George Zimmerman’s Gun Finally Sells For This Enormous Amount
George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin crossed paths with tragic results on a Florida night in 2012.
After Zimmerman, a Hispanic 30-year-old neighborhood watch coordinator, shot the unarmed black teenager after an altercation that put Zimmerman in fear of his life, President Obama felt compelled to weigh in on the matter even before the facts were known, commenting at a press conference, “If I had a son, he would look like Trayvon,” inflaming racial tensions throughout the United States and triggering national debates, riots and the Black Lives Matter movement.
Now, four years later, Zimmerman, who was acquitted of second-degree murder charges a year later after a jury found he had acted in self-defense, has apparently sold the handgun used in the shooting at auction.
Calling the weapon “an American firearm icon,” Zimmerman may have realized a sale of $120,000, if the successful bidder, who remains anonymous, can verify the funds.
Critics of the auction accused Zimmerman of attempting to capitalize on the event that dominated the news, even in an election year, tearing communities apart and focusing attention on racial divisions.
Gun rights advocates defended his right to sell his own property, with attorneys quick to point out that he had been acquitted of committing any crime with the small gun, which weighs less than one pound and is less than six-inches long.
The auction site of United Gun Group (UGG) went down shortly after the gun was posted, because of heavy interest, drawing thousands of bogus bids as high as $65 million made using false names like “Racist McShoot Face,” as well as recognizable ones like “Donald Trump,” forcing UGG to take the precaution of establishing a parallel auction to filter prequalified bidders from those submitted by the general public.
Although early reports put the high bid at $138,900, UGG said it was made by a “John Smith,” and not authentic.