Trayvon Martin’s Killer Profits from the Grizzly Killing
Rep. Jeffries Statement on Trayvon Martin’s Killer Being Able to Profit from the Grizzly Killing that Took the 17-year Old Unarmed Boy’s Life
WASHINGTON, DC – Today U.S. Representative Hakeem Jeffries (NY-08), a member of the Congressional Black Caucus leadership and House Judiciary Committee, released the following statement in response to the effort by the adult killer of Trayvon Martin to auction off the gun used to take the 17-year-old unarmed boy’s life:
“Trayvon Martin’s cold-blooded killer should be in prison. Instead, he is trying to profit from the stunning miscarriage of justice that occurred three years ago in a Florida courtroom. It should shock the conscience of every decent American that this man is peddling his murder weapon for sale. America must reject this merchant of death once and for all.”
United Gun Group decided to post the gun after being contacted by Zimmerman. The company said in a statement that “as long as Mr. Zimmerman (or any other UGG member) is obeying the letter of the law, his personal firearm sale will be permitted on our network.”
The original listing on GunBroker.com was removed within one hour of live bidding. Zimmerman, who was acquitted of second-degree murder, shot Martin on Feb. 26, 2012.
“The firearm for sale is the firearm that was used to defend my life and end the brutal attack from Trayvon Martin,” Zimmerman wrote on GunBroker.com before the post was removed. “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.”
The Smithsonian Museum quickly rebutted this claim in a tweet, saying it “never expressed interest in collecting George Zimmerman’s firearm.”