Report: George Zimmerman visits his gunmaker in Florida

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COCOA, Fla. — George Zimmerman, who was acquitted of murder in the shooting death of

Florida teenager Trayvon Martin last month, visited a gun manufacturer Thursday, his brother said.

Zimmerman visited the Kel-Tec headquarters in Cocoa, Florida, where the company manufactures, assembles and repairs its line of weapons, his brother, Robert, told CNN by text message. The facility contains a shooting range but does not sell guns.

The celebrity gossip site TMZ published a picture of Zimmerman smiling and shaking hands with someone it said was a Kel-Tec employee. It said Zimmerman asked about the KSG compact 12-gauge shotgun while he was there.

Kel-Tec manufactures the PF-9, the type of gun Zimmerman used to shoot Martin.

A jury acquitted Zimmerman in July of second-degree murder in Martin’s February 2012 death. The neighborhood watch volunteer, now 29, killed the 17-year-old as he walked to his father’s fiancee’s house through a gated community in Sanford, Florida.

Zimmerman had called 911 to report Martin as a suspicious person. He acknowledges killing Martin but says it was in self-defense after the two had a confrontation.

His parents said Zimmerman and his family received many death threats after the acquittal. Zimmerman’s defense attorney, Mark O’Mara, described his client as a marked man who wore a disguise and often strapped on body armor when he left home.

O’Mara said Zimmerman must now be protective of his safety because of the threats against him.

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