FLORIDA, July 20, 2013 — George Zimmerman is a free man, in the legal sense. However, he is not able to retrieve the firearm with which he fatally shot Trayvon Martin.
“The U.S. Department of Justice, overseen by Attorney General Eric Holder, has ordered the Sanford, Florida police department to keep possession of all the evidence from George Zimmerman’s second-degree murder trial - including the exonerated neighborhood watch volunteer’s gun,” writes David Martosko of Great Britain’s Daily Mail.
“Sanford police confirmed on Thursday that the DOJ asked the agency not to return any pieces of evidence to their owners. Zimmerman was expected to get his firearm back by month’s end.
“The development is a sign that the criminal section of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division is seriously investigating Zimmerman to determine if federal civil rights charges should be filed.”
The firearm, a Kal-Tech PF-9 nine millimeter handgun, is a popular one, says TIME.
Last year, journalist Madison Gray noted that “(t)he weapon,
manufactured by Cocoa, Fla.-based Kel-Tec CNC, is a well-known device
and not uncommon for police and private ownership,” according to Tom
Gresham, host of Gun Talk, a Sirius XM radio show.
““The particular model is a popular one for concealed carry,” he says.
“It’s a simple firearm, there is nothing unusual about it. This would
be a gun any police officer would carry for personal protection.”
“A concealed carry permit allows a person to carry a gun or other
weapon in a covered manner, either on his person or elsewhere, like in
his glove compartment,” TIME reported.
Now, a petition is being circulated to prevent Zimmerman from legally carrying a concealed firearm of any kind.
Zimmerman’s supporters appear unfazed, though. A central Florida gun store has gone out of its way to help him out.
“In a letter to Zimmerman’s attorney….legal analyst Mark O’Mara, Pompano Pats in DeLand said it’s offering a free firearm to Zimmerman after hearing media reports that he could not obtain his Kel-Tec PF-9 from authorities,” reports WKMG of Orlando.
“Upon receiving your confirmation that he is well within his legal rights to concealed carry, our company would like to offer Mr. Zimmerman a free firearm. We currently have the same model in stock, or he could (choose) another weapon suitable for concealed carry,” the letter states.
“It also says, “We have read numerous reports of death threats against your client and believe no good would come from harming him.””
It has yet to be determined if Zimmerman has or will take the store up on its offer.
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