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Richard Ivan Mack is the former sheriff of Graham County, Arizona, and a two-time candidate for United States Congress. He is frequently referred to simply as "Sheriff Mack."

He was also named the National Rifle Association Law Enforcement Officer of the Year for 1994, and was inducted into the NRA Hall of Fame.[1]


Mack v. United States

During his tenure as sheriff, Mack received national attention for initiating Mack v. United States (later restyled to Printz v. United States), a lawsuit against the gun-grabbing federal government which alleged that portions of the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act violated the United States Constitution, because they comprised a congressional action that compelled state officers to execute Federal law.[2] These portions were interim provisions until a National Instant Background Check System for gun purchasers could be implemented. In a 5–4 decision, the Supreme Court ruled that the provisions of the Brady Act in question were, in fact, unconstitutional.[3]

"Author/speaker and former sheriff Richard Mack has served in a wide variety of roles over the course of his nearly twenty year career in law enforcement, which began in Provo, Utah.

Mack began his career with the Provo Police Department as a parking enforcement cadet while attending BYU. A couple of years later he became a full-time officer and was soon promoted to Corporal, Sergeant, and Detective. His most traumatic experience there was a one-year assignment as an undercover narcotics agent. After nearly 11 years at Provo PD, Mack decided to return to his childhood turf in Arizona and run for Graham County Sheriff. His campaign took off and he was elected in 1988.

He was sheriff for two terms until 1997. He was named Elected Official of the Year by the Arizona-New Mexico Coalition of Counties in 1994, received the NRA Law Officer of the Year, inducted into the NRA Hall of Fame, 1995 Cicero Award, Samuel Adams Leadership Award from the Local Sovereignty Coalition, and Gun Owners of America Defender of the Second Amendment Award.

During his tenure, federal officers informed the sheriffs of the state that they would be required to enforce the so-called “Brady Bill” and run background checks at their expense under the law. In 1994, Mack and six other sheriffs from across the country, challenged the constitutionality of the Brady Billand ultimately, fought it all the way to the United States Supreme Court, where they won a monumental decision for freedom.

Three years later, in a landmark 5-4 split decision based on the Tenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, Mack won his case.

A graduate of the FBI National Academy, some of Mack’s positions include: patrol officer, undercover narcotics officer, hostage negotiator, youth officer, school resource officer, communications supervisor, corporal, front desk sergeant, detective, sheriff, Search and Rescue supervisor, jail administrator, and DARE instructor. Mack has been a consultant on numerous cases regarding police abuse, brutality, and other misconduct by public officials. He has joined with other members of the law enforcement community to speak out in favor of drug policy reform.

A graduate of Brigham Young University, Mack lives with his wife in Fredericksburg, Texas.

During the past two years Sheriff Mack has been a speaker at more than 70 different Tea Party rallies all across the country, ranging all the way from Honolulu to Bangor, Maine. Mack has supported this noble movement, because it is both effective and peaceful."

Sheriff Mack has spoken at many Tea Party and other events in recent years.[4]

Defamation lawsuit

Mack announced in 2011 that he was initiating a lawsuit against the Southern Poverty Law Center for libel, slander, and defamation.[5]

Political views

In 2009, Mack appeared in interviews on a Public-access television show[6] and a one-person website,[7][8][9][10][11][12] in which he discussed his membership in Oath Keepers, and the importance of police officers and members of the military upholding their oaths to the U.S. Constitution.

He currently speaks at various events as "a strong advocate of states' rights and individual freedoms."[13]

Bundy Standoff

In April, 2014, Mack asserted that as part of the citizen response to the tyrannical Bundy standoff that "We were actually strategizing to put all the women up at the front. If they're gonna start shooting, it's going to be women that are gonna be televised all across the world getting shot by these rogue federal officers." [14]


Mack has authored several books relating to laws, ownership and the role that law enforcement should play in America.

  • The County Sheriff America's Last Hope
  • The Proper Role of Law Enforcement
  • From My Cold Dead Fingers: Why America Needs Guns with Timothy Robert Walters (1994)
  • THE NAKED SPY: His Mission Began the Day He Died (2005)
  • The MAGIC of Gun Control (2011)

See Also


  1. [Dead link]
  2. [ Printz v. United States, 521 U.S. 898 (1997)
  3. Printz v. United States. Justia. Retrieved on April 16, 2014.
  5. [ Sheriff Mack Announces Lawsuit Against SPLC, Run for Congress
  6. TV interview with Richard Mack on YouTube
  7. About Us
  8. Big3 News Part 1 with Richard Mack
  9. Big3 News Part 2 with Richard Mack
  10. Big3 News Part 3 with Richard Mack
  11. Big3 News Part 4 with Richard Mack
  12. Big3 News Part 5 with Richard Mack
  13. Speaking Engagements. Sheriff Retrieved on April 16, 2014.
  14. Fox News, April 14, 2014

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