toggle

AAPL Stock: 531.7 ( + 0.53 )

Printed from http://www.macnn.com

British agencies, press lash out at iPhone gun apps

updated 11:40 am EDT, Mon March 30, 2009

Britain vs. gun apps

Anti-gun organizations in the UK are expressing "outrage" over a collection of gun-based iPhone applications at the App Store, according to regional newspapers. Leading these is an advisory group for the Operation Trident program at the London Metropolitan Police, which is aiming to suppress gun crime. "This [gun app collection] is hugely irresponsible in a climate when we are trying to get guns off the streets," says the advisory group's chair, Claudia Webbe.

At the center of the controversy are several titles from a French company, Damabia, which simulate firing guns. Users can toggle a safety switch, pull a trigger, and reload shells or bullets. The apps are either free or 59p locally, and have an age rating of only 9+ for "Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes" and "Infrequent/Mild Realistic Violence."

John Beyer -- the director of morality watchdog mediawatch UK -- adds that "in view of recent events in Northern Ireland and elsewhere," he feels that the app is in "extremely poor taste." Beyer is calling for the parties involved to withdraw the apps from sale, though a response may be unlikely given the French and American connections of the companies. The apps also comply with the rules of Apple's submission guidelines, and do not feature any direct violence.




by MacNN Staff

POST TOOLS:

TAGS :

toggle

Comments

Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.

toggle

Network Headlines

toggle

Most Popular

MacNN Sponsor

Recent Reviews

STM Trust technology bag

The search for a good messenger bag that doubles as a laptop bag is something many travelers find themselves facing at least once. Bet ...

PenClic Bluetooth mouse

Windows 8 aside, computer users have been trained that a mouse is the proper way to navigate through the desktop for many years now. T ...

Booqpad for iPad Air

Before we get rolling, I'll confess: I've never understood the purpose of cases like the Booqpad. If you've got a tablet, surely p ...

toggle

Most Commented