FILE - In this July 9, 2013 file photo, George Zimmerman leaves the courtroom for a lunch break his trial in Seminole Circuit Court, in Sanford, Fla. A police report says a man charged with shooting at George Zimmerman on May 11, 2015, had “a fixation” on the former neighborhood watch leader. The report made public Tuesday, May 19, 2015, says 36-year-old Matthew Apperson had recently been admitted to a mental institution and had shown signs of paranoia, anxiety and bipolar disorder. (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Joe Burbank, Pool, File via AP) (AP)

Gun George Zimmerman used to kill Trayvon Martin removed from auction

Apparently someone involved in the auction has something resembling a soul


Scott Eric Kaufman
May 12, 2016 7:35PM (UTC)

The gun that George Zimmerman used to shoot dead Trayvon Martin will not be auctioned off after all, according to News 6 Reporter Mike DeForest:

The firearm was to have been auctioned off today. Zimmerman said he was "honored and humbled to announce the sale of an American Firearm Icon."

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"The firearm for sale is the firearm that was used to defend my life and end the brutal attack from Trayvon Martin on 2/26/2012," he added.

Zimmerman also claimed the Smithsonian had expressed interest in the weapon, but in a statement released Tuesday, the institution said that it "has never expressed interest in collecting George Zimmerman’s firearm. The Smithsonian has no plans to ever collect or display this object in any of its museums."

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Scott Eric Kaufman

Scott Eric Kaufman is an assistant editor at Salon. He taught at a university, but then thought better of it. Follow him at @scottekaufman or email him at skaufman@salon.com.

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