Sheriff Mack is back in the news and recently gave an interview that was published in the Washington Post yesterday.
Former sheriff of Graham County, Arizona, Richard Mack, formed the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association (CSPOA) in 2011 with the goal of getting a quarter of the nation’s 3,080 sheriffs to join.
Mack sees the feds as “the greatest threat we face today” and sees his several hundred sheriff-membership as “the army to set our nation free.”
He is opposed to enforcing bad or unconstitutional laws and believes gun control is unconstitutional.
Mack stated at a recent police training event that “gun control is against the law,” since – as the former sheriff would say – any regulation on guns violates the 2nd Amendment. If it’s unconstitutional, Mack would encourage members of his sheriffs association to actively prevent any federal agent from enforcing such a law.
He compared enforcing bad laws today to the officer who arrested Rosa Parks and the offices in Nazi Germany. In an interview with Washington Post reporter Tom Jackman, Richard Mack explained:
“The cop who arrested Rosa Parks said, ‘The law is the law.’ The officers at Nuremberg said the same thing, ‘We were just following orders.’ Well the court determined that following orders when you’re committing a crime, or genocide, doesn’t cut it. We say the same thing. Do not say, ‘I’m just following orders.’ Do what’s right. We stand for people being abused. I don’t care if it’s gun rights, land rights, Amish rights, the federal government should not get a free pass and we should stand against their abuses.”
Mack said that “[W]hen you have no place else to go, when all the courts are against you, all the legislators are against you, where else do you go? I believe to the local county sheriff…and if that means standing against the federal government, then so damn be it.”
More and more rural law enforcement officers are refusing to enforce state and federal gun control laws that they believe violate the Second Amendment, according to News 21. It’s most noticeable in states with oppressive gun laws such as New York and Maryland.
Sheriff Tony Desmond of Scoharie County, New York, has publicly announced that he will not enforce the SAFE Act, the state’s hard line gun control law that passed in 2013.
“If you have an (assault) weapon, which under the SAFE Act is considered illegal, I don’t look at it as being illegal just because someone said it was,” he said.
Other New York Sheriffs aren’t going that far but they are instructing their officers to use personal discretion in punishing violators.
“I feel as an elected official and a chief law enforcement officer of the county it would be irresponsible for me to say, ‘I’m not going to enforce a law I personally disagree with,’” said Sheriff Richard Devlin of Otsego County. “[But] I won’t do anything as far as confiscating weapons. We’re not checking out registrations. People that are lawfully using a firearm for target shooting, we’re not bothering those people.”
According to the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association (CSPOA), there are at least 484 sheriffs around the nation who oppose federal gun control in one form or another. In Colorado, 55 of the state’s 62 sheriffs banded together to sue the state government to overturn the strict gun laws that passed the state legislature in 2013. (The case was dismissed).
Sheriff Mack says that sheriffs are upholding their duties by opposing gun control.
“I studied what the Founding Fathers meant about the Second Amendment, the right to keep and bear arms, and the conclusion is inescapable,” said Richard Mack, the founder of CSPOA. “There’s no way around it. Gun control in America is against the law.”