Connecticut Carry

Devoted to educating and protecting our rights in Connecticut.

  • 2012 Started
  • a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization
  • non-partisan, grassroots

Connecticut citizens currently possess in excess of 170,000 pistol permits. We intend to increase that amount through education and hard work. Many people have experienced problems, delays and wrongful denials in their efforts to obtain their Connecticut State Pistol Permit. We will work to change that. The law is currently on our side, and the various local issuing authorities around the state need to obey the laws they have sworn to uphold. We must stay polite and professional, but we must always be aware our rights and we must always hold the authorities to the laws of our state. We have that duty to our fellow citizens and to future generations.

P.O. Box 839
North Branford, CT 06471



Connecticut Citizens Defense League

 a non-partisan, grassroots organization devoted to advocating rights affirmed by the Constitutions of the United States of America and the State of Connecticut. We are especially dedicated to protecting the unalienable right of all citizens to keep and bear arms, for the defense of both self and state, through public enlightenment and legislative action.

We welcome anyone who believes that the defense of our constitutional rights is critical to the longevity of our freedom and to the success of this nation, and in particular that the rights to self defense and to keep and bear the arms to actualize that defense, are fundamental and undeniable.


  • February 2009 – Founded by Scott Wilson
  • headquartered in Groton, CT
  • voluntary action through “hands on” participation
  • by June (5 months), we would have secured a central meeting location, formed an interim standing committee, elected interim officers, coordinated a number of organizational meetings, opened a Facebook page, built a web-site, created membership forms, written numerous drafts of by-laws, become incorporated, opened a PO Box, open a bank account, and started to look towards long term goals of this organization.

It is not enough for the gun owners of Connecticut to rely solely on national organizations to defend our rights in this State. We have to become a vocal, visible and responsible organization to promote the benefits of firearms ownership to the people who may be indifferent to the rights and responsibilities we have as citizens of a magnificent free society. Please join us and become a supportive member of the Connecticut Citizens Defense League.

PO Box 120
Southbury CT 06488

Stag Arms

founded in May 2003
Connecticut, Wyoming

  • founded in May 2003 and located in New Britain, Connecticut
  • best known for their left-handed AR-15 rifles
  • December 2015, Stag Arm’s CEO Mark Malkowski required by ATF to divest all interest in Stag Arms
    – “the employee charged with stamping the numbers was on vacation”
    – “many at Stag were simply ignorant of basic record keeping obligations”
  • February 2016 acquired by a private equity firm (White Wolf Capital)
  • January 2017 first AR-10
  • December 17, 2019 relocated from New Britain, Connecticut to Cheyenne, Wyoming

Stag Arms
7052 Commerce Circle, Suite #210
Cheyenne, WY 82007



U.S. Fire Arms Manufacturing Co

1993 – 2013
Hartford, Connecticut

  • founded by Doug Donnelly
  • company offices were in the “Old Armory Custom Shop”
    – built by Sam Colt
  • made custom Peacemaker revolvers to order
  • Replica Colt lightning rifles
  • 2011 USFA abandoned their production of Colt revolver replicas
    – sold the tooling to fund the ZIP project
    – ZiPFactory
  • 2011 introduced the ZIP .22
    – only a few hundred were produced
  • 2013 showcased at SHOT Show

U.S. Fire Arms Manufacturing Co
55 Van Dyke Ave
Hartford, Connecticut 06106


Charter Arms

since 1964

  • 1964 founded by Douglas McClennahan
    – he had previously worked for Colt, High Standard, and Sturm Ruger
  • 1967 David Ecker became a 50/50 partner
  • The Undercover –  smallest, lightest steel framed revolver with the fewest moving parts

Charter Arms
18 Brewster Lane, Shelton
Connecticut 06484



National Shooting Sports Foundation

  • Founded in 1961
  • Sue King organized the first major “Women’s Only” Shooting Event
    1988 Ladies Charity Classic
    – American Shooting Center, Houston, TX
    – 300 women participate
  • Sue organized Ladies Charity Classic series of around the country
  • 1992 NSSF launched Womens Shooting Sports Foundation WSSF

NSSF = National Shooting Sports Foundation , national trade association for the firearms industry, based in Newtown, Connecticut. Formed in 1961, more than 8,000 members

“To create a better public understanding of and a more active participation in the shooting sports”
Harmon Williams (of Browning) motioned to establish the NSSF at the Second National Conference on the Shooting Sports

The National Shooting Sports Foundation is the trade association for the firearms
industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting

NSSF has a membership of more than 8,000 manufacturers, distributors,

firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen’s organizations and publishers

Warren Page

– 1960 Created the First National Conference on the Shooting Sports
– 1972 Director of National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF)




Sturm, Ruger & Co

founded in 1949
Connecticut, Arizona, North Carolina

Ruger is currently America’s largest firearm manufacturer

 second largest handgun manufacturer after Smith & Wesson

second largest rifle manufacturer after Remington


  • 1949 founded by Alexander McCormick Sturm and William B. Ruger in Southport, Connecticut
  • Rugers first pistol, serial Number 8, was “hand delivered” to Warren Page
  • Oct. 6, 1949 first shipment of pistols
  • 1,138 pistols produced and shipped by end of 1949
  • November 1951 Alexander Sturm (28) died unexpectedly
    – Bill switched the company eagle logo from red to black from then on
  • 1953 first single action revolver
  • 1960s rifles were added
  • 1969 publicly traded
  • 1980s Opened the Prescott, Arizona factory to manufacture semi-auto pistols
  • 2000 Bill Ruger retired
  • Bill Ruger passed
  • 2006 Bill Ruger, Jr. retired
  • 2008  LCP semi-automatic pistol
  • 2013 Factory in Mayodan, North Carolina
    – 24-year old vacant yarn plant
    – built in 1989 and has over 194,000 sq. feet
  • 2018 Bill Ruger, Jr., passed

  • 700 variations of more than 40 product lines
  • the only American firearms company that is not as a part of a parent company

Arms Makers for Responsible Citizens

Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc
411 Sunapee Street
Newport, NH 03773

Telephone: 336-949-5200