Ohio gun group: We'll buy George Zimmerman a new gun

The Buckeye Firearms Foundation is raising money to buy him a "firearm, holster, and other gear"

Published July 22, 2013 4:45PM (EDT)

An Ohio gun group is raising money to buy George Zimmerman a new "firearm, holster, and other gear," because the gun he used to shoot Trayvon Martin is still being held as evidence by law enforcement.

The Buckeye Firearms Foundation is asking for donations, writing on its website that they are "raising funds to buy Zimmerman a NEW GUN and fight attacks on the Second Amendment," WHIOTV first reported.

The Sanford Police Department in Florida said last week that it would delay returning  Zimmerman’s gun, along with other evidence, following a request from the Department of Justice, which is reviewing the case and considering bringing civil rights charges against him.

"This move to prevent Mr. Zimmerman from claiming his property is an unacceptable abuse of power," The Buckeye Firearms Foundation writes, continuing: "Moreover, based on statements he and others have made recently, Holder hopes to use this as the first step toward renewing this administration's attack on gun rights."

By Jillian Rayfield

Jillian Rayfield is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on politics. Follow her on Twitter at @jillrayfield or email her at jrayfield@salon.com.

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