A man living in Washington, D.C. was expecting a new high-definition TV he ordered from Amazon through a third-party seller, but somewhere along the way, his order got turned into something he (or anyone) wouldn’t have ever expected: A high-caliber, semi-automatic assault rifle that is very large and very illegal in D.C.
Apparently the guy was first tipped off that something was amiss because instead of the rectangular packaging and somewhat flat shape one might expect for a TV, his delivery came in a long, narrow box, reports FOX 5, and was simply left outside his apartment door. Once he and his wife discovered the rifle, they called the cops right away to get the gun out of their house as fast as possible.
Assault rifles are totally illegal in D.C., as is transporting them. Which is why it’s a good thing the guy called the cops instead of even bringing it to UPS to return it to the sender. Police officers confiscated the gun and are in the midst of trying to figure out how it landed at the man’s apartment instead of the gun shop in Pennsylvania where it was heading originally.
“[Police] were a little confused at first, they’ve never seen anything quite like it,” said the man. “They just took my information and then said we’ll handle this weapon because it’s illegal to keep here. It’s illegal to transport in a car, so it can’t be returned.”
Now, about that missing TV…
*Thanks for the tips, Patricia, Elizabeth and Grant!