Albuquerque, New Mexico - While inspecting the grounds of the National Police Shooting Championships, Gunnery Sergeant R. Lee Ermey ran into Bernalillo County Sheriff Dan Houston and Undersheriff Ron Paiz. It wasn't long before the three started going back and forth with each other like old friends.
"We're all real happy to have the NRA here (at the Shooting Range Park) for the Police Shooting Championships," said Houston. "It's a wonderful thing for the community and for our officers ... especially since the have the opportunity to meet someone like R. Lee Ermey."
The three were later joined by NRA General Operations Executive Director Kayne Robinson and Law Enforcement Director Glen Hoyer. After sharing a few stories about the local hot spots and cuisines, Robinson was quick to ensure that Sheriff Houston and Undersheriff Piaz would be in attendance for tonight's Awards Ceremony. Yes, Gunny will be there too.
In fact, Ermey is somewhat legendary at these events for staying to the end. He's not there to dance the night away, rather to meet with those who participated in the National Police Shooting Championships, pose for pictures and sign whatever they put in front of him.
The fun will start tonight at 7 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in downtown Albuquerque. So if you shot in this week's competition, and have a ticket to the event, remember that Gunny will be there until the last man/woman leaves. That's just the way he is ... giving a little back to those who protect and serve.