Guy Orders TV, Gets Assault Rifle

Police investigating mix-up
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 9, 2012 1:14 PM CDT
That's not a TV...   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – A Washington, DC, musician who ordered a flat-screen TV from Amazon got quite a surprise when he opened the box to find ... a semiautomatic assault rifle instead. Seth Horvitz, 38, says he purchased the 39-inch television from a third-party seller. A box arrived from UPS Tuesday, and it seemed too small to contain the TV. Horvitz initially thought it contained accessories, but when he opened it, he found a Sig Sauer military-style rifle.

An invoice showed that the gun was intended for delivery to a firearms dealer in Duncansville, Pa. Horvitz, who had never before held a gun, called police, who took the gun and are investigating how the mistaken shipment occurred. (Read more strange stuff stories.)

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