The National Rifle Association’s new shooting app for mobile devices is no longer being described as suitable for ages four and up.
“NRA: Practice Range” was released on Sunday and is available for free in the iTunes store.
The app’s description says that it “offers a 3D shooting game that instills safe and responsible ownership through fun challenges and realistic simulations.”
“It strikes the right balance of gaming and safety education, allowing you to enjoy the most authentic experience possible.”
The game was initially rated as suitable for ages four and above.
However, the age recommendation was changed to at least 12 years and a warning about “intense” and “realistic” violence was added after outcry from anti-gun groups.
The game’s launch comes one month after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut.
Public relations experts say the move by the NRA could be seen as hypocritical after they previously blamed video games for violence.
At a news conference addressing the Newtown shooting, NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre insisted, “Guns don’t kill people.”
“Video games, the media and Obama’s budget kill people,” LaPierre charged.
The NRA says that the game promotes gun safety and contains 2nd Amendment newsfeeds and educational materials.