Fortress Safe recalls biometric gun safes

Photo source: CPSC

The biometric lock on the safes can be opened by unauthorized users

Fortress Safe of Naperville, Ill., is recalling about 61,000 biometric gun safes.

The biometric lock on the gun safes can be opened by unauthorized users, posing a serious injury hazard and risk of death.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) says it is aware of a recent lawsuit alleging a 12-year-old boy died from a firearm obtained from one of these safes.

There have been 39 incidents of consumers reporting that their safes have been accessed by unpaired fingerprints.

The recalled gun safes are portable lock boxes, personal safes, pistol vaults, and gun cabinets with brand names Fortress, Cabela’s, Gettysburg, and Legend Range & Field.

A list of the model numbers are included in this recall may be found here.

Model numbers can be found above the barcode on a label located on the back of the safe and on the top right corner of the original packaging.

The safes, manufactured in China, were sold at Bass Pro Shops, Cabela’s, Scheel’s, Sportsman’s Guide, Optics Planet, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Gander, Rural King, Lowe’s and other stores nationwide and online at and from January 2019, through October 2023, for between $44 and $290.

What to do

Consumers should immediately stop using the biometric feature, remove the batteries from the safe, and only use the key for the recalled safes being used to store firearms.

Contact Fortress Safes to receive instructions on disabling the biometric feature and to receive a free replacement safe.

Consumers may contact Fortress Safe toll-free at (833) 588-9181 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (MT) Monday through Friday or online at for more information.

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