>> Bidding on the gun used to kill Trayvon Martin skyrocketing online, topping $65 million on Friday. Though the amount appeared to be inflated by fake buyers with names like Racist McShootface. George Zimmerman listed the gun used in the 2012 shooting on Thursday, sparking yet another round of controversy, anger, and debate.
Colleen Jenkins is covering the story for Reuters.>> The shooting of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin in 2012 sparked nationwide protests. And George Zimmerman has remained a polarizing figure in the United States. Word that he was offering to sell the gun via online auction this week also drew wide criticism, with many people angry that he would seek to financially benefit from the tragedy.
>> Zimmerman was acquitted of second degree murder and manslaughter charges in the case and the gun was returned to him. In his listing, the former neighborhood watch volunteer described the weapon as quote, an American firearm icon.>> Bidding on the gun was supposed to begin on Thursday on a website called gunbroker.com, with a starting price of $5,000.
But when the website learned of the auction, it pulled the listing saying it wanted nothing to do with the auction or the publicity surrounding it. Zimmerman then posted his gun on a second website. That group said it was fine with the personal firearm sale as long as Zimmerman was following the letter of the law.
>> In his listing Zimmerman vowed to use the proceeds of the sale to, quote, fight Black Lives Matter violence against law enforcement. And quote, Hillary Clinton's anti-firearm rhetoric. A lawyer from Martin's family called the auction offensive and said they'll continue their work advocating against gun violence.