New London resident Scott Wilson, a founder and the president of the Connecticut Citizens Defense League, said that "we're eager to see John McKinney out of this race as soon as possible." His group started those efforts early on. At the urging of CCDL's leadership, hundreds of members of the group joined local party committees after the gun control bill cleared the General Assembly.
"You have a community that has been awakened to their need to participate," said Sen. Joseph Markley, R-Southington, who voted against the sweeping gun control package of 2013 and has been hailed as a champion of the Second Amendment activists' cause.
Their first focus is the Aug. 12 primary, and they hope to help Greenwich businessman Tom Foley defeat state Senate Minority Leader John McKinney in the race for the Republican nomination to run for governor. McKinney enraged gun owners, who often rely on the GOP to push back against efforts to increase gun restrictions.
After Legislative Defeat, Connecticut Gun Owners Aim For Election Successes: Mobilizing For First Statewide Vote Since Historic Gun-Control Bill Enacted - Courant.com