George Zimmerman’s Gun Pulled From Auction
( 4UMF NEWS ) George Zimmerman's Gun Pulled From Auction:
George Zimmerman tried a second time Thursday to auction off the firearm he used to kill 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Florida four years ago after the first listing on a different gun-selling website was removed before bidding began on the "piece of history."
Zimmerman told the Orlando Sentinel that the original site, gunbroker.com, was not "prepared for the traffic and publicity surrounding the auction of my firearm. It has now been placed with another auction house."
He listed the Kel-Tec PF-9 9mm firearm Thursday afternoon for auction on unitedgungroup.com.
The original listing on gunbroker.com was pulled and replaced by a message, without elaboration: "Sorry, but the item you have requested is no longer in the system." Until that point, the page had been viewed more than 185,000 times.
Zimmerman said in the both listings he was "honored and humbled" to announce the sale of the weapon and set the bidding to start at $5,000. Similar firearms normally sell for around $200.
"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," he wrote.
Zimmerman, 32, noted the Justice Department returned the weapon to him recently and it still bears the case number written on it in silver permanent marker.
"This is a piece of American History," he wrote. "It has been featured in several publications and in current University text books."
Zimmerman, then a neighborhood watch volunteer, shot and killed Trayvon in February 2012, in a confrontation as the unarmed teenager was heading back to a relative's house in Sanford, Fla., after buying snacks at a convenience store.
A jury found Zimmerman, who alleged that Martin was trying to bash his head on the pavement during a struggle, not guilty of second-degree murder and manslaughter.
Tracy Martin, Trayvon's father, issued a statement Thursday through his lawyer, Benjamin Crump, saying a foundation in his son's name is focusing on ending senseless gun violence and "has no comment on the actions of that person that murdered Trayvon."
In his listing, Zimmerman said he had turned down several offers for the notorious firearm because the buyers planned to use it "in a fashion I did not feel comfortable with."
He claimed in his auction listing that the "Smithsonian Museum" in Washington, D.C., had expressed interest in buying the firearm, however, the Smithsonian Institution said Thursday on Twitter, "We have never expressed interest in collecting George Zimmerman’s firearm, and have no plans to ever collect or display it in any museums."
Instead, Zimmerman said he planned to use the proceeds from the sale of the gun — which he called an "American Firearm Icon" — to fight "Black Lives Matter" violence against law enforcement officers and to counter "Hillary Clinton's anti-firearm rhetoric." He also said money would be used to "ensure the demise of Angela Correy's (sic) persecution career." Corey was the special prosecutor appointed to investigate Martin's death.
In a conversation with Fox35 in Orlando, Zimmerman said if he doesn't sell the firearm, it will go in a safe and "never be used or seen again."
Zimmerman, who has had several run-ins with the law since the Martin shooting, including domestic abuse charges and an alleged road rage incident, told Fox35 that he has had death threats while in hiding and that it is "time to move past the firearm."
"What I have decided to do is not cower," he told the TV station. "I'm a free American. I can do what I want with my possessions."
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