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    The need for a firearm summit in CT

    FREEDOM IS NOT FREE



    THE CALL FOR A FIREARM SUMMIT IN CONNECTICUT



    To whom it may concern:

    The landscape of firearm acquisition and ownership is changing across the country and here in Connecticut.


    For those of us who are involved in, or effected by, the changes taking place, (regardless of the topic), we as law abiding citizens have issues that we are currently or may in the future become involved in.

    Whether you are a sportsman who only acquires or possesses long guns for hunting, a recreational shooter who only fires a weapon at formal firing ranges for sport, or an individual who obtains a handgun for use self defense in the home or while going about your daily activities, the State of Connecticut and many members of Connecticut law enforcement believe that they have jurisdiction and authority to control every aspect of the ownership and use of our weapons.

    As owners of firearms, we should not be left to wonder what is going to happen while legally exercising our individual and collective right of self defense or when one of us finds ourselves confronted by members of law enforcement who do not understand or respect our rights.

    Connecticut firearm owners have found themselves the subject of firearm seizures where the law has not been followed or arrested for openly carrying a firearm legally while in possession of a State Permit to do so.

    Most of our elected and appointed state and local officials have been unable to effectively stop the abuse and have failed to address and/or explain our rights to those who have the power.

    Lip service by those seeking public office must be followed up with action!!

    The three branches of Connecticut government better known as the Legislative, Executive and Judicial branches all have a responsibility to the citizens of Connecticut and the provisions of the Connecticut Constitution. Each branch of government has an obligation to review the general statutes and address any needed changes that result in violations of rights.

    Here in Connecticut, the current Governor, Attorney General, Department of Public Safety and countless local police departments and their officers regularly ignore the current mandates of the law pertaining to firearms, and often make up their own laws to suit their personal or political beliefs.

    In the past three years, the issue of whether or not a person may OPEN CARRY a handgun while in possession of a Permit to Carry has been addressed in several civil and criminal cases that have added to the confusion of exactly what is or is not permitted and whether openly carrying a firearm can constitute an element of a criminal offense.

    During the past three years, with the assistance of Attorney Rachel Baird of Torrington, CT there have been several instances where Connecticut gun rights have been questioned administratively and in the courts. Attorney Rachel Baird has provided, (to numerous Connecticut residents), her uncanny understanding of Constitutional protections regarding the manner in which government implements and enforces a variety of firearms laws. Attorney Rachel Baird of Torrington, CT, has in fact immersed herself in protecting the rights of many individuals who could not resolve their firearm issues alone.

    There are other attorneys in Connecticut like Attorney Ralph D. Sherman, who have in the past and currently do offer legal advice and represent those who find themselves on the wrong side of a firearm allegation, but there are not enough firearm attorneys practicing in Connecticut, and those that do canít advocate for free.

    Collectively there are over 150,000 Permits to Carry Pistols and Revolvers issued by the State of Connecticut together with countless individuals who own firearms that do not require a permit or license. The current privacy provisions contained in the Connecticut State Statutes prevents anyone except the state from knowing the names of all those who own firearms in Connecticut. This simple fact prevents the owners of firearms in Connecticut from interacting with each other to advocate our beliefs and voicing our concerns about existing or proposed legislation.

    There are several well know groups of individuals who own firearms nationally, in New England or here in Connecticut. The problem I see is that there is no single advocacy group or working collective of groups willing to share their membership information or form a single organization to protect our collective rights and advocate in behalf of ALL firearms owners in Connecticut.

    Many groups and individuals claiming to advocate for our firearm rights spend most of their time fundraising or claiming to lobby the legislators in Harford. But the REAL WORLD BATTLES ARE NOW TAKING PLACE in the cities and towns of Connecticut, and will only be won by skilled financially supported attorneys who will address and present our issues in the Federal and State Courts.

    With the recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions in Heller v. The District of Columbia and McDonald v. Chicago along with the Second Circuit Court of Appeals decisions in Kuck v. Danaher and Goldberg v. Danaher, I am now convinced that we must somehow find a way to consolidate, raise funds and support the various civil cases that attempt to address and protect our rights to obtain, own, transfer and carry firearms for the purpose of self defense, hunting, recreation or investment.

