George Zimmerman trial and aftermath

The pistol former neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman used in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin is going up for auction online.

In an interview with Orlando, Florida, TV station WOFL, Zimmerman said he had just gotten the pistol back from the U.S. Justice Department, which took it after he was acquitted in Martin’s 2012 shooting death.

“And I thought it’s time to move past the firearm,” Zimmerman told the station. “And if I sell it and it sells, I move past it. Otherwise, it’s going in a safe for my grandkids and never to be used or seen again.”

The auction listing on GunBroker.com lists the gun as a 9 mm Kel-Tec PF-9 pistol. The auction begins Thursday, May 12, 2016 at 11 a.m. EDT and the bidding starts at $5,000.

Zimmerman has said he was defending himself when he shot and killed Martin, an unarmed black 17-year-old. The shooting sparked protests and a national debate about race relations. (AP)



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George Zimmerman Trial

George Zimmerman leaves court with his family after Zimmerman's not guilty verdict was read in Seminole Circuit Court in Sanford, Fla. on Saturday, July 13, 2013. Jurors found Zimmerman not guilty of second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla. (AP Photo/Joe Burbank, Pool)

FILE - This undated file family photo shows Trayvon Martin. Trayvon, 17, was slain in a 2012 shooting in Sanford, Fla., by neighborhood crime-watch captain George Zimmerman. Zimmerman's defense attorney began his final arguments Friday, July 12, 2013, trying to convince six jurors that the neighborhood watch volunteer acted in self-defense when he fatally shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. (AP Photo/Martin Family, File)

George Zimmerman trial and aftermath

In this July 3, 2013 file photo, assistant state attorneys John Guy, left, and Bernie de la Rionda, right, display the sweatshirt worn by Trayvon Martin the night he was shot by George Zimmerman during the Zimmerman trial in Seminole circuit court, in Sanford, Fla., Wednesday, July 3, 2013. In 2012, Florida's story of the year was George Zimmerman shooting Trayvon Martin. In 2013, it was Zimmerman's acquittal on charges that he murdered Martin. In an overwhelming vote, Florida's newspaper editors and broadcasters voted Zimmerman's trial and acquittal the state's top story of the year. (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Jacob Langston, Pool)

George Zimmerman trial and aftermath

In this March 22, 2013 file photo, protestors, Lakesha Hall, 32, of Sanford, center, and her son, Calvin Simms, 12, right, gather early for a rally for Trayvon Martin, the black teenager who was fatally shot by a neighborhood watch captain last month, at Fort Mellon Park in Sanford, Fla. In 2012, Florida's story of the year was George Zimmerman shooting Trayvon Martin. In 2013, it was Zimmerman's acquittal on charges that he murdered Martin. In an overwhelming vote, Florida's newspaper editors and broadcasters voted Zimmerman's trial and acquittal the state's top story of the year. (AP Photo/Julie Fletcher)

An image of Trayvon Martin and a bullet shell keychain hanging from a protester's lanyard are seen during a demonstration in reaction to the acquittal of neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman on Monday, July 15, 2013, in Los Angeles. Anger over the acquittal of the U.S. neighborhood watch volunteer who shot dead an unarmed black teenager continued Monday, with civil rights leaders saying mostly peaceful protests will continue this weekend with vigils in dozens of cities. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

George Zimmerman trial and aftermath

In this April 11, 2012 file photo, the parents of Trayvon Martin, Tracy Martin, second from left, and Sybrina Fulton, fourth from left, talk to Rev. Al Sharpton, center, as they watch a news conference with special prosecutor Angela Corey announcing charges against George Zimmerman in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, Pool)

Seminole County Sheriff's Office file photo of George Zimmerman

Seminole County Sheriff's Office file booking photo shows George Zimmerman in this image from January 10, 2015. A Florida prosecutor announced on January 30, 2015 he will not pursue charges against former neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman stemming from a domestic incident earlier this month after the alleged victim recanted. REUTERS/Seminole County Sheriff's Office/Handout (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW HEADSHOT) FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

George Zimmerman trial and aftermath

In this Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015 photo, George Zimmerman, right, sits with attorney Don West during a first appearance at the Seminole County Courthouse in Sanford, Fla. Zimmerman was charged with aggravated assault with a weapon in an incident where he allegedly threw a wine bottle. (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Stephen M. Dowell, Pool)

FILE - In this Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013, file photo, George Zimmerman listens in court, in Sanford, Fla., during his hearing on charges including aggravated assault stemming from a fight with his girlfriend. The Seminole County Sheriff's Office says Zimmerman was arrested in Lake Mary, Friday, Jan. 9, 2015 on an aggravated assault charge, and is being held at the John E. Polk Correctional Facility. (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Joe Burbank, Pool, File)

FILE - In this Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013, file photo, George Zimmerman listens in court, in Sanford, Fla., during his hearing on charges including aggravated assault stemming from a fight with his girlfriend. The Seminole County Sheriff's Office says Zimmerman was arrested in Lake Mary, Friday, Jan. 9, 2015 on an aggravated assault charge, and is being held at the John E. Polk Correctional Facility. (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Joe Burbank, Pool, File)

