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NRA under fire for shooting range app

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

The National Rifle Association is taking fire for a new app released exactly one month after the Newtown, CT shootings.

The video game featuring a shooting range was initially approved for users as young as 4-years-old.

The NRA has blasted video games, saying they are one of the reasons for violence in the U.S. So, it's no surprise that critics jumped on the group for releasing this new app.

NRA: Practice Range appeared in Apple's App Store Monday. There's no blood, though you can shoot at some targets that seem to be shaped like coffins.

You can use an M-16 or upgrade to an AK-47 and other high capacity weapons with an in-app purchase of $0.99.

And while the app was originally was rated for ages four and up it now is rated ages 12 and higher.

The app does offer gun safety advice and has facts about the NRA, but the NRA hasn't commented on the app and some have even questioned if the app was a hoax, because it isn't mentioned on the NRA website.

Now progressive groups are circulating online petitions to have it pulled from the app store.

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