The online auction for the gun that killed Trayvon Martin, which has been deluged by fake bidders, was briefly shut down Saturday before being reposted by UnitedGunGroup.com.
George Zimmerman, who in 2013 was found not guilty by self-defense of killing Martin, 17, in 2012, had originally listed the KelTec PF-9 handgun on Thursday on GunBroker.com. On Friday, the auction shifted to United Gun Group’s site, where fake bidders, some using names such as “Racist McShootface,” had bid the weapon up to $66 million.
Early Saturday, Zimmerman pulled the gun from that auction, but it was back up on the site a few hours later. Zimmerman’s listing was accompanied by text that said, “Prospective bidders, I am honored and humbled to announce the sale of an American Firearm Icon. The firearm for sale is the firearm that was used to defend my life and end the brutal attack from Trayvon Martin on 2/26/2012.”
In a chat below the listing, one site visitor asked where all the previous bids had gone. Zimmerman responded, “The previous auction and bids were purged due to illegitimate bidding. Yes, this auction is real.”
As of late Saturday evening, there were no bids on the listing, which carried a minimum bid of $100,000 and an instant purchase price of $500,000.