Connecticut Citizens Defense League
The Connecticut Citizens Defense League (CCDL) formed in February, 2009 in response to a perceived lack of focus from existing gun rights groups in defense of the right to open carry and to fight against local pistol permit requirements that exceed the state requirements. CCDL is playing a key role in the lawsuit challenging the gun legislation passed in the aftermath of the 2012 murders at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT. It has a very pro-active approach to growing its membership and recruits at nearly all gun dealerships and shooting ranges in the state. As of June, 2016 it had 23,135 members.
CCDL President and co-founder Scott Wilson was the keynote speaker at the 2013 Connecticut Libertarian Party annual convention.