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Man buys TV, receives assault rifle via UPS

6:19 AM, Aug 12, 2012   |    comments
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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Metropolitan Police Department is investigating why a District resident was mistakenly mailed an assault rifle instead of the flat-screen TV he'd ordered through Amazon.

Seth Horvitz is still trying to process how a UPS driver could drop off such a deadly weapon on his doorstop and in a city where these kinds of guns are illegal.

"As I opened it there were some metal parts and I thought, 'Oh, maybe these go with the TV?' But then as I opened the foam up a little further, it was a huge shock to see that this was a military-grade rifle ," said Horvitz. "How could this mix-up happen?"

The UPS label had Horvitz's name and address on it, but the invoice inside the box was made out to the Independence Gun Shop in Duncansville, Pennsylvania. Horvitz says he didn't know what do. He knew that simply having this kind of firearm was illegal in the District. He also knew it's illegal to drive with one in your car, even if you're driving to a police station. So Seth called police and they came out to his apartment.

"They said it was a peculiar situation, not something they encounter evey day," said Horvitz.

DC Police confiscated the weapon and they say they're still investigating how it ended up at Horvitz's apartment. It turned out to be a Sig Sauer SIG716, a high caliber, semi-automatic rifle that sells for over $2,000. Seth got it for free, but he doesn't want to keep it. He just wanted a new TV, but now he wants something else.

"I would like to know how this type of mixup could take place, especially with these mass shootings that have been going on. I don't want to be in a situation where this type of weapon can just show up on someone's doorstep accidentally. I would like to see more precautions taken," said Horvitz.

So far no one is taking responsibility for the mistake: not UPS, not Amazon, nor the third-party seller.


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