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Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin speaks out about stance on Initiative 43

The sheriff spoke out against the initiative in an open letter.

Posted: May 7, 2018 8:23 PM
Updated: May 7, 2018 8:44 PM

ROSEBURG, OR. -- Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin is speaking out about his stance against Initiative 43, and why he feels it will only negatively impact law-abiding citizens.

In his statement, Sheriff Hanlin voiced his concerns about Initiative 43, and made it clear that he’s an advocate for the protection of Americans’ Second Amendment rights.


Initiative 43 would ban the manufacture, sale, import, purchase, transfer, or possession of assault style firearms and extended magazines if they aren’t properly registered.

Sheriff Hanlin said his major concern is that he feels it’s an over reaching piece of legislation that is improperly worded and could even ultimately limit the purchase and ownership of single-shot weapons with extended magazines.

He wants to make sure residents of Douglas County understand where their representatives stand on the issue.

“I know that the majority of residents in this county defend, protect, support, and defend our second amendment rights, and I do as well. I just think it’s important that the constituency out there knows where we stand here in local government.”

He also doesn't think putting it into place would affect the outcome of shootings, like the one at UCC.

“A person could’ve walked into that classroom with two or three revolvers – old western-style, single-action revolvers, and done the same kind of tragic killing that went on there.”

Sheriff Hanlin said he and other sheriffs around Oregon are taking this stance and will continue to fight to maintain the second amendment right.

Initiative 43 proponents need to gather over 88,000 signatures before July 6th for it to be put on the November ballot.

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