(NEW YORK) — George Zimmerman, the man who was acquitted in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin in 2013, is selling his gun.
The 9mm pistol that Zimmerman, 32, said was used to shoot and kill Trayvon Martin on February 26, 2012 is up for sale Thursday on gunbroker.com.
“The firearm for sale is the firearm that was used to defend my life and end the brutal attack from Trayvon Martin,” Zimmerman wrote on the auction site. “Many have expressed interest in owning and displaying the firearm including The Smithsonian Museum in Washington D.C. This is a piece of American History,” said Zimmerman.
The auction goes live at 11 a.m. ET Thursday with bids starting at $5,000. Almost 50,000 have visited the page according to the site.
Its been more than four years since the fatal confrontation took place in a gated community in Sanford, Florida. Martin, 17, was heading back to a relative’s house after leaving a convenience store when he was shot by Zimmerman.
Prosecutors accused Zimmerman of profiling Martin as a criminal and following him with a loaded gun. Zimmerman maintained that he shot Martin in self-defense after he was knocked to the ground and Martin was banging his head against the pavement. Zimmerman is a white Hispanic and Martin was black.
In July, 2013, a Florida jury found Zimmerman not guilty of second-degree murder and manslaughter.
The trial sparked rallies across the country and created a national debate over law enforcement deaths of black men and boys.
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