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Owner of Texas 3D gun company resigns after arrest

Paloma Heindorff is introduced as the new director of Defense Distributed at a press conference on the Sterling Events Center in Austin, Texas, on Tuesday, September 25, 2018. On the right is her attorney Chad Flores. Cody Wilson, founder of Defense Distributed, a Texas company that sells blueprints for making non-traceable 3-D printed firearms, has resigned from the company after he was arrested on charges of sex with an underage girl, the company announced Tuesday. (Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman via AP)

AUSTIN, Texas – An activist who garnered national attention for running a Texas company that sells blueprints for making non-trackable 3D-printed guns has resigned from the company he founded after being arrested on charges of sex with an underage girl.

Cody Wilson resigned Friday evening to tend to “personal business,” Paloma Heindorff, director of development for Austin-based Defense Distributed said in a Tuesday press conference. The company is in the center of a federal case in which several states sued to prevent the placing of plans for the construction of 3D-printed weapons online.

Heindroff said that they would take over Wilson’s duties as a director and was a strong supporter of the Second Amendment.

“We believe that people have the right to these files,” she said of the plans for the printing of weapons. “We believe in our right to be able to publish them.”

Wilson are not present at the press conference, and Heindroff declined to comment on the criminal charges against him. But she said that she supported his decision to leave, adding: “Going forward, as it is now, he has no role in the company.”

Nineteen states and the District of Columbia had called the Trump administration to rescind a settlement was reached with the Defense Spread over which the spread of the design to create a 3D-printable gun. The lawsuit was supported mostly by Democratic attorneys general argued that such weapons could be used by criminals or terrorists.

A federal judge in Seattle ruled out Wilson, of the placing of the designs online for free the last month. Instead, Wilson began to sell them for an amount of money to customers in the united states via his website.

Heindroff said that the company has about 3,000 orders so far for blueprints and was still in the process of fulfilling those commands.

“No one missed a day at work,” she said. “We are still shipping and we are not going to stop.”

Researchers claim that the 30-year-old Wilson met a 16-year-old girl through the website SugarDaddyMeet.com. According to a statement, the girl said that they met in the parking lot of an Austin coffee shop in August and then drove to a hotel.

The girl told investigators that Wilson paid her $500, after they had sex and then dropped her off at a Whataburger restaurant.

Wilson was arrested in Taiwan and brought back to the US in the weekend. He has since been released on $ 150,000 bond.

“We are happy that Cody is back in Texas again, where we can work with him on his case. That is our focus now,” Wilson’s lawyer, Samy Khalil, said in a statement Sunday night.

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

But the law enforcement officials the weapons are easy to hide, and are impossible to trace because there is no requirement for firearms to have serial numbers. Gun industry experts have said that the printed weapons are a modern method of legal assembly of a firearm at home without a serial number.

Heindroff said that the company has used online fundraising to collect about $400,000 for a legal defense fund as part of their ongoing federal case. But she also suggested she may not embrace, such as a high profile national role Wilson did.

“I’m a different person, I am not trying to replace him as a character,” Heindroff said.

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