A gun owner’s advocacy group in Ohio is raising money to buy a new gun for former neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman in response to federal officials’ delaying the return of his old one following his acquittal on second-degree murder charges in the killing of Trayvon Martin.
WCPO-TV reported on Sunday that the Buckeye Firearms Association (BFA) began its campaign on Saturday in order to “fight attacks on the Second Amendment,” calling the recent decision by the Justice Department a renewal of hostilities on the part of U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.
“This is outrageous. Mr. Holder is this nation’s chief law enforcement officer. It is his job to uphold the laws, to support and defend our system of justice,” the group wrote in a statement on its website. “This move to prevent Mr. Zimmerman from claiming his property is an unacceptable abuse of power. And the threats of federal charges on civil rights grounds is little more than blatant pandering for political gain.”
The FBI ordered police in Sanford, Florida on Friday not to return Zimmerman’s handgun pending an investigation by the Department of Justice into whether to pursue a civil rights violation lawsuit against him.
“We will provide Mr. Zimmerman, who has no current source of income, with the funds he needs to replace his firearm, holster, and other gear,” the BFA said in its statement. “The rest will be set aside to fight similar injustices … [sic] and they happen all the time.”
Watch WCPO’s report, aired Sunday, here.
[h/t Think Progress]