Phoenix, AZ – Former NRA Law Officer of the Year, Sheriff Richard Mack, announced today he is endorsing Tim Aalders for Congress in Utah’s Third Congressional District. Mack, the nation’s leading advocate for Constitutional authority in law enforcement, challenged the constitutionality of Bill Clinton’s Brady Bill and ultimately won his landmark case at the United States Supreme Court. Mack cited Aalders’s strong stands over the years on never wavering on the Second Amendment, protecting children by allowing trained adults to carry guns in schools, and being an avid gun enthusiast himself.
Mack stated, “As the former NRA sheriff of the year who beat Bill Clinton at the Supreme Court, I know how to protect our gun rights. That’s why I’m supporting Tim Aalders in Utah’s Republican primary. I want those who truly want to protect their rights to join me by supporting the only candidate that will truly follow the Constitution and never waver on the Second Amendment.”
Mack and Aalders have known each other for years as conservative activists, as well as Mack joining Aalders on his KTALK radio show. Both share of love of the Constitution and are dismayed that so many elected officials refuse to follow our Founding Fathers and their foundation for our nation.
Mack began his 20 year career with the Provo Police Department while attending BYU. A couple of years later he became a full-time officer and was soon promoted to Corporal, Sergeant, and Detective, including 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, where 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 Bill and 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 now lives with his wife near the Phoenix, AZ area.
Richard Mack is the founder and President of the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association, the nation’s leading advocate for Constitutional authority in law enforcement. For more information see www.CSPOA.org