George Zimmerman To Get Gun Back Following Acquittal
George Zimmerman, who was found not guilty of second-degree murder in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, will be able to rearm himself with his gun.
Zimmerman, 29, had shot Martin, in what he says was self-defense, with a Kel Tec 9 pistol. According to his lawyer Mark O’Mara, Zimmerman is perfectly entitled to recoup his firearm now that he's been acquitted. Mara clarified that while he’ll be able to own the gun, whether or not he’ll be able to get a concealed weapons permit will be up to another state agency.
If he's able to get the permit, Mara has no doubt that Zimmerman will resume carrying a weapon. “Even more reason, now isn’t there?” said Mara. “There are a lot of people out there who actually want to hurt [Zimmerman], though they shouldn’t. I think that he feels truly in his heart that if he did not have that weapon that night he might not be here…. [He] would have continued to get beat even though he was screaming for help."
Those who prosecuted Zimmerman are, unsurprisingly, less sure that Zimmerman getting is gun back is the right thing. “The law allows an awful lot of people to carry guns; that doesn’t mean they all should,” assistant state attorney Rich Mantei told ABC News.
Mantei’s colleague, Florida state attorney Angela Corey, went even further, stating that she finds it nearly impossible that Zimmerman is innocent. “Nobody just gets a gun out and shoots, even trained police officers when they’re on the ground with a suspect on top of them, they can’t get their guns out that quickly,” said Corey. Another prosecutor stated he believed that during the altercation, Trayvon saw the gun and backed off, but Zimmerman fired anyway.
Robert Zimmerman, the brother of the acquitted shooter, has said that his brother has no regrets about what transpired that February night in 2012. “If you do the right thing all the time, or what you believe to be right, you don’t have to go back and make amends for that and say ‘It should have been this way,” he told CNN.
Although acquitted in the criminal trial, Zimmerman will likely face more than one civil suit. In a civil suit, the burden of proof for the prosecution is less – “more likely than not,” rather than “beyond a reasonable doubt.”
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