A pro-gun group from Ohio claims to have been raising funds to buy George Zimmerman a new gun.
The fundraising effort began last weekend and it’s apparently been so successful that the Buckeye Firearms Foundation stated on their website: “We have collected more than we expected for [the Zimmerman Second Amendment Fund] and have ceased taking donations. We will issue a complete report as soon as possible.”
The U.S. Department of Justice has put a hold on all evidence in the Zimmerman case as it weighs whether to pursue a civil rights case. The move means Zimmerman's firearm remains in the custody of the Sanford Police Department.
The Buckeye Firearms Foundation said in an online post, "This is about more than mere principle. Zimmerman and his family now face daily threats on their lives. More than ever, he has a right to defend himself against those who would seek to do him harm.”
They added, “Gun owners must stand together and refuse to allow an injustice like this to go unanswered. If we choose to sit idly by while the full force and weight of the federal government descends upon a free man, it will embolden others to take liberties with our rights."
Attorney General Eric Holder has said the Justice Department will "act in a manner that is consistent with the facts and the law."
Zimmerman, who has received wide support from pro-gun groups since his case began in 2012, was acquitted of second-degree murder and manslaughter charges on July 13 in the death of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed teen.