CRIME

George Zimmerman Can't Have His Old Gun Back

07/19/2013 06:52 pm ET | Updated Jul 20, 2013
AP

George Zimmerman won't be getting back the Kel-Tec PF-9 9mm pistol he used to shoot Trayvon Martin anytime soon, but he will be permitted to buy a different gun.

The Department of Justice has put a hold on all the evidence in the Zimmerman case until it completes an investigation on whether Zimmerman violated Martin's civil rights.

However, Sanford Police spokesman James McAuliffe says there is nothing preventing Zimmerman, who was acquitted in Martin's murder, from purchasing another gun.

"I do not believe that there is" any legal reason Zimmerman would not be able to purchase another gun, McAuliffe told ABC News.

If Zimmerman does want a gun, he might not have to pay for it.

Brad Thor, a thriller novelist, announced via Twitter that he would buy a new gun for George and all the ammunition he wants:

As of Friday afternoon, Zimmerman hadn't responded to the offer, Thor told Glenn Beck's website, The Blaze.

The website asked Thor what type of gun he’d buy for Zimmerman, but he said “he’ll need to decide for himself. That’s the beauty of guns."

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story incorrectly said George Zimmerman shot Trayvon Martin with a Kel Tech 9 gun. He used a Kel-Tec PF-9 9mm pistol.

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