Zimmerman Not Getting His Gun Back Yet, After All
Return is on hold pending the Department of Justice's probe
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 19, 2013 9:31 AM CDT
The Kel-Tec PF-9 9mm handgun George Zimmerman used to kill Trayvon Martin is seen in this file photo.   (AP Photo/State Attorney's Office, File)

(Newser) – The FBI has thrown the brakes on a plan to return George Zimmerman's gun, asking Florida authorities to hold on to all evidence until it completes its civil rights investigation. "They have an investigation they are conducting," a Sanford police official tells USA Today. "Until that hold is lifted, the evidence will remain secured."

The courts released the trial's evidence, which also included things like Trayvon Martin's hoodie and the bag of Skittles he was carrying, to police earlier this week, the Orlando Sentinel reports; the items are now being held in a secure area. The hold clearly indicates that the Justice Department's investigation is active, notes the Sentinel; the probe began a year ago, but up until the end of the criminal trial, the DOJ had been relatively quiet on the subject.