Jay Printz

Jay Printz (Board Member)

Jay Printz - NRA Board Member
Former Montana sheriff

Peter "Jay" Printz served as a sheriff in Montana until 1999 and was the lead plaintiff in the 1997 lawsuit, Printz v. United States. The NRA-backed litigation attempted to void the recently-enacted “Brady Law” that mandated background checks on gun purchases. The purpose of the legislation was to prevent prohibited purchasers—including convicted felons, domestic abusers, and fugitives from justice—from acquiring firearms. The NRA stoked paranoid fears about the “Brady Law,” falsely claiming it would lead to door-to-door gun confiscation. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s majority opinion in Printz said that the federal government could not compel local law enforcement officials to conduct background checks, but left the Brady Law largely intact.

Controversial Actions and Statements

Controversial Actions and Statements:

Jay Printz (Board Member)

Printz is a member of a number of Facebook groups that feature racist, misogynistic and/or violent imagery:

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Jay Printz (Board Member)

In September 2011, Printz posted a photo. for his Facebook profile picture that depicts the barrel of a revolver facing the viewer. The caption on the image reads: "Liberals: This is the only view you need to see."

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Jay Printz (Board Member)

On January 16, 2010, Printz wrote a blog for the American Daughter Media Center and suggested that a states’ rights argument could be used to invalidate the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010. Printz wrote, “The only way the Dems can [implement health care reform] is to drag out the constitutional challenges until Obama, in a second term as president, may have a chance to replace two conservative Supreme Court justices with liberals. The American public must deny Obama a second term, and the certain destruction of states’ rights.”

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Three days after U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA) died of brain cancer on August 25, 2009, Printz posted a photo on his Facebook Wall of a hearse driving off a bridge, captioned “Kennedy Funeral.” Below the image, Printz commented, “This is shown with the same amount of respect that the senator had for Mary Jo Kopechne.” On the day that Printz posted the photo, Kennedy was lying in repose at the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum.

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On June 29, 2009 Printz posted a photo on Facebook that depicts George W. Bush and Dick Cheney using the waterboarding torture technique on then-Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi. Below the image, Printz commented, “I had a dream last night!!

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Jay Printz (Board Member)

On June 25, 2009, Printz posted a photo on his Facebook Wall that reads, “You think healthcare is expensive now? Just wait till it’s FREE!

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Jay Printz (Board Member)

Printz posted a photo on Facebook on June 24, 2009 that depicts two clouds with their middle fingers extended. He captioned it, “Hey Al Gore, Here is what Mother Nature says about your global warming.”

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Jay Printz (Board Member)

On June 23, 2009, Printz posted an image on Facebook that reads, “Liberalism is a mental disease.”

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Jay Printz (Board Member)

On June 23, 2009, Printz posted an image on his Facebook Wall that asks, “Why should I pay for your healthcare?

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On November 8, 2008, Printz posted an image of a tombstone on his American Daughter Media Center blog. The inscription on the tombstone indicates that America died on November 4, 2008—the day that Barack Obama was elected President of the United States. The cause of death was listed as “suicide.”

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On a November 5, 2008, the day after Barack Obama was elected president of the United States, Printz authored a blog for the American Daughter Media Center. The blog promoted a conspiracy theory that President Obama would implement a massive gun confiscation scheme. Printz wrote, “Well, my friends, it looks like we had better put in a good supply of powder and lead!!!!” and posted an image that stated, “When they come for your guns…give them your bullets!

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In an October 12, 2008 blog entitled, “More on Global Warming…”, Printz implied that an early snow in Boise, Idaho refuted the phenomenon of climate change.

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In a September 6, 2008 blog for the American Daughter Media Center entitled, “Fraternal Order of Police Endorses McCain!” Printz wrote, “Just to let you all know, there’s a thin blue line behind McCain.”

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Jay Printz (Board Member)

Printz contributed a July 8, 2008 blog to the American Daughter Media Center win which he praised a t-shirt that read, “The difference between [then-Democratic presidential candidate Barack] Obama and [Al Qaeda leader] Osama [bin Laden] is just a little B.S.” The shirt, which featured a picture of Barack Obama in a turban, made a play on the similarity between the spelling of Obama and Osama.

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Jay Printz (Board Member)

In a November 1, 2006 blog on the American Daughter Media Center, Printz called U.S. Senator John Kerry (D-MA) a “worthless piece of human debris.”

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Jay Printz (Board Member)

Printz wrote an October 27, 2006 blog for the American Daughter Media Center entitled “They Never Give Up,” in which he stated that the United Nations “just never stop in their attempts to disarm us all.”

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Jay Printz (Board Member)

In a May 22, 2006 blog on the American Daughter Media Center, Printz praised NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre’s book, The Global War On Your Guns, which claimed that the United Nations was plotting to ban private firearm ownership in the United States. Printz wrote, “The United Nations is quietly, insidiously planning to strip American citizens of their Second Amendment rights, which are the keystone in the Bill of Rights. Because without the rights of citizens to keep and bear arms, all of the other rights can easily be taken away.”

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