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    Oregon Shooting: Sheriff John Hanlin Is Opponent of Gun Control
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    Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin addresses the media following a deadly shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, Oct. 1, 2015.

    The Oregon sheriff overseeing the investigation of Thursday's deadly college shooting has voiced opposition to state and federal gun-control legislation.

    In an interview on TODAY Friday morning, Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin declined to comment on a letter he allegedly penned to Vice President Joe Biden after the Sandy Hook Massacre of 2012.

    The letter, dated 2013, stated that Hanlin and his deputies would not enforce new-gun control restrictions "offending the constitutional rights of my citizens."

    Hanlin also opposed legislation proposed by Oregon state lawmakers to require background checks on private, person-to-person gun sales.

    Instead he told a legislative committee that background checks wouldn't prevent criminals from getting firearms. He suggested harsher treatment of criminals found with guns and more help for people with unmanaged mental health issues.