D.C. Resident Orders TV, Gets Assault Rifle Instead

Police confiscate weapon

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    Seth Horvitz got a bit of a surprise last night when he tried to open his brand new flat screen TV ordered through Amazon.com. Instead of the TV, the box left outside his apartment door in northeast D.C. contained an assault rifle, he said.

    It was a Sig Sauer SIG716 to be exact, a semi-automatic patrol rifle worth more than $2,000.

    Horvitz didn't know what to do with the weapon, so he called the Metropolitan Police Department, which confiscated it. Assault weapons are still illegal in the District, even though the city's decades-old gun ban was overturned by the Supreme Court in 2008. 

    Horvitz's name and address were on the outside of the box, but he noticed that the invoice inside indicated the gun was supposed to be shipped to a gun seller in Pennsylvania. 

    Horvitz had ordered the television from a third-party seller through Amazon. He received an email Tuesday from the seller denying any responsibility for the mix-up, he told WAMU 88.5. 

    This story will be updated.

    Complete story at wamu.org

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