George Zimmerman wanted to sell the firearm he used to kill Trayvon Martin, but it got yanked from the auction website before it was up for bid.
“I thought it was time to move past the firearm,” he said after the Department of Justice returned the gun to him. “If I sell it, and it sells, I move past it.”
Zimmerman, who was acquitted in July 2013 of killing the 17-year-old unarmed Bblack teen, posted the 9mm handgun on gunbroker.com for an auction scheduled to start at 11 a.m. Thursday with a starting bid of $5,000.
Zimmerman called the weapon “an American firearm icon,” but when interested buyers go to the website now, they’re met with an error message stating, “Sorry, but the item you have requested is no longer in the system.”
His full item description before the page became unavailable read, “The firearm for sale is the firearm that was used to defend my life and end the brutal attack from Trayvon Martin. Now is your opportunity to own a piece of American history.”
When he was questioned about how some would react to him auctioning a gun involved in such a controversial case, Zimmerman said, “I couldn’t care less.”
“They’re not going to be bidding on it,” he added. “I’m a free American. I can do what I like with my possessions.”
The last time Zimmerman put an item up for bid on the auction block was shortly after his acquittal when he sold a painting on eBay for more than $100,000.
He said a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the painting would be used to “fight BLM [Black Lives Matter] violence against law enforcement officers” and fight Hillary Clinton’s “anti-firearm rhetoric.”
In response to his recent action, Trayvon’s father, Tracy Martin, had no comment.
“The Trayvon Martin Foundation is committed to its mission of ending senseless gun violence in the United States,” he wrote in a statement. “We are laser focused on furthering that mission. As such, the foundation has no comment on the actions of [George Zimmerman.]”
Childkiller George Zimmerman is auctioning off the gun he killed #trayvonmartin with. This POS then dares to say it's a piece of American history and will use the proceeds to help groups "battle against" #blacklivesmatter That's sick, and boy there should be a special place in Hell for this man. @spic__flair @no_the_i_is_silent @backonmylizzie
(Photo from top: Trayvon Martin via Facebook, Joe Burbank-Pool/Getty Images, Joe Burbank-Pool/Getty Images)