NRA Rolls Out Shooting App on Apple's iPad, iPhone

Tuesday, 15 Jan 2013 | 10:45 AM ET
NRA: Practice Range
Source: iTunes
NRA: Practice Range

The National Rifle Association has launched a free mobile application for Apple's iPhone and iPad that allows users to shoot at targets with various types of guns, including assault weapons.

While there is no killing or blood in the game, which is called "NRA: Practice Range," its launch comes at an interesting time. The NRA rolled out its app exactly one month since the shooting at the Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, Conn.

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The NRA made a statement several days after the school shooting placing some blame for gun violence on violent video games.

1 Month Since Sandy Hook Shooting
It's been 1 month since the elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, reports NBC's Anne Thompson; and weighing in on the debate over banning assault weapons is Kate Obenshain, author of "Divider-In-Chief;" Robert Costa, National Review; Don Clark, Former FBI Special Agent; and Steven Greer, The Healthcare Channel CEO.

"And here's another dirty little truth that the media try their best to conceal: There exists in this country a callous, corrupt and corrupting shadow industry that sells, and sows, violence against its own people," said Wayne LaPierre, the NRA executive vice president. "Through vicious, violent video games with names like "Bulletstorm," "Grand Theft Auto," "Mortal Kombat," and "Splatterhouse." And here's one: It's called "Kindergarten Killers." It's been online for 10 years."

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The new NRA shooting game is rated 4 on Apple's app store, which means that the game is rated as being appropriate for the ages of four and up. The user can choose from an array of weapons including, a M-9 handgun, a Colt M16 assault rifle with a 15-round clip or a Mossberg 500 pump-action shotgun.

For a fee, the user also has access to an AK-47 assault rifle and an M-11 sniper rifle.

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