George Zimmerman Is Auctioning Off the Gun Used to Kill Trayvon Martin

George Zimmerman is selling the gun he used in the fatal shooting of high school student Trayvon Martin back in 2012. The former neighborhood watch volunteer will auction off the 9mm pistol on the website on Thursday, May 12.

"The firearm for sale is the firearm that was used to defend my life and end the brutal attack from Trayvon Martin," the listing reads. "This is a piece of American History. It has been featured in several publications and in current University text books."

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Zimmerman also spoke about his decision during an interview with TV station WOFL. "I thought it's time to move past the firearm. 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," he said, via the Associated Press.

Zimmerman, 32, shot 17-year-old Martin in a gated community in Sanford, Florida, on February 26, 2012, while the unarmed teen was walking back to a relative's home after buying food at a convenience store. Zimmerman claimed that he shot Martin in self-defense and that Martin allegedly punched and knocked him to the ground.

Zimmerman pleaded his case over a three-week period in Seminole County Court. He was eventually found not guilty of second-degree murder and acquitted of manslaughter on July 13, 2013.

The controversial verdict caused an uproar across the country. Following the decision, the Trayvon Martin Foundation was created to help fight social injustice and to end gun violence.

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