The Ohio-based Buckeye Firearms Association has established the “Zimmerman Second Amendment Fund” for the purchase of a new handgun for George Zimmerman.
The Justice Department has put a “hold” on evidence for the Zimmerman trial. That decision means Zimmerman is unable to have his gun returned to him despite the fact he was found not guilty.
“This is about more than mere principle. Zimmerman and his family now face daily threats on their lives,” the association wrote in an email soliciting funds, “more than ever, he has a right to defend himself against those who would seek to do him harm.”
Zimmerman was found not guilty of second degree murder in the shooting death of 17 year-old Trayvon Martin after an altercation ensued in a Sanford, Florida, housing development where Zimmerman was serving as a neighborhood watch volunteer.
“We find this action outrageous,” said Jim Irvine, President of Buckeye Firearms Foundation. “Whatever you think about the case, Mr. Zimmerman was tried in a court of law and found not guilty. And now all evidence should be returned to the rightful owners, including Mr. Zimmerman’s firearm.”
The gun being held for evidence is a Kel-Tec 9mm semi-automatic handgun with a manufacturer’s price of $333. The Buckeye Firearms Association will use any monies above the purchase price of the pistol for Zimmerman to rearm others that have had their firearms confiscated and unreturned.
“We’ll raise whatever funds we need for Mr. Zimmerman and we’ll set aside the rest to address future assaults on the Second Amendment rights of American citizens,” Irvine said in a press release.