    There are several extremely important civil cases moving through the courts here in Southern New England that need the collective financial support of those of have the financial means to do so.

    One of the most interesting cases involves the seizure of firearms under the AT RISK provisions of section 29-38c of the Connecticut General Statutes which is currently under appeal in the Connecticut Courts.

    Regardless of your financial situation, if you own or expect to purchase and possess a firearm you have a vested interest in supporting the cases which attempt to protect our collective firearm rights. Every time you read, hear or view a news report of someone being shot by an armed assailant, ask yourself why the news reports do not include or emphasize the fact that the most of the victims were unarmed.

    As a liberal Democrat, former U.S. Marine and police officer for a very brief period in my life, I have chosen to get involved by defending my Federal and State firearm rights and our collective Right to Keep and Bear Arms for self defense. I am fortunate enough to have been able to invest my personal time and money to fight those who infringe upon the right to bear arms here and in the State of California, but know that the fight must involve others.

    For those individuals who belong to a firearms advocacy group such as The National Rifle Association, The Second Amendment Foundation, Gun Owners of America, The Connecticut Coalition of Sportsman, The Connecticut State Rifle and Revolver Association, The Connecticut Association of Firearms Retailers, Ye Connecticut Gun Guild or the Connecticut Citizens Defense League, I implore you to ask these organizations to hold a Connecticut firearm summit to exchange information and find the common ground necessary to advocate our FIREARMS RIGHTS with one voice.

    Iíve found myself looking to see who else is involved in Connecticut Firearm issues or supporting those that are, and canít help but wonder where the big organizations are when it comes to offering financial support of important issues.

    Itís one thing to offer verbal support for firearm issues and yet another to become an active participant in the fights that are currently being waged by individuals who go involved voluntarily or by circumstances beyond their control.

    Mark my words, this legal and legislative fight will not end anytime in the near future. There are still those amongst us who truly believe that disarming American citizens is the only way for everyone to get along without fear.

    Before you read further, consider the fact that the recent incident in Manchester involved eight unarmed Connecticut residents who were gunned down by an armed assailant. Now start thinking how this incident will be used to justify more restrictions on the rights of honest law abiding citizens to obtain, own and carry weapons of self defense in CT.

    If every person who owns a firearm in Connecticut was to donate $1.00 or more per month towards our Second Amendment issues, everyone would take notice and think twice about current and future laws that may restrict the rights of honest law abiding citizens.

    If you agree with this information and have a possible desire and/or ability to financially support Second Amendment legal issues in Connecticut, please find the time to drop me an email with your real name and contact information to edperuta@ctgunrights.com

    This is not a solicitation for money, but is a request for support.

    Respectfully,

    Edward A. Peruta

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    Thumbs up

    You got my vote. without thinking twice I support any gun rights.
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    Ed,
    Maybe you could put that summit together.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lenny Benedetto View Post
    Ed,
    Maybe you could put that summit together.
    I agree, with your relationships with various state agencies and being on the front lines of some legal battles who better to rally the troops than our activist marine!

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    Let's see if there is interest

    To: Robert Crook & The Connecticut Coalition of Sportsmen,

    I am sending this email in an attempt to organize a formal SUMMIT of groups and individuals concerned with current and future laws regarding firearms in Connecticut.

    With the recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions in Heller and McDonald, together with various lower Federal and State court cases that have been filed or decided since they were rendered, many of the laws, policies and practices of law enforcement in Connecticut must be discussed.

    I am personally aware of many situations where current state statutes prevent law abiding individuals from exercising their new found recognized constitutional rights.

    The Coalition of Connecticut Sportsmen has a vested interest in addressing many issues that now appear to infringe upon the rights of Connecticut residents.

    I would like to see a united front where everyone is on the same page prior to the legislative session in early 2011.

