Sheriff Richard Mack (Ret.)

Champion of Constitutional Values

  • Led a Supreme Court victory for state sovereignty
  • Author of several books on freedom, government and gun control
  • Consultant on constitutional issues
  • Tea Party activist
  • Public speaker
  • Crusader for liberty
  • Trainer in constitutional issues for law enforcement

Sheriff Mack is best known for challenging the Brady Bill, a gun control scheme requiring local law enforcement to perform background checks on prospective gun purchasers. He maintained that the Federal Government had no authority to command local officials, and became the first sheriff in American history to sue the Federal Government (under the Clinton administration) and win at the US Supreme Court. The case was based on the Tenth Amendment, states rights and local sovereignty.

Mack is the son of an FBI agent and began his own law enforcement career as a street cop in Provo, Utah. After graduating from BYU in 1978, Mack became an officer with Provo P. D. He was soon promoted to corporal, sergeant, and detective. He spent one year as an undercover narcotics agent. In 1988, Mack moved home to Arizona where he ran for sheriff. He was elected Graham County Sheriff and served as such for eight years. It was during this time – in 1994 – that federal agents informed all sheriffs that they would be required to work for the Federal Government under the mandate of the Brady Bill, and Mack's court case began.

Since that landmark ruling Mack has written six books and appeared at over 175 Tea Party rallies nationwide. He has stood against the incursions of the Federal Government and has fought for civil rights from Hawaii to Bangor, Maine. He is the Founder and President of the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association (CSPOA) and was elected to the NRA Hall of Fame.

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Richard Mack, former sheriff of Graham County, Arizona, is nationally renowned for his participation in the landmark 1997 case Mack v. United States (also known as Printz v. United States), in which a group of county sheriffs, led by Mack, challenged the constitutionality of provisions in the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act that required county sheriffs to carry out at the behest of Congress background checks on gun purchasers.
Sheriff Mack sits down with Mona K on her radio show.
Peoria, AZ – Sheriff Richard Mack, candidate for US Congress in Arizona’s February 27 special election in CD-8, says he has reached his limit on Steve Montenegro’s hypocrisy for his support of the National Popular Vote.
​Today on the podcast we are honored to have Sheriff Richard Mack. The Sheriff is running for congress on a Libertarian Constitutional platform as a Republican.
Sheriff Richard Mack (R-AZ), candidate for Arizona’s 5th congressional district, recently signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge to the American people. The Pledge is a written commitment to the citizens of Arizona and to the American people to oppose all tax increases. Sheriff Mack is running in a special election to replace Incumbent Trent Franks.
The Republican Liberty Caucus announced Monday its endorsement of Sheriff Richard Mack for the US House of Representatives District 8 special election in Arizona to replace Rep. Trent Franks.
At their final debate, shortly before early ballots went out, five of the Republicans running to represent Arizona’s 8th Congressional District tackled their most divisive issue.
A fair shake. When I was a Sheriff that was all anyone asked for. Citizens demanded that their government officials who had the power to drastically alter their liberty to be fair. To be honest. To do what Republicans say we don’t want happening in Washington DC – the picking of winners and losers.