Political Action Committe's Zimmerman Fundraiser Will Buy Gun, Cover Defense Costs

Group says it has raised enough to help cover Zimmerman defense costs.

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Firearms analyst Amy Siewert from Florida Department of Law Enforcement shows the jury George Zimmerman's handgun. The gun is being held by the Justice Department as it considers a federal civil rights lawsuit against Zimmerman.

An Ohio second amendment political action committee's fundraiser to get George Zimmerman a new gun has been so successful that extra funds may be used to cover his defense costs in the controversial second-degree murder trial of Trayvon Martin.

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Zimmerman, who was acquitted, was previously due to have the gun he used to kill Martin returned to him by Florida police before the Justice Department ordered it held as evidence in a potential federal civil rights suit.

The fundraiser has already raised plenty of money to replace Zimmerman's gun since it started July 18, and it is possible that extra funds will be used to cover Zimmerman's defense costs, according to the Buckeye Firearms Association's legislative chair Ken Hanson.

The Buckeye Firearms Association is collecting donations for its Zimmerman Second Amendment Fund through its website, asking people to give "whatever you can afford, $100... $50... $25... even just $10."

"Whatever you might think about the Zimmerman verdict, the fact remains that we are a nation of laws, not mob justice," the association's website reads. "George Zimmerman was tried in a court of law and found not guilty, and that entitles him to continue exercising all his rights, including his second amendment right to own a firearm."

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The donations collected will be used to replace Zimmerman's gun, holster and "other gear."

"Since he was acquitted he should have the ability to protect himself and his life and to be an American citizen," said Buckeye Firearms Association legislative committee member Sean Maloney.

Buckeye Firearms Association is "dedicated to defending and advancing the right of Ohio citizens to own and use firearms for all legal activities, including self-defense, hunting, competition and recreation."

The group bills itself as a "non-partisan, all-volunteer organization" that works to elect pro-gun candidates and lobbies for pro-gun legislation.