Residential and commercial safe manufacturer Liberty Safe commented on their decision to provide an access code to the FBI during their investigation of Jan. 6 2021 protestor Nathan Hughes.
The company cited the move as “company protocol” to provide access to their products if presented with a valid warrant by law enforcement.
“On August 30, 2023, Liberty Safe was contacted by the FBI requesting the access code to the safe of an individual for whom they had a warrant to search their property,” the company wrote in a statement. “Our company protocol is to provide access codes to law enforcement if a warrant grants them access to a property.”
After receiving the request and validating the warrant, the company provided the FBI with an access code.
“Liberty Safe had no knowledge of any of the details surrounding the investigation at the time.”
— Liberty Safe (@libertysafeinc) September 6, 2023
“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,” the statement continued. “We do not give out combinations without proper legal documentation being provided by authorities.”
“We regularly update our policies to ensure both compliance with federal and state law and reasonable consumer privacy protections within the law,” Liberty Safe concluded. “First and foremost, Liberty Safe is committed to preserving our customers’ rights, and we will remain unwavering in those values.”
Consumers and other critics slammed the company for their move to provide the FBI with an access code.
“I just ordered a $7000 liberty safe on Saturday. A Lincoln 50 with all the fixings,” wrote Jeremy Hambly of The Quartering. “I am making a call tomorrow to cancel.”
In another post, Hambly shared a photo of the reciept from his Liberty Safe purchase.
“Liberty Safe is owned by an NYC-based super woke private equity firm,” wrote Jordan Schachtel, noting Monomoy Capital Partners’ 2021 acquisition of the company. “Before that, they were owned by a publicly traded company that was equally terrible.”
Liberty Safe is owned by an NYC-based super woke private equity firm. Before that, they were owned by a publicly traded company that was equally terrible. Good idea to never buy a safe from a company with that structure. They won't be on your side when it matters!
— Jordan Schachtel @ dossier.today (@JordanSchachtel) September 6, 2023
“Good idea to never buy a safe from a company with that structure,” he concluded. “They won’t be on your side when it matters!”
Political commentator Brian Krassenstein threw support behind Liberty Safe, criticizing opponents of the company’s move to provide the FBI with an access code to Hughes’ safe.
“The ‘we hate cancel culture’ crowd is now calling to cancel Liberty Safe since they gave access to the FBI to search the safe of a January 6th suspect,” wrote Krassenstein. “Liberty Safe gave the codes up after being presented a court-approved warrant to do so.”
“Why are republicans calling to cancel companies who comply with law enforcement?”
The “we hate cancel culture” crowd is now calling to cancel Liberty Safe since they gave access to the FBI to search the safe of a January 6th suspect.
Liberty Safe gave the codes up after being presented a court-approved warrant to do so.
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— Brian Krassenstein (@krassenstein) September 6, 2023
Krassenstein referenced a 2016 raid on his home by Homeland Security regarding the organization’s suspicion he was assisting a foreign company run a $500 million fraud organization.
“I didn’t complain once or call for the canceling of Bank of America,” he continued. “Why? Because it wasn’t the Bank’s fault and I had nothing to hide.”
“Stop trying to cancel people who are complying with the law,” he added.