A recent arrest has caused raised eyebrows (and stronger reactions) among the community of gun owners. Here's part of the tweet that started it. Click the image for a larger view, or follow the preceding link to read the whole thing.
The second-last sentence is the critical one: "The feds called the manufacturer of his Liberty Gun Safe and got the passcode to get into it too."
The almost universal reaction I've encountered has been, "By what right did Liberty Gun Safe roll over and play along, without informing the owner of the request and without insisting on a search warrant or court order before providing the information?" (That assumes, of course, that such a warrant or order was not provided by the FBI. That's not clear from the information provided.)
That's pretty much my reaction, too. We're dealing with basic legal rights of privacy and Fourth Amendment privilege here. (Of course, Liberty Gun Safe is hardly the only company that would probably respond to the FBI in the same way. Corporations hate legal complications. It's easier for them to provide the information requested and assert "a potential threat to public safety" [a phrase beloved of law enforcement] as a smokescreen to deflect legal complications.)
I suspect Liberty safe sales are going to take a hit after this. There's already talk of a boycott on some social media outlets. I'm in the market for a gun safe myself, and after this news I'm certainly going to think long and hard about who I trust with my money.
For those seriously concerned about it, there's a way around the problem: simply replace your gun safe lock with one you purchased and installed yourself. In most cases, it's not hard. You can buy an electronic or mechanical (i.e. combination) Sargent & Greenleaf safe lock online. Installation instructions are usually available, along with YouTube videos about the process (search YouTube using the model number of the lock you want to install). Here's one of S&G's own videos about how to do it, and here's a third-party video about replacing a digital safe lock with a S&G combination lock. Such a step won't stop anyone who really wants to get in and is properly equipped to do so, of course, but it'll make them work harder for it.
(I strongly recommend using a mechanical [combination] lock rather than an electronic unit. The electronic one is easy to use, fast and convenient, but many of them can also be bypassed by someone who knows what he's doing, and in the event of a disaster such as an EMP attack, they'll be rendered unusable. It's no good having a safe full of guns and ammo if you can no longer get into it! As an added bonus, as far as I know, there's no passcode to bypass a mechanical lock once you've changed the combination. If I'm wrong, please let us know in Comments.)
Meanwhile, take heed, and think about your own situation. I take my privacy and my legal rights very seriously. I hope you do, too.
EDITED TO ADD: Liberty Safe claims that a search warrant was provided.