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Ohio gun rights group collects funds to buy gun for Zimmerman

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DELAWARE, Ohio - It took a little longer than a day for an Ohio based firearms rights group to raise more than enough money to  buy George Zimmerman a new gun.

On Saturday, the Buckeye Firearms Foundation posted on it's web site a call for donations to buy a new gun for George Zimmerman, who was acquitted of murdering Florida teen Trayvon Martin during a confrontation between the  two in Florida.

Foundation President Jim Irvine says the call for donations was in reaction to reports that the gun used during the incident has not been returned to Zimmerman.

Irvine tells 21 news that more than twelve-thousand dollars were donated from 774 individuals in 48 states and three countries including Australia, Switzerland and Lithuania.

The size of the donations ranged from one dollar to $100.

Irvine says Buckeye Firearms is no longer taking donations, and instead of buying Zimmerman a gun and holster, he'll send a check to him in the amount of $12,150.37. 

Irvine says since Zimmerman has received death threats, he can use the money to purchase a firearm of his own choice, a ballistic vest, or other security devices.

This isn't the first time Buckeye Firearms has intervened to help an individual whose firearm was confiscated by authorities.

Irvine says that his organization came to the aid of Damon Wells who in 2007 fatally shot a fifteen year old who tried to rob him in Cleveland.

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