...but Cole claimed he was unaware that the rifle was loaded.*sigh*
That's why you always assume that they are, and treat them accordingly.
Of course, the 'Guardian' reporter can't quite conceal his hoplophobia:
Former Arsenal star Cole, 30, arrived at Chelsea's Cobham training ground in Surrey holding the weapon, complete with a muzzle and nightscope, last weekEeeeie! A scope! SNIPER!!!