Best-selling author Brad Thor (ABC's Windy City Live screenshot)

(The Root) — Best-selling conservative author Brad Thor, who has written thrillers like The Last Patriot, offered to buy a new gun and ammunition for George Zimmerman on Twitter after learning that the Department of Justice has delayed returning his weapon following his acquittal in the shooting death of unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla., last year.

"Read this carefully, as I don't want 2 be misunderstood: SCREW the #DOJ. If they won't give #Zimmerman his gun back, I'll buy him a new one," he tweeted.

"Whatever gun he wants + however much ammo, consider it done. I'm buying. Done deal," he said in another tweet.

He didn't stop there, and many of his followers applauded the offer, with some volunteering to pitch in to help to pay.