Cody Wilson has become an internationally recognized name. Wilson began to capture everyone’s attention back in 2013 when he created the first 3-D printed weapon. After successfully creating the product, he garnered even more attention by heavily advocating for 3-D printed firearms. He posted free blueprints online, but he was quickly shut down by the U.S. State Department. Officials are disturbed that these weapons can be created at home without any limitations or requirements. They are also untraceable. Several state representatives continue to be concerned over whether terrorists, felons or other groups could freely obtain such information. The public safety concern was heightened when President Trump’s administration later reversed an earlier ruling and continued allowing the blueprints online. It remains unclear what will become of these types of weapons.
Later, Wilson decided to pursue a First Amendment lawsuit against the United States. He did lose the lawsuit, but he still offered to give out the free firearm blueprints to anyone who asked. Now, he is making international headlines again when he was arrested on September 21 in Taiwan.
The suspect was wanted for allegedly sexually abusing a minor in his home town, Austin, Texas. According to police, the suspect exchanged sexually graphic photographs with a 16-year-old girl he met online. Later, he met up with the child and reportedly paid her $500 to perform sexual activities on the 30-year-old. Police were informed about the incident, but the suspect fled on a flight to Taiwan before his arrest warrant was issued.
Taiwanese authorities located Wilson, and they promptly arrest him. He was extradited back to the United States and escorted by U.S. Marshals to the Harris County Jail. He is facing charges of sexually assaulting a minor and currently has his bail set at $150,000. If convicted, then Wilson may face up to 20 years in jail and he would be barred from legally owning firearms.