George Zimmerman puts gun that killed Trayvon Martin up for auction
SALE: One .9-mm pistol — and whatever’s left of George Zimmerman’s bankrupt soul.
The Florida neighborhood watchman who fatally shot unarmed teen Trayvon Martin in 2012 is putting the killer handgun up for auction — and hoping to fetch at least $5,000.
“I am honored and humbled to announce the sale of an American Firearm Icon,” Zimmerman wrote in his online description of the weapon. The perverted auction opens for bids at 11 a.m. Thursday.
“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 … Many have expressed interest in owning and displaying the firearm including The Smithsonian Museum in Washington D.C. This is a piece of American History,” Zimmerman wrote.
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The 32-year-old Zimmerman — who left the world gasping when he was acquitted of second-degree murder and manslaughter in the case in 2013 — said he recently got the .9mm-handgun back from the Department of Justice, which kept it after his trial.
The Kel-Tec PF-9 is displayed on online auction site Gunbroker.com, with a picture of a court officer holding up the gun at his murder trial.
Zimmerman tagged the item with the Latin phrase, “Si Vis Pace Para Bellum,” which means “If you want peace, prepare for war.”
He also said a portion of the proceeds will go to fight Black Lives Matter “violence against law enforcement officers” and to end “Hillary Clinton’s anti-firearm rhetoric.”
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The brutal death of 17-year-old Trayvon inside a gated community in Sanford, Fla., sparked intense rallies across the country and helped launch a national protest movement around law enforcement deaths of black men and boys.
It also heightened the debate around Florida’s controversial Stand Your Ground Law.
Zimmerman, who was acting as a volunteer night watchman in the community, where Trayvon was staying with family, called 911 when he saw the teen on the grounds.
He was told not to approach — but he did anyway.
Zimmerman provoked and scuffled with the teen, who had nothing more nefarious on him than the Skittles and Arizona watermelon fruit juice he’d just bought. Zimmerman wound up shooting Trayvon dead — and then claimed self-defense.
Only after six weeks of protests was a full investigation launched by Florida authorities. Zimmerman was charged by a special prosecutor appointed by the governor — but he was acquitted of both the murder and manslaughter charges in 2013.
Zimmerman said Wednesday night that he was impervious to critics who would fault him for selling the weapon for money.
“They’re not going to be bidding on it, so I couldn’t care less about them,” Zimmerman told WOFL, a Florida Fox station. “I’m a free American. I can do what I like with my possessions.”
He made multiple references in his auction description to his enemies, including “B. Hussein Obama.”
Sybrina Fulton, mother of the slain teen, didn’t return calls for comment.
But the organization she started after her son’s death, The Trayvon Martin Foundation, released a short statement.
“The Travon Martin Foundation is committed to its mission of ending senseless gun violence in the United States,” the group said.
“This election season, we are laser-focused on furthering that mission. As such, the foundation has no comment on the actions of that person.”
The Smithsonian could not be reached for comment.