Organizers of a gun rights forum featuring Mark O’Mara, George Zimmerman’s defense attorney, have decided that having a gun raffle in conjunction with the event wasn’t such a good idea, reports USA Today. The Gun Rights Preservation Forum is set for Nov. 4. The raffle for a gun and a Bible will occur at a different time, probably in early December, says Bob White of the Republican Liberty Caucus of Central East Florida.
The 9mm semiautomatic handgun that was to be raffled off, a Kel-Tec PF-9, is the same model that Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, used last year when he fatally shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. In July, a jury acquitted Zimmerman of charges of second-degree murder, supporting the defense claim that Zimmerman shot Martin in self-defense. Martin had been walking through Zimmerman’s gated townhome community when the confrontation occurred. White said O’Mara contacted him to express concern about tying in the gun forum with the gun raffle. “The right thing to do is to postpone the raffle,” White said.