MIAMI (AP) — Bidding in an online auction for the pistol former neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman used to kill Trayvon Martin had gone well into the millions by Friday morning, though it was unclear if they were serious bids.

The website for United Gun Group began hosting the auction Thursday after another website, GunBroker.com, took down the auction saying it wanted “no part in the listing on our website or in any of the publicity it is receiving.”

Hours later, United Gun Group tweeted that it would post Zimmerman’s ad. The new link was posted, along with a statement from Zimmerman. The site calls itself a “social market place for the firearms community.”

Bidding on the 9 mm Kel-Tec PF-9 pistol began at $5,000. By Friday morning, the site showed bidding had surpassed $65 million. But the site also showed that the account of the leading bidder — who used the screen name “Racist McShootface” — had been deleted.

Critics called the auction an insensitive move to profit from the slaying.

Zimmerman had told Orlando, Florida, TV station WOFL that the pistol was returned to him by the U.S. Justice Department, which took it after he was acquitted in Martin’s 2012 shooting death.

Zimmerman’s listing said a portion of the proceeds would go toward fighting what Zimmerman calls violence by the Black Lives Matter movement against law enforcement officers, combatting anti-gun rhetoric of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and ending the career of state attorney Angela Corey, who led Zimmerman’s prosecution.

The listing ended with a Latin phrase that translates as “if you want peace, prepare for war.”

Zimmerman, now 32, has said he was defending himself when he killed Martin, an unarmed black 17-year-old, in a gated community near Orlando. Martin, who lived in Miami with his mother, was visiting his father at the time.

Zimmerman, who identifies as Hispanic, was acquitted in Martin’s February 2012 shooting death. The case sparked protests and a national debate about race relations. The Justice Department later decided not to prosecute Zimmerman on civil rights charges.

Lucy McBath, the mother of another black teenager shot by a white man during an argument at a Jacksonville convenience store in 2012, said the auction reflected a “deplorable lack of value for human life.”

“I am deeply disappointed that the man who killed Trayvon Martin is trying to sell the very gun he used to cut that precious life short to raise money,” McBath said in a written statement.

The slaying of her son, 17-year-old Jordan Davis, by Michael Dunn drew parallels at the time to the Zimmerman-Martin case. Dunn told police he had felt threatened by Davis. Unlike Zimmerman, Dunn was convicted of murder.

Since Zimmerman was acquitted, he has been charged with assault based on complaints from two girlfriends. Both women later refused to press charges and Zimmerman wasn’t prosecuted. His estranged wife, Shellie Zimmerman, also accused him of smashing her iPad during an argument days after she filed divorce papers. No charges were filed because of lack of evidence. They were divorced in January.

Orlando-based attorney Mark O’Mara has previously represented Zimmerman. A receptionist in O’Mara’s office said Thursday that he no longer represents Zimmerman and had no comment.

Martin’s parents declined to address Zimmerman’s actions in statements made through representatives.

Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, said through an attorney that she would rather focus on her work with the Trayvon Martin Foundation than respond to “Zimmerman’s actions.”

Daryl Parks, whose firm represented the Martin family during the trial, is now chairman of Fulton’s foundation. He says Fulton is pushing for policies that protect youth and address gun violence.

Fulton also founded the Circle of Mothers conference, a three-day event to help mothers who have “lost children or family members” to gun violence. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will be keynote speaker at the event in Fort Lauderdale starting May 20.

In the auction listing, Zimmerman cited strong interest from collectors including “The Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC.”

Smithsonian spokesman John Gibbons denied any interest.

“The Smithsonian has never expressed an interest in collecting this firearm and has no intention of collecting or displaying this firearm,” Gibbons said.

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — An online auction appears to have been halted for the pistol that former Florida neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman used to kill unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin.

The weapon was removed from the GunBroker.com website Thursday, minutes after the auction was to begin. It was not immediately clear why the website took down the listing.

Zimmerman had told Orlando, Florida, TV station WOFL that the pistol was returned to him by the U.S. Justice Department, which took it after he was acquitted in Martin’s 2012 shooting death.

The auction for the 9 mm Kel-Tec PF-9 pistol was to begin at 11 a.m. EDT Thursday and end 24 hours later. The website operators did not immediately respond to phone and email messages seeking comment.

