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Chief Mark Kessler's gun-rights message reaches beyond Pennsylvania
Chief Mark Kessler's gun-rights message reaches beyond Pennsylvania

The tiny coal town of Gilberton has become a spectacle for the nation's gun debate, marshaling dozens of armed gun-rights activists who come to defend the borough's suspended police chief, whose profanity-laced YouTube videos sparked the controversy. At four meetings in as many months, the backers of Chief Mark Kessler showed their support by packing — they came to disciplinary hearings bristling with semiautomatic rifles and handguns. Several slung rifles over their shoulders, others holstered them on their hips or beneath clothing. Some carried three weapons. But not anymore. When one of them dropped a pistol at Thursday night's termination hearing and it...

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