Sarah Palin's father says he and his wife have taken to sleeping with guns after the family started receiving death threats.
In an interview with BBC News
, Chuck Heath said a man recently sent him and his wife, Sally, photocopies of a receipt for a gun he had bought, along with with a photocopy of a one-way ticket to Alaska.
The man was later arrested by the FBI, but Palin's father said the incident rattled the family.
"We sleep with the guns," Chuck Heath said in the interview at his home in Wasilla, Alaska, where Sarah Palin was mayor.
Palin's mother, Sally Heath, admitted to the BBC that she has concerns about the safety of her daughter and grandchildren now that Sarah Palin is in the national spotlight.
"She knows how I feel, that it's risky," Palin's mother said of her daughter's potential presidential candidacy.
In other Palin news, Politico
reported the former Alaska governor slammed comedian Kathy Griffin as a "bully" for her jokes at the expense of Palin's family.
In her standup, Griffin has taken frequent shots at Palin's daughter, Bristol. She teased the younger Palin for apparently gaining weight during her stint on ABC's "Dancing With the Stars."
Palin said in an interview Saturday on Fox News
that she's okay with being singled out for ridicule, "but leave my kids alone."
"Kathy Griffin can do anything to me or say anything about me," Palin said. "She's a 50-year-old adult bully, a has-been comedian."
Griffin will soon appear on the Fox show "Glee" playing a Palin-inspired character.