UPDATE at 5 p.m.: GunBroker released a statement saying, “We want no part in the listing on our web site or in any of the publicity it is receiving.” See full article here.
UPDATE at 11:18 a.m.: The auction site that George Zimmerman was using to sell his gun, is now showing up with an error message. GunBroker.com stopped working just after 11 a.m. ET, and the site’s Facebook page also shows an error message.
People took to Twitter on Thursday morning to express their outrage at George Zimmerman for attempting to auction the gun that purportedly killed Trayvon Martin in 2012.
Zimmerman put the gun, a Kel-Tec PF-9 9mm, up for auction on GunBroker.com—deeming the pistol “a piece of American history.”
Hours later, it was taken down, with no explanation.
George Zimmerman has officially scraped the bottom of the humanity barrel. Well done sir, not everyone who seeks their level finds it.
— Linden Ashby (@lindenashby) May 12, 2016
— Moms Demand Action (@MomsDemand) May 12, 2016
You’re a pathetic, racist, teen-killing douchebag, Zimmerman.
Now go away.
My new column: https://t.co/EIcQfejVxw
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) May 12, 2016
Zimmerman, the neighborhood watchman who fatally shot the unarmed 17-year-old in a gated community in Sanford, Fla., was acquitted of second-degree murder, as well as manslaughter, in 2013.
The case became nationally known, sparked a number of rallies and protests, and was one of the building blocks for the “Black Lives Matter” movement.
According to WOFL Fox35, the 32-year-old has received a number of death threats while living remotely, and received even more after listing the pistol for sale. In response, Zimmerman told the publication: “What I’ve decided to do is not cower, I’m a free American. I can do what I want with my possessions.”
The auction’s full description, which is listed on GunBroker.com, reads:
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. The gun is a Kel-Tec PF-9 9mm. It has recently been returned to me by the Department of Justice. The pistol currently has the case number written on it in silver permanent marker. 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. It has been featured in several publications and in current University text books. Offers to purchase the Firearm have been received; however, the offers were to use the gun in a fashion I did not feel comfortable with. 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. I recognize the purchaser’s ownership and right to do with the firearm as they wish. The purchaser is guaranteed validity and authenticity of the firearm. On this day, 5/11/2016 exactly one year after the shooting attempt to end my life by BLM sympathizer Matthew Apperson I am proud to announce that a portion of the proceeds will be used to: fight BLM violence against Law Enforcement officers, ensure the demise of Angela Correy’s persecution career and Hillary Clinton’s anti-firearm rhetoric. Now is your opportunity to own a piece of American History. Good Luck. Your friend, George M. Zimmerman ~Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum
At the time of this article, the auction had already been viewed nearly 250,000 times.
Bids will be accepted from 11 a.m. May 12, with the starting price set at $5,000.