Guns & America

Heath Druzin / Boise State Public Radio

Some Treasure Valley schools have added additional security measures for the new academic year in the wake of several high-profile shootings, including one that left 17 people dead at a Parkland, Florida high school in February.

Atlanta hosts more than 700 conventions each year. But unlike most of those, at the annual pop-culture convention Dragon Con, you’re allowed to bring in guns — fake ones, that is.

If your costume for Dragon Con includes a prop weapon, you might get a tap on the shoulder from someone like Amanda Tucker.

She is part of a small army of security volunteers making the rounds through the lobby of one of five major hotels that host the convention, which draws more than 85,000 attendees.

Boise State Public Radio announced Wednesday it has hired Heath Druzin as a member of the inaugural cohort of Audion Fellows, who will spend two years reporting on the role of guns in American life as part of a new national “Guns & America” reporting collaborative. All 10 fellows have been hired by participating public newsrooms across the country.

Hundreds Turn Out For Gun Rally At Idaho Capitol

Sep 8, 2018
gun rally
Heath Druzin / Boise State Public Radio

Idaho has some of the loosest gun laws in the country. For some here, though, just about any restriction is unacceptable. On Saturday hundreds of gun activists marched to the State Capitol.


Boise State Public Radio has been selected to participate in Guns & America, a two-year, national reporting collaborative of 10 public media stations, funded by a $5.3 million grant from The Kendeda Fund.