NRA Releases Information App With Shooter Game Month After Newtown Shootings

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NRA Releases Information App With Shooter Game Month After Newtown Shootings

The National Rifle Association released an information app featuring a first-person shooter game on Monday, exactly one month after the shooting spree at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn. that left 26 dead including 20 first-graders.

The massacre ignited debate over restrictions on firearms, which the NRA vehemently opposes. In response to the attack, the nation's leading gun lobby blamed Hollywood movies and violent videogames for the mass killing.

But, on Monday, it rolled out "NRA: Practice Range," a free app that it described as "the NRA's new mobile nerve center, delivering one-touch access to the NRA network of news, laws, facts, knowledge, safety tips, educational materials and online resources."

Screenshots from the app show users aiming handguns and sniper rifles at floating targets. Another image from the iPhone- and iPad app shows a "gun safety tip" reminding gamers to always keep a weapon pointed in "a safe direction."

Apple rated the game for children aged four and up.

Neither Apple nor the NRA immediately responded to calls from and emails from TheWrap requesting comment.

And on the iTunes store, only one user has so far commented, giving it one star.

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