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A couple on Long Island, New York was shocked when they found that UPS had delivered an assault rifle to the house, when the couple had ordered a toy plane.
The couple, who live in Oceanside, and asked not to have their names used, did not think anything at first about a package being delivered by UPS with their name and address on it. The couple even had the deliveryman from UPS put the box in their car’s trunk.
The husband said they drove in the car with what they thought was a toy plane for the child of a friend when in fact it was an assault rifle.
The rifle included a stand as well as an ammunition clip. After the package was opened with their granddaughter, who is 6, the couple had a number of questions.
The husband said he thought about someone who might have ill intentions receiving this type of weapon by mistake.
At the time the box was opened, a member of the family immediately called 911. Police came within just a few minutes and took the weapon, only to find out later that it was intended for gunsmith in Woodbourne, which is located in northern New York. A permit for the gun was enclosed in the paperwork.
The labels for tracking indicated that UPS was delivering the toy plane that had been ordered by the family from Kohl’s.
One of the family members said that with so much automation in the workplace today, it was not surprising that a toy plane of 3 or 4 pounds could be mistaken for an assault rifle that weighs over 50 pounds.
A UPS spokesperson said through a prepared statement that the incident was highly unusual and that it was under internal investigation.
The statement said that UPS did accept shipment of certain types of firearms in its domestic United States system if they comply with all applicable laws and their shipping complies with company policies.
The shipments are required to be between licensed dealers, manufacturers, distributors, collectors and do not include shipments to consumers, said the statement.
Within a period of 24 hours, the correct shipment containing child’s plane was delivered by UPS,
Detectives said there would not be any charges filed and that no criminality had been suspected.