Cody Wilson, Owner of 3D-printed Gun Company, Arrested in Taiwan
AUSTIN – September 21, 2018
Cody Wilson, the 3D-printed gun designer, was arrested in Taipei, Taiwan, on Friday, according to Taiwanese media reports. CBS Austin reported Friday morning that Taiwan's Criminal Investigation Bureau confirmed the arrest.
In Texas he was accused of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl. An arrest affidavit filed this week in Travis County said Wilson, 30, had sex with a girl under the age of 17 and paid her $500 on August 15 at the Archer Hotel in Austin.
Police said Wilson flew to Taipei before they were able to interview him about the allegations. He never took his scheduled flight back to the United States.
Wilson faces a charge of sexual assault, a second degree felony that carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.
Wilson is the founder and director of Defense Distributed, a non-profit that publishes open-source gun designs. At the end of July, Cody Wilson's organization has been allowed to publish 3D-printed gun blueprints with cartridges less than 12,7×99 mm (caliber .50 BMG). However, automatic weapons and guns that use caseless ammunition are still banned. On its website Defense Distributed will publish its flagship developments in CAD format. Also available on its website is a milling device — known as Ghost Gunner — that can convert parts easily purchased online into a fully working gun.
Attorney Generals from more than 20 states sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, asking them to pull out of the settlement.
“As the chief law enforcement officers of our states, we believe the settlement terms and proposed rules are deeply dangerous and could have an unprecedented impact on public safety,” the letter said. “In addition to helping arm terrorists and transnational criminals, the settlement and proposed rules would provide another path to gun ownership for people who are prohibited by federal and state law from possessing firearms.”
Wilson later announced that instead of publishing the blueprints online, he will mail them to customers using flash drives.