President Biden Visits ABQ, Open Carry Protestor Monitored by Police on Motorcade Route
An open carry protester talks to an Albuquerque Police officer and U.S. Secret Service member while President Joe Biden passes by in Albuquerque, N.M.
On November 3rd, 2022, President Joe Biden made a stop in Albuquerque, N.M. at two official events. The first was at CNM (Central New Mexico Community College) and also speaking was Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham.
The motorcade of the President started at the Albuquerque International Sunport and made it's way to CNM for the first stop. Onlookers were on University Blvd as the President drove by on its way to CNM to speak about student loan debt relief.
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Two identical "Beast" vehicles can be seen driving north on University towards CNM
video of both motorcades and incident with an open carry armed man
The second stop was at the Ted M. Gallegos Community Center in Southwest Albuquerque. There were a handful of protesters in the median where the motorcader was to turn into the community center. A man held a Punisher and a Pine Tree flag while open carrying a pistol on his right hip. The Pine Tree Flag is a flag that was used in the Revolutionary War by President George Washington. The Punisher flag represents "Marvels" comics anti hero character.
Officials tried to convince to man to stand further back but he refused several times. Eventually U.S. Secret Service and Albuquerque Police Department officials stopped trying to get him to back up and instead they kept the man within arms length as they talked to him when the motorcade drove by. The motorcade passed by without incident and President Biden could be seen looking at the handful of protesters out of his window.
President Biden made it back to the Sunport and was headed to a campaign stop in California next.