Florida TV station, WOFL, reported that George Zimmerman is auctioning off the gun he used to kill Trayvon Martain four years ago.
Zimmerman was acquitted by a jury of his peers after claiming self-defense. Since being acquitted in 2013, Zimmerman has been in the news several times, including an arrest for domestic violence. Prosecutors dropped the charges after his girlfriend refused to cooperate.
Now, he is back in the news again for posting an ad for the firearm used in Martin’s death on website GunBroker. The post lists the weapon purportedly used to kill Martin at a starting bid of $5,000. “I am honored and humbled to announce the sale of an American firearm icon,” the post says. “The firearm for sale is the firearm that was used to defend my life and end the brutal attack from Trayvon Martin on 2/26/2012.”
The post brags about the gun’s popularity, describing it as a “piece of American history.” While it also states that many museums, including the Smithsonian Institution, have “expressed interest in owning and displaying the firearm,” the Washington-based Smithsonian released a statement saying, “We have never expressed interest in collecting George Zimmerman’s firearm, and have no plans to ever collect or display it in any museums.”
In an interview with WOFL-TV in Orlando Zimmerman has said he has moved past it. He went on to state, “I recently received it back from the Department of Justice. They took it after my trial, after I was exonerated. What I’ve decided to do is not cower,” he said. “I’m a free American. I can do what I want with my possessions.”
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