George Zimmerman is auctioning off the handgun he used to kill Trayvon Martin in 2012.
Zimmerman is marketing the firearm as an "opportunity to own a piece of American history." He is hoping to make at least $5,000 for the weapon, the NY Daily News reported.
“I am honored and humbled to announce the sale of an American Firearm Icon,” Zimmerman wrote in the online description. “The firearm for sale is the firearm that was used to defend my life and end the brutal attack from Trayvon Martin on 2/26/2012 ... Many have expressed interest in owning and displaying the firearm including The Smithsonian Museum in Washington D.C. This is a piece of American History.”
Zimmerman is selling the Kel-Tec PF-9 through GunBroker.com. It includes a picture of a court officer holding up the weapon at his 2013 murder trial. He said he recently got the handgun back from the Department of Justice.
Zimmerman also said a portion of the proceeds will be used to end “Hillary Clinton’s anti-firearm rhetoric,” and to fight Black Lives Matter’s “violence against law enforcement officers.”
Zimmerman said he was unaffected by those who criticized his decision to sell the weapon.
“They’re not going to be bidding on it, so I couldn’t care less about them,” Zimmerman told WOFL according to New York Daily News. “I’m a free American. I can do what I like with my possessions.”
The Trayvon Martin Foundation, an organization started by Sybrina Fulton, the late teen’s mother, released a statement in response to the auction.
“The Trayvon Martin Foundation is committed to its mission of ending senseless gun violence in the United States,” the group said. “This election season, we are laser-focused on furthering that mission. As such, the foundation has no comment on the actions of that person.”
The auction opens bids at 11 a.m. May 12. Zimmerman admits he’s received more death threats than usual after posting the ad online, the Daily Mail reported.