I have been a long-time supporter of Sheriff Richard Mack and his “constitutional sheriffs” movement. My series on Mack and his efforts to protect the Second Amendment rights of his constituents while he was a sheriff is a must-read for anyone interested in protecting their right to bear arms from federal overreach. I also recommend Mack’s book, The County Sheriff: America’s Last Hope.
Mack has recently recruited more sheriffs to his cause, with Lander, Eureka, and Elko county sheriffs joining him on stage in Battle Mountain. The Elko Daily Free Press reports:
Mack called the sheriffs of Lander, Eureka and Elko counties on stage and gave them each a chance to speak.
Elko County Sheriff Aitor Narvaiza described meeting Mack in Battle Mountain and taking the proposal to join his organization to Elko County Commissioners.
“Sheriff Mack said here just a minute ago that we’re gonna take some heat,” Narvaiza said. “Well, ladies and gentlemen, I’ve already been taking some heat but I don’t really care. I fight for you guys, I fight for the people of Elko County and the people who elected me to fight for them.”
Eureka County Sheriff Jesse Watts told the audience he would repeat a comment he made at Lander County’s recent rally that “went viral on TikTok and Facebook.”
“The sheriffs of the counties and the state of Nevada and the United States don’t answer to the President, we don’t answer to Senate, we don’t answer to Congress, we don’t answer to our governor, and by all means we really don’t answer to our county commission except for the purse strings,” he said. “We answer to you the people, because we the people manage the government, the government doesn’t manage us.”
Lander County Sheriff Ron Unger thanked Elko County for following Lander’s lead, when it became the first county in the nation to join the association. “We’re here for your freedom,” he said.
Mack then called Elko County Commissioners on stage and presented them with a plaque recognizing their membership in the CSPOA.
“Our motto: serve, protect, uphold, defend,” he said, later adding faith, family and freedom. “Freedom is the sheer possession of those alone who have the courage to defend it,” he said, quoting the Greek statesman Pericles.
“It is such an honor for me to be a part of such a celebration today,” he concluded.
In a unanimous vote earlier this month, commissioners resolved that Elko County will not tolerate any abuses to the rights of citizens as outlined in the Bill of Rights.
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