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Newtown officials to study ban on open carry of firearms on town property

The Newtown Legislative Council has voted to send a proposal to the Ordinance Committee for review, which would ban the open carry of firearms on town property.  The vote last week was was 7-5.  Some opponents say open carry firearms restrictions should be regulated by the state.  Proponents say seeing a gun on a stranger evokes more trauma or heightened feelings because of the 12-14 tragedy.  If intimidation is an issue, opponents say that's a matter for the Newtown Police Department.  Similar local initiatives in other states failed because those states preempted towns from regulating firearms. Connecticut municipalities have only the authority the state has given them by law and there are no laws that preempt regulation by local authority.