The Newtown Legislative Council, in a split vote, has blocked a proposed ban on carrying guns in town. The decision not to send the proposal to a review committee was made because the town can't preempt state law. The Newtown Action Alliance proposed a ban on carrying guns on town property and at public demonstrations. The organization said it was to prevent intimidation of teenagers at demonstrations, who have been active in protests since coming of age at the time of the Sandy Hook School shootings. The Southbury-based Connecticut Citizens Defense League applauded the decsion of the Legislative Council. There are routine demonstrations held outside the Newtown-based National Shooting Sports Foundation headquarters. The proposal was modeled on firearms restriction ordinances at parks and other recreation spaces in Danbury, Ridgefield. and Bridgeport.