No charges after viral picture shows 11-year-old holding rifle

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Posted on March 21, 2013 at 6:41 AM

Updated Thursday, Mar 21 at 7:37 AM

A single picture has caused residents in a small New Jersey town to call police and grab national headlines.

The picture shows an 11-year-old boy holding a gun that resembles an assault rifle.  The picture has now gone viral, causing police to do a search at the boy's home, fearing he had guns and ammunition.

As it turns out, the boy's father is a gun instructor at a sportsman's club and he had outfitted the .22-caliber rifle to look like an assault rifle as a gift for the boy's birthday.

Police said no charges will be filed.

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