Liberty Safe, one of America’s top-rated gun safe manufacturers, faces extreme backlash for providing the FBI an access code to a safe owned by an individual who attended January 6th.
Nathan Hughes, the man arrested at gun point, was raided by federal agents last week.
Hughes is a friend of the Hodge twins, who first broke the news about Liberty Safe complying with the FBI’s request for the access code to get into his safe.
“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 turned off his security cameras, unplugged his internet, and flipped his house upside down in a search. 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,” the Hodge twins wrote.
“He is being charged with crimes related to January 6th. He didn’t assault anyone and he didn’t vandalize anything. He is being labeled a domestic terrorist and a traitor to his country by woke leftists and the media,” they added.
🚨 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
Watch additional footage of the August 30th raid.
NEW: America’s top gun safe manufacturer, Liberty Safe, gave the FBI an access code to a safe owned by someone who was present at the J6 protest.
We have officially found the Bud Light of gun safes. Enjoy going out of business, @libertysafeinc.
The situation gets even worse: On… pic.twitter.com/MY7jSlJoyK
— Collin Rugg (@CollinRugg) September 6, 2023
“On August 30, 2023, Liberty Safe was contacted by the FBI requesting the access code to the safe of an individual whom they had a warrant to search their property. Our company protocol is to provide access codes to law enforcement if a warrant grants them access to a property. After receiving the request, we received proof of the valid warrant, and only then did we provide them with an access code. Liberty Safe had no knowledge of any of the details surrounding the investigation at the time,” Liberty Safe said in a statement.
“Liberty Safe is devoted to protecting the personal property and 2nd Amendment rights of our customers and has repeatedly denied requests for access codes without a warrant in the past. We do not give out combinations without proper legal documentation being provided by authorities.”
Read the full statement:
— Liberty Safe (@libertysafeinc) September 6, 2023
After extreme backlash for the admission, Liberty Safe posted a statement about updating its policy.
“We listen to our customers and update our products and practices in response to their evolving needs. Today we are announcing a change that empowers our customers with greater control over their information. Effective immediately, existing customers can visit www.libertysafe.com/pages/combination-removal and fill out the form to have records of their access codes expunged. In the coming weeks, we will be releasing a feature that gives every new customer this option when registering their safe,” Liberty Safe wrote.
“We have also revised our policies around cooperation with law enforcement. Going forward we will require a subpoena that legally compels Liberty Safe to supply access codes but can only do so if these codes still exist in our system,” Liberty Safe added.
Read the full statement:
— Liberty Safe (@libertysafeinc) September 7, 2023
Social media users commented on Liberty Safe’s statement:
All you had to do was tell the Feds to come back with a court order, which they wouldn’t have been able to do. Instead, you voluntarily sold out your customers and then bragged about it. https://t.co/Cb5pECw2Bg
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) September 7, 2023
Opt out? How about YOU should have ASKED customers if they want to opt in https://t.co/eIkCRVxJpP
— Jack Poso 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) September 7, 2023
This is a step in the right direction… https://t.co/cPJfUDmVzF
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) September 7, 2023
Told y’all they were gonna go bankrupt. They’re saying they’ve updated their policies! 🤣🤣 https://t.co/6ROMczPmBD
— Hodgetwins (@hodgetwins) September 7, 2023
Well that was quick.
They did in less than 24 hours what Bud Light still hasn’t done months later. https://t.co/Jj9PuQLn2d
— Connor Boyack 📚 (@cboyack) September 7, 2023
Should’ve had these from the beginning. Every one of you guys should have. I’m usually willing to take yes for an answer. But I don’t know whether I’m willing to buy one of your safes – looks like you’re owned by a bunch of Democrat donors, so maybe I’ll spend my money with… https://t.co/4UEp24mkyu
— Kurt Schlichter (@KurtSchlichter) September 7, 2023
Update: Liberty Safe attempts to clarify their stance and redeem themselves with their customers.
It's certainly better than Bud Light, but is it too little, too late? Is there any way to fix this? https://t.co/wRnlH9LpWW
— Lauren Chen (@TheLaurenChen) September 7, 2023
Is it too little, too late for Liberty Safe?
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