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NEWTOWN, CT (WFSB) -

The Newtown First Selectwoman said in a statement it was "disrespectful" for a guns rights advocates plan to hold rallies on the anniversary of the Sandy Hook School shooting.

Several pro-gun rights organizations announced on Thursday that they will be holding rallies in all 50 states on Dec. 14 in support of "right to own a firearm for self-defense."

The event is being called "Guns Save Lives Day" because the founders want to defend their Second Amendment rights.

"Our mission with Guns Save Lives Day is to assure them our groups are working day and night to thwart government gun-grabbers at every opportunity. We are going to show America that there is a good side to guns," said Alan Gottlieb, who is the president of the Second Amendment Foundation and chairman of the Citizens Committee, on the website.

On Dec. 14, 20 first-graders and six adults were shot and killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

"For this group to use our Sandy Hook tragedy as a springboard for political action is disrespectful to our community of Newtown and is of particularly insensitive timing," said Newtown First Selectman Pat Llodra in a statement Friday.

Llodra went on to say that she "respects" the groups' right to promote their rights regarding gun regulations, but asked them to stay out of Newtown on Dec. 14.

"I ask that they respect our community and not use us for their purposes. We will not host a political rally of any stripe on that day and we hope that all such inclined persons understand that they and their agenda are not welcome," Llodra said.

Llodra asked for "privacy" on Dec. 14 from everyone including pro-gun rights groups and the media.

"Those persons, who choose to not accede to our request to be left alone, show the world their own moral and ethical fiber," Llodra said.

Second Amendment Foundation, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms and DefendGunRights.com are all expected to participate in nation-wide rallies.

For more information about "Guns Save Lives Day," click here.

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