The weapon used in the iconic murder of Trayvon Martin went up on the internet for sale by its owner, George Zimmerman yesterday and so far has had gathered astounding amounts of bids. Zimmerman’s gun, a 9 mm Kel-Tec PF-9 pistol, was originally listed on the Gun Broker website but was quickly taken down due to the overwhelming amount of traffic to the website.
Zimmerman told the Orlando Sentinel that the site was not “prepared for the traffic and publicity surrounding the auction of my firearm,” Gun Broker released a statement to explain that the firm did not want to be associated with Zimmerman, and that the infamous murderer did not contact the site prior before listing his weapon. “We want no part in the listing on our web site or in any of the publicity it is receiving,” Gun Broker said in a statement, as noted by USA Today.
According to Opposing Views:Zimmerman said a portion of the proceeds from the weapon would go towards halting an anti-firearm initiative made by Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, as well as fighting alleged violence against law enforcement officials by Black Lives Matter. Zimmerman also wanted to use some of the funds to end the career of Angela Corey, who was in charge of the prosecution against his notorious case.
After the auction was taken down, it was then re-listed on the United Gun Group for $5000. Hundreds of people under fake accounts drove the bidding up to an astounding $65 million dollars, with the highest bidder (whose account was later deleted) using the name “Racist McShootface.” The highest bidder who appeared to be legitimate was someone under the name “Ali Safaoui” for $290,000.
Shortly after listing the controversial firearm, the United Gun Group also pulled the auction from their site, 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.”
Zimmerman claims that the Smithsonian was interested in purchasing his firearm for display in one of their museums, but the historical organization denied these allegations on Twitter stating that “We have never expressed interest in collecting George Zimmerman’s firearm, and have no plans to ever collect or display it in any museums.”