George Zimmerman, the former Florida neighborhood-watch volunteer known for the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin, has announced his intention of auctioning off the pistol he used in the shooting.
In an interview with Orlando’s TV station WOFL, Zimmerman said the pistol was recently returned to him by the U.S. Justice Department, which took it after Zimmerman 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, with the starting bid at $5,000.00. The auction begins at 11 am on Thursday and ends Friday. It’s advertised as “George Zimmerman’s PF-9 used on 2/26/12.”
The listing ends with a Latin phrase that translates as “if you want peace, prepare for war.”
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.”