The Kel-Tec PF-9 9mm George Zimmerman used to kill Trayvon Martin on Feb. 26, 2012 was put up for auction Thursday afternoon, hours after the first listing was taken down from another auction site.
The gun was set to be auctioned starting Thursday at 11 a.m. on GunBroker.com, but by 11:18 a.m., the website said the listing had been removed.
"Listings on the GunBroker.com web site are user-generated, exactly like social media posts. Mr. Zimmerman never contacted anyone at GunBroker.com prior to or after the listing was created and no one at GunBroker.com has any relationship with Zimmerman," GunBroker.com wrote on its website. "Our site rules state that we reserve the right to reject listings at our sole discretion, and have done so with the Zimmerman listing. We want no part in the listing on our web site or in any of the publicity it is receiving."
At around 2:30 p.m. Thursday, UnitedGunGroup.com listed the same gun for auction, with the same starting bid price at $5,000, posted by someone with the username George Zimmerman.
The auction description appeared to have the same text as the original auction posting, in which Zimmerman wrote: "I am honored and humbled to announce the sale of an American Firearm Icon. The firearm for sale is the firearm that was used to defend my life and end the brutal attack from Trayvon Martin on 2/26/2012."
Zimmerman added that the gun had recently been returned to him by the Department of Justice.
Zimmerman claimed that he was selling the gun to raise money to "fight Black Lives Matter violence against law enforcement" and "Hillary Clinton's anti-firearm rhetoric."
Zimmerman said in the auction listing that he has received several offers for the gun, including from the Smithsonian Institution in Washington.
The Smithsonian released a statement Thursday morning, saying: "The Smithsonian has never expressed interest in collecting George Zimmerman’s firearm. The Smithsonian has no plans to ever collect or display this object in any of its museums."
The Trayvon Martin Foundation said it had "no comment on the actions of that person," a report from The Guardian said.
Martin was shot and killed by Zimmerman on Feb. 26, 2012, after an altercation in a Sanford community.
Zimmerman was found not guilty of second-degree murder and manslaughter on July 13, 2013.
The shooting sparked protests and a national debate about race relations.