FLORIDA — Looks like George Zimmerman did indeed try to auction off the gun he used to kill 17-year-old Trayvon Martin — but he didn’t get too far. Auction site gunbroker.com pulled the ad — which was supposed to go up for auction Thursday morning — and the ad for the 9 mm pistol is no longer available.
Zimmerman shot and killed the unarmed teen in 2012, but a Florida jury acquitted him of the boy’s death after Zimmerman claimed self-defense.
The gun, shown as evidence in the trial, was set for auction Thursday; the brokering website now shows an error message that reads the item is “no longer in the system.”
“I am honored and humbled to announce the sale of an American firearm icon,” the post said. “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.”
Before it was taken down, the page described the weapon as an “American firearm icon” and “a piece of American history.” Starting bid for the pistol was $5,000.
The seller — presumably George Zimmerman — promised to use a portion of the proceeds to “fight Black Lives Matter violence against law enforcement officers… and ensure the demise of Angela Corey’s persecution career and Hillary Clinton’s anti-firearms rhetoric.”
The auction was scheduled to end Friday morning. No word on why the page now shows an error message.
Trayvon Martin’s father, Tracey Martin, released this statement about the purported sale of the gun used to kill his son:
“The Trayvon Martin Foundation is committed to its mission of ending senseless gun violence in the United States. We are laser focused on furthering that mission. As such, the foundation has no comment on the actions of that person that murdered Trayvon.”