Connecticut Citizens Defense League Files Appeal of Shew v Malloy, Assault Weapon Ban

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Connecticut Citizens Defense Files Appeal of Shew v Malloy, Assault Weapon Ban
Connecticut Citizens Defense League
Connecticut Citizens Defense League

Groton, CT – -( The Connecticut Citizens Defense League along with fellow plaintiffs have filed an appeal to the Supreme Court of the United States (Shew v Malloy). The appeal challenges part of Public Act 13-3 (An Act Concerning Gun Violence Prevention and Children’s Safety) that was enacted by the Connecticut Legislature back in 2013.

The plaintiffs are challenging the ban on certain firearms that look similar to assault rifles. The plaintiffs claim that these are common semi-automatic firearms that only shoot once when the trigger is pulled; identical to others not banned. Real “assault rifles” are full-automatic and can fire multiple times when the trigger is pulled.

Real assault rifles are already highly regulated by both federal and state government, and civilian ownership is quite rare.

The plaintiff’s challenge has been narrowed to focus strictly on the banned firearms and not magazines that contain 10 rounds or more as originally argued. The legal strategy behind this tactic is to offer the Supreme Court consideration to solely address this single issue with the hope that they will hear the case.

A similar case is expected to be filed soon in New York that may broaden the challenge to address magazines.

Comments from CCDL President Scott Wilson:

“We are thankful to finally have our petition filed with the Supreme Court. We have waited patiently for nearly three years to get to this stage, and we hope that the court will hear our arguments”.

“The firearms that have been banned under Public Act 13-3 are common firearms that are owned and enjoyed by millions of Americans throughout the country. They are excellent tools for home defense, and great for competition, hunting and target shooting. The law also bans firearms and features that enhance safety and allow physically disabled persons to exercise their rights and enjoy these same activities”.

“The Connecticut Citizens Defense League wishes to thank our fellow plaintiffs (especially June Shew) for being a part of this journey for justice. We also wish to thank our devoted members, numerous gun clubs, retailers, private individuals and of course the NRA-ILA for their help and support in getting us to this stage”.

“Public Act 13-3 infringes upon rights guaranteed by both the federal and state Constitution. Connecticut residents deserve to have these rights restored and protected by the Supreme Court”.

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 22,000 members from across the state.

Thanks to this large supportive base, the CCDL has become a fixture at the state capitol, and well-recognized by committees that see firearms related bills.

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

Press Contact:
Scott Wilson
[email protected]

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I am VERY glad to see that The Connecticut Citizens Defense League is pursuing the law suit. I live in the likewise suppressed, corrupt state of new york, luckily we have two of the three men in a room in jail so far. The third is still at large and responsible for our UN safe act that was pushed thru in the middle of the night, under the “urgent” need of necessity or some such lame excuse, when it was REALLY a feel good political back door move !!! Hopefully together we can get the unnecessary laws reversed and get… Read more »


I’m confused or are you? What thing on top? they also make them in other colors for you odd people.


Connecticut is my home state, however I believe they need to change that The Constitution State and put The Communist Party.


They don’t like our rifles because they are black and they have that thing on the top.

Mike Navaroli

Great job watching your steady procedural ways at the CCDL meetings and functions over the years.


I may not be proud of the state I live in and being called the constitution state it certainly strayed away from that, but I am proud that guys like Scott Wilson and the rest of the ccdl and everyone standing together against this blatant injustice are here with me giving my one opinion the voice of many!! Thank you everyone standing up here in ct and across the nation!!