By Lars Dalseide | September 19 2012 09:45

Councilman Sanchez thanks NRA for believing in Albuquerque

Albuquerque City Councilman Ken Sanchez at Opening Ceremonies for the NRA National Police Shooting Championships at the Shooting Range Park Albuquerque, New Mexico - The NRA was welcomed to Albuquerque this week for the 2012 National Police Shooting Championships (NPSC). One of the officials there to offer his greetings was Albuquerque City Councilman Ken Sanchez. It is within his district, District One, that the Shooting Range Park resides. For those of you who don't know, the Shooting Range Park has hosted NPSC for the past seven years.

"We've been extremely impressed with the NRA and what they've done here in Albuquerque," Sanchez explained. "To host this event for seven consecutive years is an honor for Albuquerque and I think it speaks well for the Shooting Range and the staff who works here."

Located about twelve miles west of I-25 and I-40, improvements to the range in 2006 made it possible for the NRA to move the Championships here from their previous home down in Jackson, Mississippi.

"When I first got on the Council (in 2005), that was the first year they were talking about this event coming to our great city," explained Sanchez. "We made an investment for the city. Who would have thought it would be back for a seventh consecutive year.

The 4,000-acre Shooting Park Range boasts one of the most comprehensive shooting sport facilities in the nation. Those facilities include multiple skeet shooting fields (even lighted for night shoots), rifle ranges and 100 firing point pistol range. By investing in the Park, Albuquerque has been able to draw in events such as NPSC as well as Regional Skeet Championships.

What that translates into is hundreds of people traveling to the city as volunteers, staff, spectators and competitors for those events. And that means more money for the local economy. Probably what officials such as Sanchez were thinking when they made the investment back in 2005.

"I have been out to the facility several times to keep on top what how we're doing," said Sanchez. "We are very honored and proud to have the NRA here. I want to thank the NRA for believing in Albuquerque."

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