Jay Printz was born in Montana and has spent most of his life there. He served in the Marine Corps from 1963 to 1967, including a tour in Vietnam in 1965/66. He joined the Ravalli County Sheriff’s Office in 1972, rose through the ranks, and was elected Sheriff in 1986. He retired in 1998 with over 26 years of honorable service.One of the highlights of his law enforcement career was his lawsuit challenging the Brady Law. He won a U.S. Supreme Court decision on the merits of the case, titled Printz vs United States. His attorney, Stephen Halbrook, argued the case in the United States Supreme Court on December 3, 1996 and it was decided in his favor June 27, 1997. (Printz vs. United States, Cornell Law School)
He has served continuously as an elected member of the Board of Directors of the National Rifle Association since 1998. During the first year that our media center was online, [Montana Man] served a tour of duty in Iraq as an advisor to the Iraqi Police. His reports and photographs provided us with a clear picture of the situation, which differed from the storyline being presented in the mainstream media. One of the most striking examples was his pictorial showing the long lines of young Iraqi men waiting for training at just one police substation in one city in Iraq (see Iraqi Police Trainees).