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Schuylkill County police chief says he won't back down

Written by The Associated Press | Aug 29, 2013 4:31 AM
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(Gilberton) -- A Schuylkill County police chief says he expects to be fired for posting incendiary videos in which he rants obscenely about the Second Amendment and liberals while spraying gun fire with borough-owned weapons.

But Gilberton Chief Mark Kessler, whose pro-gun videos have garnered hundreds of thousands of views online, has no intention of going away quietly.

Kessler has an Internet radio show, speaking invitations to gun rallies, and a newly formed "Constitution Security Force" that he claims already has chapters in 45 states.

The 41-year-old coal miner-turned-cop says his message is resonating with a segment of the public that believes as he does.

Friday is the last day of Kessler's 30-day suspension over what the Gilberton council has said was unauthorized use of borough-owned weapons.

The council could decide his fate Friday night.

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