Bids Open . . . On The Gun George Zimmerman Used To Kill Trayvon Martin In February 2012.
The auction, being held on gunbroker.com, started at 11 a.m. EST on Thursday with bidding beginning at $5,000. The gun is identified as a Kel-Tec PF-9 9mm handgun in the auction listing.
Zimmerman, who was acquitted of second-degree murder in 2013, told Florida TV station WOFL Fox 35 that he’s using the auction to push back against advocates for stronger gun control, including Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. “She made comments that I should not have had a gun, which, legally, nothing stopped me or stops me currently from owning or possessing a firearm,” he said, referencing a speech at Al Sharpton’s National Action Network in which Clinton said that “the man who killed Trayvon Martin should have never had a gun in the first place.”
Zimmerman also told WOFL Fox 35 that he doesn’t care what critics think about his auction. “They’re not going to be bidding on it,” he said, “so I couldn’t care less about them…This isn’t going to influence the radicals.”
Zimmerman went on to explain what he plans to do with the gun if he isn’t able to sell it.
“Otherwise, it’s going in a safe for my grandkids, never to be used or seen again.”
But he doesn’t think that’ll be a problem. “Many have expressed interest in owning and displaying the firearm including The Smithsonian Museum in Washington D.C.,” the gunbroker.com page reads. “This is a piece of American History.” The Smithsonian has denied this claim.
We have never expressed interest in collecting George Zimmerman’s firearm, and have no plans to ever collect or display it in any museums
— Smithsonian (@smithsonian) May 12, 2016
The Trayvon Martin Foundation released a statement through the Martin family lawyer. “The Trayvon Martin Foundation is committed to its mission of ending senseless gun violence in the United States,” Tracy Martin, the father of Trayvon Martin, said in the statement. “We are laser focused on furthering that mission. As such, the foundation has no comment on the actions of that person that murdered Trayvon. Please visit us at www.trayvonmartinfoundation.org to find out more about the work we are doing and how you can help.”
VIDEO: George Zimmerman Auctioning Gun He Used to Kill Trayvon Martin
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sources: ABC News, Fox News, Youtube