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Gun Group Raising Funds to Buy George Zimmerman a Firearm

The fundraising appeal was published after the Justice Department requested that police in Florida hold on to the gun Zimmerman used to kill Trayvon Martin.

The federal government has ordered the Sanford, Florida police department to hold on to the firearm George Zimmerman used to kill Trayvon Martin because the Justice Department is weighing whether to launch a civil rights case. That has incensed gun rights advocates, who are now raising money so Zimmerman could buy a new one.

As Raw Story notes, Ohio’s WCPO-TV reported July 21 that “an Ohio organization is raising money to help George Zimmerman buy a new gun.” The organization, the Buckeye Firearms Association, posted a request for funds for a new gun for Zimmerman on their website.

“We have created the Zimmerman Second Amendment Fund. We encourage you to donate whatever you can afford, $100 … $50 … $25 … even just $10. We will provide Mr. Zimmerman, who has no current source of income, with the funds he needs to replace his firearm, holster, and other gear,” the organization states. “This move to prevent Mr. Zimmerman from claiming his property is an unacceptable abuse of power. And the threats of federal charges on civil rights grounds is little more than blatant pandering for political gain.”

Zimmerman still retains the right to buy a gun. He and his wife also own at least one other gun, according to a 2012 Reuters report.

 

Alex Kane is former World editor at AlterNet. His work has appeared in Mondoweiss, Salon, VICE, the Los Angeles Review of Books and more. Follow him on Twitter @alexbkane.