Liberty Safe likely sowed the seeds for its own destruction when it bowed to the federal government and apparently offered a “back door” into the safe owned by a Jan. 6 protester. Now the company faces deafening calls for boycotts that could make Bud Light look like a blip on the radar screen.
The raging incident began Monday when a pair of conservative commentators, the Hodge Twins, posted their concerns on Instagram. They revealed that a friend was “raided by the feds over J6 last week.”
The two further reported that the FBI contacted the manufacturer of the friend’s Liberty Gun Safe and were provided with the password to gain entry.
NEW: Late last night Liberty Safe made a shocking admission in a statement after receiving massive backlash for giving the FBI codes to J6 protester Nathan Hughes’ safe.
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At the end of their three page statement, Liberty Safe slyly admitted that they legally… pic.twitter.com/uDPVGB78uk
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The twins said that Nathan Hughes of Fayetteville, Arkansas, was handcuffed along with his girlfriend while agents searched his home. This horrific action was compounded when they were apparently able to gain entry into his safe.
All over a protest two and a half years ago when Hughes did not attack anyone or commit vandalism.
Online response was initially slow, but the next day Liberty Safe confirmed they handed over the access code for a customer to the FBI. In a statement, the company said its “protocol is to provide access codes to law enforcement if a warrant grants them access to a property.”
The company then claimed that it is “devoted” to upholding personal property and Second Amendment rights.
However, they were not presented with a court order to open the safe, and critics charge this is a prime example of bending the knee to the federal government.
Not to mention the fact that its products apparently have a “master code.”
Many outraged Liberty customers took to social media to threaten to cancel orders and take their business elsewhere. After all, what good is a safe when the company inexplicably keeps a master code it is willing to hand over for a simple request?
Reportedly Liberty has a much different policy for owners of its products who lose keys or forget the combination. “Protocol” for this situation is to have the customer “hire a certified locksmith” to be able to enter their safe.
As intense damage control mounted, Liberty Safe tried to assure customers that it has many times rejected government requests for access codes without a warrant in the past.
Why it complied in this instance has not been addressed.
Rival safe company Ft. Knox told The Federalist that it will only reveal safe combinations if presented with a specific court order or a search warrant directly names the manufacturer. The spokesman strongly asserted they would never do what Liberty did without having a court order.