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NRA triggers furor with its shooting-range app

Published on Jan 16, 2013 6:00 AM
This Jan 15, 2013, photo taken in Washington, DC, shows a man playing the newly released National Rifle Association (NRA) iPhone/iPad app, NRA: Practice Range. The new app was released Jan 14, by the nation's largest gun-industry lobby. The game gives users choices of several types of weapons and targets to shoot at, simulating firing at a gun range. -- PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The National Rifle Association (NRA), which blames video games in part for mass shootings, triggered controversy on Tuesday after coming out with its own game for iPhones and iPads.

NRA: Practice Range, released on Sunday, is billed as "the NRA's new mobile nerve center" with access to information about gun safety, legislation and news from the influential 4.25 million-member United States (US) gun lobby group.

But its main feature are shooting ranges - some with vaguely coffin-shaped targets - and a choice of handguns, rifles and shotguns, including the type of assault rifle used in the Newtown school massacre in December.

Players have one minute to pick off as many targets as possible, then post their scores on a leader board open to all.

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