George Zimmerman’s gun removed from auction website

Sanford police officer Timothy Smith holds up the gun that was used to kill Trayvon Martin, while testifying on the 15th day of the George Zimmerman murder trial in Seminole circuit court June 28, 2013 in Sanford, Florida. (ABC NEWS)

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) – An online gun auction site says it pulled down George Zimmerman’s listing for the gun he used to kill unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin, and it wants no part in his listing or the publicity it has drawn.

The auction site GunBroker.com issued a statement Thursday afternoon saying it reserves the right to reject listings, and has done so with Zimmerman’s.

The listing disappeared from the site minutes after the auction was to have begun at 11 a.m. Thursday.

Zimmerman had said the U.S. Justice Department returned the pistol, which took it after Zimmerman was acquitted in Martin’s 2012 shooting death.

Zimmerman has said he was defending himself when he shot and killed Martin, an unarmed black 17-year-old. The shooting sparked protests and a national debate about race relations

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