George Zimmerman Selling Off Gun Used in Trayvon Martin Shooting
If you've forgotten who George Zimmerman is, don't worry, you're probably not alone. But if you see his name back into the media spotlight don't be alarmed. It's not another shooting. Zimmerman is just trying to sell something.
His gun, if you want to be particular. Zimmerman has announced that he's putting up for auction the 9mm handgun that he used to fatally shoot black teen Trayvon Martin in February 2o12.
Zimmerman is prickly when it comes to his reasoning for putting the gun up for auction. Perhaps he's really hurting for money, or perhaps he just wants to get rid of something that reminds him of a terrible moment in his past.
"What I've decided to do is not cower. I'm a free American. I can do what I want with my possessions."
It's not clear who is confronting Zimmerman and asking him to cower, but it is clear that he probably just wants to sell his gun.
He's starting the online auction's bids at $5,000.
Zimmerman was part of a neighborhood watch program when he shot Martin in the night of February 26, 2012. That shooting sparked a huge legal battle between the Martin family, black activists, and Zimmerman and his counsel.
It took until 2013 for Zimmerman to be acquitted and to try and get back in a normal routine for his life.
The gun, during that time, was confiscated by the Justice Department. Zimmerman has said that he just recently got it back.
"I recently received it back from the Department of Justice. They took it after my trial, after I was exonerated," he stated to Fox News.
While there are many reasons that Zimmerman might want to sell the gun--renewed time in the spotlight, the potential for a lot of money from the auction, or simply to get rid of something that reminds him of dark days in his past, it's clear that this gun sale will be more than simply selling a handgun.
h/t: Fox News Orlando