(CNN) – George Zimmerman headlined a central Florida gun show over the weekend. He shook hands, smiled and signed autographs.
Zimmerman appeared at a scaled down version of the New Orlando Gun Show Saturday, March 8 at The Arms Room store.
The show was originally set to be held at The Majestic, but organizers said the venue canceled late Thursday after getting negative feedback about Zimmerman’s planned appearance.
“They told us they canceled for community pressure. They were getting phone calls and backlash and didn’t want that kind of person there,” said gun show organizer Mike Piwowarski.
Piwowarski was angry The Majestic canceled his event and plans to sue for an estimated $300,000 in lost gun sales.
He said he supported Zimmerman during his trial for the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, and after he was acquitted. Zimmerman offered to return the favor and support Piwowarski’s gun business, which lead to the gun show appearance.