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Zimmerman To Get Gun Back, Lawyer Says

WASHINGTON, (UPI) —  George Zimmerman, cleared of murder charges in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla., will get his handgun back, his lawyer says.

Attorney Mark O’Mara told ABC News Sunday Zimmerman, 29, is entitled to the return of his Kel Tec 9 pistol and likely may have greater need for it now that he’s been acquitted in the 17-year-old’s death Saturday.

“There are a lot of people out there who actually hate him, though they shouldn’t,” O’Mara said.

O’Mara acknowledged the likely possibility of Martin’s family filing a civil suit against Zimmerman, but said Zimmerman might file one of his own.

The U.S. Justice Department said it is reconsidering the filing of hate-crime charges against Zimmerman.

“Experienced federal prosecutors will determine whether the evidence reveals a prosecutable violation of any of the limited federal criminal civil rights statutes within our jurisdiction,” the department said in a statement.

Groups, including the NAACP and the American Civil Liberties Union, urged U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to press a federal civil-rights case against Zimmerman after a six-woman jury found the former neighborhood-watch captain not guilty of murder or manslaughter, accepting his claim he acted in self-defense.

The department has had an open investigation into Martin’s Feb. 26, 2012, death since shortly after the shooting, put on hold while the criminal trial was under way.

The NAACP launched a petition late Saturday asking the Justice Department file civil rights charges against Zimmerman. The petition received such a massive response that it crashed the NAACP website, The Washington Post reported.

Holder is expected to address the Zimmerman case Tuesday when he speaks to the NAACP in Orlando, 25 miles south of Sanford, an official told The Wall Street Journal.

The Saturday night verdict prompted street protests in cities across the country, including Sanford, New York, Chicago, Washington, Atlanta, San Francisco, Oakland, Calif., and Los Angeles.

Nearly all were peaceful, but one of several protests in Los Angeles Sunday evening turned violent, with demonstrators throwing rocks and D-cell batteries at police, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Police fired bean bag rounds and arrested at least one person, police said.

An earlier demonstration in Oakland resulted in some vandalism, police said.

President Obama Sunday called Martin’s death a “tragedy” and urged the country to “stem the tide of gun violence.”

He also appealed for calm amid “strong passions” the case elicited.

“We are a nation of laws, and a jury has spoken. I now ask every American to respect the call for calm reflection from two parents who lost their young son,” Obama said in a statement.

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  • rocquedog

    Good, he’ll probably be needing it to fend off the Trayvon’s a little angel finatics that would drop him in a second. The Keltec should be used as a back up only tho’. He needs to get a Glock .40 or .45 cal with Hi-cap mags. with lots of extra mags.

    • pissed off conservative

      nothing wrong with a 9mm ..just not a cheap keltec 9mm..a good glock 19 will do just fine.. 15 rds plus 2 extra mags

      • Robbie

        Oh goodie. Let’s put Zimmerman back on the streets with all kinds of fire power. Then he can go around late at night defending himself whilst blowing away folks left, right, and centre.

        • Bob Livingston

          Dear Robbie,

          You write: “Then he can go around late at night defending himself…” Every American has right to self-defense. Exercising it one time does not negate that right. It is a perpetual one.

          Best wishes,

        • Jeff

          Maybe he’ll partner with Bernie Goetz. They can market their Creepy Ass Cracker tee shirts.

      • Vis Fac

        I don’t need 15 rounds only two (always double tap) but a 9mm is easier to stop with some heavier clothing than either the .40 or .45. The US adopted the .45 because their standard issue .38 Special (similar diameter to the 9MM) was ineffective during the second Boer War because the round was defeated with the Boer’s wearing of heavy clothing. The US Army wanted a more powerful sidearm and the Colt 1909 .45 ACP was adopted then replaced by the Colt 1911-A1.

    • mathis1689

      Would favor a Para-Ordinance .45ACP myself but to each his own.

    • Vis Fac

      Why not the DHS’s “personal defense weapon”, you know the ones we civilians have that are classified as an “assault weapon”. The ONLY difference is the DHS’s models consisting of an AR-15 (are configured for and are capable of full automatic fire) and 30 round magazines. I personally like my S&W 411 a .40 on an 1911 frame. It has as much stopping power as the .45 with less recoil. The old reliable M1911-A1 is still a fine defensive weapon and my second choice.

      • Anonymous

        I’ve owned the S&W 411 since October 1999 and find it to be a fine defensive weapon. Very accurate, great trigger, decent magazine capacity (11+1) and made in the USA of ALL METAL PARTS. I just can’t agree with all these people who like those new “plastic” guns. My pistol is going on 15 years old and after thousands of rounds, still shoots like new. I’m curious to see how these new guns hold up after you put several thousand rounds through them. I also have the Smith and Wesson M&P 15 Sport model (AR15). Another quality product from the people at Smith and Wesson. Everybody should buy one (while you still can)……

  • manuel

    Unfortunately, he may need it – sooner than later.

  • pissed off conservative

    Eric fast and furious holder should investigate himself and file charges against himself for the muder of us border agents killed with guns from the fast and furious scandal ..this man [holder ]makes me sick..i hate this guy and would love to see him behind bars along with his boss..what a P.O.S

  • A_Murricun

    Zimmerman will likely need all the firepower he can carry. I would also recommend a crash course in defensive fighting, along with a boot-camp style physical conditioning course. And maybe a Google Glass to record the attacks.

    Aside from that, this case is going to provide employment for quite a few lawyers for some time to come. Zimmerman’s suit against NBC is only the beginning.

  • Hey You!

    Zimmerman doesn’t need more fire power or anything like that. The needs a ticket to South America where he can enjoy living with Euro-Hispanics. He probably won’t get any peace here, particularly with the political atmosphere in the USA.

  • dan

    an enterprising gun firm would give GZ a nice Sig or maybe a Glock…
    or Para Ord in .40 cal. with a course in close combat defense….but I wouldn’t hang around the old neighborhood for a bit ….

  • Ibn Insha

    Zimmerman should sue Federal Government, the President of the United States, DOJ, Eric Holder, Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, The Florida State prosecutor, The State of Florida, NAACP, ACLU and most major TV networks for billions of dollars. His lawyer should drag the case for so long that it would make all defendants’ life a living hell. These people deserve no mercy. They should go out of business.

    • Vis Fac

      And you expect these lawyers to put all this time and energy to work for free? In civil cases (depending on the arrangement) attorney’s are not paid until the case like this is over and a judgment has been awarded. Defense attorneys (again depending on the arrangement) are usually paid while on the case (in billable hours and IMKO are crooks as well) usually have a steady income either paid by the client or family . Unless he’s a Larry H Parker or other ambulance chasing lawyer and only paid when the case has culminated in a monetary award. Their take is usually anywhere from 33%-40% again depending on the arrangement .


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