Mike Vanderboegh, Rest In Peace

It is with great sadness that we report on the passing of Mike Vanderboegh yesterday.

I first met Mike at one of our CCDL rallies and remember his speech well.  It ticked off many folks because of the content of his message about breaking an unjust law.  For some, he was just a would be criminal.  To many, he was an inspiration guiding folks to understand just how unjust these laws are.

He was also the founder of the Sipsey Street Irregulars , one of the first voices behind our current Presidential administration’s illegal gun running ring “Fast & Furious” and the modern III% movement.

He has been sick for some time and we knew this day would come.  For most of us, it was indeed all too soon.

Thank you Mike for your contribution to the true values of the American patriot movement.

Until we meet again.

Below is a video from his appearance here in CT.


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This episode, we deviate from our normal form and have a round-table discussion with Blaine, Joseph D. and myself.

Nearly 3 years of doing this program and we are debating switching to a more free-form discussion based program or merging that style with our old format.


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Local News

Supreme Court Declines To Hear Challenge

CCDL:  2016 Candidate Endorsements

Ken Dixon: A guide to proper etiquette regarding modern laws – CT Post’s Ken Dixon has no problem stereotyping gun owners…. even if he’s horribly wrong.

Lockdown at Westfield-Meriden Mall lifted after false reports of shots fired

GOP ticket for Congress: gun control crusade misguided

Drone-flying teen, father appear in federal court for government showdown

Man arrested for pointing gun at officer in Branford

East Haven residents up in arms over ‘battlefield’ proposal

2 arrested for stealing AR-15 rifle out of state police cruiser

How this heartbroken dad ended up in cuffs at the Holland Tunnel

Open-carry activist arrested at courthouse

State Police: Connecticut man charged with making, selling illegal AR-15 rifles

Backlog for pistol permits appeals is years


National News

Shooter pledged allegiance to ISIS before Florida massacre

Hawaii becomes first U.S. state to place gun owners on FBI database

Black gun owners worried about treatment after shooting

Dallas Shooters Appeared ‘Tactically Professional’

Californians Buying Thousands of AR’s, Vowing Non-Compliance with New Gun Control Laws

AWESOME: New pro-gun law is giving liberals nightmares (Tennessee)

Mayor carjacked at gunpoint in city where Trayvon Martin was killed



Katie Couric ‘Under the Gun’ GunGate Scandal TIME LINE – #GunGate

Giffords gun group recruits high-level military officials

Vox explainer on the AR-15 goes about as well as you’d expect

Labour MP Jo Cox dies after being shot and stabbed

Law Enforcement Sources: Gun Used in Paris Terrorist Attacks Came from Phoenix

Maxon Shooters Supply & Indoor Range – Our Heroes!

I’m Glad That I Don’t Have Canadian Murder Rates Where I Live

FBI considered alerts on buyers of multiple guns, but was scrapped over legal concerns

New California gun control bills target concealed carry laws

Stung by defeats, Democrats shift strategy on gun control

How the Media Sided with the Democrats on Gun Control Sit-in

Then they came for the muzzleloaders: EU moves to regulate black powder guns due to terrorism (VIDEO)

Gabrielle Giffords: Gun rights come with responsibilities

Legal:  Federal Judge Rules No-Fly List Process Is Unconstitutional

Legal:  Supreme Court Rules Domestic Abusers Can Lose Their Gun-Ownership Rights

Man’s Heirs To Destroy $5 Million In Guns and Ammo

Rangel: No Guns For Law-Abiding Constituents But I ‘Deserve–Need’ Police Protection [AUDIO]

26 of the Democrats Who Participated in the Gun Control Sit-In Own Guns

*Discussion from a few years ago:  Gun Crime ‘Out of Control’ Despite Strict Australia Laws

Gun Statistics:  Another classic from 3 years ago: Gun Homicide Rate Down 49% Since 1993 Peak; Public Unaware

Gun Statistics:  Top Gun Stats Liberals Don’t Want You to Know

Gun Statistics:  FBI: Over Two Times More People Beaten To Death Than Killed With Rifles

CNN Becomes Internet Laughingstock After Posting Chart of ‘Things Harder to Get Than a Gun’

Senator shames AR-15 owners: ‘They’re buying it to do bad things’


Defensive Gun Use

Police: Legally armed bystanders break up Walmart shooting


In The Classroom

7.62×39 vs. .300 Blackout

Four Basic Shooting Positions


Just for fun:  Why police were called to a South Jersey third-grade class party

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DohgvL4ht5o&feature=youtu.be – DON’T DO THIS!



