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    19 Aug 2015

    George Zimmerman selling Confederate flag painting at 'Muslim free' gun store




    George Zimmerman is now selling prints of his Confederate flag painting at a gun store that made headlines earlier this year for deeming itself a "Muslim-free" zone.

    Buying one of the numbered prints online for $50 automatically enters the purchaser in a raffle to win the original Confederate flag painting. A statement on Florida Gun Supply's website speculates the original painting could be worth up to $100,000, which is the price Zimmerman's last painting sold for on eBay. 

    After the shootings in Chattanooga in July, Florida Gun Supply owner Andy Hallinan posted a controversial video on YouTube saying that he would turn away Muslims who wanted to shop at his gun store in Inverness.

    Zimmerman shot and killed unarmed teen Trayvon Martin in Sanford in 2012, he was acquitted after a month-long trial that captured the nation.

    Since he was declared a free man, Zimmerman has been outspoken in his defense of the second amendment, a statement on FloridaGunSupply.com echoes that sentiment.

    It says Zimmerman was originally painting an American flag when he heard the Council for American/Islamic Relations was planning a lawsuit against Hallinan.

     Florida Gun Supply owner teams up with George Zimmerman
    George Zimmerman and Florida Gun Supply owner Andy Hallinan discuss Confederate flag prints they're selling.


    "The caption, 'the 2nd protects the first' is a double entendre," Zimmerman said in a statement on Florida Gun Supply's website. "The first flag I painted on this canvas was an American Flag, but decided to repaint over it with the Confederate Flag when I heard Andy was getting sued by CAIR. The 2nd flag I painted was the Battle Flag - which we need in America in order to protect the first."

    Zimmerman is referring to both the Bill of Rights and to the dynamic between the Confederate flag and the American flag.

    News of the partnership between Zimmerman and Hallinan was announced in a 10-minute mini-documentary on YouTube in which Hallinan calls out bias in the media and then a "cultural cleansing" in relation to the Confederate flag.

    About six minutes into the video, Zimmerman makes an appearance. Sitting on a boardwalk, puffing on a cigar, Zimmerman discusses the battle of "Christianity vs. evil" he says is taking place in this country.


    Hallinan and Zimmerman will split the proceeds from the prints to cover their legal fees, living expenses and "advancing their mission to change the country." 
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