George Zimmerman, acquitted in the high-profile killing of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin, leaves court Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013, in Sanford, Fla., after his hearing on charges including aggravated assault stemming from a fight with his girlfriend. Looking on are his defense counsel Daniel Megaro, left, and Jeff Dowdy. (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Joe Burbank, Pool)

Zimmerman arrives for a court hearing in Sanford, Florida

George Zimmerman arrives to face a Seminole circuit judge in Sanford, Florida in this file photo taken November 19, 2013. Zimmerman, who was acquitted of second-degree murder last year in the shooting death of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin, plans to take up celebrity boxing and is on the lookout for an opponent, the website Radar Online reported. REUTERS/Joe Burbank/Files (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT SPORT BOXING CRIME LAW)

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George Zimmerman, center, talks to his attorneys Don West, left, and Mark O'Mara during jury deliberations in his trial in Seminole circuit court in Sanford, Fla. Saturday, July 13, 2013. Zimmerman has been charged with second-degree murder for the 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin. (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Gary W. Green, Pool)

In this Monday, July 1, 2013 photo, George Zimmerman enters the Seminole County Courthouse, in Sanford, Fla., during his trial on second degree murder for the killing of Trayvon Martin. Whether they think he got away with murdering 17-year-old Trayvon Martin or that he was just a brave neighborhood watch volunteer “standing his ground,” many Americans can’t seem to get enough of George Zimmerman. And he can’t seem to stop giving it to them. (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Joe Burbank, Pool)

George Zimmerman's parents Robert Zimmerman Sr. and Gladys Zimmerman embrace following George Zimmerman's not guilty verdict in Seminole circuit court in Sanford, Fla. on Saturday, July 13, 2013. Jurors found Zimmerman not guilty of second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Martin in Sanford, Fla. The six-member, all-woman jury deliberated for more than 15 hours over two days before reaching their decision Saturday night. (AP Photo/Gary W. Green, Pool)

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Gladys Zimmerman, left, mother of George Zimmerman, watches as assistant state attorney John Guy, right, leaves the courtroom during a recess in jury deliberations in Zimmerman's trial in Seminole circuit court in Sanford, Fla. Saturday, July 13, 2013. Zimmerman has been charged with the 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin.(AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Gary W. Green, Pool)

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George Zimmerman, right, talks with his defense counsel, Mark O'Mara, left, and Don West, after Judge Debra Nelson informed them that the jury had a questions, on the 25th day of Zimmerman's trial at the Seminole County Criminal Justice Center in Sanford, Fla., Saturday, July 13, 2013. Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder for the 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin.(AP Photo/Joe Burbank, Pool)

Zimmerman Trial Enters Jury Deliberation Phase

SANFORD, FL - JULY 13: Judge Debra Nelson (R) confers with attorneys after informing them that the jury had a question on instructions for a charge of manslaughter, on the 25th day of George Zimmerman's trial at the Seminole County Criminal Justice Center July 13, 2013 in Sanford, Florida. Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder in the 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin. (Photo by Joe Burbank-Pool/Getty Images)

George Zimmerman arrives in the courtroom for his trial at the Seminole County Criminal Justice Center, in Sanford, Fla., Friday, July 12, 2013. Zimmerman is charged in the 2012 shooting death of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin. (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Joe Burbank, Pool)

Assistant state attorney Bernie de la Rionda shows George Zimmerman's gun to the jury while presenting the state's closing arguments against Zimmerman during his trial in Seminole circuit court in Sanford, Fla. Thursday, July 11, 2013. Zimmerman has been charged with second-degree murder for the 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin. (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Gary W. Green, Pool)

George Zimmerman wipes his face after arriving in the courtroom for his trial at the Seminole County Criminal Justice Center, in Sanford, Fla., Friday, July 12, 2013. Zimmerman is charged in the 2012 shooting death of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin. (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Joe Burbank, Pool)

FILE - Friday, July 5, 2013 file pool photo, George Zimmerman's mother Gladys Zimmerman takes the stand during George Zimmerman's trial in Seminole County circuit court, Friday, July 5, 2013, in Sanford, Fla. Zimmerman's mother and Trayvon Martin's mother each testified Friday that it was her son, not the other woman's, who can be heard screaming for help on a 911 call. (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Gary W. Green, Pool, File)

Shellie Zimmerman, wife of George Zimmerman, watches her husband arrive in the courtroom during his trial at the Seminole County Criminal Justice Center, in Sanford, Fla., Friday, July 12, 2013. Zimmerman is charged in the 2012 shooting death of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin. (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Joe Burbank, Pool)

