Calls grow for Bud Light boycott of gun safe maker Liberty Safe after it gave FBI access to firearms of suspected Jan. 6 rioter 2021.
The manufacturer acknowledged the widespread conservative backlash after complying with a federal warrant that led to the Aug. 30 arrest of an Arkansas man for his alleged involvement in the Capitol riots.
Liberty Safe said it only gave the federal government an access code to the gun safe of 34-year-old Nathan Hughes after it received proof of the warrant.
“Our company protocol is to provide passcodes to law enforcement if a warrant gives them access to a property,” the company said in a statement on Tuesday. statement.
“After receiving the request, we received proof of the valid warrant and only then did we provide them with an access code.”
Liberty Safe added that it was not aware of any details of the case when it handed over the code.
Hughes was later charged with civil unrest in connection with the siege of the US Capitol.
The backlash against the popular gun safe maker has been fast and furious – with many MAGA supporters and fellow Tories threatening to return or cancel orders placed by the company.
“Liberty Safe is an enemy of gun owners,” Charlie Kirk, Founder and CEO of Turning Point USA, wrote on X. “They could have fought the warrant – like Apple did – instead they gave in and bent over. Your guns are not safe with @libertysafeinc Boycott. Ridiculous. Ruin their business.
Others have called for a Bud Light boycott, referring to the conservative war on the beer brand over its links to transgender influencer Dylan Mulvaney.
“Liberty Safe should be prepared for some BUD Light type consequences,” one social media user posted.
“Apparently Liberty Safe will give your security code to the FBI because you are a Trump supporter, just ask Nathan Hughes. Who is ready to use Bud Light Liberty Safe? another wrote.
In response to the backlash, Liberty Safe said late Wednesday it was revising its policy to allow customers to have records “deleted” from their secure combinations.
The company said customers will be able to fill out a form to remove the codes so they can “take control of how their information is stored and protected.”
“We understand that many of our customers are willing to take responsibility for backing up their own wetsuit,” the statement read.
“While those who opt out of our data storage process will have limited recourse if a combination is lost, we respect their choice and are here to support them in whatever way is best for them.”