Attorney Says He Wouldn’t Have Advised Zimmerman To Visit Gun Factory

George Zimmerman waits for his defense counsel to arrive in Seminole circuit court in Sanford, Fla., Monday, June 24, 2013. Zimmerman has been charged with second-degree murder for the 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin.
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The attorney for George Zimmerman said Friday that the former neighborhood watch captain should not have visited the Florida firearms factory that makes the gun he used to shoot and kill unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin.

A photo posted last week by TMZ showed Zimmerman, who was acquitted last month in the shooting death of Martin, grinning and shaking hands with an employee at the Kel-Tec plant in Cocoa, Fla. As Reuters reported, Zimmerman used a 9mm Kel-Tec pistol to kill the 17-year-old Martin in a confrontation on a rainy night in February 2012. 

A spokesman for Zimmerman’s attorney, Mark O’Mara, told Yahoo News that he would have advised against the visit.

“We certainly would not have advised him to go to the factory that made the gun that he used to shoot Trayvon Martin through the heart,” spokesman Shawn Vincent said. “That was not part of our public relations plan.”

Kel-Tec told Yahoo in a statement that Zimmerman “simply wanted to see the manufacturing facility.”

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