Liberty Safe, a popular gun-safe manufacturer, is under fire after it gave the Federal Bureau of Investigation the password to the safe of a customer at their request. Conservative influencers have now called for a boycott of the brand.
Conservative commentator twins Keith Hodge and Kevin Hodge – posted their revelations on X (formerly called Twitter).
“Last week, a friend of ours was raided by the feds over J6, his name is Nathan Hughes and he’s from Fayetteville, Arkansas,” the post reads, which notes in the report that “The feds called the manufacturer of his Liberty Gun Safe and got the passcode to get into it too. All for protesting at the Capitol over 2 1/2 years ago.”
🚨 Last week, a friend of ours was raided by the feds over J6, his name is Nathan Hughes and he’s from Fayetteville, Arkansas. Nate was raided by the FBI and arrested at gun point. His girlfriend (who just had a miscarriage) was held at gun point and put in handcuffs. The FBI… pic.twitter.com/LOpMQ28eUJ
— Hodgetwins (@hodgetwins) September 5, 2023
Nathan Hughes confirmed the story in a video that was posted the following day on X. He said Liberty Safe had given the FBI “a code master to access my gun safe.” He said, “Pretty insane, didn’t think safe companies would do this, so I feel that a lot of our gun safes may not be safe.”
Liberty Safe acknowledged in a press release on Tuesday that, after receiving the FBI’s request for the code of a safe belonging to an individual whose property was under warrant by the FBI, it had given the code to the FBI.
The statement stated that Liberty Safe was dedicated to protecting our customers’ personal property as well as their 2nd Amendment rights. In the past, Liberty Safe has denied requests for codes of access without a warrant. “We will not provide combinations without the proper legal documentation provided by authorities.”
The statement didn’t appease Liberty critics who began calling for a boycott of the company, in the same manner as Bud Light. Bud Light has experienced substantial sales losses after Anheuser Busch InBev partnered with transgender blogger Dylan Mulvaney in an effort to market the brand earlier this year, which caused many beer drinkers to shun it.
Sean Davis, co-founder of The Federalist and response to Liberty’s first statement, said: “Absent an order from a court, you were not required to give anything.” You voluntarily released a code over a warrant that did not apply to you or your property, according to your own release. You could start marketing your items as Bud Light Storage.
Michael Seifert founder of PublicSq, a conservative online marketplace, has agreed.
Seifert, in response to Liberty’s announcement on X, wrote: “No Safe Company should have ever had access to their customers’ property. Let alone sell them to the Feds.” “It is an incredible breach of privacy.” “Give them the Bud Light Treatment.”
Liberty’s X continued to receive angry messages on Wednesday. The company responded with a three-page response and announced changes in its policies.
— Liberty Safe (@libertysafeinc) September 7, 2023
In its statement, the company stated that they “have long adhered with industry standards by maintaining a secure database of factory set combinations” to be a service to customers that might need them. However, effective immediately, customers can visit the website to “fill out a form to have their records of access codes erased.”
Liberty said in a statement that they had also revised their policies regarding cooperation with law enforcement. We will now require a subpoena to legally compel Liberty Safe, but only if the codes are still in our system.