George Zimmerman trial and aftermath

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In this Feb. 27, 2012 image taken from a Sanford Police video posted on a website called by George Zimmerman's defense team, Zimmerman speaks to an unidentified investigator at the scene of Trayvon Martin's fatal shooting a day later giving police a blow-by-blow account of his fight with the teen.  On the tape, Zimmerman did a reenactment of the scuffle with Martin in the moments before he shot the 17-year-old from Miami. (AP Photo/Sanford Police video via Zimmerman Defense Team)

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The pistol former neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman used in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin is going up for auction online.

In an interview with Orlando, Florida, TV station WOFL, Zimmerman said he had just gotten the pistol back from the U.S. Justice Department, which took it after he was acquitted in Martin’s 2012 shooting death.

“And I thought it’s time to move past the firearm,” Zimmerman told the station. “And if I sell it and it sells, I move past it. Otherwise, it’s going in a safe for my grandkids and never to be used or seen again.”

The auction listing on lists the gun as a 9 mm Kel-Tec PF-9 pistol. The auction begins Thursday, May 12, 2016 at 11 a.m. EDT and the bidding starts at $5,000.

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. (AP)

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