Originally Posted by Coyboy
[count] 1 : something (such as a gun, knife, club, or bomb) that is used for fighting or attacking someone or for defending yourself when someone is attacking you
▪ assault with a deadly weapon ▪ a concealed weapon ▪ chemical/biological weapons [=weapons that use dangerous chemicals, germs, etc.] ▪ weapons of mass destruction [=weapons that can destroy entire cities, regions, etc.] ▪ The police never found the murder weapon. [=the weapon used to commit murder]
2 : something (such as a skill, idea, or tool) that is used to win a contest or achieve something
▪ The pitcher's slider is his most effective weapon. ▪ a new weapon in the fight against cancer ▪ The mayor's campaign unleashed its secret weapon.
No really it's not fine unless your out to harm or kill someone.
...or your intent is to defend yourself as in concealed carry.
In essence my carry gun is a weapon. It's certainly not for hunting or for any sportsman like pursuit. It's for one thing and it's a tool. You can use a socket wrench for a hammer in a pinch......
Of course there is a couple crossovers. My 29 Smith 44 magnum long barrel revolver makes a dandy deer gun and Clint Eastwood memorialized it in numerous 'Dirty Harry' movies and it carries nicely in a shoulder rig and packs a big wallop.
Then there is my Kinmber full size 1911 semi-auto that also makes a dandy carry gun and a good animal dispatcher plus a nice range gun for 50 foot indoor match with lead projectiles...
Might as well include my little Bond 45-410 2 shot derringer. Nice pocket gun, nice close in varmit dispatcher too.
Any gun is a weapon if intended to be. They all make nice paperweights as well.
Finally, I get disgusted every time I hear the term 'assualt' weapon. Assualt is a state of mind, nothing more.
A paintball gun can be a weapon of assualt if you shoot someone in the eye with it.....