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Ohio Gun Rights Group Gives Money To Zimmerman

The Buckeye Firearms Foundation has raised more than 12 thousand dollars to buy guns or a security system for George Zimmerman, who was recently acquitted in the fatal shooting of unarmed teen Trayvon Martin in Florida. Jerry Kenney of member station WYSO in Yellow Springs reports.

Buckeye Firearms Foundation spokesperson Jim Irvine says his group raised money because they believe Zimmerman’s gun owner rights are being violated. The foundation posted a story on their website after the Justice Department ordered the Sanford Police Department to keep George Zimmerman’s gun, pending their investigation into civil rights violations in the case. The site brought in more than 12 thousand dollars from 48 states and three counties and Irvine says the check was delivered to Zimmerman on Tuesday.

“Cause we want to help someone who needs help.  That’s the bottom line, and when the Department of Justice said we’re gonna put a hold on all his property after he’s acquitted and not return his stuff to him, we said, ‘Man that stinks. This guys in a bad spot.’ So we just thought, let’s raise a little money for him and help him out.”

Irvine says because of their support, their website has been hacked and taken offline. The Buckeye Firearms Foundation is working with the FBI to find out who is responsible.

Jim has been with WCBE since 1996. Before that he worked as a reporter at another Columbus radio station, and for three newspapers in Southwest Florida.
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