Oregon Sheriff Stands Strong for Gun Rights

Oregon Sheriff Stands Strong for Gun Rights

Oregon Sheriff Stands Strong for Gun Rights

This small town in southern Oregon's timber country strongly supports gun rights, and that hasn't changed for the county's top law enforcement officer since a gunman killed nine people at a local community college.

Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin told CNN on Friday that his position on gun control had not shifted following Thursday's shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, which is in a politically conservative region west of the Cascade Range.

He spoke out against state and federal gun control legislation last year, telling a legislative committee that mandating background checks for private, person-to-person gun sales would not prevent criminals from getting firearms.

Hanlin also sent a letter to Vice President Joe Biden in 2013, after a shooter killed 20 children and six adults at a Newtown, Connecticut, elementary school. Hanlin said he and his deputies would refuse to enforce new gun-control restrictions "offending the constitutional rights of my citizens."

The community, where people like to hunt deer, elk and bear, echoes his push to protect gun rights.

"I carry to protect myself — the exact same reason this happened," said Casey Runyan, referring to the Thursday's shooting. Runyan carries a Glock 29 pistol everywhere he goes.

 

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