You read the title to this article correctly.
George Zimmerman is attempting to sell his Kel-Tec PF-9 9mm used in the controversial Trayvon Martin case. Zimmerman finally received his firearm back from the U.S. Department of Justice 4 years after he was acquitted of the 2012 case.
He initially listed it on the auction site Gunbroker, but it was taken down once they were aware of the listing. George Zimmerman listed the Kel-Tec PF-9 with opening bids starting at $5,000.00. To drum up interest in his firearm, he personally contacted local media outlets in Florida informing them of what he was doing. News stations devoured the story and social media lit up with opinions on his decision to sell the firearm. With all of this activity, Gunbroker finally became aware of the listing and released this statement:
Twitter started buzzing with thousands of people condemning his actions. While there are lots of people surprisingly interested in buying the firearm, the number of people outraged at the thought of George Zimmerman profiting from that pistol are even greater.
After Gunbroker refused to list the auction of the Kel-Tec PF-9, Zimmerman was able to get his firearm listed on another website called “United Gun Group.” With his opening bid once again starting at $5,000.00 it has already eclipsed $65 Million as of this morning! United Gun Group had some lister’s remorse last night though because they temporarily removed the auction, but re-listed it once again this morning.
The “individuals” bidding on the firearm are more than likely fake or insincere accounts. Some of the names are deceased people from heavily-covered, news stories in recent months. ABC news reported those upset with Zimmerman are placing false bids.
A lot of news stations in Florida asked Zimmerman what he was going to do with the money, if he gets any at all. He said he wanted to use it to defeat “Hillary Clinton’s anti-firearm rhetoric” and fund a fight against the “Black Lives Matter” movement which is violent towards police.
George Zimmerman has a very interesting auction description for the firearm. He described his firearm on both Gunbroker and United Gun Group as follows:
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~
The auction listing on United Gun Group’s site can be found HERE.
For those wondering what the end statement of “Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum” means, it is Latin for “if you want peace, prepare for war.”
All of this seems like a circus act of sorts because it paints Zimmerman and firearm owners in a horrible light. Even if he has sincere intentions to do well with the money received from the firearm.
The auction has 4 days left so soon enough we will learn what will happen to this now famous Kel-Tec PF-9.