- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 12, 2016

UPDATED:

The Associated Press reports that George Zimmerman’s gun listing was removed from GunBroker.com shortly after the auction began Thursday morning. The website could not immediately be reached for comment.

ORIGINAL TEXT:

George Zimmerman is auctioning off the handgun with which he fatally wounded Trayvon Martin in 2012, promising to use a portion of the proceeds to “fight” against the Black Lives Matter movement, Florida State Attorney Angela Corey and Hillary Clinton’s “anti-firearm rhetoric.”

“Many have expressed interest in owning and displaying the firearm including the Smithsonian Museum,” Mr. Zimmerman explained in his GunBroker.com listing. “Offers to purchase the firearm have been received; however, the offers were to use the gun in a fashion I did not feel comfortable with.”

Mr. Zimmerman noted that he had recently regained possession of the firearm after it was returned by the U.S. Department of Justice.

In July 2013, shortly after Mr. Zimmerman’s acquittal of manslaughter and second-degree murder charges, then-Washington Times senior opinion editor Emily Miller reported that the Justice Department had taken possession of the weapon although it was “not clear what federal law or legal procedure allows [former U.S. Attorney General Eric] Holder to stop a police chief in Florida from returning a firearm to an innocent man.”

“There is no reasonable cause for the Justice Department to hold the evidence, since it has already been examined, given a DNA test and used in trial,” Ms. Miller wrote. “What more can the federal government find out from holding Mr. Zimmerman’s gun?”

Mr. Zimmerman’s listing — with a starting bid at $5,000 — had been viewed more than 160,000 times as of Thursday morning. By comparison, anotherlisting on Gun Broker for a similar handgun, a Kel-Tec PF-9, lists for $249.

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