The controversy began when internet personalities, the Hodge Twins, revealed on Wednesday that the FBI had forcefully entered the property of Nathan Hughes, a 34-year-old man, who was allegedly at the U.S. Capitol on January 6. Hughes was charged with felony civil disorder and other misdemeanors, reported Newsweek.
Upon their entry, the feds reportedly disabled security cameras, disconnected the internet and conducted an extensive search. However, what raised eyebrows was the Twins’ assertions about Liberty Safe. “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,” they said.
In response to these allegations, Liberty Safe released a statement defending their actions.
“Our company’s protocol is to provide access codes to law enforcement if a warrant grants them access to a property,” the company claimed in a now viral response. “After receiving the request, we received proof of the valid warrant, and only then did we provide them with an access code.”
However, these explanations did not appease the outrage that erupted on social media, and prominent figures joined the chorus of criticism. Rogan O’Handley, a prominent conservative attorney who posts as DC Draino, expressed his concerns on Twitter.
“The irony of LibertySafe giving Feds the pass codes to customer safes is that if they publicly resisted these invasions of privacy, they’d sell more safes than any other company in America by 5x,” Draino said of the company. He also added, “But instead they took the coward’s way out & will now be destroyed by their weakness.”
Podcast host Tim Pool weighed in on the issue during the Wednesday edition of his show, declaring, “If you own a Liberty Safe, you’re compromised.” He further reinforced his stance on Twitter, saying, “I don’t care that liberty safe gave the code to the feds. I care that they had the codes in the first place. Liberty safes are completely worthless.”
Collin Rugg, the co-founder of Trending Politics, offered a scathing assessment, writing that “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.”
Mike Cernovich raised concerns about Liberty Safe having access to customer lists and backdoor access to safes, rhetorically asking, “Who needs a federal gun registry when you have Liberty Safe?”