She had slit the tape with her fingernail

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In the following extracts from 2 consecutive chapters from Lisey's Story by Stehen King, there is reference to the shoebox.

Amanda had been keeping it in a shoebox on the top shelf of her bedroom closet.
‘Why not take it in the shoebox?’ Amanda asked,
Sitting beside the blank-eyed computer was the shoebox with the revolver inside. The lid was still on, but Lisey had slit the tape with her fingernail.

Does slitting the tape refer to the shoebox ? As far as I can tell, the shoe box was not taped. As a matter of fact, Amanda had been using to keep the gun in it. So what does slit the tape refer to ?

Thank you
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