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George Zimmerman finds a new auction site to sell the gun that killed Trayvon Martin

Technically Incorrect: After his listing on Gunbroker.com was removed, the man who claimed self-defense finds another site to sell the gun he used in the shooting.

The new listing.

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The first auction was over before it ever started. The second was on, then off, then on once again.

That means George Zimmerman may finally sell the gun he used to shoot and kill Trayvon Martin in 2012, not long after the government returned it to him.

Zimmerman's plans had been dashed, briefly as it turned out, when the auction site he had initially turned to abruptly dropped his listing. A gunshy Gunbroker.com minced no words: "We want no part in the listing on our website or in any of the publicity it is receiving."

This didn't deter Zimmerman -- who was acquitted of wrongdoing in the teen's death, in a case that inflamed racial tensions in the US -- from trying to cash in on the Kel-Tec PF-9 handgun.

He found another site, run by United Gun Group, to host the sale of a gun he describes in the listing as "an American Firearm Icon."

In a Twitter posting, United Gun Group says it's "a complete social network like Facebook." Indeed, the site told The Washington Post that it was created as a reaction to Facebook banning the sale of guns. The site was created in February and one of its first tweets read: "#Facebook doesn't want you? We do at http://UnitedGunGroup.com."

United Gun Group didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

Naturally, the Zimmerman listing has attracted some notoriety to the site. As bids rose above the minimum $5,000 level, some weighed in to apparently mock the whole affair.

Two bidders offered in the vicinity of $65 million, one of them paired with the screen name "Racist McShootFace." Both submissions have been deleted. Other bids were made in the name of Tamir Rice, the 12-year-old shot dead by police in Cleveland while holding a toy gun.

The highest bid at the moment stands at $485,000.

It might never have got past zero. The United Gun Group initially took down the listing, according to USA Today. However, it reinstated the listing Thursday night, together with a Twitter post that read: "FYI, United Gun Group is a free service, we are not being compensated for allowing members to utilize our system."

The site added that it doesn't post the items. Its members do.

In his United Gun Group listing, Zimmerman claims: "I am proud to announce that a portion of the proceeds will be used to: fight BLM [Black Lives Matter] violence against law enforcement officers, ensure the demise of Angela Correy's persecution career and Hillary Clinton's anti-firearm rhetoric."

Angela Corey is the Florida State Attorney who served as the special prosecutor in the Zimmerman case.

While some will insist that a man who claimed self-defense and was acquitted should be free to sell whatever items he owns, others might feel this sale oscillates between the macabre and the disgraceful.

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