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(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
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
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
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 http://www.ccdl.us