- The Washington Times - Monday, August 17, 2015

The man who killed Trayvon Martin is now selling Confederate battle flag art and expects to raise a six-figure amount for his own legal defense and that of a Florida gun shop owner who declared his establishment a “Muslim-free zone.”

George Zimmerman has joined Florida Gun Supply to sell signed and numbered prints of a painting he did of the Stars and Bars with the words in the quadrants “The 2nd / protects / our / 1st.”

Florida Gun Supply is an Inverness shop owned by Andy Hallinan, who also became nationally notorious, because of a video last month in which he declared his store a “Muslim-free zone” over the fatal shootings of four American servicemen in Chattanooga, Tennessee, by a Kuwait-born Muslim..

The revenue will be split between Mr. Zimmerman’s and Mr. Hallinan, the latter of whom is being sued by the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) over his “Muslim-free” declaration, which was made while he stood in front of the Confederate battle emblem.

“The caption, ‘the 2nd protects the first’ is a double entendre,” Mr. Zimmerman told the vendor. “The first flag I painted on this canvas was an American Flag, but decided to repaint over it with the Confederate Flag when I heard Andy was getting sued by CAIR. The 2nd flag I painted was the Battle Flag — which we need in America in order to protect the first.”

“A percentage of the proceeds will also go directly to the Boys and Girls Club to help support the next generation!” Florida Gun Shop said.

People who buy prints also be put into a random drawing for a chance to win Mr. Zimmerman’s original painting — both being 24”-by-18” size.

Mr. Zimmerman gained national notoriety — and a life of death threats and hiding — when he shot Martin in an altercation when he was a Neighborhood Watch captain. Although Mr. Zimmerman was acquitted of all charges, Martin’s death began a wave of protests over the shooting deaths of blacks at law-enforcement hands.

The Confederate flag also became a racial flash point in the past year, as a white South Carolina racist who toted the symbol has been accused of killing nine parishioners at a historic Charleston, South Carolina, black church.

Mr. Zimmerman has sold an original painting before — “an unflattering portrait of prosecutor Angela Corey,” according to TMZ — for more than $100,000.

The gossip site suggested that “it’s a good bet this more controversial painting could be worth the same.”

• Victor Morton can be reached at vmorton@washingtontimes.com.

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