Police swooped on a car in Birmingham after the driver was heard talking on the phone about having a gun. And when Jerome Powell was arrested he had a loaded revolver around his neck.
Where was he going, to rob a bank? Shoot a rival?
Fiona Cortese, prosecuting at Birmingham Crown Court, said that on February 16 this year police were made aware that the defendant was on his way to a probation appointment in Selly Oak.
Theresa Hunt, defending, said: "It was within a bag and the defendant was cooperative with police."
Well, yes, when they are pointing a Heckler and Koch in your face, who wouldn't be?
She said Powell had it as a deterrent in the event there was any conflict but he did not intend to use the weapon.
Miss Hunt said he was immature but had shown signs of maturity and was trying to live a responsible and constructive lifestyle.
"He made a terrible mistake and is extremely sorry."