Pennsylvania coroner to auction off guns used in suicides, accidental shooting … – New York Daily News

The Westmoreland County Coroner's Office has nearly 100 guns to sell off.
WPXI The Westmoreland County Coroner’s Office has nearly 100 guns to sell off.

GREENSBURG, Pa. — A western Pennsylvania coroner is auctioning off about 100 guns used in suicides and accidental shooting deaths.

Coroner Ken Bacha says the Nov. 8 surplus weapons sale is Westmoreland County government’s first since his father was coroner in the 1980s.

He says state law requires local governments sell off unclaimed property. Proceeds will help fund county government.

Bacha’s office took possession of the guns during death investigations. Family members had a year to get them back before they became county property. Some of the weapons have been in the county’s hands for decades.

Some of the weapons have been with the office for decades after family failed to claim the guns.WPXI Some of the weapons have been with the office for decades after family failed to claim the guns. Guns are the weapon of choice in suicides in the county: 34 of 55 suicides in 2013 used guns.WPXI Guns are the weapon of choice in suicides in the county: 34 of 55 suicides in 2013 used guns.
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  • Westmoreland County Coroner's Office in Penn. is auctioning off 97 guns that were used in either suicides or accidental shootings.
  • Westmoreland County Coroner's Office in Penn. is auctioning off 97 guns that were used in either suicides or accidental shootings.

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Bacha says guns were used in 34 of the 55 suicides in the county last year.

No weapons used in homicides are being auctioned off. They’re kept in storage for use as evidence.

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