(NEW YORK) — George Zimmerman, the man who was acquitted in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, tried selling his gun. The gun was removed from the auction site within an hour of when the bidding went live.
The auction for the 9mm pistol that Zimmerman, 32, said he used to shoot and kill Trayvon Martin on February 26, 2012, went live today on gunbroker.com. The gun was subsequently removed from the auction site, with an error message in its place.
“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, in a since removed post. “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.”
In an interview with FOX station WOGX-TV in Ocala, Florida, Zimmerman confirmed that he put the firearm used in the killing of Martin on the auction block.
“I’m a free American, I can do what I like with my possessions,” he said, adding, “it’s time to move past the firearm, and if I sell it and it sells, and I move past it.”
The auction went live at 11 a.m. ET Thursday with bids starting at $5,000. Almost 50,000 visited the page, according to the site.
It has been more than four years since the fatal confrontation took place in a gated community in Sanford, Florida. Martin, 17, was returning 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, possibly because of his race, 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 and Hispanic and Martin was black.
A Florida jury found Zimmerman not guilty of second-degree murder and manslaughter in July 2013.
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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