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Local News

CCDL:  Update On Supreme Court Case

Our thoughts are with Anthony Collandro and the Gun For Hire range staff with the incident at his range.

Christie vetoes gun bill again – Similar bill to what Malloy just signed.

Sen. Chris Murphy on Guns: The Facts Are Not with Him

Gun Manufacturer Objects To Sandy Hook Families’ Request For Some Company Documents

HARSH REALITY: Police Are Not Highly Trained Firearms Experts – This piece centers on several PD involved shootings in NY.

Off-duty cop stops knife-wielding man on Metro-North train

“Keep Griswold Quiet” firing shots at proposed gun range

New Jersey Denies Concealed Carry Permit to Lieutenant Colonel with Top Secret Clearance

CT DGURoad rage incident leads to chain saw threat

Hartford high school teacher captured on video protecting students during threat

The Compromises That Got One State’s Republicans to Increase Gun Protections for Domestic Violence Victims

Connecticut man arrested in Massachusetts over large-capacity gun


National News

Hawaii Set to Create a Federal Gun Owners Registry

80,452 Attend NRA Convention in Louisville. Moms Demand Brought Three Dozen.

Baltimore officer found not guilty on all charges in Freddie Gray case

FBI Investigating Donations to Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe

Pro-gun gay group wins major victory: ‘Armed queers don’t get bashed’

California Introduces Law To Jail Anyone Who Questions Man-Made Climate Change: “First Amendment Now Dead” – Can easily effect gun rights.

Chicago’s Bloody Memorial Day: 66 Shot, 6 Killed

Blood Not Flowing in Streets As Constitutional Carry Comes to WV

Court: No right to carry concealed weapons in public

Revealed: Cabot’s $4.5 Million Meteorite Iron 1911s

Fla. Man Cleaning Gun Accidentally Shoots, Kills Wife

Woman who shot at Home Depot shoplifters: ‘I will never help anybody again’



EVERYTHING You Heard About A Jacket Stopping NYPD Bullets Is Absurdly False

Court’s Denial in Machine Gun Case Ignores Second Amendment Purpose

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Rules for Civil Rights of Gun Dealers, Firearm Buyers in Important Second Amendment Decision

Missouri Lawmakers Pass Expanded Gun Rights on Final Day

Mossberg Suing Manufacturers of Drop-In Triggers

SB Tactical Receives Favorable ATF Compliance Opinion

George Zimmerman Explains His Rationale for Auctioning Pistol That Killed Trayvon Martin

One Million Texans Now Have A License to Carry

White House waves white flag on gun control; attorneys general urge funding for research

Gunpocalypse just swept the Assembly Floor

Under the gun, Katie Couric fiasco:

SHOCK: As Americans Bought 170 Million Guns, Violent Crime Fell 51%

Off Roster guns…. interesting concept for CA – Native Firearms Retailers!

Time to stop shopping at Target stores:  Target Suing Man Who Saved Teen Girl from Stabbing in Its Store

Democrat State Rep Says Declaration of Independence is “Racist”

NYT’s ‘Gun Control That Works’ Just another Disarmament Zealot Wish List Attack on RKBA

Cody Wilson: the man who wants Americans to print their own 3D guns

The FBI is working on a tattoo tracking system that has privacy groups up in arms

Court Backs Snowden, Strikes Secret Laws

What’s So Funny About Gun Safety?


Defensive Gun Use

Woman Tells Gun Controllers: My Pistol Is Only Reason I’m Alive

No charges for armed citizen who fatally shot angry gas station customer (VIDEO)

Wheelchair-bound Vietnam Veteran Takes Out Home Invader


In The Classroom

Dispelling Myths of the 12 Gauge Shotgun

Rifling 101: Understanding Twist Rate Basics


Concealed Carry Permit Reciprocity Map

Sheriff David Clark discussing the Democrat Senator that says “the Declaration of independence is racist”

IP camera system storage calculator


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Local News

CCDL:  Legislative Session Wrap Up

White House advisor urges passage of bill to combat domestic violence in Connecticut

Maine: Session Ends With Legislative Victories

Massachusetts State Police trooper relieved of duties following beating of Worcester’s Richard Simone

Paper Gun Leads to School Lockdown in Hartford

Suspect, 2 Victims Dead After Stabbing Spree In Taunton

The Arrest of Sandy Hook Killer’s Psychiatrist Raises a Host of Issues

Longmeadow residents to vote on gun restrictions Tuesday

Pistol permits up: City police see surge in number of applications

Legal:  Former SEAL retains right to carry handgun while with his 3-year-old daughter

Elizabeth Warren: ‘The NRA Will Be Defeated’ On Gun Control – Fauxcahontas is at it again!

