Remember George Zimmerman? The neighborhood watchman who was cleared of charges over the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in February 2012 after saying he acted in self-defence…although he followed Trayvon in the street…before and after the 911 dispatcher told him not to. Yeah, him.
Well, it’s now been reported that the gun he used to murder Trayvon Martin is being auctioned by Zimmerman. He said he was selling the gun partly to raise funds to fight “Hillary Clinton’s anti-firearm rhetoric”.
The Martin family would not “comment on the actions of that person”, they said.
“The Trayvon Martin Foundation is committed to its mission of ending senseless gun violence in the United States,” his family said in a statement to media in Florida. “This election season, we are laser focused on furthering that mission.”
When asked by Florida television channel WOFL what he would say to people opposed to the sale, Zimmerman said: “They’re not going to be bidding on it, so I couldn’t care less about them.”
The one-day online auction opens at 11:00am today. The opening bidding price for the 9mm pistol is set at $5,000.
On the auction site, Mr Zimmerman refers to the gun as an “American icon”, and says it was recently returned to him by the US Department of Justice.