George Zimmerman, acquitted in the death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, was at an Orlando gun show signing autographs over the weekend.
Not surprisingly, Zimmerman's appearance sparked controversy. When the originally scheduled venue heard that Zimmerman would be making an appearance, they opted out of the publicity.
Talking Points Memo reports that Zimmerman wanted to return a favor to The Arms Room, an Orlando gun store that supported him after he killed 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 told Fox 35.
Since his 2013 trial, Zimmerman has remained in the headlines for two dropped charges of domestic violence and even agreeing to a later-canceled charity celebrity boxing match - on what would have been Martin's birthday.
The Los Angeles Times recently reported that Zimmerman, 30, says he's homeless, jobless and struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder.
Zimmerman has a debt of $2.5 million owed to his lawyers, Mark O'Mara and Don West. He has raised more than $300,000 from online donors and said he hopes to collect additional funds through a lawsuit he's filed against NBC News over an edited 911 call, which he alleges made him look racist because a question and answer were mixed.
But Zimmerman's weekend gun show appearance isn't exactly stirring up sympathy.
http://t.co/AbXVzVHb8q Florida gun nuts just love George Zimmerman for gunning down an unarmed young man whose "crime" was buying snacks.- Amanda Marcotte (@AmandaMarcotte) March 10, 2014
And conservative commentator A.J. Delgado, a Harvard Law graduate, asked:
Who on Earth would want George Zimmerman's AUTOGRAPH???- A. J. Delgado (@missADelgado) March 10, 2014