Texan running 3-D printed guns company ordered to leave Taiwan

Texan running 3-D printed guns company ordered to leave Taiwan

The owner of a controversial company that makes 3D-printed gun blueprints has reportedly been arrested in Taiwan after being accused in Texas of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old and then paying her $500.

A warrant for Wilson's arrest was issued earlier this week following allegations that Wilson, 30, had sex with a 16-year-old girl he met on an adult dating site, police said.

Division Director Kan Yen-min was quoted by the official Central News Agency as saying the bureau has yet to receive intelligence from the USA regarding Wilson, but will continue seeking more information about the case.

Taiwan's Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) told Taiwan News that Wilson could not be arrested for a crime, but if he was caught he could be deported back to the USA in accordance with their immigration laws. "We are fully engaged with our worldwide partners on this matter", the federal agency said in a statement.

He said the agency was in touch with Wilson's lawyer.

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Mark McDaniel/ReasonCody Wilson, maker of the first 3D-printed plastic gun, has been arrested in Taiwan.

The victim disclosed the details about the incident to a counselor, who informed Austin police. He fled to Taiwan when he learned police were investigating an accusation he had sex with an underage girl.

From there Wilson valet-parked at a North Austin hotel and checked in.

Wilson allegedly gave the teen five $100 bills and was captured on surveillance video with the girl at both the coffee shop and the hotel.

Wilson could be blocked from owning a firearm for life if convicted, legal experts said. Cody Wilson faces a potential 20-year prison sentence if convicted.

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But 19 states and the District of Columbia challenged that decision in court in July, arguing that publishing the blueprints would allow criminals easy access to unregistered weapons.

Law enforcement officials worry the guns are easy to hide and are untraceable since there's no requirement for the firearms to have serial numbers.

Sharon Lauchaire, a spokesman for New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal, said in an email that he and the other attorneys general plan to carry on with their case.

However, two Taiwanese officials denied Wilson was arrested or in custody.

We have reached out to Wilson by phone, we went to his last known address and have not heard back as of news time this evening.

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