A Washington man expecting a television to be delivered to his Northeast D.C. apartment instead received a brand new fully-assembled, ready-to-fire Sig Sauer assault rifle. Seth Horvitz knew there was something not quite right the minute he opened the door to his apartment. The box in the hallway didn't look big enough to hold the TV he had ordered. Confused, Horvitz tried to catch the UPS delivery man as he walked down the hall.
"I flagged him down," said Horvitz. "And I said, 'Is this the only box that came?' And he said, 'That's it' and he took off and that was it. So I brought it inside and discovered an assault rifle." The paperwork inside said the Sig Sauer 308 with a price tag over $1,500 was supposed to be shipped to the Independence Gun Shop in Duncansville, Pennsylvania. The seller was the Florida Gun Exchange in Ormond Beach.
"I just flipped out, I didn't know what ... how could that happen, you know?" Horvitz said. "It was absurd to think it could just be left out in the hallway first of all and this kind of mix up could happen." After calling D.C. Police, the responding officers confiscated the weapon and confirmed it was illegal in the District of Columbia. According to The Florida Gun Exchange, the rifle was shipped properly, according to law with the correct address on the box.
But in transit, the label with Horvitz's address somehow came off the box with the television and was attached to the box with the gun. The Florida Gun Exchange says it's looking to UPS for answers. A spokesman for UPS says it has been in touch with D.C. Police and is cooperating with an investigation. A police report simply says the rifle has been confiscated for "safekeeping."