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Had he not crashed his Rolls Royce, Rick Ross had every intention of protecting himself during a drive-by attempt on his life in January. At the time of the shooting, Ross reportedly had a semi-automatic Smith & Wesson handgun in his  possession.

A newly released police report, revealed the details.

From The Smoking Gun:

The rapper Rick Ross had a loaded 9mm handgun in the waistband of his pants when the Rolls Royce he was driving was recently fired upon on a Florida street, The Smoking Gun has learned.

The 37-year-old performer (real name: William Leonard Roberts) was carrying the Smith & Wesson semi-automatic despite having a suspended handgun permit, according to a Fort Lauderdale Police Department report (which was released today after TSG filed an open records request with cops).

It is unclear whether Ross will face a weapons possession charge in connection with the January 28 incident. The “black and chrome” gun seized from the rapper contained 12 live rounds, with one in the chamber and 11 in the magazine, cops noted.

Ross never attempted to hide the gun despite not having a valid license to carry the weapon, and has hired  24-hour armed security, since the shooting.

Read the entire police report here.

Photo: AP