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Buckeye Firearms Sends Zimmerman Check for Over $12,000

DELAWARE, OH -- Buckeye Firearms has sent George Zimmerman a check for more than $12,000 following his acquittal of second-degree murder and manslaughter in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

The group originally started raising money to replace Zimmerman's gun after federal authorities demanded it while they weigh charging Zimmerman with violating Martin's civil rights.

Now, Buckeye Firearms says the money can be used for Zimmerman's defense or any other expenses his family may have.

Earlier coverage:

DELAWARE, OH -- The Buckeye Firearms Association is raising money to buy George Zimmerman a new gun.

George Zimmerman was found not guilty of second degree murder and manslaughter by a jury.

"He's been acquitted, but they have not returned his firearm. His property," Buckeye Firearms Association President Jim Irvine told us by phone Friday.

The US Department of Justice has requested that the Sanford Florida Police Department keep all the evidence from the trial since they are considering a civil rights case against George Zimmerman. That evidence includes the gun that took Trayvon Martin's life.

Within a few hours the fund already raised more than $2,000. More than enough money to replace Zimmerman's gun.

The group believes strongly that  Zimmerman's constitutional rights are being violated and he should get his gun back and have a way to protect his family that now receives daily threats.

"We want to get a firearm in his hands so he can go back to the state he was in before this event as far as being prepared for things that come up," Irvine said.

"When someone is threatened in their life and use lethal force to stay alive, if we take the very tool that kept them alive away from them, that's psychologically damaging."

The organization insists the issue isn't about whether or not you agree with the verdict, it's about second amendment rights.

The organization tells us they will buy a new gun, holster, flashlight and any other gear Zimmerman may want to feel safe.

Earlier coverage:

DELAWARE, OH - It's been nearly a week since George Zimmerman was acquitted by the jury in his second degree murder trial.  Zimmerman was found not guilty in the shooting death of 17 year old Trayvon Martin.

Now, according to several reports, 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.  The Department of Justice is looking into whether Zimmerman violated Trayvon Martin's civil rights.

"We find this action outrageous," said Jim Irvine, President of Buckeye Firearms Foundation. "Whatever you think about the case, Mr. Zimmerman was tried in a court of law and found not guilty. And now all evidence should be returned to the rightful owners, including Mr. Zimmerman's firearm.

"He is a free man and, as a citizen of the United States, he should be able to exercise all his rights, including his Second Amendment rights, which includes owning and carrying a firearm. This phoney 'hold' on evidence is just an underhanded ploy by the Department of Justice to punish Zimmerman because some people don't like the verdict."

Irvine says that since the DOJ won't return Zimmerman's firearm, Buckeye Firearms Foundation will raise funds to buy him a new firearm, holster, flashlight, and anything else he needs.

"We're calling this the Zimmerman Second Amendment Fund," continues Irvine. "We'll raise whatever funds we need for Mr. Zimmerman and we'll set aside the rest to address future assaults on the Second Amendment rights of American citizens."

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