NRA releases target practice video game

Jan. 15, 2013 at 3:39 PM

WASHINGTON, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- The National Rifle Association has released a cellphone target practice game it says is appropriate for ages 4 and older.

The NRA has been critical of the video game industry for marketing violent video games to children as leaders in Washington debate stricter gun control laws in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., school shooting that claimed 20 children and six faculty members, Politico said Tuesday.

Vice President Joe Biden has led a task force making policy recommendations to President Barack Obama. Biden's group met with the NRA last week to little progress, with NRA officials slamming Biden for "attacking the Second Amendment." The NRA said better mental health laws and fewer violent video games will help prevent mass shootings like in Newtown.

Their own shooting video game includes three versions: indoor, outdoor and skeet. The video game is free to download but users can pay 99 cents to upgrade the weapon from a free M9 to a more powerful Beretta, Browning or Colt. It also reminds users of safe gun owner rules such as avoiding using drugs or alcohol before shooting.

"[NRA: Practice Range] strikes the right balance of gaming and safety education, allowing you to enjoy the most authentic experience possible," the lobbying group told PC magazine.

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