Ohio gun group raises $12K for George Zimmerman

George Zimmerman is escorted from the courtroom a free man after being found not guilty on the 25th day of his trial at the Seminole County Criminal Justice Center, in Sanford, Florida, Saturday, July 13, 2013. Zimmerman has been charged with second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed teen, in 2012. (Pool/Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel/MCT)

George Zimmerman is escorted from the courtroom a free man after being found not guilty on the 25th day of his trial at the Seminole County Criminal Justice Center, in Sanford, Florida, Saturday, July 13, 2013. Zimmerman has been charged with second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed teen, in 2012. (Pool/Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel/MCT)

— An Ohio firearms group has raised more than $12,000 to buy guns or a security system for George Zimmerman, the former neighborhood watch volunteer who was recently acquitted of all charges in the fatal shooting of unarmed teen Trayvon Martin in Florida.

Ken Hanson of the Buckeye Firearms Foundation says the group sent Zimmerman a check for $12,150.37 Tuesday. He says the fundraising effort was launched because the group believes Zimmerman's gun rights are being violated.

The U.S. Department of Justice has taken all the evidence from the trial, including the gun that killed Martin, as part of a civil rights investigation.

An attorney for Zimmerman has said his client is getting threats since the verdict earlier this month and has been carrying a weapon.

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