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George Zimmerman addresses gun auction

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Posted at 9:37 PM, May 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-23 22:37:45-04

George Zimmerman is answering questions surrounding his most recent controversy.

The gun he reportedly used to kill unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin, is said to have sold for $250,000 in an auction.

Zimmerman said he set the bid at a minimum of $100,000.

A Florida bar owner told his local paper Zimmerman accepted his bid for $150,000, but then backed out for a higher bid.

Zimmerman said his pistol was returned to him by the U.S. Justice Department, which took it after he was acquitted in Martin's death.

Critics have called Zimmerman's auction an insensitive move to profit from the shooting. However, he said it wasn't Martin's death that gave the gun its value.

"I knew I had something of value, which ironically the Black Lives Matter and the manipulating media, I'm not saying you of course, I am just saying in general, they are the ones that gave it it's value," Zimmerman said. "I mean you can't blame me. I mean I would have sold it for $350 if that is what its value was. The ironic part is they made it worth at least a quarter of a million dollars.  They gave me a quarter of a million dollars."

Zimmerman said he plans to donate money to officers who were killed simply because of the uniform they wear. He also puts part of the blame for Trayvon Martin's death on Martin's parents.

"They had no interest in their child," Zimmerman said. "I wish they would have. I wish they would have raised them right. I wish i never had to. I would have stayed in bed if I would have thought I would had to take a life in self defense."

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