By Kerrin Brinkman | September 19 2011 11:37

Albuquerque Mayor Berry welcomes the NRA and police officers from around the nation to the 2011 National Police Shooting Championships
Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry welcomes the NRA and law enforcement competitors from around the nation to the 2011 National Police Shooting Championships

Albuquerque, New Mexico - The 2011 National Police Shooting Championships officially began today with this morning’s Opening Ceremonies. The event began with the Albuquerque Police Department’s Honor Guard presenting the colors as an officer sang the National Anthem. As the officer sang, Albuquerque Police Department’s helicopter hovered over the range, unfurling the colors from aircraft.

After the invocation, and an introduction from Deputy Chief Allen Banks , Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry took to the podium to welcome the staff, competitors, and visitors.

"We appreciate the fact that NRA chooses Albuquerque for the National Police Shooting Championships each year," said Mayor Berry before thanking the NRA and welcoming NRA Board Members Tom Gaines, Dr. David Bennett, Bill Allen, Dennis Willing, and Dwight Van Horn as well as NRA's Executive Director of General Operations Kayne Robinson and Deputy Executive Director Andrea Cerwinske.

"This is a significant event for Albuquerque, we do a lot of things in Albuquerque that we're proud of but none more than the fact that we have people from all over the world and the country in law enforcement and show Albuquerque, New Mexico, and the entire country what it means to be good at what you do as a law enforcement officer,” added Berry.

As he concluding the ceremony, Berry assured the crowd that Albuquerque and the state of New Mexico are supporters of citizens’ right to bear arms.

"Today is a good day to celebrate law enforcement, a good day to celebrate the Second Amendment. We really believe in that in the city of Albuquerque and we want to up hold the Second Amendment and make sure that Albuquerque and New Mexico are places where we can honor and cherish our Second Amendment rights."

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