George Zimmerman is about to get his gun back, and defense attorney Mark O’Mara says he has “even more reason” to carry it now that many are angry over his acquittal.
Zimmerman’s Kel Tec 9 pistol will be returned to him, pending a decision about his concealed weapons permit.
“Even more reason now, isn’t there?” O’Mara said, when asked by ABC News if ZImmerman was intending to rearm himself now that he is a free man. “There are a lot of people out there who actually hate him, though they shouldn’t.”
O’Mara maintained that the presence of the gun did not escalate the situation between Zimmerman and Martin, but saved the former’s life.
“I think that he feels truly in his heart that if he did not have that weapon that night he might not be here,” O’Mara said. “[He] would have continued to get beat even though he was screaming for help.”
Given the apparent necessity of remaining armed due to the trial, O’Mara recommended that Zimmerman leave Florida. “If I was him I would go somewhere else,” O’Mara said. “I don’t think he can work. I don’t think anyone can hire him…George is a pariah.”
Watch the ABC News Exclusive interview below:
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