The auction listing also said a portion of the proceeds would go toward fighting what Zimmerman calls violence by the Black Lives Matter movement against law enforcement officers, combatting anti-gun rhetoric of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and ending the career of state attorney Angela Corey, who led Zimmerman’s prosecution.

The listing ended with a Latin phrase that translates as “if you want peace, prepare for war.”

Zimmerman, now 32, has said he was defending himself when he shot and killed Martin, 17, in a gated community near Orlando. Martin, who lived in Miami with his mother, was visiting his father at the time.

Zimmerman, who identifies as Hispanic, was acquitted in Martin’s February 2012 shooting death. The case sparked protests and a national debate about race relations. The Justice Department later decided not to bring a civil rights case against Zimmerman.

Since then, Zimmerman has been charged with assault based on complaints from two girlfriends. Both women later refused to press charges and Zimmerman wasn’t prosecuted. His estranged wife, Shellie Zimmerman, also accused him of smashing her iPad during an argument days after she filed divorce papers. No charges were filed because of lack of evidence. They were divorced in January.

David S. Weinstein, a former state and federal prosecutor, said it appeared Zimmerman is within his rights to sell the gun through the GunBroker website. Although only licensed firearms dealers are permitted to sell guns across state lines, the auction site says it transfers weapons from sellers to buyers through licensed dealers.

“I can’t think of any legal reason why he can’t sell the gun,” Weinstein said.

Martin’s parents both declined to address Zimmerman’s actions in statements made through representatives.

Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, said through an attorney that she would rather focus on her work with the Trayvon Martin Foundation than respond to “Zimmerman’s actions.”

Daryl Parks, whose firm represented the Martin family during the trial, is now chairman of Fulton’s foundation. He says Fulton is pushing for policies that protect youth and address gun violence.

Fulton also founded the Circle of Mothers conference, a three-day event to help mothers who have “lost children or family members” to gun violence. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will be the keynote speaker at the event in Fort Lauderdale starting May 20.

In the auction listing, Zimmerman also rationalized selling the gun because of strong interest from collectors including “The Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC.”

Smithsonian spokesman John Gibbons denied any interest.

“The Smithsonian has never expressed an interest in collecting this firearm and has no intention of collecting or displaying this firearm,” Gibbons said.

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — The pistol former neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman used in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin is going up for auction online.

In an interview with Orlando, Florida, TV station WOFL, Zimmerman said he had just gotten the pistol back from the U.S. Justice Department, which took it after he was acquitted in Martin’s 2012 shooting death.

“And I thought it’s time to move past the firearm,” Zimmerman told the station. “And if I sell it and it sells, I move past it. Otherwise, it’s going in a safe for my grandkids and never to be used or seen again.”

The auction listing on GunBroker.com lists the gun as a 9 mm Kel-Tec PF-9 pistol. The auction begins Thursday at 11 a.m. EDT and the bidding starts at $5,000.

The auction listing also says a portion of the proceeds will go toward fighting against violence by the Black Lives Matter movement against law enforcement, combatting anti-gun rhetoric of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and ending the career of Angela Corey, who led the prosecution against him.

When asked what he thought of people who would be opposed to auctioning the gun, Zimmerman said: “They’re not going to be bidding on it, so I couldn’t care less about them.”

Zimmerman has said he was defending himself when he shot and killed Martin, an unarmed black 17-year-old. The shooting sparked protests and a national debate about race relations.

“The Trayvon Martin Foundation is committed to its mission of ending senseless gun violence in the United States,” read a statement an attorney for Martin’s family gave the Florida station. “This election season, we are laser focused on furthering that mission. As such, the foundation has no comment on the actions of that person.”

Zimmerman said he has received death threats but has decided not to cower.

“I’m a free American,” he said. “I can do what I want with my possessions.”

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54 thoughts on “UPDATE: Million-Dollar Bids Shown For Gun That Killed Trayvon Martin

  1. J Russell on said:

    YOUR IGNORANCE AND STUPIDNESS SHOWS, YOU ARE SOOOOOO SAD. NEWSFLASH IF THIS HAPPENED TO A FAMILY MEMBER OF YOURS YOU WOULD NOT FEEL THE SAME WAY. CLASSLESS AND UNEDUCATED DEFINES YOU. NAME CALLING AND A GODLESS HEART ONLY SHOWS WHO YOU ARE DEVIL, DEVIL DEVIL

  2. OriginalMan.com on said:

    I put my bid in for it !!
    That way I can watch him load it then he could watch his lights fade to BLACK !!!!

