CT Gun Group to Members: Don’t be Packin’ if You’re Attending Court Tuesday

The state’s largest gun rights group has some good advice for any of its members who may be attending Tuesday’s Appeals Court hearing on the state’s landmark gun control law: If you’re planning on attending, leave the straps at home.

The Connecticut Citizens Defense League (CCDL) is appealing a US District Court judge’s ruling earlier this year that Connecticut’s post-Sandy Hook gun control law is constitutional. Lawyers for the CCDL will be in court in New York City to argue before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. The group filed a 47-appeal of Judge Alfred Covello’s ruling that the law was constitutional even if it put a certain burden on gun owners’ Second Amendment rights.

In a message to its members, the CCDL said, “This is a federal court proceeding, not a rally, so please dress and act accordingly if you are going to attended. Also no weapons or recording devices (including cell phones) will be allowed in the courtroom.” [their emphasis]

“Oral arguments will be heard in Courtroom 1703 of the Thurgood Marshall US Courthouse located at 40 Foley Square in New York City. The hearings start at 1pm, but there are 4 cases ahead of ours, including the NY challenge to their (un)SAFE Act. Spectator seating is limited, so if you want to sit in the courtroom you need to get there early,” the CCDL said.

CTNewsJunkie points out that “among the changes in the gun law was an expansion of the number of weapons prohibited in Connecticut and a ban on the sale of magazines that can carry more than 10 rounds. Residents who had previously purchased guns or magazines banned by the law were permitted to keep them, but required to register the equipment with the state.

A scorecard released last December by the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence and the Brady Campaign concluded that under the new regulation Connecticut has the second strictest gun laws in the country with only California considered more stringent.”

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