Many see George Zimmerman killed unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in February 2012, and a jury of six women found the 29-year-old Zimmerman not guilty last July.
But over the weekend, he was asked for his autograph from apparent fans, after being the featured guest at a central Florida gun show hosted by the New Orlando Gun Show. The organization originally faced so much backlash that they were going to cancel the event, but instead the group relocated the event to a smaller venue.
When asked why he decided to do the signing, Zimmerman told Fox 35 that he wanted to support the gun store, The Arms Room, which supported him after he was accused of killing Martin. “The concept of being able to pay them back for what they did for me and seeing my supporters face to face was something I just couldn’t pass up,” Zimmerman said.
Zimmerman's acquittal last year sparked reactions from around the world. Stars such as Stevie Wonder immediately stated that they would not step foot in Florida until the state modifies or repeals its “Stand Your Ground” law, a self-defense law that allows individuals to use force to defend themselves from what they perceive to be a dangerous situation.
"I decided today that until the 'Stand Your Ground' law is abolished in Florida, I will never perform there again. As a matter of fact, wherever I find that law exists, I will not perform in that state or in that part of the world,” the music legend told a crowd during a performance in Quebec City. Jay Z and Beyoncé even took to the streets of New York City with Martin’s family to protest the verdict.