Gun that killed Trayvon Martin pulled from auction

Jessica Hartogs, Special to
Zimmerman gun up for auction, then taken down, now back on new site

The gun used to kill Trayvon Martin, a young black teenager who was shot in Florida, which was set to be auctioned at a starting bid of $5,000, is no longer available for purchase, according to several media reports.

George Zimmerman, the man accused of killing Martin in 2012, had listed the Kel-Tec PF-9 9mm on a gun broker website.

"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," Zimmerman said in the now deleted description., the website on which the gun was posted, has yet to confirm to CNBC if the gun is no longer up for auction, but the former link to the item now returns an error message.

The Trayvon Martin case sparked outrage nationwide when Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, shot and killed 17-year-old Martin in Sanford, FL.

Zimmerman alleged that Martin was acting suspiciously and wearing a 'hoodie,' a hooded sweatshirt, that he refused to remove. Zimmerman called the police from his car but before they arrived, Martin was shot and killed. Zimmerman claimed he was acting in self-defense after Martin attacked him, an allegation that was never confirmed.

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Zimmerman, first acquitted in Martin's death, was later tried for second-degree murder but found not guilty. The verdict kicked off the nationwide "Black Lives Matter," movement, where Americans across the country protested against what they believed to be unjust killings of young, black men, by figures of authorities, wearing 'hoodies' in remembrance of Martin.

In the auction listing, Zimmerman, who himself has courted many headlines in recent years, explained that the gun was recently returned to him and is a "piece of American History."

"Many have expressed interest in owning and displaying the firearm including The Smithsonian Museum in Washington D.C.," said Zimmerman, "The firearm is fully functional as the attempts by the Department of Justice on behalf of B. Hussein Obama to render the firearm inoperable were thwarted by my phenomenal Defense Attorney."

He claimed part of the proceeds in the gun sale would go toward fighting, "Hillary Clinton's anti-firearm rhetoric," and signed off: "Now is your opportunity to own a piece of American History. Good Luck. Your friend, George M. Zimmerman. Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum," which is Latin for "If you want peace, prepare for war."

At the time of publication, no bids had yet been placed on the firearm.

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