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Malloy, Lawmakers Outraged Over NRA Shooter App

By Bob Connors
|  Wednesday, Jan 16, 2013  |  Updated 9:12 AM EDT
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The NRA released a shooting app for children as young as four years old and it was met with outrage by Gov. Dannel Malloy and Sen. Chris Murphy.

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A new shooter game that bears the name of the National Rifle Association has been released in iTunes and is suggested for kids as young as four.

NRA: Practice Range was released as an app in the iTunes store on Sunday, just a month after the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

"How dumb can you get? How insulting can you be? They are tone deaf. You can quote me on any of that," said Gov. Dannel Malloy on Tuesday.

The app allows users to shoot at targets and does not include the ability to shoot at live subjects. According to the iTunes description, the app "offers a 3D shooting game that instills safe and responsible ownership through fun challenges and realistic simulations." The app also provides firearm safety tips and access to NRA news and details on gun laws by state.

"The NRA seems intent on continuing to insult the families of the victims of Sandy Hook," said Sen. Chris Murphy in a statement. "How could they think it was a good idea to use the one month anniversary of the tragedy at Sandy Hook to release a game that teaches four year olds to shoot assault weapons? No matter what outrageous new tool they use, the NRA cannot make a straight-faced case that sport shooters need military-style weapons to enjoy their hobby."

Users who download the free app are provided with an M9 handgun, but can upgrade to an AK47 for $0.99, according to NBCNews.com.

Some criticism from iTunes users was directed at the NRA for releasing the app while placing blame for gun violence on violent video games and movies.

"Is this some kind of sick joke? The NRA complains about violent games and then releases one a week later," said Papershipsonfire, according to NBCNews.com. "Sure you're not shooting humans, but does it really matter?"

Others supported the game on iTunes.

"This is fun and informative plus there is no need for eye and ear protection," said Joe in BrynMawr. "A must have for any gun enthusiast and defender of the U.S. Constitution," NBCNews.com reported.

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