Penn. Coroner Auctioning Firearms From Suicides And Accidental Shooting Deaths
Ken Bacha, a western Pennsylvania coroner, is auctioning off about 100 guns used in suicides and accidental shooting deaths.
According to the Associated Press,, Bacha says the Nov. 8th surplus weapons sale is Westmoreland County government’s first since his father was coroner in the 1980s.
[su_center_ad] According to WTAE, as the auction date gets closer, both the coroner and the auctioneer are seeing an increase in interest.
“Now as we are a week and a half away, we’re getting more phone calls, several today. I talked to the auctioneer earlier today, and he’s getting a lot of hits to his website and a lot of calls to his office as well,” Bacha said.
“I know when my dad had the auction in the 80s, there were guns that were valued at $100 brand new that were selling for $200. Was it just the novelty of it, that this gun took a life? I’m not really sure.”
Bacha said the guns being auctioned were not used in homicides. He added that forensic investigators house those firearms in secure evidence facilities for trials and appeals.
“Most of these firearms that are going to be auctioned are non-homicide firearms, meaning accidental deaths, but most of them are suicides,” Bacha said.
Well that’s a relief. Don’t we all feel better now?
Bacha says guns were used in 34 of the 55 suicides in the county last year.
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