dangerous weapon

dangerous weapon
One dangerous to life; one by the use of which a serious or fatal wound or injury may probably or possibly be inflicted. In context of criminal possession of a weapon can be any article which, in circumstances in which it is used, attempted to be used, or threatened to be used, is readily capable of causing death or other serious physical injury. People v. Green, 4 Dept, 124 A.D.2d 725, 508 N.Y.S.2d 725, 726.
What constitutes a "dangerous weapon" depends not on nature of the object itself but on its capacity, given manner of its use, to endanger life or inflict great bodily harm. U.S. v. Bey, C.A.Ga., 667 F.2d 7, 11.
As the manner of use enters into the consideration as well as other circumstances, the question is often one of fact for the jury, but not infrequently one of law for the court.

Black's law dictionary. . 1990.

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