US gun group raises $15,000 for George Zimmerman
COLUMBUS, OHIO (AP) - A firearms group in the United States has raised more than US$12,000 (S$15,000) to be spent on guns or a security system for Mr George Zimmerman, the former neighbourhood watch volunteer who was acquitted in the fatal shooting of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin.
The Buckeye Firearms Foundation believes Mr Zimmerman's gun rights are being violated by the US Department of Justice. The department has taken all the evidence from the trial, including the gun that killed Martin, as part of a civil rights investigation.
The acquittal sparked nationwide protests and calls for federal officials to charge Mr Zimmerman with violating Martin's civil rights.
Mr Zimmerman, 29, was acquitted earlier this month of second-degree murder in the 2012 shooting of Martin in a gated community in Florida. Mr Zimmerman told police he shot Martin, 17, after the teenager physically attacked him; Martin's family and supporters say Mr Zimmerman, who identifies himself as Hispanic, racially profiled Martin as a potential criminal and wrongly followed him.