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George Zimmerman to get his gun back; his lawyer says he’ll need it

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George Zimmerman leaves Seminole Circuit Court with his family on Saturday, July 13, 2013, in Sanford, Fla., after a jury found him not guilty of second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. (AP Photo/Joe Burbank, Pool)

George Zimmerman is due to get his gun back — and that’s a good thing, because now he’ll need it more than ever, his lawyer said.

A jury found Mr. Zimmerman not guilty of all murder charges in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin late Saturday. And now that he’s cleared, his attorney Mark O’Mara said he’s due the return of his weapon, ABC reported.


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Mr. Zimmerman’s Kel Tec 9 pistol was confiscated by police during the investigation and held as evidence during the trial.

“Yes he does” get his gun back, said Mr. O’Mara, in ABC. And he’s more than likely going to need it, he added. “[There’s] even more reason now, isn’t there? There are a lot of people out there who actually hate him, though they shouldn’t.”

But the fate of Mr. Zimmerman’s concealed carry permit is still unclear.

“The concealed weapons permit is another matter because that’s a decision by another state agency, and they will make that decision,” Mr. O’Mara said.

About the Author

Cheryl K. Chumley

Cheryl Chumley is a continuous news writer for The Washington Times. Previously, she was part of the start-up team for The Washington Times’ digital aggregation product, Times247. She’s also a 2008-2009 Robert Novak journalism fellow with The Phillips Foundation. She can be reached at cchumley@washingtontimes.com.

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