Deadly weapon or instrument

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[A "deadly weapon or instrument" is one likely to produce death or great bodily injury. It also includes any other object that is capable of being used in a deadly or dangerous manner if the person intends to use it as a weapon.]
[Any firearm is a "deadly weapon", though unloaded or so defective that it cannot be fired.]
[A "firearm" is any device designed to eject or propel a projectile by the force of an explosion or other form of combustion.]


State v. Missenberger, 86 Idaho 321, 386 P.2d 559 (1963); State v. Lenz, 103 Idaho 632, 651 P.2d 566 (Ct. App. 1982). I.C. § 18–905(d).
The committee recommends that the phrase "great bodily injury" not be defined. "The irresistible impulse to define words of ordinary English is unfortunately pervasive. It should be curbed." People v. Kimbrel, 174 Cal.Rptr. 816, 819 (Ct. App. 1981).
See also State v. Townsend, 124 Idaho 881, 865 P.2d 972 (1993), holding that a bare hand is not a deadly weapon under the aggravated assault and aggravated battery statutes, I.C. §§ 18–907 & 18–905; and State v. Huston, 121 Idaho 738, 828 P.2d 301 (1992), holding that a boot worn by the defendant can be a weapon under I.C. § 18–905.

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