Liberty Safe tells customers they provided FBI an access code for J6er's gun safe

They complied with an FBI request to open the Arkansas safe of Nathan Hughes in connection with his alleged attendance at the Capitol riot on January 6, 2021.

Libby Emmons Brooklyn NY
Liberty Safe advertises itself as "America's #1 heavy-duty home and gun safe manufacturer." They claim that more than two million homeowners "have found the peace of mind" by storing their valuables and weapons in a Liberty Safe in their homes. They tout their "98% customer satisfaction rating." 

Yet when it comes to giving access to that safe to law enforcement, Liberty Safe is right on board. Customers will find that in the event they are served with a search warrant for their home, Liberty Safe will aid law enforcement in getting that safe open. This also means that they have access to the codes that open their customers' safes.

On August 30, they complied with a request from the FBI to open the Arkansas safe of Nathan Hughes, who was served a search warrant in connection with his alleged attendance at the Capitol riot on January 6, 2021. More than 1,000 people have been arrested in connection with the riot, and the DOJ promised to arrest at least 1,000 more.

An account of the FBI raid of Hughes' home was shared by the Hodgetwins, who said that "Last week, a friend of ours was raided by the feds over J6, his name is Nathan Hughes and he’s from Fayetteville, Arkansas. Nate was raided by the FBI and arrested at gun point. His girlfriend (who just had a miscarriage) was held at gun point and put in handcuffs. The FBI turned off his security cameras, unplugged his internet, and flipped his house upside down in a search. 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."

"He is being charged with crimes related to January 6th," they continued. "He didn’t assault anyone and he didn’t vandalize anything. He is being labeled a domestic terrorist and a traitor to his country by woke leftists and the media."

They shared a link to Hughes' legal aid fund.

Video of his arrest shows him standing outside in a parking lot, the doors to his car open, hands raised. "I don't know who y'all are," he says. He gives every indication of complying with the FBI agents as people inside a store watch the arrest, saying that he's the owner of the store. Four agents take him into custody.

A second video shows ten law enforcement vehicles pull up to his home to conduct a raid of his home. "This fundraiser is the legal defense fund for Nathan Hughes for charges brought against him by the US Government for January 6th, 2021 at the US Capitol. Many of you know what happened to him and I am organizing and running this fundraiser for him. 100% of proceeds go to Nathan," his fundraiser reads.

"On August 30, 2023," Liberty Safe reported, "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. Our company protocol is to provide access codes to law enforcement if a warrant grants 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 had no knowledge of any of the details surrounding the investigation at the time."

"Liberty Safe," they went on to say, "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 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. First and foremost," they conclude, "Liberty Safe is committed to preserving our customers' rights, and we will remain unwavering in those values."

Liberty Safe is under no legal obligation to comply with a search warrant served to one of their customers. Liberty Safe was not subjected to a search warrant, per their post, they were shown a search warrant for another individual and decided to help the FBI conduct that search by providing information that would aid the search.

There is absolutely no reason they should comply at all. In the event that an individual is served with a search warrant for their home or property, that warrant is entirely between law enforcement and that individual. 

If the warrant is for property that may be contained within a safe of the size the individual possesses, law enforcement can ask for access to that safe. The owner can provide that access. In the event that the accused declines, law enforcement is free to attempt to break into that safe.

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