updated 9/21/2009 6:58:13 PM ET 2009-09-21T22:58:13

It may take more than a few deep breaths to bring peace back to the New England town of Raymond, New Hampshire.

About 40 protesters, including some carrying guns, showed up at the town common Sunday after the town refused to allow Molly Schlangen to hold a "yoga for peace" gathering in honor of the International Day of Peace.

Selectmen have said they rejected Schlangen's request because they didn't have enough information about her plans. They're expected to discuss the outcry at a meeting Monday night.

Schlangen held the event at her studio instead. She says she considers it a blessing that the controversy generated more awareness of the day of peace.

The guns belonged to members of the Free State Project, who were promoting both the constitutional rights to assemble and to own guns.

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