Man Fired Shot Into Bathroom When Person Took Too Long: Police

Monroe man stopped at LaGuardia with loaded handgun

4 UHart students arrested on drug charges, suspects still on the loose after armed robbery attempt

CCDL Statement on Post Office Armed Robbery in West Haven, CT


National News

Ducey signs into law gun bill targeting Tucson ordinances

Gun George Zimmerman Used to Kill Trayvon Martin Up for Auction Again

Gabby Giffords: Universal Background Checks Not Enough, Legalize Confiscation

Man shoots self but doesn’t realize it until 3 days later

Shannon Watts Says Fighting to Disarm Law-Abiding Gun Owners is a Dangerous Job

Social Security moves to block the mentally ill from purchasing guns




Glock Settles Negligent Discharge Case With Paralyzed Ex-LAPD Cop

Facebook news selection is in hands of editors not algorithms, documents show

Republican lawmaker taking on the FBI to protect your gun rights

Irony: Anti-Gun Journalists Outraged as Govt. Requires Background Checks for Press

The Dogs of War Are Close ~ American Spring

The industry is indeed STILL running out of ideas!  GripShot, The Rail Mounted Serpa Pistol Holster

Judicial Watch: Defense Department Teaching Documents Suggest Mainstream Conservative Views “Extremist”

Toronto man murdered in driveway was shot with ‘high-powered’ sniper rifle from 180 metres: police


Defensive Gun Use

Baptist Minister Holds Kidnapper at Gunpoint, Frees 9-Year-Old Girl

11yo Alabama boy shoots intruder, mocks him for ‘crying like a baby’ (VIDEO)


In The Classroom

The FBI picks 9mm: Here comes the Science

Silent Witness looking for man who stole gun from McDonald’s customer





The Yankee Gunner Podcast – 064


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Local News

New Hampshire Senate Just Made Obtaining A Concealed Carry Permit Easier

The Supreme Court’s Eight Gun Salute

Chris Christie Loosens Restrictions: Gun Control Taking Too Many Lives

Teacher Found With Gun at Newtown Middle School Arrested: Police

In Voicemail, Bank Says It No Longer Lends to Firearms Dealers

Firearm Checks Soaring In States With Lowest Gun Ownership

Lawmaker: Let N.J. legislators, judges carry handguns – Hypocrisy at it’s finest.  Normally a decent legislator, but…..


National News

California School Board Unanimously Approves Concealed Carry on Campus

BREAKING: Mississippi Governor Signs GOA-Backed Constitutional Carry Into Law

Chief Schmaderer “Disappointed” After Woman Who Bought Gun Used to Kill Officer Gets Probation – but we need more laws….


Governor Signs Permitless Concealed Carry Into Law

Anti-Gun Professor Looks Out Her Window and Is Paralyzed With ‘Fear,’ So She Calls the Police — Then, They Inform Her of the Truth

Florida gun lover whose 4-year-old son shot her should be charged, sheriff says



Gun Crazy Grabbers “Prank” Moviegoers With Graphic Shooting Footage

Shannon Watts Claims Gun Safety Program is Selling Guns to Kids

FireClean Files Suit Against Firearms Bloggers

All Gun Violence is Preventable If You Know the Signs | Nicole Hockley | TEDxWakeForestU- More lies from Sandy Hook Promise

Couples Talk About Gun Ownership | Cosmopolitan

Smart Ammo Mags Are Here – What could possibly go wrong…..

#EUgunban latest: Semi-auto gun ban plan has been dropped

The Top 5 Media Misrepresentations of Gun Ownership (That are Actually Totally Normal)

Mark Hamill: You Have the Right to Bear Muskets, Only Muskets

The Retardation of the Firearms Industry


Defensive Gun Use

Dramatic Video: Store Clerk Pulls Gun on Armed Robber, Clerk Pulls Gun


In The Classroom

Here’s What Happens When You Don’t Follow the 4 Rules of Gun Safety

223 Rem vs 5.56 Nato

Man murdered in front of daughter in Kansas City parking lot

The Box O’ Truth #3 – The Shotgun Meets the Box O’ Truth




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Local News

CT gun owners get to testify twice so far this session.

The Supreme Court’s Eight Gun Salute
—–BREAKING: US Supreme Court Throws Out Massachusetts Stun Gun Ban

Retired state trooper named suspected gunman in deadly turnpike attack – in CT, he’d be exempt from any bans on firearms.

West Haven police: Guns, drugs found after man tries to hit woman with boulder

Man arrested for trying to prevent deer hunting – Logic would dictate that if this idiot had feared gun owners like the anti-gun lobby says they do, then he wouldn’t confront a man with a gun, no?

