Michael Winter, USA TODAY
George Zimmerman was stopped for speeding over the weekend in North Texas, and he told the officer he had a gun, according to reports Wednesday.
Zimmerman, who was acquitted two weeks ago of killing Trayvon Martin, was pulled over about 1 p.m. CT Sunday on Highway 80 in Forney, CBS DFW-TV reported. He was driving a Honda pickup and said he was headed "nowhere in particular," according to TMZ, which first reported the news, citing sources.
When Zimmerman said he was armed, the officer told him to put the gun in the glove compartment, the CBS affiliate said, citing the police report. TMZ's report claimed that Zimmerman said the gun was in the glove box.
Neither reported the type of firearm Zimmerman had.
Zimmerman asked the officer whether he recognized him from television and the officer said he did not, both outlets reported.
After checking for any outstanding warrants, the officer let Zimmerman go with a warning.
"Have a safe trip," the officer told Zimmerman, according to TMZ.
The five-minute stop was captured on the officer's dashboard camera.
Zimmerman's gun was not the one he used to kill the 17-year-old Florida teen during a February 2012 altercation. As part of a civil rights investigation, the U.S. Justice Department has taken all evidence from the trial, including the licensed 9 mm semiautomatic pistol that Zimmerman said he used in self-defense.
It's the second time since his July 13 acquittal that Zimmerman has been in the news. Four days after a six-woman jury cleared him of second-degree murder and manslaughter charges, he helped rescue a family from an overturned SUV.