Kel-Tec and Zimmerman’s attorneys issue statements about George’s recent factory visit

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By Dan Cannon,

George Zimmerman made headlines again last week when he was seen in a leaked photo touring the factory of Florida based gun maker, Kel-Tec.

Kel-Tec is the manufacturer of the 9mm PF9 handgun that Zimmerman used in self-defense when he shot and killed Trayvon Martin in 2012.

Now, due to the widely publicized incident, both Kel-Tec and Zimmerman’s attorneys have issued public statements on the matter.

Shawn Vincent, a spokesman for Zimmerman’s attorney Mark O’Mara, said that while Zimmerman is a free man and free to do anything he wishes, visiting the factory certainly wasn’t a planned PR move.

According toYahoo News,

“We certainly would not have advised him to go to the factory that made the gun that he used to shoot Trayvon Martin through the heart,” Shawn Vincent, a spokesman for attorney Mark O’Mara, told Yahoo News. “That was not part of our public relations plan.”

For their part, Kel-Tec issued the following statement through their Facebook page,

Fans, Customers and Members of the Media:

This is Kel-Tec’s official statement concerning this leaked bit of information by someone unassociated with Kel-Tec.

George Zimmerman showed up at Kel-Tec’s plant on Thursday of this week. He simply wanted to see the manufacturing facility. This is a common occurrence with our customer base that live close by or may be traveling through. From time-to-time we have customers or dealers stop in and inquire about our products and manufacturing capabilities.

As a company, Kel-Tec follows the industry standard two-step distribution process. Kel-Tec’s products are sold to distributors in large quantity. Those distributors, in turn, sell to local dealers who then sell to the general public once all background checks and paperwork is cleared per their individual state’s laws. The Kel-Tec KSG is one of the most desired products in the industry, and can be very difficult to acquire due to supply and demand. Many individuals like to come by the plant to actually see the product and how it is made.

As far as the trial and Mr. Zimmerman’s association, we always mourn the loss of life. It has been Kel-Tec’s stance to not promote, discuss or try in any way to gain recognition or capitalize through a tragic event. Kel-Tec’s thoughts and prayers go out to everyone who’s lives were forever changed.


Zimmerman was acquitted in the 2012 shooting in July when an all female jury found that Zimmerman acted in self-defense when he shot Trayvon Martin.

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