NRA's New Shooting App Perfect for Ages 4 and Up
Lets users practice with M16s, AK47s
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Jan 15, 2013 9:51 AM CST
A screen grab of the app, from the iTunes Store.   (iTunes Store)

(Newser) – The NRA is catching more than a little flak over the marketing of its new free app, "NRA: Practice Range." The virtual shooting-range experience isn't appropriate for 3-year-olds—but those ages four and up can fire away, per its 4+ age-rating in Apple's App Store. The game is described as "the NRA's new mobile nerve center" and features links to different areas of the NRA website, TheNextWeb reports.

Between rounds of shooting—users can upgrade from an M9 handgun by way of 99-cent in-app purchases—players get tips on gun safety, like "store guns so that they are not accessible to unauthorized persons." In the post-Newtown gun debate, NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre has pointed the finger at violent video games. He didn't mention this one, notes Geekosystem in an article titled, "NRA Blames Violent Video Games for Shootings, Releases Violent Video Game in Response." Quips TheAppSide, "Is now the best time for a National Rifle Association 3D shooting game? We’d suggest not."

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Jan 15, 2013 10:26 PM CST
Downloaded the app. Pretty boring actually, but gives gun safety tips. You folks should be more outraged at video games than this silly thing. For the record, I have nothing against video games, as a matter of fact, I enjoy Call of Duty and other first person shooter games. They are much more bloody and violent than this NRA app.
Jan 15, 2013 5:45 PM CST
The NRA and all it;s members make up .016% of American population not hardly a majority.
Jan 15, 2013 3:35 PM CST
The NRA is working tirelessly on their next app, to teach people how to shoot a gun w/ one hand and masturbate at the same time! It's going to take a little while, they're still not done 'testing it'.