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D.C. man orders TV through Amazon, gets assault rifle instead

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Posted at 7:11 AM, Aug 09, 2012
and last updated 2012-08-09 07:11:17-04

(WTVR) – D.C. resident Seth Horvitz ordered a flat-panel TV on Amazon last week, he didn’t expect to get a military-grade assault rifle in return.

Horvitz ordered the TV, a Westinghouse 39-inch LCD, for about $320 from a third-party electronics seller on Amazon.

On Tuesday evening, a large, oblong box arrived at his doorstep via UPS Ground.

“When I realized it was an assault rifle, it was pure shock and disbelief,” Horvitz told our affiliate WUSA.

Horvitz then contacted the D.C. police. They immediately confiscated the box, which contained a semi-automatic Sig Sauer 716 patrol rifle. The police informed Horvitz that the gun was illegal in the District of Columbia.