    As you might be aware, Attorney Rachel Baird has filed an appeal in two cases that may be of interest. The first is an appeal regarding the seizure of weapons from a family in Goshen, CT. without first obtaining the required ďAT RISKĒ warrant, and the second is the appeal in my attempt to have the Superior Court answer questions regarding ďOPEN CARRY and SIEZURE OF PERMIT TO CARRY PISOTLS AND REVOLVERSĒ.

    The seizure of weapons under an at risk warrant is not limited to handguns, and could affect honest law abiding sportsmen who find themselves subject of an at risk warrant seizure of their weapons.

    There are several groups in Connecticut who advocate and lobby for firearm rights of Connecticut citizens, but there does not seem to be any coordination or cooperation between the groups.

    I am including two PDF documents with this email that I would like you to review.

    I seek your input and involvement in planning a summit to address the concerns currently being discussed by many Connecticut Residents.

    I am available for any comments or concerns you may have regarding this topic.

    Respectfully awaiting your reply and input,

    Edward A. Peruta

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    You may actually get a positive reply since you did not mention the CCDL by name.
    From the moment I introduced the CCDL to him (while purchasing a table for HIS fundraiser) He has kept the notion that organizations like ours come and go. That was almost 2 years ago!
    Even during his speech at the 2A rally in Hartford (organized by the CCDL Secretary) he pushed the message that he was the ONLY GAME IN TOWN and pushed for people to join his organization. All the while standing in front of the CCDL banner. If anyone is on his email list you should notice that he has never mentioned a CCDL event in his state wide events emails.

    It would be good for CCDL to work with his coalition even though he is pretty much a one man operation with an email list.

    I suppose that time will tell on how open he is to joining forces with other Connecticut Pro 2A groups.

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    Idea

    Lenny,

    I know that Bob Crook has his positions and goals, but the winds of change are in the air.

    I would think that the Executive Committee of CCDL would send out one of their mass emails asking everyone to support a SUMMIT.

    I'm also hoping the those political candidates who support self defense and the language of the Second Amendment support the idea of fine tuning the Connecticut State Statutes and Regulations to reflect the intent of the Connecticut and Federal Constituional provisions on SELF DEFENSE.

    Addtionally I believe that every firearm dealer in Connecticut should receive some type CCDL communication on this topic. After all, they are the ones who stand to benefit from the activities of the organization.

    I'll do what I can, but I'm only one person who is in Connecticut for a lmited amount of time during the year.

    Let's hope it happens.

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    I can tell ya, ego would kill it for me right off the bat.

    I can't even access the CT Coalition site with mozilla because of poor site design, so I'm never there (refuse to use IE). May have been fixed now, but on all my computers, wouldn't open at all.

    CCDL is an active group. Growing members and actually has a presence. I'm not knocking anyone's past contribution, but......... can't we all just get along!!! There seems to be a lot more activity with CCDL.

    Sending out emails is one thing...... but actually getting out there is another.

    And, for the record, when I'm back to work, I'll indeed contribute!

    Jonathan

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lenny Benedetto View Post
    You may actually get a positive reply since you did not mention the CCDL by name.
    From the moment I introduced the CCDL to him (while purchasing a table for HIS fundraiser) He has kept the notion that organizations like ours come and go. That was almost 2 years ago!
    Even during his speech at the 2A rally in Hartford (organized by the CCDL Secretary) he pushed the message that he was the ONLY GAME IN TOWN and pushed for people to join his organization. All the while standing in front of the CCDL banner. If anyone is on his email list you should notice that he has never mentioned a CCDL event in his state wide events emails.

    It would be good for CCDL to work with his coalition even though he is pretty much a one man operation with an email list.

    I suppose that time will tell on how open he is to joining forces with other Connecticut Pro 2A groups.
    Does anyone have a link to Bob Crook's speech on that day? I was able to find videos of Scott Wilson, Martha Dean, Heidi Voight speaking that day but I am interested in what Bob said.

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    Working Draft of a POSSIBLE firearm summit in October

    Firearm Summit – Draft


    If the summit takes place, it will be by invitation only with the media allowed to attend but NOT participate until after the event. It is expected that there will be no more than 50 people invited to attend.

    It has been suggested that the SUMMIT take place on a Saturday in October prior to the November election. I will be attempting to schedule the event for October 2nd this year.

