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'19 Kids and Counting' Star -- Three Rifles, No Ammo

1/3/2011 7:20 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

In an effort to give an Indonesian foreign exchange student the real "USA" experience -- one of the stars of the TLC reality show "19 Kids and Counting"  handed the guy a GUN and told him to smile!

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The kid double-fisting the firearms is 20-year-old John David Duggar -- the 3rd of 19 brothers and sisters featured on the show.

John David's father, Jim Bob Duggar, tells TMZ ... JD and the exchange student were heading out to target practice over the holidays -- and posed for this photo before they opened fire.

Jim Bob insists all three weapons were UNLOADED -- and were each "standard firearms purchased at a licensed gun shop."

He adds, "All of the older boys, including John David, are well-trained in gun safety and always supervised when handling guns."

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Carl    

They are doing far more damage to our world by increasing the problem of human overpopulation than those guns can do.

1333 days ago
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OooooNooo!    

Yea,they look stable. . . . .

1333 days ago
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John    

I just gained a whole lot more respect for the Duggar's. Nice assortment of weapons!

1333 days ago
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Pat    

There ya go TMZ making a big deal out of nothin'

1333 days ago
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Lucas    

The guns are unloaded, the magazines would be next to both index fingers on the guy in the brown jacket and the kid in the grey jacket couldn't hold his to his chest if it was loaded as the magazine goes in at an angle on the other side of his right hand.

1333 days ago
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anony    

Newsflash: Indonesian foreign exchange student kills half of Duggar family with semi-automatic rifle. Now feels like "real American."

1333 days ago
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fleiter    

I don't see any problems. The mag well on the AR is empty and all of the muzzles are under control. The Indonesian kid's muzzle is a little low, but it's not pointing at Duggar.

1333 days ago
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Heather    

And??? I see nothing wrong with this. This is the United States of America where we have the right to bear arms.

1333 days ago
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Rebecca    

Seriously, people are making a way bigger deal out of this photo then it should be. They live in the middle of nowhere. I have lived in the same part of Arkansas as they do and it is completely normal to do target practice. Its just what people there do. People in that part of the country hunt. There is no reason that this picture should be in the news.

1333 days ago
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konaehukai    

That family is disgusting. And TLC isn't much better for glorifying a slut that doesn't keep her legs closed and pumps out kids like a jackrabbit. This family is absolutely dispicable.

1333 days ago
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tgrfan42069    

typical libs at TMZ..complaining about guns now..they with their lib veiws think we should give up our guns as law abiding citizens and let the criminals run wild with fire arms.but i will say however the duggers are allowed to shoot guns but they wont let them get on the internet nor watch tv kinda odd.

1333 days ago
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tgrfan42069    

That family is disgusting. And TLC isn't much better for glorifying a slut that doesn't keep her legs closed and pumps out kids like a jackrabbit. This family is absolutely dispicable.

Posted at 2:57 PM on Jan 3, 2011 by konaehukai

so now it makes you a slut if you have sex with your husband and have kids?

1333 days ago
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bobby smith    

WHAT... NO MENTION OF THE FRIGGN HANDGUN IN HIS POCKET..

COME ON TMZ... GET WITH IT.

1333 days ago
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Teresa    

What's the big deal?? Holding a gun for a picture is perfectly legal in the United States.

1333 days ago
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sister278    

I think the Duggar family is terribly naive. I mean--come on!Homeschooled--19 kids. Have you watched the show? They are socially akward. Yeah, they are nice to eachother etc, but coming from a uber-large family myself, I RESENT my mother spent no time with me. She was too busy having kids. The older Duggar kids are the parents to the younger ones. The dad always had that stupid grin on his face, and the mom giggles entirely too much.

1333 days ago
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