Defense Distributed gained international notoriety in when it published plans online for the Liberator , a functioning pistol that could be reproduced with a 3D printer. He also traveled to China with UCA's study-abroad program. He is a former student  of the University of Texas School of Law.
In , Wilson and associates at Defense Distributed initiated the Wiki Weapon Project to raise funds for designing and releasing the files for a 3D printable gun. Learning of his organization's plans, manufacturer Stratasys threatened legal action and demanded the return of a 3D printer it had leased to Wilson.
While visiting the ATF enforcement office in Austin to inquire about legalities related to his project, Wilson was subsequently interrogated by the officers there. In May , Wilson successfully test-fired a pistol, called "the Liberator ", reportedly made by a Stratasys Dimension series 3D printer bought on eBay.
They claimed he was violating regulations against the international export of unapproved arms. On May 6, , Defense Distributed and the gun rights group the Second Amendment Foundation filed a lawsuit against the State Department claiming a violation of their first amendment rights to free speech. In , Wilson, along with Amir Taaki , began work on a Bitcoin cryptocurrency wallet called 'Dark Wallet',    a project by which he plans to help anonymize financial transactions.
In , Wilson launched Hatreon , a crowdfunding site similar to Patreon. It is notable for featuring controversial alt-right personalities Andrew Anglin and Richard Spencer. Wilson claims an array of influences from anti-state and libertarian political thinkers,  including leftist market anarchists like the mutualist scholar Pierre-Joseph Proudhon ,   capitalist libertarians such as the Austrian School scholar Hans-Herman Hoppe , and classical liberals including Frederic Bastiat.
He has also indicated that although his primary goal is the subversion of state-structures he also hopes that his contributions may help to dismantle the existing system of capitalist property relations. Asked during an interview with Popular Science if the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting had affected his thinking or plans in any way, Wilson responded:.
The exercise of civil liberties is antithetical to the idea of a completely totalizing state. That's just the way it is. During a January interview with Glenn Beck on the nature of and motivations behind his effort to develop and share gun 3D printable files Wilson offered:. That's what I believe in. What am I resisting? I don't know, the collectivization of manufacture?
The institutionalization of the human psyche? But I can tell you one thing: They can never eradicate the gun from the earth. Journalist Brian Doherty of Reason described Wilson as "more than just a gun guy", adding that Wilson may be "right about how it has to end: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Cody Wilson Wilson in Austin Retrieved May 8, An Interview with Andy Greenberg". Retrieved October 30, Retrieved January 14, Retrieved December 15, Retrieved October 6, Retrieved November 22, Retrieved January 4, Retrieved January 8, A Radical Way to Bitcoin".
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