    The summit may be moderated and will follow a very strict agenda and timeline that will not exceed 4 hours.

    The media should they decide to attend, will be provided an opportunity to interact with attendees immediately following the SUMMIT.

    The following main topics are being suggested and are subject to change.


    A. Explanation of Current Connecticut Firearm Statutes, Regulations, Policies and procedures.

    B. Issues and problems that currently exist with existing State Statues, Regulations, policies and practices following the Heller and McDonald Decisions.

    C. Areas that need to be addressed based on the recent U.S. Supreme Court Decisions in Heller and McDonald, Along with the current delays found in the Second Circuit Decision in Kuck v. Danaher.

    D. The need for a clear working understanding of Connecticut Firearm laws.

    E. Explanation of Pending or expected litigation regarding firearm issues in Connecticut by Attorneys currently involved with cases before the court.

    The following is a ruff draft of MY thoughts along with a list of individuals who may be interested in attending. I am currently attempting to make contact with the individuals listed and hope that there is interest in this idea.

    Regardless of party affiliation, or postion in state or local government, each person listed has the ability to contribute to a workable solution to current firearm issues in CT.

    Several individuals contacted have expressed their intent to participate if the summit is held.


    I. Executive Branch Candidates: (Maximum 6 attendees)

    Candidates for Governor

    Democratic Candidate –Dan Malloy or Nancy Wyman
    Republican Candidate – Thomas Foley or and Mark Boughton
    Third Party/Ind. Candidate(s)

    Candidates for Attorney General

    Democratic Candidate – George Jepsen?
    Republican Candidate – Martha Dean
    Third Party/Ind. Candidate(s)


    II. Connecticut Issuing Authorities: (Maximum 3 attendees)

    Connecticut Department of Public Safety – The current Commissioner of Public Safety?
    Connecticut Police Chiefs Association – The Current President?
    Connecticut Municipal Training Academy – P.O.S.T. Executive Director?

    III. Legislative Branch Committee Chairs: (Maximum 8 attendees)

    Public Safety Committee(s)

    House (Ranking Majority and Minority Members)
    Senate (Ranking Majority and Minority Members)

    Judiciary Committee(s)

    House (Ranking Majority and Minority Members)
    Senate (Ranking Majority and Minority Members)

    IV. Attorneys Involved in Second Amendment/Firearm issues: (Maximum 5 attendees)

    Attorney Rachel M. Baird
    Attorney Craig C. Fishbein?
    Attorney Ralph D. Sherman?
    Attorney Karen Lee Torre?
    Open

    V. National and State Firearm Advocacy Groups: (Maximum 6 attendees)

    National Rifle Association?
    Connecticut Citizens Defense League – Scott Wilson
    Coalition of Connecticut Sportsmen – Robert Crook
    Connecticut Rifle and Revolver Association?
    Open
    Open

    VI. Firearm Retailers in Connecticut (Maximum 4 attendees)

    Cabela’s - East Hartford?
    Hoffman Guns –Newington, CT - Scott Hoffman
    Open
    Open

    VII. Connecticut indoor and outdoor firing ranges (Maximum 4 attendees)

    Blue Trail Range Wallingford, CT - David Lyman?
    Open
    Open
    Open

    VIII. Connecticut Firearm Manufacturers (Maximum 4 attendees)

    Colt Firearms?
    Sturm Ruger Firearms – Southport, CT - C. Michael Jacobi?
    Charter Arms – Nick Ecker?
    Open

    The total number of invitees in this draft is currently 40 individuals.

    Depending on what happens, a location is available that can hold 50 or more particiants.
    Last edited by Edward Peruta; 08-21-2010 at 04:41 AM.

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    For Firearms Retailers maybe Dave would be interested. He is the owner of Riverview Sales, a great shop up here in East Windsor.

    http://riverviewsales.net/

    860-370-9939

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    This is looking pretty good Ed, covering the gamut of politicians and manufacturers, ranges, stores and organizations.

    Might I suggest someone from the BFPE and for clubs the YCGG since they are one of the oldest.

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