Cobb County Republican Party Chairman Jason Shepherd told the AJC that he reached out to Meadows after he heard of her decision to hire the deputies.
The National Rifle Association elected Carolyn Meadows of Marietta as its new president this week.
Shepherd said he was not aware of any specific threats made to Meadows. “I’m guessing she’s dealing with whatever’s going on as best as she can,” he said.
Meadows, 80, was elected president of the gun-rights group in April, taking over for former president Oliver North.
She is a pioneer in Georgia Republican politics. She has served as a Georgia representative on the Republican National Committee, helped organize the 1999 state presidential campaign for Steve Forbes, and supported Casey Cagle for governor in 2018, bringing with her an NRA endorsement.
The NRA posted on its website that its "deepest sympathies" are with the victims and family members of those killed by the two gunmen, as well as the two communities that have been forever changed by the mass shootings. While it said it would not engage in politicizing the shootings, the NRA said it was committed to the "safe and lawful use of firearms by those exercising their Second Amendment freedoms."
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