Zimmerman Tries to Auction Gun that Killed Trayvon Martin

Tea Smith, Staff Reporter

On Thursday, the gun that George Zimmerman used to shoot and kill 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in 2012 was put up for sale on not one but two different websites.

The listing on gunbroker.com for the 9mm pistol (which has since been taken off the website) was posted with a message that read:

“Prospective bidders, I am honored and humbled to announce the sale of an American Firearm Icon. 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. … 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.”

The listing was pulled by the website saying, “Listings on the GunBroker.com web site are user-generated, exactly like social media posts. Mr. Zimmerman never contacted anyone at GunBroker.com prior to or after the listing was created and no one at GunBroker.com has any relationship with Zimmerman. Our site rules state that we reserve the right to reject listings at our sole discretion, and have done so with the Zimmerman listing.” The site has also stated that they want no part in the sale of the gun or any of the publicity it receives.

The Smithsonian has also released a statement contradicting Zimmerman: “The Smithsonian has never expressed interest in collecting George Zimmerman’s firearm. The Smithsonian has no plans to ever collect or display this object in any of its museums.”

The listing was then put up on another website, unitedgungroup.com, which has stated that as long as Zimmerman is obeying the law the site will allow the sale of his firearm on their network.

Many observers of the story don’t know what is more disturbing, the fact that Zimmerman is putting a weapon he used to kill an unarmed 17-year-old boy up for sale, or the fact that there are people out there who may want to purchase such a weapon. Several fake accounts were apparently set up to drive up the bidding prices as well.

Zimmerman has stated that he plans to use the money to help “fight Black Lives Matter [BLM] violence against the police,” though through what channels or organizations he didn’t specify.

The BLM movement exists in part because of the death of Martin, and other unarmed people who have died at the hands of police across the country. BLM members on Twitter were quick to point out how basically disrespectful it is to Trayvon Martin’s family that Zimmerman is trying to make a profit off of the same weapon he used to kill their sixteen-year-old son.