The National Rifle Association has joined the gamemaking business.
Released on Jan. 14–a month after the tragedy at Sand Hook Elementary School in Connecticut–NRA: Practice Range is an iOS game advertised as a tool for “safety, training and education,” as well as hosting a virtual shooting range. The game is recommended for ages four and up.
The App Store description of Practice Range defines the game 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.” The game’s shooting range mode includes nine firearms, three different target ranges, and three levels of difficulty.
Practice Range was developed by MEDL Mobile, whose other apps range from Air Guitar and Garden ID, to the zombie-shooter Boxhead and the simulation app Shotgun.
The NRA has recently made statements against violent television shows, movies and video games after coming under fire in the wake of the Sandy Hook shooting.
NRA: Practice Range is integrated with the App Store’s GameCenter and is available for free on both the iPad and iPhone, with in-app purchases unlocking different firearms.