Drone-Gun Clinton Teen Expelled From College

2z’s Gat Crank – Won’t ship to CT.  Good news, not too difficult to reproduce.

Should people carrying guns be required to show permits to police upon request?

I’ll be tracking a Rhode Island bill that benefits CT gun owners

Gun maker seeks dismissal of Newtown school shooting lawsuit


National News

West Virginia Legalizes Permitless Concealed Carry

Colorado: Constitutional carry bill clears State Senate

Pro-gun Florida mom is accidentally shot by her four-year-old son while driving after the boy found her pistol in back seat – just a day after she bragged about his shooting skill

South Carolina House Votes 64-30 to Take on all new Federal Gun Control Efforts

UPDATE: WV Senate overturns concealed weapon bill veto

This is the most two-faced gun control advocate ever

‘We do not need a militia of toddlers’: If Iowa law passes, children can use handguns

—–Lawmakers tackle 5 gun laws including use under age 14

‘Heckuva Gaffe’: Clinton References Constitution While Talking Gun Control, Then Makes Obvious Error



Cop’s AR-15 Dust Cover Inscription Used Against Him in Court – I don’t know where TTAG was going with here…. but there are some other circumstances that just “might” have been used against this officer way above his inscriptions on his rifle…. just sayin’.

MSNBC Pundit Blames ‘Ease of Getting Guns’ for Brussels Bombing

TracFind GPS System for Guns: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

NRA’s quick rejection of Merrick Garland

Tactical Response BANNED After Instructor Negligently Discharges Into Student’s Truck

The Average Civilian Pistol Permit Holder Is Better With Their Weapons Than Most Cops.


Defensive Gun Use

FL Homeowner Shoots, Kills Teen Burglary Suspect. Now His Family Is Mad.

Concealed Nation Fan Fends Off Three Home Invaders With M&P Shield

PD: 71-year-old victim shoots teen during attempted robbery

—–Bullets fly in Hampton neighborhood – The dead criminal can be heard here in utter contradiction starting around 50 seconds in.

Police: Suspect with Knife Attacks Woman, Gets Shot in Neck – The brazenness here is exactly why the “just rack the 12 gauge and they’ll leave” thought process is just stupid.

Police: Suspect Shot Dead During Attempted Robbery In Brooklyn Park

Employees describe fatal shooting at Deerfield Beach store


In The Classroom

More on situational awareness and a really good read:
Random Thoughts: A Mindful Miscellany

How to Develop the Situational Awareness of Jason Bourne

Tips from a former Delta Force sniper on judging distance





The Yankee Gunner Podcast – 062


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Local News

CCDL: Shew v. Malloy Filed With SCOTUS – Press Release

CCDL: Legislative Action Alert!

CCDL: New Open Carry Memorandum

CCDL: A Guide for Public Letter Writing

Newtown Action Alliance Urges All Newtown Business Owners to Ban Guns in their Establishments

Gun nut kept small arsenal at Queens home: police

Hartford Courant OpEd: 2nd Amendment does not include “assault rifles”

Meriden man faces felony assault weapon, illegal capacity magazine charges

Arcane NJ law prevents retired cops from carrying concealed weapon

Kent town officials considering program to arm teachers

Sandy Hook Promise thanks Facebook for new ban on unlicensed gun sales

Stupid Politicians Write Stupid Bill That Will Get People Killed

Checkpoint protester challenges arrest

Esty vows to push ahead with gun-safety efforts

Smith & Wesson pistol causes man to lose finger, lawsuit says

Could gun violence research curb gun violence?

Critics blast Massachusetts city’s new ‘essay’ rule for gun-carry applicants


National News

ALERT: All firearms with a “Bullet Button” to be BANNED

Organizing for Action Lying about Guns (Again)

SF’s Law Enforcement-Inspired Safe Storage Law Has Law Enforcement Carve-Out

Lawmakers seek mandatory insurance from gun owners in 4 states

Victory: Gov. McAuliffe To Restore Reciprocity Agreements For Concealed Carry Holders

Police officer escorted out of Darton College classroom

Sanders tries to bolster position against gun law he previously supported

Orange County Sheriff’s Deputy Loses Assault Rifle

Steve Harvey Takes a Crack at Solving Chicago Crime

Michigan becomes 38th state to allow hunting with suppressors

Prosecutors, attorneys from nation’s biggest cities call for gun law reform

Gun Owners of America: FBI Actions Prove Background Checks Unconstitutional  – This proves the feds are manufacturing problems with the 72 hour NICS rules in order to further an agenda!

