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US 3D gun company owner Cody Wilson resigns after arrest in Taiwan

Cody Wilson tendered his resignation to his own company Friday evening to tend to ‘personal matters’, said Paloma Heindorff, director of development for Austin-based Defence Distributed

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 26 September, 2018, 1:13am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 26 September, 2018, 5:11am

The founder of a Texas company that sells blueprints for making untraceable 3D-printed guns has resigned from the firm after being arrested on charges of having sex with a 16-year-old girl, the company announced Tuesday.

Cody Wilson tendered his resignation to his own company Friday evening to tend to “personal matters”, said Paloma Heindorff, director of development for Austin-based Defence Distributed. Heindroff said she would be taking over Wilson’s duties as director of the company.

“I’m a different person,” she said during a news conference, noting she was a strong believer in the Second Amendment. “I’m not trying to replace him as a character.”

She said she would not comment on the criminal charges against the 30-year-old Wilson. But she said his leaving “was his own decision and we support it”.

“Going forward, as it stands, he has no role in the company,” she said during a news conference.

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Wilson is accused of paying a 16-year-old girl US$500 to have sex with him in Austin. He was arrested in Taiwan and brought back to the US over the weekend. He has since been freed on US$150,000 bond.

A federal court last month barred Wilson from posting the designs online for free. He then began selling them for any amount of money to US customers through his website.

Heindorff said there are no plans to stop doing that. She said morale at the firm remains high.

Wilson, a self-described “crypto-anarchist,” has said “governments should live in fear of their citizenry”.