Police in western PA hang onto historic gun

Written by The Associated Press | Dec 14, 2013 11:06 PM

(Sharon) -- A Mercer County police department is cleaning out its station -- but plans to keep a Tommy gun that, according to local legend, was purchased so the city's cops would have a ``level playing field'' if Depression-era bank robber John Dillinger ever came to town.

Sharon police Chief Mike Menster tells The Herald he'd like to display the gun, but doesn't think it's practical.

The issue of whether to keep the gun came up because the department is clearing out some old records and such.

Menster says the gun was last fired in the 1990s, but still works as far as he knows.

He's been told the long-defunct McDowell bank bought the gun and gave it to the police department as a hedge against Dillinger coming to town.

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