George Zimmerman is auctioning off the 9mm handgun May 12 that he used to fatally shoot Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teen (video below).
Zimmerman, who was acquitted of second-degree murder and manslaughter in 2013, told WOFL:
I’m a free American. I can do what I like with my possessions. I recently received it back from the Department of Justice. They actually took it after my trial, after I was exonerated.
And I thought it's time to move past the firearm, and if I sell it and it sells, I move past it, otherwise, it's going in a safe for my grandkids, and never to be used or seen again.
It's not clear what Zimmerman is trying to move past, but the Martin family's attorney issued a statement: "The Trayvon Martin Foundation is committed to its mission of ending senseless gun violence in the United States. This election season, we are laser focused on furthering that mission. As such, the foundation has no comment on the actions of that person."
Zimmerman was also upset that Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said that he should not have had a gun.
When asked about people who don't approve of selling the gun, Zimmerman said, "They're not going to be bidding on it, so I could care less about them."
However, there is no restriction on the auction site, GunBroker.com, about one's beliefs about Zimmerman. The auction listing describes the weapon and a conspiracy theory:
The firearm is fully functional as the attempts by the Department of Justice on behalf of B. Hussein Obama to render the firearm inoperable were thwarted by my phenomenal Defense Attorney… I am proud to announce that a portion of the proceeds will be used to: fight BLM violence against Law Enforcement officers, ensure the demise of Angela Correy’s persecution career and Hillary Clinton’s anti-firearm rhetoric.
Neither Zimmerman or GunBroker.com offered any proof that President Barrack Obama requested the Department of Justice to render the gun "inoperable."
The Department of Justice lawfully placed a hold on all the evidence in the case, including the gun, during its civil rights probe of the Zimmerman case, noted The Christian Science Monitor in 2013.
It's not clear how the sale of the gun could lawfully end Correy’s career or stop Clinton's First Amendment rights to free speech.
Equally confusing is the claim that the gun sale will somehow stop the BLM (Bureau of Land Management) from supposedly using "violence" against law enforcement officers when the BLM is federal law enforcement.