George Zimmerman, defendant in the high profile Trayvon Martin case of 2012, was seen attempting to auction off the weapon used in the killing of the seventeen year old Trayvon Martin. Two attempts were made and on both occasions the auction websites rejected the posting.
Zimmerman is believed to have used the gun in question to defend himself against the unarmed teen in Florida.
Originally slated to begin on Thursday morning on GunBroker, a website used for the sale of firearms, the posting was taken down. Following the removal of the weapon from their listings, Gunbroker released the following statement: “Our site rules state that we reserve the right to reject listings at our sole discretion, and have done so with the Zimmerman listing,” eventually coupled with their unhappiness with the attention being drawn, Gunbroker expressed that “We want no part in the listing on our web site or in any of the publicity it is receiving.”
Zimmerman later tried to sell the gun through an online marketplace for firearms known as United Gun Group with a starting bid of $5,000 but was also rejected for the similar reasons.
The original posting contained a description of the weapon as follows:
"I am honored and humbled to announce the sale of an American firearm icon," the websites 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."
Other posts by the Zimmerman state that the Smithsonian was interested in purchasing the gun for a display. However, the museum responded to press inquiries by stating, “We have never expressed interest in collecting George Zimmerman’s fireman, and have no plans to ever collect or display it in any museums.”
In the listing, it is noted that a portion of the proceeds from the successful auction of the weapon would go towards fighting violence against law enforcement by the Black Lives Matter movement and to stop anti-firearm rhetoric made by Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
In response, Clinton tweeted her sympathies towards Martin’s mother followed by a link to the Trayvon Martin Foundation which focuses on ending gun violence in the United States.