Best-selling author Brad Thor (shown in photo) has offered to buy George Zimmerman a new gun and all the ammunition he wants after the federal Department of Justice blocked the release of evidence from Zimmerman's murder trial in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida. Despite the not guilty verdict by a Florida jury, Attorney General Eric Holder has ordered a continuing investigation of the February 2012 shooting to determine if Zimmerman violated Martin's civil rights and/or was guilty of a racially motivated federal "hate crime" against the black teenager. Zimmerman's handgun, a Kel-Tec PF9, is among the evidentiary materials being held in the investigation.
"SCREW the #DOJ. If they won't give #Zimmerman his gun back, I'll buy him a new one," Thor announced in a tweet shortly after midnight Friday morning. As reported by the Blaze, he followed that with a tweet to Zimmerman's brother. "Whatever gun he wants + however much ammo, consider it done. I'm buying. Done deal," Thor wrote to Robert Zimmerman, Jr.
Though the FBI reported over a year ago that its investigation found no evidence of racism on Zimmerman's part, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People was among the organizations calling for federal prosecution of Zimmerman immediately after the July 13 not guilty verdict in the state trial was announced by the jury of six women. Despite the federal Constitution's Fifth Amendment ban on trying someone more than once for the same offense, a federal "hate crime" or civil rights violation would be considered a separate offense and could be tried in federal court. The Justice Department has established a public e-mail address, inviting citizens to offer any information that might help in its investigation of Zimmerman.
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