George Zimmerman Signs Autographs At A Gun Show

We are officially living in a world where George Zimmerman is treated like a famous person.

The man who will forever be known for killing an unarmed black teenager basked in the limelight Saturday at — where else? — a gun show in central Florida.

According to television station WESH, Zimmerman “greeted people and autographed photos of him posing with his dog.”

Organizers of the event were forced change locations after the original venue was hit with a public backlash over Zimmerman’s planned appearance.

An unabashed gun lover, Zimmerman went on a tour last year of the Florida firearms factory that makes the gun he used to kill Trayvon Martin — a move his own attorney said was a bad idea.

Zimmerman has also done his part to exploit his infamy, agreeing last month to fight the rapper DMX in a “celebrity” boxing match before the bout was ultimately canceled.

In an interview last month, Zimmerman insisted that he was the real “victim” in the confrontation with Martin and accused Attorney General Eric Holder and President Barack Obama of making him into a “scapegoat.”

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