  3. mike on said:

    I bet all the rednecks and some closet republicans have bid on this gun and you have a##holes like Ben Carson trying to convince black people to vote republican

  4. J Russell on said:

    “VENGENCE IS THE LORDS” Georgy, since your daddy is a retired Judge actions show that you are nothing but a spoiled, entitled person. You justify defense when you stalked and judged Trayvon which resulted you killing an unarmed child. Shame on you, I hope GOD IS SWIFT IN YOUR PUNISHMENT because of all the things you have done since you are an evil, GODLESS HEARTED SATANIC PERSON WHO HAVE THE NERVE TO BLAME AND HOLD YOUR SINS AND THE SELLING OF THE GUN TO RAISE MONEY AGAINST A RACE OF OPPRESSED PEOPLE. SHAME ON YOU AGAIN

  5. @lil Lawrence…the difference is those guns killing blacks in Chicago the perps are in jail where they should be. Love how you conservatives always throw the “black on black” crime stat like you are so concerned about the well being of these young persons. However let’s start talking about “white on white” crime…..Dumbasses like you don’t understand that over 80% of crime is committed against a person of the same race.

    • Ms Curly on said:

      Thank you that jack azz got out of his car (when he was specifically told not to) most likely he showed his gun (cause he wanted to be dirty harry) and got his ass whipped. The person who was really standing their grown was Trayvon. But because his father was some type of retired magistrate and because Trayvon was black, he got away with murder. You would think he would sit down somewhere and be quiet but he cannot. Now he wants to cash in anyway that he can. He is a total racist jerk, and I hope I live long enough to see his demise.

  6. Amber on said:

    Look, Florida law is mess up. If this incident was done in any other state, George would have been convicted. This state convicted a woman who shot in the air after defending herself against an abusive man YET this same state allowed George Zimmerman, who had a history of violence even insulting a cop but his daddy worked in law enforcement, instigated this fight and when Trayvon was defending himself toward this dupe George, who got out of his car to start this battle with Trayvon, got a gun and shot this teenager. That is WRONG and there is no justications for it.

    • Lawrence on said:

      There are 23 states with stand your ground laws, and Zimm would have been acquitted in all of them. Zimm was volunteering his personal time patrolling his neighborhood for crime, trying to maintain property values. Perfectly legal. It just occurred to me, people living in minority neighborhoods have no idea what a community crime watch program is. With a mindset of, no snitchin and fock the po-po, I can’t expect you to understand how normal neighborhoods watch out for their own.
      Never mind, back to you victim mentality / reparations lifestyle.
      -Scholar out

  7. Sparkle on said:

    Definitely they need to look in his eyes and shoot him Spa with the same gunl he took another life with then he took another life big

  8. Lawrence on said:

    I’d like to get an update on the prosecutions Star witness, Rachael Jenteal. Didn’t Tom Joyner offer her a free scholarship to a HBCU of her choice. She should be graduating about now. She was so precious.

  9. B.J. on said:

    @ Pee Johson like I’ve brought to your attention before on and on you display an I.Q. that is lower than a mere rock/pebble. Everytime you post you clearly show that instead of exposing whatever it is you seek to expose, you always expose yourself! At one point in time you used the name johnson? Now you use the name johson? Is this that high level of academia you posses?

  10. Ezekiel Bonner on said:

    Zimmerman, you are a liar and a murderer. You should be in prison for life without any chance of parole. As a licensed State of Florida CCW holder, I think that you are displaying much nerve in trying to achieve monetary gain from a tragedy that you caused. You are a loser and a lowlife. Any causes, other than sending you to prison, or groups that you are associated with I would never take part in or financially support.

    • Lawrence on said:

      Actually the facts and defense team proved Zim was telling the truth. The only liars in the courtroom were brought forth by the prosecution and exposed easily

  11. Shemika on said:

    The US Justice Department needs to be evaluated, how in the hell do you let someone get a gun back that they killed someone with. SMDH….. If they would have kept the gun we would not even be hearing about this darn fool.

