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.