Austin, Texas –-(Ammoland.com)- Cody Wilson has tendered his resignation as the head of Defense Distributed. Defense Distributed is the non-profit that has caused waves across the country for their 3D printed guns.
Defense Distributed announced longtime Vice-President Paloma Heindorff will replace Cody Wilson as Director of Defense Distributed and CEO of Ghost Gunner.
According to Heindorff, Wilson made the decision himself to step down although the Board of Defense Distributed supported him in that decision.
Controversy has marred Wilson since being charged with sexual assault of a sixteen-year-old he met on a “sugar daddy” website. Wilson allegedly met the sixteen-year-old and paid her $500 for sex. The age of consent in Texas is seventeen. The female in question listed her age as eighteen on the site.
Wilson left the country and traveled to Taiwan where he attempted to rent an apartment. Taiwan does not have an extradition treaty with the US due to the “one China” policy. Taiwanese officials still took Wilson into custody and deported him back to Texas where he was turned over to law enforcement officials and subsequently arrested on the charges.
Authorities booked Wilson into the Harris County Jail in Houston over the weekend. They later freed him on a $150,000 bond. The crypto-anarchist is facing 20 years in prison and stripped of the right to own a firearm for life. Texas authorities have not formally arraigned him on the charges.
Heindorff stated that Wilson would have no role in the company moving forward. She declined all request to answer any questions regarding the state of Texas's case against Wilson.
According to Heindorff, it is business as usual as Defense Distributed, and Defense Distributed will move forward fighting against a Seattle judge's ruling that barred the non-profit from publishing the 3D printed gun files.
“We believe in the right for people to have these files,” Heindorff said in the press conference. “We believe in our right to be able to publish them. I believe very strongly in both the first and second amendment causes in this case.”
According to Heindorff Defense Distributed has raised roughly around $400,000 to fight the judge's permanent injunction against releasing the files for free on their website. The ruling did not bar Defense Distributed from selling the data through their site which they do for as low as a penny.
Heindorff also addressed the issue of Cody Wilson being seen as the face of the organization since it was founded in 2012.
“I think it is obvious to everyone here that he's been an incredibly powerful figurehead,” Heindorf said of Wilson. “But I think what's important is to concentrate on here is that this is about an idea.”
Heindorff went on to say, “We believe in something. That something isn't one man. That something is an idea, and we are fully committed to that idea.”
Heindorff herself, relocated from New York to Austin, Texas to work for Defense Distributed as Director of Development and eventually becoming VP of Operations.
The Second Amendment Foundation is Defense Distributed are still raising funds for their legal battle. All donations are tax deductible. The legal defense fund accepts USD, Bitcoin, or Bitcoin Cash. The defense fund accepts donations at https://defcad.com/donate/.
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