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NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) -- Gun rights groups have responded to public criticism by rescheduling a national "Guns Saves Lives Day" that was originally planned for the one-year anniversary of the Newtown, Conn., school shootings.


The groups now say they'll hold the event Dec. 15, the day after the anniversary.


Organizers note that the day after the anniversary is national Bill of Rights Day. They say events in all 50 states will counter expected activism by gun control advocates on the anniversary.


The day is being organized by the Second Amendment Foundation, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, DefendGunRights.com and other organizations. Alan Gottlieb of the Bellevue, Wash.-based Second Amendment Foundation says it is about defending the right to bear arms.

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