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Eric Parker stands on a stage under a blue tent with a microphone in his hand. American flags and red, white and blue balloons adorn the stage.
Heath Druzin
Real 3%ers Of Idaho leader Eric Parker gives a speech at a John Birch Society rally protesting pandemic measures in Twin Falls, Idaho in August 2020. Parker has become one of the country's most prominent militia leaders.

Eric Parker went to a ranch in Nevada, pointed his rifle at federal agents, then beat the feds in court. It made him a folk hero in the militia movement. And he’s worked hard to soften the image of his militia. Instead of fighting the government, he’s become an increasingly powerful political force pulling the state GOP even farther right. Now he’s after a new title: state Senator in Idaho.

Heath Druzin was Boise State Public Radio’s Guns & America fellow from 2018-2020, during which he focused on extremist movements, suicide prevention and gun culture.

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