  12. Linda on said:

    Good–now that POS Zimmerman will never profit off the young man he MURDERED IN COLD BLOOD!!!!!!

    To this day-Zim has shown NO SIGNS OF REMORSE for shooting/killing Trayvon Martin who was un-armed and was getting the best of Zim in the fist fight that ensued.

    I liked what Tom Joyner said on his morning show–that Trayvon’s father should purchase the gun and
    use it to get JUSTICE for the MURDER OF HIS SON!!!!!

    However, now that the gun has been removed from going on sale-on-line–that need not be!!!!!!!!!

    • Man are you an ignorant and racist black POS! You just admitted he in a fist fight and losing so hence self defense! In case you didn’t know you black c-nt florida has a STAND YOUR GROUND LAW which zimmerman took advantage of to save himself from the violent pavement ape that was assaulting him. Man are you animals stupid@

      • Lawrence on said:

        He has a point Linda, you admit yourself, Trayvon was beating Zim. What you won’t admit, is that Zim saved his own life by standing his ground against his aggressor. Why should he feel any remorse for saving his own life from the hands of a thug. Have you see the images and text from Martins own social media pages? Have you?

      • @ Peter Johnson & Lawerance, Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. Gal 6:8. George Zimmerman is hell bound if he don’t repent before he dies.

      • Amber on said:

        First of all Peter, blacks can not be racist-they can be prejudice but NOT racist. Second, Zimmerman started instigated the fight. If you agree with what Zimmerman did, then we all can go and start fight with someone and if the other person fight back, then we can take a gun out and shot that person and expect to walk free. NOT.

      • Tammy on said:

        The ONLY racist Peter is YOU. typicall comments. If you hate blacks and this site so much, stay off of it fool.

      • Amber on said:

        Lawrence, the only thug was George Zimmerman. Thugs instigate things and that is what George Zimmerman. Learn what a “thug” means. A thug is NOT a dress code, it is a behavior. You can have a suit and tie on and be a thug. look at Italitian mobsters.

      • Racism is a marxist term used to silence white people and eventually lead to their own genocide. but over all stands the Aryan barbarian, white-skinned, cold-eyed, dominant, the supreme fighting man of the earth.

  13. johns0110 on said:

    I truly feel that someone should buy the gun he used to take Trayvon Martin’s life and use it on him the same way and then claim self-defense. Go straight old testament. ijs,,,,,

  14. Thebowelsofblacktwitter on said:

    This is all our faults, why is he even still among the living, wish God still stuck people down!!

  15. Why don’t GZ put himself out of misery, and all of us a favor and USE THE GZ ON HIMSELF?????? His soul is doomed for HELL anyway for MURDERING an innocent teen walking through his community and minding his business.

  16. Timekeeper on said:

    Their are simply no words to describe this ingrate. He is from beneath Hell and when he dies will ultimately return from whence he came.

  17. Drea on said:

    We (meanin our wealthy black members) need to buy this weapon and destroy it on Nat’l tv to show tht this should not be happening. Jay Z, Beyounce, Kayne, Diddy whoeva put y’all resources together & make it happen cause God knows if I had it I would. I feel for Trayvors parents, the wound being open again!

    • Timothy Green on said:

      Drea, buying this weapon means you support this monster, the company auctioning the item needs to be outted & put on blast

      • Timekeeper on said:

        You are spot on Timothy. Not only does the auction co. need to be outed, but also those who bid and eventually by need to be monitored very closely.

      • Lawrence on said:

        Should we also out those using illegal guns killing blacks by the dozen every weekend in Chicago? The auction company, nor the bidders are doing nothing illegal.

  18. redbone1954 on said:

    Karma will take care of him Trust that. Just wait and see he will eventually self destruct. What kind of person would make a news story out of selling a gun that was used to murder a child? I hope he enjoys hell cause that’s where he is going. Don’t be deceived Zimmerman hell is real!!!!!!!

  19. Gloria on said:

    This is heartbreaking and proves yet again that he is heartless and evil and has no remorse or reguard for the human life that HE took away

  20. Timothy Green on said:

    This psycho loves attention, SMFH, to this day he still seems to be getting a sick satisfaction out of having killed this kid ….

  21. Linda on said:

    Why is this POS even still relevant???????

    I WILL BE REALLY HAPPY WHEN KARMA CATCHES UP TO ZIM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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