Zimmerman auctions gun used to kill Travyon Martin - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Zimmerman auctions gun used to kill Travyon Martin

(Source: AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Joe Burbank, Pool, File) (Source: AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Joe Burbank, Pool, File)
(WMC) -

When one website pulled the auction of the gun used to Kill unarmed teen Trayvon Martin in 2012, a second website stepped in to allow the auction.

Thursday morning, a website called Gunbroker.com advertised the auction for the pistol he used in the fatal shooting. Zimmerman was acquitted in 2013 in the shooting death of Martin.

A listing was removed from the GunBroker.com site Thursday morning, when negative traffic about the sale exploded online. In a statement posted on its website, GunBroker.com said listings are user generated, and that the company reserved the right to reject listings at its discretion.

About an hour later, United Gun Group tweeted that it would allow Zimmerman to sell the gun on its site. The new link was posted, along with a statement from Zimmerman. However, the site apparently went down a few minutes later.

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.

"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 grand-kids and never to be used or seen again."

Zimmerman's actions are making people angry all across the country, even in the Mid-South.

"It's stupid; it makes no sense," Sheena Johnson said.

"Someone's child that, and you're profiting from that?" Cole Bradley said.

"Tacky and infringing," Cheryl Hopkings, Memphis resident, said.

The initial auction listed the gun as a 9 mm Kel-Tec PF-9 pistol. It also said a portion of the proceeds will go toward fighting what Zimmerman calls violence by the Black Lives Matter movement against law enforcement officers, combating anti-gun rhetoric of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, and ending the career of Angela Corey, the attorney who led the prosecution against Zimmerman.

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

"The Trayvon Martin Foundation is committed to its mission of ending senseless gun violence in the United States," read a statement provided by the office of attorney Benjamin Crump, who represents the Martin family. The statement was attributed to Tracy Martin, the teenager's father. "This election season, we are laser focused on furthering that mission. As such, the foundation has no comment on the actions of that person."

Others were not so nice in their comments about Zimmerman and his auction.

"I think there's a special place in hell for people like George Zimmerman," community activist Earle Fisher said.

Fisher is a local pastor and community activist and has been vocal for months. He has also been active with the Black Lives Matter movement.

"The mere fact that we can even consider making money off something like this is very telling with the state of affairs we have in 2016," Fisher said.

No one was willing to go on camera in favor of auctioning off the gun, but many people said off camera that if it is his gun then he can do with it what he wants to. Others said it is simply distasteful.

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