A top official with New York’s Oath Keepers chapter sparred with a Fox News radio host over an individual’s right to disobey laws they believe to be unconstitutional.
The group, which is comprised mostly of retired and active-duty law enforcement personnel, claims they are not bound to enforce such laws due to their oaths to defend the constitution.
"See, the people are supposed to be the boss,” said John Wallace, vice president of the New York Oath Keepers. “We’re telling people not to comply with an unconstitutional law.”
He appeared Thursday on “The Alan Colmes Show,” where the host repeatedly challenged Wallace to explain how the U.S. Constitution granted individual rights to interpret the law.
“No right is absolute, and there’s nothing in the Constitution that says that there can’t be regulation,” Colmes said. “Just (Thursday), the Supreme Court made a decision on regulation of free speech. No right is absolute, and on what basis do you get to determine whether a law is enforceable or not?”
Wallace said that ruling, which struck down a Massachusetts law that banned protesters within 35 feet of abortion clinics, expanded the right to free speech, and quickly changed the topic from the First Amendment to the Second Amendment.
The group is specifically concerned about the state’s Safe Act, which stiffens gun laws, and Wallace said four pending challenges to the law would take too long for the courts to decide.
“I don’t think it’s in the purview of the state of New York to decide – I have a Second Amendment constitutional right – the government is supposed to protect those rights, by the way,” Wallace said. “My rights come from God. It comes from the fact that you exist.”