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Connecticut Citizens Defense League

Connecticut Citizens Defense League

HARTFORD, CT --( Just one day after receiving an adverse ruling from the lower federal court on their Second Amendment challenge to Connecticut’s new firearms law, the plaintiff-firearms owners and organizations filed a formal notice of their intention to appeal the ruling.

In addition to following the U.S. Supreme Court precedents in the renowned cases of Heller and MacDonald, the lower federal court deciding the case was bound to follow recent precedents of the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York.

To date, the Second Circuit has upheld laws that place greater restrictions on the right to bear arms than have courts in federal circuits in other parts of the country. It is these diverging views of the Second Amendment on issues that were not resolved by the U.S. Supreme Court in Heller and MacDonald that make it likely that the Supreme Court will decide to hear one or more Second Amendment cases in the next few years.

Although the legal conclusions did not go their way at this initial stage of the litigation, the lower court did make factual findings that gun owners view as favorable.

For example, the court found that certain of the newly banned firearms, such as the popular AR-15, are in “common use” for lawful purposes throughout the nation. The AR-15 type modern sporting rifle, which is newly classified as an “assault weapon” under the legislation, is the leading type of firearm used in national shooting matches and in other competitions sponsored by the congressionally established Civilian Marksmanship Program.

The court also found that banning such commonly used firearms places a “substantial burden” on fundamental Second Amendment rights.

Brian Stapleton, Esq. of Goldberg Segalla is the lead trial counsel for the plaintiffs in Shew v. Malloy.

About the CCDL: The Connecticut Citizens Defense League was formed in 2009 by a small group of concerned citizens as a non-partisan organization to advocate second amendment rights in the state of Connecticut. Since their founding, the group has grown to nearly 12,000 members. Thanks to this large supportive base across the state the CCDL has become a fixture of the capitol, and well recognized by committees that see firearms related bills. CCDL is also actively involved at the state Board of Firearms Permit Examiners. As the go-to organization in the state they are consulted regularly by lawmakers who have questions and concerns about pending legislation or existing laws. For more information on the CCDL please visit

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  • 2 User comments to “Connecticut Firearms Owners To Appeal in Shew v. Malloy”

    1. James ritchie on February 5, 2014 at 11:58 AM said:

      This is a wake up call to the nation! We all must join together and fight this to the end. Join CCDL (its free)and donate to the litigation fund. If this is not stopped now. It will come to your state.

    2. Our rights are being whittled away piece by piece by piece.

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