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Sheriff Mack

Sheriff Richard Mack gained fame in the 1990s and became a Tea Party darling when he and six other sheriffs challenged the constitutionality of the gun-control measure commonly known as the Brady Bill.  In a case that went to the Supreme Court, Mack’s attorneys successfully argued that local law enforcement jurisdictions can’t be compelled to carry out federally mandated background checks. It was seen as a huge victory for the sovereignty of local jurisdictions. Three years ago, Mack wrote a book, “The County Sheriff: America’s Last Hope.” In it, he asserted that sheriffs have the supreme law enforcement power in their counties under the Constitution and the 10th Amendment. Much of what federal agents are doing in counties is unconstitutional, he wrote. Federal agents have no authority beyond policing treason, piracy, treaty violations and counterfeiting.

Sheriff Richard Mack organized The Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association’s inaugural convention that was designed to be the national coming-out for this idea and the start of an educational movement that its founder hopes will sweep the country. The 100 or so sheriffs gathered in a Las Vegas hotel ballroom two weeks ago learned that some weighty titles have been attached to the stars they wear on their chests. Sheriffs, including eight from Colorado, learned that they need to protect their citizenry from much more than local lawbreaker’s. In today’s world, public enemy No. 1 just might be the federal government — or the “out-of-control federal bureaucracy,” as organizers of the convention like to refer to it. The person who will “stand tall against federal tyranny,” even if it means armed resistance, according to organizers, is the county sheriff.

The scofflaws that sheriffs might encounter today — and who should be run out of town by a SWAT team, if that’s what it takes — include agents for the U.S. Forest Service; the Bureau of Land Management; the IRS; the FBI; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the Environmental Protection Agency; and even the Food and Drug Administration. Online Constitutional Sheriffs materials state, “The sheriff’s position overrides any federal agents or even the arrogant FBI agents who attempt to assume jurisdiction in our cases.”

“I think sheriffs went because they just wanted to be informed about what is expected of a sheriff,” said Montezuma County Sheriff Dennis Spruell. “I know I want to make sure the federal government does what it’s supposed to do and doesn’t encroach on the rights of my citizens. As for that making us radicals, I don’t see that.”

Some of the speakers at the convention did tell of confrontations that involved the threat of officers for different agencies trying to arrest each other. The use of force was not ruled out.

Elkhart County, Ind., Sheriff Brad Rogers told of chasing federal regulators out of his county after they repeatedly did inspections at an Amish dairy farm that was selling raw milk. He threatened to arrest the regulators if they tried to come back.

Sheriff Tony DeMeo of Nye County, Nev., recounted how he had to threaten to bring out his SWAT team to go up against a federal government SWAT team when federal agents were seizing cattle from a local rancher.

Sheriff Dave Mattis of Big Horn County, Wyo., told the conference about the edict he has issued in his county. Federal agents are forbidden to enter his territory without his approval.

El Paso County Commissioner Peggy Littleton, who attended with El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa, gave a presentation that took another tack. She told how her county recently passed a resolution to nullify the National Defense Authorization Act. She urged other counties to do the same. Fear that this act gives the federal government the power to arrest and detain citizens without filing charges or seeking convictions is another issue that garners a lot of attention on websites associated with the Constitutional Sheriffs group.

Several representatives for the FBI at the state and national level said they had not heard of the Constitutional Sheriffs movement. They declined to comment.

Mack said he is already planning a second convention for this summer, when he will continue to promote the idea that “the greatest threat to our freedom now is the federal government.”

With any hope; we now have New Sheriff’s in town…

Thank you to Nancy Lofholm at the Denver Post for the base of this article. http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_19946455













Comments on: "Sheriff Mack by Dave Taylor, Contributor" (16)

  1. Great article,Dave. Thanks for posting this. These sheriffs also have something else: a target on their backs by the criminals running this administration. Those county sheriffs who are doing THEIR sworn duty didn’t read the memo from the cadre that THEY believe THEY are “it” when it comes to EVERYTHING. Quite frankly,I don’t hear anything out of the GOP ranks addressing this growing menace.


