In 1994, the Sheriff of Graham County, Arizona, joined a lawsuit against the Clinton Administration targeting the Brady Handgun Violence Protection Act, requiring federal background checks for firearms purchases.
In 1997, that Sheriff finally won when the Supreme Court voted against this provision in a 5-4 decision, citing the 10th Amendment which delegates powers not specifically assigned to the federal government to be granted to the states.
That Sheriff was Richard Mack.
Sheriff Mack was first elected Sheriff of Graham County in 1988 after serving 11 years in local law enforcement in Provo, Utah. He would go on to serve two terms, stepping down from the role in 1997, according to The Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officer Association, founded by Sheriff Mack himself.
Aside from being a graduate of the FBI National Academy, the positions held by Sheriff Mack over his illustrious career in law enforcement 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.“
Sheriff Mack has also consulted in numerous investigations aimed at police accountability and abuse of power by public officials.
Now, we are grateful and humbled to announce that Sheriff Mack can add one more line to his resume!
Sheriff Mack has officially joined the American Police Officers Alliance Advisory Board to offer his knowledge and expertise on a range of issues central to the core mission of our organization. We couldn’t be more excited to welcome Sheriff Mack into the American Police Officers Alliance family.
Stay tuned for more on this exciting new partnership!
Image Credit: Photo by Rockin U Photography via Sheriff Richard Mack Facebook Page
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