Mack in downtown Phoenix, Arizona in January 2011.
|Born||Richard Ivan Mack
1952 (age 60–61)
Law enforcement career
Mack spent eleven years with the police department of Provo, Utah, and then moved back to Arizona to run for Graham County Sheriff in 1988. While serving as sheriff, he attended the FBI National Academy and graduated in 1992. In 1994, he was named Elected Official of the Year by the Arizona-New Mexico Coalition of Counties. 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.
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 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. 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.
Campaigns for Congress
Mack ran as a Libertarian candidate for United States Senate in Arizona in 2006.
In 2012, Mack opposed 13-term Representative Lamar Smith, who introduced and sponsored the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act legislation, in the House election Republican primary for Texas's 21st Congressional district. The primary was held on May 29. Mack lost, receiving 14.78% (10,111) of the votes.
In 2009, Mack appeared in interviews on a cable public access show and a one-person website, 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."
Mack has authored several books relating to gun 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)
- http://sheriffmackforcongress.com/biography/[dead link]
- Printz v. United States, 521 U.S. 898 (1997)
- "Printz v. United States". Justia. Retrieved August 31, 2012.
- Sheriff Mack Announces Lawsuit Against SPLC, Run for Congress
- Date information sourced from Library of Congress Authorities data, via corresponding WorldCat Identities linked authority file (LAF) .
- TV interview with Richard Mack on YouTube
- About Us
- Big3 News Part 1 with Richard Mack
- Big3 News Part 2 with Richard Mack
- Big3 News Part 3 with Richard Mack
- Big3 News Part 4 with Richard Mack
- Big3 News Part 5 with Richard Mack
- "Speaking Engagements". Sheriff Mack.com. Retrieved August 31, 2012.