"Gun control is NOT the answer to preventing heinous crimes like school shootings," Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin (who oversees law enforcement in the county where Thursday's Umpqua Community College shootings occurred and who leads the current investigation) wrote in a letter dated Jan. 15, 2013, and posted on the sheriff's office Facebook page at the time.
Any effort to change the Second Amendment, he wrote, "would be irresponsible and an indisputable insult to the American people."
More recently, Hanlin was among outspoken opponents of Senate Bill 941, which extended gun background checks to all gun transfers in the state. Gov. Kate Brown signed the 2015 bill into law on May 11, and the law took effect Aug. 9.
"This law is not going to protect citizens of Oregon in that it is going to keep guns out of the hands of criminals," Hamlin said. "It will not do that."
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Sheriff John Hanlin told CNN on Friday that his position on gun control had not shifted following Thursday's shooting.