Zimmerman's likely to get his gun back

But the Justice Department is looking into federal civil rights charges

By Alex Halperin
Published July 15, 2013 11:41AM (EDT)

The Justice Department has said it will look into pressing federal civil rights charges against George Zimmerman in the shooting death of unarmed 17-year old Trayvon Martin. Nevertheless, Zimmerman, who was acquitted of murder on Saturday, will likely get the murder weapon back. CBS explains:

Under Florida law, now that Zimmerman has been acquitted and evidence is being released in the case, the 29-year-old will be able to retrieve he gun he used to shoot Martin, said Brian Tannebaum, president of the Florida Association of Bar Defense Lawyers and past president of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Zimmerman attorney Mark O'Mara told an ABC News correspondent that Zimmerman needs the gun now "even more" than before.

Zimmerman will be allowed retrieve the weapon unless state or federal law enforcement officials seek to keep it, Tannebaum said.

The article also quotes Zimmerman's brother Robert who said George could be a target for those who "want to take the law into their own hands."

Alex Halperin

Alex Halperin is news editor at Salon. You can follow him on Twitter @alexhalperin.

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