|U.S. House, Texas, District 21|
Richard Mack, former Sheriff of Graham County, Arizona, was the first sheriff in the country to file a lawsuit against the Clinton administration to stop the gun control associated with the Brady Bill. Mack’s case was heard by the U.S. Supreme Court, and which ruled 5-4 that provisions of the Brady Bill were indeed unconstitutional.
Mack spent 20 years in law enforcement and the past 17 years as a political activist. He has appeared at over 120 Tea Party rallies and authored five books on states’ rights, the oath of office and constitutional liberty.
Mack received a bachelor’s degree in Latin American Studies and Sociology from Brigham Young University. He spent 11 years with the Provo, Utah Police Department and then moved to Arizona to run for Graham County Sheriff in 1988. While serving as sheriff, Mack received an invitation to attend the FBI National Academy, and he graduated in 1992. In 1994, he was named Elected Official of the Year by the Arizona-New Mexico Coalition of Counties and was inducted into the NRA Hall of Fame after being named NRA Law Enforcement Officer of the Year. Gun Owners of America also awarded him the Defender of the Second Amendment Award. In 1997, he received the Samuel Adams award from The Local Sovereignty Coalition. In 2010, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from Oath Keepers.
Mack's campaign website listed the following issues:
- U.S. Constitution
- Excerpt: "All Congressmen swear a solemn oath to obey and uphold the U.S. Constitution. I will keep that oath. Our problems in this country are a result of failing to follow our Constitution. As your Congressman, I will uphold the Constitution, support State sovereignty and put Texas first."
- Gun rights
- Excerpt: "I will fight for the Second Amendment and the repeal of Federal gun control laws. No government, not State or Federal, has any authority to tell me what gun I can own or how I can carry it."
- Stop Online Piracy Act
- Excerpt: "I support free speech on the internet. Ample laws are already in place to secure copyrighted material. My opponent has authored legislation that would impose government control and censorship upon the internet, crippling a business sector where we have seen some of the strongest growth during an economically difficult time."
- Excerpt: "Immigration laws are not the problem. Enforcement, especially at the Federal level, is the problem. We have a legal route to citizenship that must be equally and fairly applied to all who wish to enter the USA."
- Border Security
- Excerpt: "Our borders are incredibly porous. Physical obstacles and technology must be used to prevent the entry of people who have chosen to come to this country illegally. Article 4, Section 4 of the Constitution requires the Federal government to protect our borders."
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