitutional under the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. It alleges that Connecticut’s new firearms law is not only unconstitutional but dangerous, since it makes both citizens and law enforcement less safe by depriving citizens of firearms that are in common use throughout the country. The very firearms and design features banned by the new law are commonly used in part because of safety, accuracy and ease-of-use features that make them effective in the hands of citizens who must defend themselves and their families against criminals and the mentally ill who do not obey such laws.

Brought on behalf of individual gun owners, retailers, and citizen’s defense and sportsmen’s organizations,the lawsuit seeks to vindicate the constitutional rights of citizens who are harmed by the broad prohibitions and unworkable vagueness of the new law. The legal challenge focuses on Connecticut’s ban of more than 100 additional common firearms that the law now dubs “assault weapons” and on the ban of standard design features, including magazines that hold more than 10 round of ammunition, t
hat provide improved safety, accuracy, and ease-of-use. The lawsuit also challenges the practical bans imposed by the new law on an even broader array of firearms due to the law’s vague language and interpretative confusion combined with severe criminal penalties.

Plaintiffs bringing the lawsuit include individuals such as an elderly widow who lives alone in a rural area where the emergency response time of a lone resident trooper serving the area is 45 minutes, a rabbi whose synagogue in the Bridgeport area has been broken into by intruders, a young professional woman whose efforts to defend herself are made more difficult by the loss of an arm due to cancer, among other individuals. In addition, retailers whose businesses have been severely harmed by the law have joined the lawsuit, which was conceived and organized by fellow-plaintiff organizations the Connecticut Citizens Defense League, commonly known as CCDL, and the Coalition of Connecticut Sportsmen. Both organizational plaintiffs represent large numbers of Connecticut citizens whose rights to own the firearms of their choice for self-defense and other lawful purposes, such as sports shooting and hunting, have been harmed by the new prohibitions.

Donations to help fund the ongoing legal battle are being accepted by CCDL.
How to Donate to Litigation Fund:
If members wish to to donate, please utilize our PayPal link (can also be found on their website) or mail your contributions to:
PO Box 642
Groton, CT 06340  

and in the meantime - the same culprits who passed this anti-gun legislation in the CT Legislature are preparing to pass legislation - without the benefit of any public input - and in a very sneaky and unusual manner which goes against all rules of law making - which would restrict public access to the details of the Newtown shooting. Apparently these lawmakers wish to keep vital information about the shooting from the public eye under the guise of "protecting the privacy of the victims' families".
A draft of the bill was released Wednesday afternoon by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's office, which has been working behind the scenes in recent weeks on drafting the language with legislative leaders and the office of the state's top prosecutor, Chief State's Attorney Kevin Kane.

Word of the planned legislation was kept from the public until Tuesday, when The Courant obtained a copy of an email written by a Kane assistant that said Malloy's legal staff told him a draft of a "special act" would be quickly "forthcoming."

A Courant story about the secret plan to withhold information on the Newtown investigation has sparked intense interest and concern in Connecticut and nationwide — based both on what the bill would do and the way it was put together outside the normal legislative process, without a public hearing. ...
The bill, which would take effect immediately upon passage, would:

Allow all government agencies to keep secret from the public any images including photographs, videotapes and digital recordings as well as audio recordings that depict the physical condition of any victim "without the written consent of the victim, or, if the victim is deceased, a member of the victim's immediate family."

•Permit any public agency to remove the name of any minor witness of the school shooting — younger than 18 — from any records.

Prevent disclosure to the public of any recordings of audio transmissions or recordings of any "call for emergency assistance, including but not limited to an emergency 9-1-1 call." Public agencies, however, would be allowed to sell transcriptions of such recordings to members of the public for 50 cents a page.

Also, no municipal official or employee would be required to make public the death certificate of anyone who died at the school, unless the request is made by a member of the victim's immediate family.

"Immediate family" is defined in the draft of the bill as "a spouse, adult child, parent, adult sibling or legal guardian." "Victim" means "any person who suffered a gunshot wound or any other physical injury arising from the discharge of a firearm on the grounds of Sandy Hook Elementary School" on Dec. 14, "but excluding the person who fired such firearm."
What is it that they are trying to conceal? What details are we not "adult enough" to see and examine? Shouldn't the public be privy to  emergency responders conversations and response times? Shouldn't we know what happened to the people that were apprehended in the woods behind the school? Shouldn't we know what actually transpired on that morning? and how is it that laws are being crafted in secret and planned to be shoved through the legislature in unorthodox manners? 

The E-Cert anti-gun bill which is being fought by the CCDL legal challenge was also passed without a public hearing, and many legislators did not even read the entire bill prior to their voting on it.

This type of law making is shameful - and should NOT be tolerated.

Additional reading about this here.