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For the second time, George Zimmerman is offering to the public what he disturbingly calls “a piece of American History”: the gun he used to take Trayvon Martin’s life in 2012. At the time of this posting, the highest bid is for $65,039,000.
“I am honored and humbled to announce the sale of an American Firearm Icon,” the auction reads. “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.”
One username that reportedly bid on the gun but later deleted its account was “Racist McShootFace”; another user went by the name “Tamir Rice,” the 12-year-old Black boy who was gunned down by a police officer in Cleveland in November 2014.
Zimmerman alleged that the Smithsonian Institution had expressed interest in owning the gun — a claim the institution said is absolutely not true.
“We have never expressed interest in collecting George Zimmerman’s firearm, and have no plans to ever collect or display in any museums,” the Smithsonian said in a statement.
According to the auction, the proceeds from the sale of the firearm will “fight BLM violence against Law Enforcement officers, ensure the demise of Angela Correy’s (sic) persecution career and Hillary Clinton’s anti-firearm rhetoric.” Angela Corey, who serves as state attorney in Florida’s Fourth Judicial Circuit Court, was assigned to investigate Martin’s death.
The gun was originally slated to be auctioned on GunBroker.com, but the site rejected the idea.
“Our site rules state that we reserve the right to reject listings at our sole discretion, and have done so with the Zimmerman listing,” GunBroker said in a statement. “We want no part in the listing on our web site or in any of the publicity it is receiving.”
Zimmerman posted the listing on United Gun Group on Thursday night, but the site pulled the listing, saying, “Our mission is to esteem the 2nd amendment and provide a safe and secure platform for firearms enthusiasts and law-abiding citizens; our association with Mr. Zimmerman does not help us achieve that objective.”
But by Friday afternoon, the site had apparently had a change of heart because the listing was back up.
Martin’s family said they are focusing on ending gun violence through their Trayvon Martin Foundation rather than on Zimmerman.
“This election season, we are laser focused on furthering that mission,” they said in a statement. “As such, the foundation has no comment on the actions of that person.”
On the night of the 17-year-old’s death, Zimmerman saw Martin walking and called authorities, calling him a “real suspicious guy” and saying he was “up to no good, or he’s on drugs or something.” Zimmerman told a dispatcher he was following the teenager, to which the dispatcher responded, “Okay, we don’t need you doing that.” But Zimmerman disregarded this instruction and instead engaged in an altercation with the young man that ended in Zimmerman fatally shooting Martin.
Zimmerman was acquitted of second-degree murder in 2013.