When I get on the phone with Richard Mack, better known as “Sheriff Mack”â€”NRA darling, militia hero, and former sheriff of Graham County, Arizonaâ€”he tells me he doesn’t personally own that many guns. But he won’t say how many: “That’s between me and the good Lord.”
Mack isn’t a hunter either. For him, the specter of new gun-control legislation is all about the Constitution. (Read more…) Which is why he has been leading an all-out crusade to prevent the federal government from taking away your firearmsâ€”if they ever were taking away your firearms. The idea is to convince county sheriffs around the nation to refuse to enforce any new gun laws.
Sheriff Mack has been a celebrity amongst anti-federalist militia types and Second Amendment-ers for years. In 1994, the NRA recruited him as a plaintiff in one of nine lawsuits against the Clinton administration over the 1993 Brady Law, which required federal background checks on firearms purchasers. “The case was based on the principle that the federal government is not our boss,” Mack says. In 1997, the Supreme Court ruled in Mack’s favor, finding that federal agents may not force local law enforcement to require those background checks. In appreciation, the NRA made Mack its Law Officer of the Year and inducted him into the NRA Hall of Fame.
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