Sher­iff’s of­fice to auc­tion cen­tury-old ma­chine gun

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NEW PHILADEL­PHIA | A north­east Ohio sher­iff’s of­fice is auc­tion­ing off a nearly cen­tury-old ma­chine gun to help pay for new weapons for deputies.

The Dover-New Philadel­phia Times Re­porter re­ported that an ex­pert has es­ti­mated the Thomp­son Model 1921’s value at $37,000.

The weapon was pur­chased by Tus­carawas County Sher­iff Abe Laird in 1934.

The sher­iff’s of­fice staff is un­sure what the ma­chine gun was orig­i­nally used for. Lt. Brian Al­ford said the Thomp­son was a pop­u­lar law en­force­ment weapon dur­ing De­pres­sion-era mine ri­ots.

Lt. Al­ford said the weapon is nearly orig­i­nal and is cleaned sev­eral times a year. He said he was the last per­son to fire the weapon five years ago.

Sher­iff Orvis Campbell ex­pects the gun to fetch nearly $50,000 at a Septem­ber auc­tion.

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