Lawyer for George Zimmerman chides him for visiting gun factory

ORLANDO, Florida Sat Aug 24, 2013 6:22pm EDT

George Zimmerman leaves the courtroom a free man after being found not guilty in the 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin at the Seminole County Criminal Justice Center in Sanford, Florida, July 13, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Burbank/Pool

George Zimmerman leaves the courtroom a free man after being found not guilty in the 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin at the Seminole County Criminal Justice Center in Sanford, Florida, July 13, 2013.

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ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) - George Zimmerman's lawyer has chided him for visiting a Florida firearms factory that makes the type of gun he used to kill unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin last year.

Zimmerman in July was acquitted of murder in Martin's death in a racially charged case that polarized the U.S. public and raised questions about Florida's loose gun laws and equal justice.

"We understand how George visiting the factory that produces the gun used to shoot Trayvon Martin is seen as inappropriate," Shawn Vincent, spokesman for Zimmerman's lawyer Mark O'Mara, told Reuters on Friday.

Celebrity news website TMZ posted a photo of Zimmerman at the Kel-Tec plant in Cocoa, shaking hands with an employee and grinning.

The website reported that he asked questions about the legality of buying a Kel-Tec KSG, a 12-gauge pump-action shotgun.

Zimmerman, 29, shot Martin, who was 17 years old, in the heart with a 9mm Kel-Tec pistol.

Zimmerman was a volunteer watchman for a gated community in central Florida when he killed Martin in February 2012.

Martin was walking back to the town house where he was staying after a trip to a nearby convenience store to buy Skittles candy and a can of iced tea.

Prosecutors argued that Zimmerman, who is white and Hispanic, profiled Martin as a criminal, pursued him and killed him. Zimmerman said Martin attacked him and that he acted in self-defense.

Less than three weeks after his acquittal, Zimmerman was stopped for speeding on a Texas highway 25 miles southeast of Dallas, and notified the officer that he was carrying a gun in his glove compartment, according to Texas officials.

(Reporting by Barbara Liston; Editing by Mary Wisniewski and Xavier Briand)

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brd893 wrote:
This behavior just shows that he has no remorse that he snuffed out a young life. He does not care one iota. He screwed up many lives even his friend the chief of police to name one.
He is very casual about Trayvon’s life. He will kill again. It is NO BIG THING to him.

Aug 24, 2013 10:01pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
yaktrax wrote:
Zimmerman seems to go through life making bad decisions. Of course killing Martin is his worst decision so far. I think it’s highly possible that he’ll be in the news sometime in the future for negatively impacting someone’s life. He doesn’t seem to know how to avoid publicity and not do things to bring attention to himself. I think it’s highly possible that he will end up in the legal system again and he may find out, like OJ has, that justice delayed is not always justice forgotten.There are a lot of people who know he murdered Martin and if given a chance will still make him pay for that in one way or another. Just ask OJ.

Aug 24, 2013 10:19pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
He’s an innocent man, that killed in self defense. Let Him do what he wants ! That Gun saved His life.. get over it ! End of Story

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