Brady Campaign Calls for Immediate Resignation of Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin

Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence

For Immediate Release: October 4, 2015

Contact: Brendan Kelly, bkelly [at] bradymail [dot] org

Phone: 202-370-8131

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WASHINGTON - The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence is calling for the resignation of Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin, effective immediately. The Campaign has also called for his replacement as lead investigator of the Umpqua Community College shooting.

"John Hanlin should tender his resignation from the Douglas Country Sheriff's Office and be immediately replaced as lead investigator on this case," said Dan Gross, President of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.

"With the support of nearly 90 percent of Oregonians, Governor Brown signed expanded Brady background checks into law this past May. In pledging not to enforce the new law, John Hanlin has clearly demonstrated that his political ideology trumps his responsibility to protect his community. The victims of last week's shooting and the entire community deserve a thorough investigation that will get to the bottom of this heinous crime - an investigation that must be grounded in facts and evidence, not myth and bias.

"When questioning the realities of the September 11th attacks and the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary, Sheriff John Hanlin posited a simple question - 'Who can we trust anymore?' He has made clear to Oregonians that it surely is not him."

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