Ohio Gun Group Raises $12,000 for George Zimmerman

AP Photo/TV Pool, FileIn this file image from video, George Zimmerman smiles after a not guilty verdict was handed down in his trial at the Seminole County Courthouse, Sunday, July 14, 2013, in Sanford, Fla.
COLUMBUS, Ohio - An Ohio firearms group has raised more than $12,000 to be spent on guns or a security system for George Zimmerman, the former neighborhood watch volunteer who was acquitted in the fatal shooting of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin in Florida. But the money could end up being used to pay for Zimmerman's defense costs and fees.

The $12,150.37 check that the group wrote to Zimmerman is the result of a fundraising effort that was launched because the group believes Zimmerman's gun rights are being violated by the U.S. Department of Justice. The department has taken all the evidence from the trial, including the gun that killed Martin, as part of a civil rights investigation.

Zimmerman was acquitted earlier this month of second-degree murder and manslaughter in the 2012 shooting of Martin in a gated community in Sanford, Fla., near Orlando. Zimmerman, 29, told police he shot Martin, 17, after the black teenager physically attacked him; Martin's family and supporters sayZimmerman, who identifies himself as Hispanic, racially profiled Martin as a potential criminal and wrongly followed him.

The verdict sparked protests and calls for federal officials to charge Zimmerman with violating Martin's civil rights. Zimmerman's brother and one of his attorneys have said he receives threats and is concerned about his safety.

The Buckeye Firearms Foundation's check is meant to be spent on guns, ammunition, protective gear or a security system, said Ken Hanson, the group's legal chairman.

"The Department of Justice refused to return him his gun, and he's in need of protection," Hanson said. "The money is intended to be used for anything he needs to defend himself or his family. He has complete discretion on how to use the money."

The cashier's check was sent through certified mail and was scheduled to be delivered Friday.

Zimmerman's spokesman, Shawn Vincent, said before his acquittal all donations he received were deposited into a fund dedicated to pay for his legal defense costs and fees and managed by an independent administrator. He said the Ohio foundation's check could be allocated similarly.

Vincent would not say what the donations to the fund have amounted to. But he said they have exceeded the $120,000 that Zimmerman's attorneys had said was needed to put on a good defense before the trial started in May. The fund had raised almost $315,000 in January.

The Ohio foundation's fundraiser, which began last week, ended Tuesday. Hanson said donations were sent from 48 states and three other countries.

Vincent said Zimmerman has been offered free guns but such donations haven't been accepted.

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Ambersangel's

http://www.youcaring.com/tuition-fundraiser/finally-going-back-to-school-maybe-/75550 Will you give up one Starbucks and donate 5 bucks? Help her go back to school .

August 13 2013 at 9:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Brenda J, Baker

Zimmerman was a punk with a gun that started the problem His head was not bashed in stick with the facts! He went to get a doctors note the next day no treatment! Trayvon was not doing anything wrong! If he couldn't beat a 17 year old that he out weighted by 57 lbs he should have stayed his punk ass in the call and watched him and we would not be talking about this murder!

July 27 2013 at 1:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Slow

This all goes back to the Shreveport police officer who hustled a 12th grader for sex got her pregnant had a child and the Shreveport Police Department said it was ok for a Officer to Hustle a 12th grader on his part time job as security at a Childrens Safe Haven a Roller Rink. Then on another part time job sees a suspicious Black Man riding his Bicycle on the Sidewalk he pulls him over outside the Apartment Complex he was garding in a Black neighborhood searches him and finds a alledged gun and money then shoots him after a tussle in the back. The same one he shot was a convicted felon but the officer knew him and his mother. Nothing will happen to him he was cleared. The Police Department said it was ok to Hustle a 12th grader at a safe haven for children as long as the 12th grader was 18 which she was. If that was your daughter what would you do... (Jack M.) And why would a black man riding a bike on the sidewalk in a black neighborhood be suspicious..... Something is not right here...

July 27 2013 at 6:44 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
HELLO ALEC

WOW, THIS IS GREAT.....LETS SEE IF WE CAN GET IT UP $200,000 AND BUY HIM A ARMORD CAR.....GOD BLESS YOU MR ZIMMERMAN

July 26 2013 at 9:45 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
Sara

MAYBE THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE WOULD RETURN ZIMMERMANS GUN IF HE TOLD ERIC HOLDER THAT HE WAS A PART OF A MEXICAN DRUG CARTEL

July 26 2013 at 9:24 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
steves1709

The family of T Martin will get it all in the civil suit. OJ Simpson lost his civil suit - this one's a no brainer!

July 26 2013 at 9:24 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
dutz008

He was judged NOT JULTY. End of story

July 26 2013 at 9:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
dutz008

He was judged

July 26 2013 at 9:22 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Susan

Who's next? How many people carry a loaded gun to get groceries at Walmart? Why would the neighborhood watch settle out of court if they didn't think George didn't do anything wrong?

July 26 2013 at 9:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
junior

How much did Boehner donate, since it's his state?

July 26 2013 at 8:58 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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baldinia

He had the cash in hand, but got sidetracked while passing a liquor store.

July 26 2013 at 9:05 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply