Online Auction for Gun Used to Kill Trayvon Martin Apparently Halted

An online auction for the gun used to kill Trayvon Martin appears to have been halted. Shown here, Sanford police officer Timothy Smith holds up the gun while testifying during George Zimmerman's murder trial in Seminole circuit court in Sanford, Florida, June 28, 2013. Joe Burbank/Pool/Reuters

An online auction for the gun used to kill Trayvon Martin appears to have been halted. The website now returns an error at the link where George Zimmerman listed the Kel-Tec PF-9 9mm handgun he used in the 2012 shooting, with a note saying, "Sorry, but the item you have requested is no longer in the system."

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The gun George Zimmerman used in the shooting of Trayvon Martin in 2012 appears to have been removed from the website A one-day auction for the firearm had been set to begin Thursday morning.

Zimmerman—a neighborhood watch volunteer who fatally shot the unarmed black teenager—was acquitted of second-degree murder and manslaughter. After the Department of Justice returned his gun, he decided to put it up for auction on

"I thought it was time to move past the firearm. If I sell it, and it sells, I move past it. Otherwise it's going in a safe for my grandkids, never to be used or seen again," he told WOFL-TV.

"This is a piece of American history," he reportedly wrote on the auction page, claiming that "many have expressed interest in owning and displaying the firearm including The Smithsonian Museum in Washington D.C." The Smithsonian, however, vehemently denied any past, present or future interest in purchasing or displaying the item.

We have never expressed interest in collecting George Zimmerman’s firearm, and have no plans to ever collect or display it in any museums

— Smithsonian (@smithsonian) May 12, 2016

Listing a starting price of $5,000, Zimmerman wrote that a portion of the proceeds from the sale would go toward a number of causes: to "fight [Black Lives Matter] violence against Law Enforcement officers, ensure the demise of [the attorney who prosecuted him] Angela Correy's [sic] persecution career and Hillary Clinton's anti-firearm rhetoric."

The one-day auction had been scheduled to run from 11 a.m. ET on Thursday until the same time Friday, but the pistol disappeared from the site almost as soon as it began, The Daily Beast reports. GunBroker, which bills itself as the "world's largest online auction of firearms, parts & accessories," had its Twitter account set to private Thursday and did not immediately release a public statement about the removal of the listing from its site.