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article imageGeorge Zimmerman auctioning off gun that killed Trayvon Martin

By Arthur Weinreb     May 12, 2016 in Crime
George Zimmerman, the man who was acquitted in the shooting death Trayvon Martin in 2012, has put the gun he used up for auction after recently getting the firearm back. And he has plans for the money.
Zimmerman shot and killed Martin, 17, in Sanford, Florida on Feb. 26, 2012. He was charged with both second-degree murder and manslaughter and was acquitted of both charges on July 13, 2013. The shooting death of the teen made news around the world for both the racial make-up of the people involved and Florida's stand your ground law (which was not raised at trial; Zimmerman was acquitted on the basis the shooting was justified on the grounds of self defence). AP reports Martin's death marked the beginnings of the Black Lives Matter movement.
The gun involved is a Kel-Tec PF-9 9 mm. It was seized by the Department of Justice after Zimmerman was acquitted but recently returned to him. Zimmerman said the feds wanted to make it inoperable but his attorney was able to prevent them from doing so.
The gun is being auctioned off on the website GunBroker.com. In the description of the firearm, Zimmerman described it as "an American Firearm Icon." He said he used it to defend himself and end "a brutal attack from Trayvon Martin on 2/26/2012."
Zimmerman also called the gun "a piece of American history" and said the Smithsonian Institute was interested in purchasing it but he did not like how they proposed to treat it.
Zimmerman, who is hiding due to death threats, told Fox 35 Orlando he has received more death threats since putting the gun up for auction. But he said he is not cowering. He told the station, "I'm a free American. I can do what I want with my possessions."
Zimmerman plans to use some of the proceeds of the sale to fight Black Lives Matter because the group is going after law enforcement officers. He also wants to use the money to help defeat Hillary Clinton because of her "anti-firearm rhetoric" and wants to try to end the career of Angela Corey, the special prosecutor appointed by the state of Florida to go after him.
The auction begins today at 11 a.m. with an opening bid of $5,000.
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