Madonna courts controversy with gun-wielding stage routine

Madonna is set to court controversy yet again after she was snapped brandishing a gun during rehearsals for her upcoming MDNA tour.

Her latest world trek kicks off in Tel Aviv, Israel on Thursday and the Material Girl practised her routines on stage at the Ramat Gan Stadium over the weekend.

And she's set to prove she is still as provocative as ever by shocking fans with one sequence in which she wields a pistol.

In snaps from rehearsals, the star is seen aiming the firearm into the crowd, while her dancers handle machine guns and rifles.

The star's penchant for pistols famously caused a stir in 2008, when she donned a pair of Chanel shoes with gun-shaped heels, attracting criticism from anti-violence group Mothers Against Murder And Aggression.