Within fifteen minutes of the auction going live, Gun Broker removed the ad from the site. Gun Broker responded to the outrage with this statement:
Late last night, George Zimmerman created a listing on our web site for the gun from the Trayvon Martin case four years ago. Mr. Zimmerman alerted news organizations that began reporting on the listing first thing this morning.
Listings on the GunBroker.com web site are user-generated, exactly like social media posts. Mr. Zimmerman never contacted anyone at GunBroker.com prior to or after the listing was created and no one at GunBroker.com has any relationship with Zimmerman. Our site rules state that we reserve the right to reject listings at our sole discretion, and have done so with the Zimmerman listing.
We want no part in the listing on our web site or in any of the publicity it is receiving.
GunBroker.com prides itself in being a safe and legal way to buy and sell firearms online in full compliance with all Federal, State, and local laws. GunBroker.com proudly supports the Second Amendment rights of the American public.
GunBroker.com will not be fielding press inquiries regarding this matter.
Shortly after Gun Broker took the listing down, UnitedGunGroup.com volunteered to run the auction. However, the site crashed shortly after and the listing went live, and was eventually removed due to a high number of fraudulent bids being placed by users such as “Racist McShootface” driving the price of the Kel-Tec to over $50,000,000.
United Gun Group said Thursday night that they removed the listing due to it being in the best interest of the site, but they may still consider running the auction. A statement should be made by the auction site at some point this morning.