There was a rather big blow-up regarding the common availability of 3D-printable guns in the US. The legality of 3D-printing firearms is still up for debate as legislators argue over the case in various states. One man who was near the center of the debate is Cody Wilson, a 30-year-old Texan man.
Wilson is the founder and head of Defense Distributed, a “gun access advocacy group.” He is now facing charges of having sex with a minor and sexual assault.
Allegations against Cody Wilson
According to Austin Police Commander Troy Officer, the Austin Police were informed by a 16-year-old girl that she had been paid $500 to have sex with Wilson in a hotel room. The age of consent in Texas is 17, which means that Wilson could face up to 20 years in prison if he were found guilty of these crimes. According to the police, the girl met Wilson through a website called Sugar Daddy Meet.
Wilson has Fled to Taiwan
After being told by a friend that the 16-year-old girl had spoken to the police, Wilson fled to Taiwan. Currently, there is no extradition agreement between the US and Taiwan. After arriving on September 6th, Wilson has missed his flight back the US. As of yet, no request by the US has been made to have Wilson extradited. Wilson is not currently in custody and walks free in Taiwan.
Wilson’s Role in 3D-Printable Guns
The US federal government outlawed 3D-printable firearms in 2013 after Wilson showed off his designs. Since then, Wilson has been engaged in an ongoing legal struggle to have printable guns made legal. While the federal government has lifted the ban, many states still oppose the download of 3D-printable guns. Wilson has been pushing for the legalization of the practice in states such as Seattle, California and others.
For now, it seems Wilson is in quite a bit of hot water. The allegations against him are backed up by apparent video and text evidence. His days of lobbying for easy access to firearms in the US are likely done for the foreseeable future. If his flight to Taiwan is any indication, Wilson doesn’t feel terribly confident in his ability to win this case.