Washington DC resident Seth Horvitz and his pregnant wife, Seeta, eagerly expected to enjoy their new high-definition television when it arrived. They tentatively opened the oddly shaped package, but much to their surprise what they found was not a state-of-the-art TV set, but a huge semi-automatic rifle.
Horwitz had ordered a 39 inch flat screen television from an independent seller on Amazon, but instead received a 37 inch Sig Sauer SIG716 army assault rifle that was supposed to be delivered to a gun shop in Pennsylvania.
The couple immediately called the Metropolitan Police Department who confiscated the weapon and are investigating how such a mix-up could have happened. The incident raises a red flag over DC’s lenient gun laws, which make it easy to sell, transport and buy weapons.
My friend Seth ordered a tv from an Amazon 3rd party seller and received this military grade assault rifle instead! twitter.com/gretabyrum/sta…— Greta Byrum (@gretabyrum) Août 8, 2012
“It surprised me to see how easy it would be for a gun to show up on someone’s doorstep – not just a gun, but an assault weapon,” Horwitz told the Washington Post.
The independent television seller on Amazon has refunded Horwitz’s money and filed a claim with UPS, the shipping company who mixed up the labelling on the packages. But the question remains, where did Horwitz’ new television really go?