US government accidentally sends fully-automatic M16s to a couple who bought storage boxes online

Screenshot from the video below

A Houston couple notified the ATF after they found US Government-owned M16s in containers they bought from a government surplus website.

The couple, who run a side-business selling surplus lots that are divided after the acquisition, gave one of 108 storage boxes to a friend who helped them stack the goods.

When the friend opened the case, he found a dozen USGI M16s, with features that classify them as “machine guns” under the National Firearms Act.

“We just purchased these cases. We never expected anything in there,” said the husband of the couple, who did not want to be identified. “Supposedly, the sender should check every single box to make sure there’s nothing dangerous or anything.”

After reporting the missing M16s to authorities, the ATF and FBI swung into action, serving a search warrant for the couple’s storage unit.

According to ABC13, ATF then went through every case on the premises.

On ABC13’s Facebook page, the overwhelming majority of comments criticized the couple for giving the weapons back to Uncle Sam.

“I don’t see the feds going after the cases left in Afghanistan,” Micheal Phromkharanourak wrote.

“Those rifles should’ve been nowhere to be found by the time the government figured out their f*ck up,” chimed Trevor Marshall-Skarda.

“These are the same type of people who would snitch on their neighbor for having an unregistered SBR,” wrote Vinh Dee, likely commenting on the ATF’s recent move to do away with pistol stabilizing braces, forcing many Americans to choose between registering weapons or breaking the law.

It is unknown what government agency or branch of the military the M16s belonged to.

© 2022 Bright Mountain Media, Inc. All rights reserved.

The content of this webpage may not be reproduced or used in any manner whatsoever without the express written consent of Bright Mountain Media, Inc. which may be contacted at, ticker BMTM.


Post navigation