Pennsylvania to Auction Guns Used in Suicides, Public Eager to Buy

| by Michael Allen

The Westmoreland County Coroner's Office in Pennsylvania is going to auction off 97 guns on Nov. 8.

These firearms have not been claimed by families or relatives for a year, which allows the county to put the guns up for auction.

According to, the auctioned firearms will include rifles, handguns and shotguns.

"Most of these firearms that are going to be auctioned are non-homicide firearms, meaning accidental deaths, but most of them are suicides," Westmoreland County Coroner Ken Bacha told WTAE.

"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," added Bacha.

"I know when my dad [Leo Bacha] had the auction in the 80s, there were guns that were valued at $100 brand new that were selling for $200," stated Bacha. "Was it just the novelty of it, that this gun took a life? I'm not really sure."

Sources: WTAE, (Image Credit: ErgoSum88)