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Man Who Orders Flat-Screen TV Through Amazon gets Assault Rifle Instead

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WASHINGTON — (AP) A Washington, D.C., musician who ordered a flat-screen TV through Seattle-based Amazon.com was shocked to receive a semiautomatic assault rifle instead.

Thirty-eight-year-old Seth Horvitz says he purchased the 39-inch television from a third-party seller. A box arrived from UPS on Tuesday evening, and it seemed too small to contain the TV. He says he initially thought it contained accessories.

But when he opened it, he found a Sig Sauer military-style rifle. He says he had never held a gun before he felt the trigger of the rifle.

An invoice showed that the gun was intended for delivery to a firearms dealer in Duncansville, Penn. Horvitz called police, who took the gun and are investigating how the mistaken shipment occurred.

Amazon.com and United Parcel Service had no immediate comment.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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