An online auction that had planned to sell the gun that George Zimmerman used in the shooting death of a black teenager in Florida has been shut down.
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 Trayvon Martin’s 2012 shooting death.
GunBroker.com was scheduled to begin the bidding on the 9 mm pistol Thursday morning, starting at $5,000.
Zimmerman, 32, referred to the gun as a “piece of American history,” on the auction site, according to news reports.
The auction listing said part of the sales money would go toward supporting police who have been dealing with the Black Lives Matter grassroots campaign and fighting pro gun-control Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
He also targeted the prosecutor in his case, Angela Corey.
Zimmerman shot and killed an unarmed Martin, 17, in a gated community near Orlando. Zimmerman, who claimed self-defense. He was acquitted. Protests around the country turned violent in the wake of the verdict.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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