HOUSTON -

The National Rifle Association criticized violent video games in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., school shooting, but it has released its own mobile phone and tablet game.

"NRA Practice Range" puts a virtual gun in the hands of the user.

The game is free and for ages 4 and up.

When you go into the app, you can choose where to shoot, the kind of gun you want to use and then aim and fire at targets.

The app also offers NRA facts and statistics, along with safety tips.

The NRA said the game offers a balance of gaming as well as gun safety education.

For 99 cents extra, players can "unlock" higher-capacity guns, including AK-47 assault rifles and an M11 sniper rifles.

President Barack Obama will be unveiling his proposals to fight gun violence Wednesday.