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article imageBuckeye Firearms Foundation raises money to buy Zimmerman new gun

By JohnThomas Didymus     Jul 22, 2013 in Crime
A group in Ohio is raising money to help George Zimmerman, who shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, buy a new gun. A six-member Seminole County jury recently acquitted Zimmerman of second-degree murder and manslaughter in the death of Martin.
Zimmerman's gun is being held by the Justice Department as evidence in a federal investigation into the Martin shooting. Orlando Sentinel reports that Sanford police spokesman Capt. Jim McAufliffe, said: "The evidence is just in a hold status, pending their DOJ investigation." He added: "It is being stored in a secure area within the police department."
The items being held, according to Orlando Sentinel, include "Zimmerman's gun, Trayvon's clothes, cell phone, the bag of Skittles and beverage found in his pockets – in short all the evidence collected by the agency as it investigated the Feb. 26, 2012, homicide."
Buckeye Firearms Foundation, however, suggests on its website that the move is part of a conspiracy by Attorney General Eric Holder to use the Zimmerman case to launch an attack on gun rights.
The group also alleges that Zimmerman is being deprived of his Second Amendment rights to bear firearms although there is no prohibition against him buying a new gun.
The Ohio group claims it is raising funds to help Zimmerman buy a new gun and "fight attacks on the Second Amendment."
The group is soliciting contributions to "provide Zimmerman, who has no current source of income, with the funds he needs to replace his firearm, holster, and other gear."
According to the group:
This move to prevent Mr. Zimmerman from claiming his property is an unacceptable abuse of power. And the threats of federal charges on civil rights grounds is little more than blatant pandering for political gain.
Moreover, based on statements he and others have made recently, Holder hopes to use this as the first step toward renewing this administration's attack on gun rights...
And if Eric Holder chooses to deny Mr. Zimmerman that right, Buckeye Firearms Foundation will remedy the matter by purchasing a NEW FIREARM for him, including a holster, flashlight, and any other gear he wants.
Gun owners must stand together and refuse to allow an injustice like this to go unanswered. If we choose to sit idly by while the full force and weight of the federal government descends upon a free man, it will embolden others to take liberties with our rights.
The group continues: "We’re buying Zimmerman a new gun - We need your help... We have created the Zimmerman Second Amendment Fund. We encourage you to donate whatever you can afford, $100 … $50 … $25 … even just $10..."
Buckeye Firearms Foundation describes itself as "a grassroots political action committee dedicated to defending and advancing the right of Ohio citizens to own and use firearms for all legal activities."
According to The Huffington Post, the group is not the first to offer Zimmerman assistance. Last week, Brad Thor, a conservative writer, offered to buy Zimmerman a new gun and ammunition.
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