Image caption The hunting rifle was one of dozens of new emojis proposed last year

A hunting rifle has been dropped from the latest list of official emojis.

Last October, the Unicode Consortium - which represents many of the tech giants - had proposed including the weapon as one of several new Olympic-themed chat message graphics.

At the time, the BBC reported that a British gun control campaign group had criticised the proposal, saying it was "offensive" to gun injury victims.

According to a report by Buzzfeed, Apple and Microsoft both opposed the inclusion of new gun-themed graphics in the Unicode 9.0 list.

The decision does not affect the existing pistol emoji, which was added in 2010.

The Unicode Consortium's attention now switches to its 10.0 list, due for release next year.

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