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Liberty Safe customers to sell gun safes following outrage over FBI raid

Some social media users have said they plan to sell or return their Liberty safes amid continued outrage after the gun safe maker provided information about its customers to the FBI.

Liberty Safe faced an outpouring of backlash this week after it revealed the company had provided the FBI with an access code for “the safe of an individual for whom it had a warrant to search his property”. The safe belonged to Nathan Hughes, 34, wanted by the FBI for alleged crimes related to the riot at the US Capitol on January 6, 2021.

Liberty Safe said in a statement posted on X: “Our company protocol is to provide access codes to law enforcement if a warrant gives 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 was not aware of any of the details surrounding the investigation at the time.

A worker assembles safes at Liberty Safe Company in Payson, Utah on March 22, 2022. Liberty Safe has come under fire on social media after providing a security code to the FBI raiding a man with a arrest warrant open.
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“Your guns are not safe in a Liberty safe. Return them immediately. Cancel any order. They will give your password to the feds,” said conservative commentator Charlie Kirk. write the Xformerly Twitter.

A number of other social media users have also spoken out against Liberty Safe, saying they plan to return their gun safes.

“So a code, apart from the buyer’s, exists for your safes? Maybe change your name to ‘Type of safes’. Who else has access to their thousand safes? dollars they bought just to hold cheap trash I’m sure. No. Sell your Liberty Safe”, user X @CannConActual job.

Similarly, X user Brandon777 posted: “WOW…Return that worthless Liberty Safe NOW!”

On Facebook, user Shelly L. Curry wrote: “Your guns are not safe in a Liberty Safe. Return them immediately. Cancel any order. They will give your password to the feds. Just ask Nathan Hughes .”

In response to this week’s criticism, Liberty Safe released another statement saying customers can now have their “access codes” removed.

“This change allows customers to take control of how their information is stored and protected. We understand that many customers are willing to take responsibility for safeguarding their own combination. While those who opt out of our storage process data will have limited recourse. In the event of a lost combination, we respect their choice and are here to support them in whatever way is best for them,” the statement read.

News week contacted Liberty Safe by email for comment on Thursday.

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