With a gift of more than $12,000 to replace his handgun, Florida block-watch member George Zimmerman has thanked his Ohio benefactors.
Zimmerman, of course, is the Sanford, Fla. Resident who shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in a controversial Feb, 26, 2012 incident that raised a series of questions from racial profiling to gun control to the propriety of the so-called “stand your ground” laws.
The-then 28-year-old Zimmerman was later arrested and tried for second degree murder and manslaughter.
He was acquitted of all charges on July 13 by an all-female jury, following a month-long trial that was watched closely. Not only in Florida but the United States as even internationally.
Since Zimmerman was acquitted of all charges his Kel-Tec PF-9 9mm semi-automatic pistol was his rightful property. By Florida law then the police were required to return the handgun to Zimmerman.
However, the U.S. Justice Department intervened and seized all evidence as the federal government mulls its own potentially civil rights case. Among the items turned over to the Justice Department was Zimmerman's handgun.
And that action brought into play the Ohio-based Buckeye Firearms Association and also Foundation. In short order the Foundation raised more than $12,000 so that Zimmerman could purchase a replacement handgun as well as various related accessories.
A Kel-Tec PF-9 retails between $340 and $380.
In appreciation for the Ohio pro-Second Amendment group's activities, Zimmerman's Florida attorney Mark O'Mara noted receipt of the money, that it would be forwarded to his client for the acquisition of not only a replacement pistol for personal protection but also for a home security system.
“George wants to express his sincere appreciation for all of the efforts made on his behalf by members of your Foundation,” O'Mara wrote in a July 29 letter to Ken Hansen with the Buckeye Firearms Foundation.
- Jeffrey L. Frischkorn