Air Force to allow more guns on bases to counter active shooters

VIDEO: Pro-Gun Lawmaker Leaves Room Cheering With PERFECT Obama Slam




John Lott: Even Liberal Academics Are Turning Pro-Gun Ownership

Study: Mass Shooters Prefer Gun Free Zones

From The Editor | Using Legal Hunting To Obscure The Facts About Gun Violence

La Loche school shooting – Canada (though they only are supposed to happen in the US!).

Eagles Of Death Metal’s: Jesse Hughes, Confesses His Anti-Gun Position Has Changed

Pakistani university reopens after attack; teachers allowed guns

AJPH ‘Smart Gun Study’ a Transparent Exercise in Junk ‘Science’ Agenda Propaganda


Defensive Gun Use

Man with a gun saves officer from mob of teens

Man Robs Store With Fake Gun, Gets Shot By Clerk’s Real One

Mother of 2 surprises teen burglars with gunshots

Now…. for some of what NOT to do and think it’s self defense!

Homeowner who fatally shot robbery suspect could face charges

NJ woman shoots man who was using her shovel to clear elderly neighbor’s driveway


In The Classroom


Vietnam Green Beret Had 37 Separate Bullet, Bayonet, & Shrapnel Wounds & Still He Carried On Fighting

Basic Shield – more than 1,800 gun manuals online!


The Yankee Gunner Podcast – 061


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Plea to All Friends of Mike Vanderboegh

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

Local News

Open-Carry Gun Owner Videotapes Police Requesting His Permit Inside Connecticut Store. Just Wait Until You Get a Load of His Answer.

Police: Southington man fired gun into ground near Henny Penny on Saturday

To the man I sat next to on the train: I am the gun owner you hate

Wal-Mart Sued Over Sale of Bullets Used in Pennsylvania Murders

Gunman Who Tried to Execute Philadelphia Cop Pledged Allegiance to ISIS

Obama Said Connecticut Had A 40 Percent Drop In Gun Deaths. Really?

Do you agree with President Obama’s executive order on gun control?

Suspects sought following home invasion, shooting at Southington home

COLUMN: A ban on firearms won’t stop gun violence

Proposed New Jersey Gun Laws


National News

Biden: ‘The Second Amendment Says You Can Limit Who Can Own A Gun’ [VIDEO]

Georgia Democrats Introduce ‘Assault Weapon’ Confiscation Bill – Don’t they say it’s not about confiscation?

Hickok45 here

Ruger now in the business of making silencers

Middle school students in Utah may soon get gun safety lessons

Congressman to Introduce Fifty-State Concealed Carry Reciprocity Bill For Gun-Shy D.C.

Photos: FL Gun Store Fills Arcade Claw Machine with AR-15 Parts

Background checks for gun sales at record high in 2015

Bill allows suits over gun-free zone incidents



Dems push bill to let gun violence victims sue gun-makers – Plenty of straw man arguments here!

Irish homeowners now have legal right to shoot intruders

News Station Puts Concealed Carry Permit Holders to the Test in Realistic ‘Good Guys’ vs. ‘Bad Guys’ Scenarios

Poll: 2 Percent Placed ‘Guns/Gun Control’ on 2015 List of ‘Most Important Problems’

Rasmussen: Voters Oppose Obama’s Executive Action For Gun Control

What If the Oregon Occupiers Were Muslim or Black?

13 Charts Put America’s Gun Violence in Perspective

AP: Obama’s Claims About ATF, Background Checks Not Accurate

FACT SHEET: New Executive Actions to Reduce Gun Violence and Make Our Communities Safer

Obama Asked Celebrities to Help Push Gun Control. This is What Mike Rowe Did Instead…

BREAKING: ATF Issues Final Ruling on NFA Trusts, Eliminates CLEO Sign-Off for ALL NFA Paperwork

Discoveries of an Anti-Gunner: My Conversion to the Other Side

What Could Possibly Go Wrong? – Trigger Point’s Tigger-Mounted Light/Laser Switch

Gun control groups go ballistic after NRA reboots Red Riding Hood with a twist

Comedian Shows It’s Easier To Buy A Gun Than To Get A Fishing License!


Defensive Gun Use

Southington resident holds gun on man trying to steal his car

Would-be robber shot in chest by woman, 65, after he followed her home

T-Mobile store employee shoots 2 armed robbery suspects – Irony is the “no guns” sign on the door.  I guess the criminals missed the sign.


In The Classroom

Should you carry or keep your self defense gun on an empty chamber?

Florida mother shoots daughter she thought was intruder