A "firearm" is any
sawed-off shotgun, machine gun, rifle, shotgun, pistol, revolver or
other weapon, whether loaded or unloaded from which a shot may be
discharged. You must find that the firearm was operable at the time of
General Statutes § 53a-3 (19) (applies to Penal Code).
The phrase "from which a shot may be discharged" in the definition of
"firearm" has been interpreted as requiring that the firearm is
operable. The operability of the firearm is a factual finding for the
jury. State v. Belanger, 55 Conn. App. 2, 7, cert. denied, 251
Conn. 921, cert. denied, 530 U.S. 1205, 120 S.Ct. 2200, 147 L.Ed.2d 235
The definition of "deadly weapon" in § 53a-3 (6) and the definition of
"firearm" in § 53a-3 (19) have overlapping definitions. A deadly weapon
is, in part, any weapon, whether loaded or unloaded, from which a shot
may be discharged. A firearm is any of 6 enumerated weapons, plus "any
other weapon," whether loaded or unloaded, from which a shot may be
discharged. I.e., all firearms would fit the definition of a deadly
weapon, and some deadly weapons would fit the definition of a firearm.
Whether a particular weapon would reasonably come within one of these
definitions is to be made on a case-by-case basis. See State v.
Grant, 294 Conn. 151, 159-61 (2009) (BB gun could come within
definition of firearm); State v. Hart, 118 Conn. App. 763, 776
cert. denied, 295 Conn. 908 (2010) (pellet gun could be a deadly weapon, a dangerous instrument, or