    • Davetherave said:

      Hey clyde,

      Thanks for your comment and kind compliment! Being a KY native (a state this is made up of 99% small towns with sheriffs) I’ve personally seen local sheriffs tell FBI agents to go take a flying leap and run them out of town or be thrown in jail…the FBI agents left and didn’t come back! What’s worse than a pissed off redneck? A pissed off redneck with a badge, gun and authority to use both…

      I don’t think we will hear anything out of the GOP clyde; they suck as much as the Dumbocrat’s! Most sheriffs know our constitution better than any lunk head sitting on his overpaid ass in DC!!!


  2. Good article Dave. I wonder if more sheriffs will get involved with Sheriff Mack and protect those of us in other parts of the country. Have you heard anything about KY’s sheriffs?


    • Davetherave said:

      Thanks for the compliment Pepp!

      I have not personally heard anything about any KY sheriffs attending the past or next convention……but……..like I wrote in my comment to clyde; I have personally seen two sheriffs way down in two big time redneck Eastern Ky counties tell the FBI agents to get the hell out of dodge or they would be arrested and thrown in jail. FBI dudes are a little bit smarter than they look….they left!


  3. I have been following Sheriff Mack for a long time, God Bless him!


    • Davetherave said:

      Hi FOH,

      Thanks for coming by and taking the time to read and comment! Sheriff Mack is one major good dude!!!!!


  4. I’m a little confused (like that’s a shock, eh?) — is this gentleman associated with Oath Keepers in some way?


  5. Davetherave said:

    Hey Mrs. AL,

    Thanks for coming by and don’t worry for a second, about being a little confused. I pretty much live every day of my life like that! 🙂

    Here is all I really know about Sheriff Mack:

    Sheriff Mack is a former FBI agent and was raised in Safford, Arizona. Sheriff Mack spent 11 years with the Provo, Utah police department before moving back to Arizona to run for Graham County Sheriff in 1988. He was reelected twice and during his tenure as Sheriff and he attend the FBI National Academy and graduated in 1992.

    In 1994, Sheriff Mack was the first to file a lawsuit against the Clinton Administration to stop the intrusiveness of the Federal Government associated with the Brady Bill. Sheriff Mack’s case went all the way to the Supreme Court where the court ruled on June 27, 1997 that the Brady Bill was unconstitutional and that the Federal Government could not commandeer state of county officers for federal bidding.

    There are four commonly used terms out of respect for what sheriffs do for our communities, but I have no idea which “label”Sheriff Mack prefers to wear; if any:

    1) Ultimate enforcers of the Constitution (2) Protectors against government tyranny
    (3) America’s last hope (4) Brave oath keepers

    I hope this answers your question…


  6. GOOD NEWS for US and State’s Rights!


    • Davetherave said:

      Hey Gunny,

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I think the states have a lot more rights per our constitution than the states are even willing to stand up and use against the feds! Anyway; it is nice to see sheriffs understand their role in protecting the rights of people in their elected area. They have the rights and I hope they hold strong in using them to stop these fed gangs from running amok….


  7. Good info Rave!

    I didn’t know anything about these Sheriffs joining up. I hope all states would stand on the 10th Amendment and tell Ovomit to shove it!


    • Hey ‘awk,

      Good to hear from you my friend and thanks for the compliment! I must credit for the idea of this article to our good friend Willi. It was very enlightening to me as well when I read the research information. Sheriffs are our very best opportunity of a first line defense against the gangster fed organization’s and Obamastalin’s communist ways. They can wield a very heavy sword per our constitution and they do have their own SWAT teams that will do whatever their sheriff tells them to do. As you well know; small communities are very tight nit and really don’t like outsiders coming in and trying to tell them what to do.

      I share your hope more sheriffs will do what they are legally obligated to do and use their constitutional power to protect their citizens.


  8. Thanks for the info, Dave. I’m supposed to learn something new every day. Sun’s barely up, and I’m done for the day.


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