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.
The shootings in Wisconsin and Colorado over the past month have shown how tragic the consequences of such easy access to heavy weaponry can be.
“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?