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At Defense Distributed, few glimpses of life after Cody Wilson


Court cases and social media spats continue over 3D-printed guns.

It's been nearly a year since 3D-printed firearms activist Cody Wilson was arrested for the alleged sexual assault of a female minor. Yesterday, he appeared in an Austin, Texas courtroom and plead guilty to lesser charges that will likely see Wilson register as a sex offender and serve multiple years probation. He won't be able to possess any firearms and must consent to keystroke/remote monitoring during that time.

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Cody Wilson pleads guilty to lesser charge, will register as sex offender

But long before Wilson's plead, his situation quickly prompted an unexpected change in leadership at Defense Distributed, the now-infamous Austin, Texas-based digital printing and firearms company he started in 2012. News of an arrest warrant for Wilson came on September 19, 2018, and Paloma Heindorff was named the company's new director less than a week later on September 25.

At the time, Heindorff stated that Wilson would no longer have any involvement with the company. She also promised business would continue on as normal and that she would likely take a different approach publicly than her outspoken, interview-friendly predecessor.

Ars called Defense Distributed this week to see if the company would provide an update on things in the year post-Wilson. Could Defense Distributed at least share any updated figures on sales or fundraising from the last year? The last available data on those topics came during Heindorff's introductory press conference, when she mentioned the Defense Distributed legal fund had eclipsed $400,000 and that the company had sold 3,000 Ghost Gunner milling machines (that, at roughly $1,500 each, would've provided about $4.5 million in revenue).