Cody Wilson sets his legal sights on Shopify
By Jacki Billings
Pro-gun attorney Alan Gura, left, speaking to Cody Wilson at the 2016 Gun Rights Policy Conference. (Photo: Guns.com)
Cody Wilson is no stranger to litigation. Having spent the better part of five years locked in a battle against the State Department over the legality of 3D printed files, Wilson finally won his case and earned the right to publish his digital blueprints. Now, just a month after his victory, Wilson is looking to, again, step into the courtroom but this time against e-commerce platform Shopify.
Shopify, an online marketplace for retailers, shocked the gun industry Monday when it unexpectedly and swiftly changed its Acceptable User Policy — effectively banning firearms and firearms related parts. As gun and parts retailers grappled with the sudden about-face in policy, Wilson said the change in policy was all about silencing him.
“It was prompted because of the victory in the press and everything, as well as, I suspect, third party interference,” Wilson explained to Guns.com in a phone interview Thursday. “I know that the Attorney General in New Jersey, for example, had sent letters asking my host to take my website down, asking CloudFlare to take my website down. I know last year that the Gabby Giffords’