George Zimmerman shops for a shotgun in Florida

Spotted at a gun dealership, Zimmerman reportedly inquired about a 12-round, 12 gauge shotgun

By Jillian Rayfield
Published August 23, 2013 2:02PM (EDT)

George Zimmerman was spotted in Florida shopping for a tactical shotgun, according to the gossip news site TMZ.

From TMZ:

Zimmerman went to Kel-Tec in Cocoa, Florida ... a gun manufacturing company.  We're told he was asking questions about the legality of buying a shotgun -- specifically, the Kel-Tec KSG.

The gun in question is a tactical shotgun, often used for home defense.  It holds 12 rounds of 12 gauge shells.

TMZ, which posted a picture of Zimmerman at the gun shop, also points out that the company sells the PF-9 pistol, which is the same gun Zimmerman used in the shooting of Trayvon Martin.

Recently acquitted, Zimmerman has not yet gotten back the gun he used in the shooting, after the Department of Justice requested that it be held as evidence pending a civil rights investigation. One Ohio gun group, the Buckeye Firearms Foundation, began raising money to buy Zimmerman a "firearm, holster, and other gear" instead, in response to what it called "an unacceptable abuse of power.”

Jillian Rayfield

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

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