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Guy Orders TV From Amazon, Gets Giant Assault Rifle Instead

Talk about a dealzmodo! Washington DC resident Seth Horvitz bought a new HDTV on Amazon, but when he opened the peculiarly not-TV-shaped box, he found a $US2000 Sig Sauer SIG716 semi-automatic rifle instead. Someone somewhere has made a mistake.

Assault rifles are illegal in Washington DC, but that didn’t stop the accidental delivery. Apparently, the third-party Amazon seller who shipped out the 37-inch, 7.62mm X 51mm NATO calibre rifle intended for it to go to a gun dealer in Pennsylvania.

Cops confiscated the gun, so things turned out OK. But what if this weapon, described by Sig Sauer as “the rifle of choice when you require the power of a larger calibre carbine”, had been mailed to a kid? Or, you know, a criminal? It’s easy enough to buy a gun online — now they’re just showing up at your door for no reason. [DCist]