GREENSBURG, PA.: A western Pennsylvania coroner is auctioning off about 100 guns used in suicides and accidental shooting deaths.
Coroner Ken Bacha said the Nov. 8 surplus weapons sale is Westmoreland County government’s first since his father was coroner in the 1980s.
He said 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.
Bacha said guns were used in 34 of the 55 suicides in the county last year.
No weapons used in homicides are being auctioned off.
They are kept in storage for use as evidence.