Zimmerman to auction off gun he used to kill Trayvon Martin

2016-05-12 10:01
George Zimmerman at his trial in Seminole Circuit Court, in Sanford, Florida. (Orlando Sentinel, Joe Burbank/ AP)

George Zimmerman at his trial in Seminole Circuit Court, in Sanford, Florida. (Orlando Sentinel, Joe Burbank/ AP)

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Sanford - The man who fatally shot unarmed US teen Trayvon Martin in 2012 is putting the killer weapon up for auction - with the bid starting at $5 000.

George Zimmerman is selling the fireman as an "opportunity to own a piece of American history", saying he is "honored and humbled to announce the sale of an American Firearm Icon".

In an interview with Orlando, Florida, TV station WOFL, Zimmerman said he had just gotten the pistol back from the US Justice Department, which took it after he was acquitted in Martin's 2012 shooting death.

"And I thought it's time to move past the firearm," Zimmerman told the station. "And if I sell it and it sells, I move past it. Otherwise, it's going in a safe for my grandkids and never to be used or seen again."

He claims the weapon is still fully functional despite attempts by the Department of Justice to render it inoperable. 

Funds to fight against Black Lives Matter movement

The auction listing on GunBroker.com lists the gun as a 9 mm Kel-Tec PF-9 pistol. The auction begins Thursday at 11:00 (EDT).

The auction listing also says a portion of the proceeds will go toward fighting against violence by the Black Lives Matter movement against law enforcement, combating anti-gun rhetoric of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and ending the career of Angela Corey, who led the prosecution against him.


When asked what he thought of people who would be opposed to auctioning the gun, Zimmerman said: "They're not going to be bidding on it, so I couldn't care less about them."

Zimmerman has said he was defending himself when he shot and killed Martin, an unarmed black 17-year-old. The shooting sparked protests and a national debate about race relations.

"The Trayvon Martin Foundation is committed to its mission of ending senseless gun violence in the United States," read a statement an attorney for Martin's family gave the Florida station. "This election season, we are laser focused on furthering that mission. As such, the foundation has no comment on the actions of that person."

Zimmerman said he has received death threats but has decided not to cower.

"I'm a free American," he said. "I can do what I want with my possessions."

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