FILE - In a Friday, July 5, 2013, file pool photo, Trayvon Martin's mother, Sybrina Fulton, takes the stand during George Zimmerman's trial in Seminole County circuit court, in Sanford, Fla. Zimmerman's mother and Martin's mother each testified Friday that it was her son, not the other woman's, who can be heard screaming for help on a 911 call. Identifying the voice could be critical to the case because it could help the jury determine who the aggressor was during the scuffle. (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Gary W. Green, Pool, File)

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The parents of Trayvon Martin, Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton, arrive at the trial for George Zimmerman in Seminole Circuit Court, in Sanford, Fla., Tuesday, July 9, 2013. Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed teen, in 2012. (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Joe Burbank, Pool)

This combo made from Feb. 27, 2012 photos released by the State Attorney's Office shows George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer who shot Trayvon Martin. The photo and reports were among evidence released by prosecutors that also includes calls to police, video and numerous other documents. The package was received by defense lawyers earlier this week and released to the media on Thursday, May 17, 2012. (AP Photo/State Attorney's Office)

A reenactment video shows George Zimmerman with Sanford police investigators, taken the after the Trayvon Martin shooting, is projected for the jury during the 16th day of his trial in Seminole circuit court, in Sanford, Fla., Monday, July 1, 2013. Zimmerman has been charged with second-degree murder for the 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin.(AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Joe Burbank, Pool)

Trayvon Martin

In this undated group photo, teenager Trayvon Martin is standing on the far right. (Photo courtesy of GlobalGrind)

Trayvon Martin

Undated image of teenager Trayvon Martin. George Zimmerman is charged in Martin's 2012 shooting death in Florida.

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Crime scene photos courtesy of the State of Florida

This Feb. 27, 2012 photo released by the State Attorney's Office shows the Kel-Tec PF-9 9mm handgun used by George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer who shot Trayvon Martin. The photo and reports were among evidence released by prosecutors that also includes calls to police, video and numerous other documents. The package was received by defense lawyers earlier this week and released to the media on Thursday, May 17, 2012. (AP Photo/State Attorney's Office)

This Feb. 27, 2012 photo released by the State Attorney's Office shows the Kel-Tec PF-9 9mm handgun used by George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer who shot Trayvon Martin. The photo and reports were among evidence released by prosecutors that also includes calls to police, video and numerous other documents. The package was received by defense lawyers earlier this week and released to the media on Thursday, May 17, 2012. (AP Photo/State Attorney's Office)

This Feb. 26, 2012 photo released by the State Attorney's Office shows a can of Arizona Watermelon Fruit Juice Cocktail at the scene where Trayvon Martin was shot by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman. The photo and reports were among evidence released by prosecutors that also includes calls to police, video and numerous other documents. The package was received by defense lawyers earlier this week and released to the media on Thursday. (AP Photo/State Attorney's Office)

A woman holds up a sign during a demonstration in reaction to the acquittal of neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman on Monday, July 15, 2013, in Los Angeles. Anger over the acquittal of a U.S. neighborhood watch volunteer who shot dead an unarmed black teenager continued Monday, with civil rights leaders saying mostly peaceful protests will continue this weekend with vigils in dozens of cities. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Protesters make their way down Washington Ave., from Grand Circus Park in Detroit to the Federal Building during a protest against the verdict in the trial of George Zimmerman for the killing of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin in Florida on Sunday, July 14, 2013. The Aiyana in the sign refers to young Detroiter Aiyana Stanley-Jones, who was killed during a police raid. (AP Photo/Detroit News, Elizabeth Conley)

Estefania Jalvis, from Jacksonville, Fla., wears a hoodie as she holds a sign Tuesday, July 16, 2013, outside the Capitol in Tallahassee, Fla. Dream Defenders organized the sit-in of Florida Gov. Rick Scott's office in response to the ‘not guilty’ verdict in the trial of George Zimmerman, the Florida neighborhood watch volunteer who fatally shot Trayvon Martin, and other civil rights issues in the state. (AP Photo/Phil Sears)

Protesters confront Los Angles police officers during a demonstration in reaction to the acquittal of neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman on Monday, July 15, 2013, in Los Angeles. Anger over the acquittal of a U.S. neighborhood watch volunteer who shot dead an unarmed black teenager continued Monday, with civil rights leaders saying mostly peaceful protests will continue this weekend with vigils in dozens of cities. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

A protester holds up a sign while marching down the street during a demonstration in reaction to the acquittal of neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman on Monday, July 15, 2013, in Los Angeles. Anger over the acquittal of a U.S. neighborhood watch volunteer who shot dead an unarmed black teenager continued Monday, with civil rights leaders saying mostly peaceful protests will continue this weekend with vigils in dozens of cities. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

John Simpson, 56, carries a sign showing an image of Trayvon Martin during a demonstration in reaction to the acquittal of neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman on Monday, July 15, 2013, in Los Angeles. Anger over the acquittal of the U.S. neighborhood watch volunteer who shot dead an unarmed black teenager continued Monday, with civil rights leaders saying mostly peaceful protests will continue this weekend with vigils in dozens of cities. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)