dangerous weapon
dangerous weap·on n: an object that when used as an instrument of offense is capable of causing serious bodily injury compare deadly weapon

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

dangerous weapon
n.
A device that can inflict serious injury or death; see also deadly weapon

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


dangerous weapon
Any object, such as a gun, knife, sword, crossbow, or slingshot, that is intrinsically capable of causing serious bodily harm to another person. The definition becomes important in cases where criminal laws attach particular consequences to crimes performed with a dangerous weapon. (See also: deadly weapon)
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

dangerous weapon
n.
   any gun, knife, sword, crossbow, slingshot or other weapon which can cause bodily harm to people (even though used for target shooting). If a person is harmed by such a weapon that is left unguarded, improperly used, or causes harm even to a person who plays with it without permission, the victim or his/her survivors can sue for negligence and possibly win a judgment.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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