I'm reading an English story written by an Italian student, and there's a line which says
- Mark carried a gun in his briefcase for safety reasons
Now, when talking to him earlier I understood what he meant. The hero of his story placed the gun in his briefcase, in case he needed to use it. The gun was for his own personal safety.
I suppose self defence could have been used, but it suggests that the hero knew what was lying in store for him.
- Mark carried a gun on the off chance that he needed to use it.
But Cambridge Dictionary says
off chance noun
hoping that something may be possible, although it is not likely:
Which changes the story somewhat, and besides which, the phrase becomes too clumsy sounding.
Does ‘precaution measures’ sound better?
- Mark carried a gun for precaution measures
CD defines it as
an action that is done to prevent something unpleasant or dangerous happening
Is there a pithier, an easier expression or phrase that people use when they fear they might face danger?
Context: Mark placed the gun with the $100,000 cash that was in his briefcase. In the end, the "hero" never needed to use the gun.