Michael Jackson's father Joe stunned onlookers by showing off what appeared to be a handgun at a Las Vegas awards show over the weekend (13-14Oct12).

The 84 year old was onstage at the Black Music Awards in Sin City when he opened his suit jacket to reveal a holster attached to his belt.

The musical family's patriarch was recalling a past confrontation with the King of Pop's bodyguards, and told the crowd, "I carry a piece (gun) everywhere I go... I'm gonna show it to you."

According to Tmz.com, he insisted, "I've been threatened a lot of times and so I need to be safe."

The entertainment website also published a photograph of Jackson speaking into a microphone at the event while showing off what looked like a revolver tucked underneath his jacket.