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Behold, the police chief of Gilberton, PA...

The police chief of tiny Gilberton Borough in Pennsylvania's coal country has a few things he wants to get off his chest - and out of his guns.

Behold, the police chief of Gilberton, PA...

The police chief of tiny Gilberton Borough in Pennsylvania's coal country has a few things he wants to get off his chest - and out of his guns.

Chief Mark Kessler is fast becoming the talk of the state after several newspapers and television stations publicized a series of profanity-laced videos he made of himself, during which he is unapologetically shooting off automatic weapons.

In the first video, he starts off with a rant about U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and the United Nations. He sees both as a threat to his right to bear arms.

"Come and get it," he screams into the camera before firing off his automatic weapon.

In the second video -- posted below -- he pretends to apologize. And then he uses another series of choice words to describe those who may disagree with him, including liberals.

If you watch the video, you may want to turn down the volume, and make sure no kids (or bosses) are nearby. There are curse words galore, starting at about a minute in.

Kessler told the Standard-Speaker newspaper of nearby Hazleton that he’s within his constitutional rights in the videos and he obeys the constitution as a police chief.

“Some people are just trying to make a mountain out of a molehill,” he told the newspaper Tuesday.

The Associated Press is reporting that Gilberton Mayor Mary Lou Hennon told WFMZ-TV of Allentown that she finds the language offensive. But she says she won’t take action against Kessler.

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