A company that specializes in manufacturing firearm safes revealed on Wednesday that they had given a customer’s safe access code to the FBI, sparking immediate backlash and calls for a boycott.
As The Daily Caller reports, Liberty Safe issued a statement announcing that they had complied with the FBI’s demands for a particular customer’s access code because the bureau had obtained a warrant.
“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,” read the statement. “Our company protocol is to provide access codes to law enforcement if a warrant grants them access to the property.”
“After receiving the request, we received proof of the valid warrant, and only then did we provide them with an access code,” the statement continued. “Liberty Safe had no knowledge of any of the details surrounding the investigation at the time.”
The company then attempted some brief damage control in the closing statements, saying that “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 personal legal documentation being provided by authorities.”
But the backlash on Twitter was swift, with conservative commentators criticizing the ostensibly conservative-friendly company for caving to the federal government’s demands. Chaya Raichik, founder of the popular account “Libs of TikTok,” said that the company is “about to become really familiar with Bud Light,” referencing a massively successful boycott against the beer company for its support of transgenderism.
“Oh man. You don’t know your customers at all, do you?” said right-wing pundit Mike Cernovich.
“Having a safe with a master combination that the manufacturer’s employees know and are willing to hand out doesn’t sound very safe,” said Sean Davis, co-founder and CEO of The Federalist. “And one more thing: absent a court order, you weren’t required to give them anything. You voluntarily gave out a combination over a warrant, per your own release, that didn’t apply to you or your property. Maybe start marketing your stuff as Bud Light storage.”