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Oath Keeper In Delaware Arrested For Selling Guns

 Elias Alias here. I received an email from a friend of the man who has been arrested on gun charges. Here is what he sent to me, with a request that I share this with our readers here at Oath Keepers national:

“One of the most ardent and outspoken Pro Second Amendment folks in the area, Matthew Opaliski, a Delaware member of the Oath Keepers, is facing a five count Federal indictment for exercising the unalienable rights that we are all born with as Americans. There is a Fundraising Campaign to aid in the defense of this case and I am asking for those that are defenders of Liberty to please consider donating. Matt has done so much here in Delaware to fight for our Constitutionally protected Rights. Throughout the last twenty years he has testified against many unconstitutional bills in front of our state legislature. Donations can be made by clicking the following link:


I have added some thoughts of my own below, but if you’re in a hurry please click that link and see what you can do to help. Thank you!


Elias Alias, editor


Matthew With Family
Matthew With Family

One Of Our Own Busted By ATF


We gun owners in America are like “little fishies” swimming about in the illusion that we have a Second Amendment and that it actually means what it says.  Yet the damned-by-God ATF and some other government agencies have a large and now intricately woven net in which to snare we happy little average American gun owners. The ATF’s net is woven of absurdities which they call “statutes”, and they use those statutes to violate the highest law of the land.

It says, plain as day, “...shall not be infringed.”  That means that every “statute law” written about guns since the Second Amendment was ratified is a debauchery of the very words the Founders penned. We all know that if a statute is not pursuant to the Constitution, it is not a law. It is an illusion of law, a fake law, a lie which has been propagated by politically-motivated idiots who never bothered to look into the essential spirit of the Constitution. Yet many government employees, and all ATF employees, seem to be unaware of that fact.

What gives, eh? How does an ATF agent who ran an under-cover deception on a gun-rights political activist, who is also an Oath Keeper, feel when he tries to sleep the sleep of the innocent each night in his bed? I truly wonder how such government agents feel on their way to sleep at night. Do they reflect on the ways they have violated the Constitution while raining terror down upon good American citizens? Apparently such agents have no conscience, or they would resign that sordid travesty which they mistakenly think is a “career in federal law enforcement”. Again I will remind them — it says, “…shall not be infringed”.

It’s just that simple.

But yet again the almighty ATF has seen reason to wreck a good citizen’s life over statutes which are not pursuant to the Constitution to which they swore their Oath.

A good man, a patriot and citizen and a man who has campaigned to be a State Senator, who actively addresses committees in the Delaware legislature, has been arrested for selling guns.

The headline ran this way:

 Former Delaware state candidate faces firearms charges

Their article stated:

DOVER – Federal prosecutors have charged a local Republican Party official and former state Senate candidate in Delaware with illegally dealing in firearms…. According to the indictment, Opaliski allegedly sold, traded or gave a Smith and Wesson .357/9mm-caliber revolver and a Springfield Armory 9 mm pistol to another person who was not a resident of Delaware in early December. A similar transaction earlier this month involved two Anderson Manufacturing AM-15 5.56-caliber semiautomatic rifles, authorities allege.

 My God, one would think the man has murdered a church full of women and children or something, right?  Well, okay, I used a lousy example, for we all know that only the ATF itself has murdered a church full of Christians with their children. (Click that embedded link to learn the truth about the ATF’s murder spree at Waco, Texas.)

The article also noted what the local Republican Party spokesperson had to say:

‘Matt is part of the Sussex County Party structure and elected by folks in his local area,’ said Delaware GOP executive director John Fluharty. “I’m sure the Sussex county executive committee will respond to this very difficult situation with the best interests of the party first and foremost.”

On that quaint statement the political motive I noted above, the fact of factions enacting statute laws, Oath Keepers founder, Stewart Rhodes, had this to say:

“Looks like the Republican party there is more than happy to throw him under the bus if it is in ‘the best interest of the party first and foremost’.”    — Stewart Rhodes

So now a conscientious patriot, head of his family and contributing member of his community, has been attacked by the ATF over selling a few guns, and the Republican Party is interested in how the GOP will be seen in this matter, apparently more than the GOP is concerned about this travesty that has been unlawfully perpetrated on him by one of the most notorious gov-thug organizations existing in the U.S. Empire. I feel that all of us are going to be seeing much more of this sort of abuse of authority in coming times. It is going to cost all of us more and more money, time, effort, and peace of mind as the militarization of “law enforcement” swells like an evil tide over our land, our towns and communities. But until we can educate enough Americans to recognize what is incrementally devouring our Republic from within, the travesty will only continue to grow.

One thing we can do at present moment is to demonstrate our outrage and also our loyalty to a fellow Oath Keeper by going to Matthew’s fund-raising page and pitching in what we can.  Here is that page.

Please be generous as much as your personal finances will permit. Our help will not only help Matthew and his family — it will also help send a message to a berserk government that we the people are not going to continue to suffer this kind of abuse, that we are tired of their tyranny. Oath Keepers thanks you.


PS: We will update this article after Stewart Rhodes gathers more info.


Elias Alias

Editor in Chief for Oath Keepers; Unemployed poet; Lover of Nature and Nature's beauty. Slave to all cats. Reading interests include study of hidden history, classical literature. Concerned Constitutional American. Honorably discharged USMC Viet Nam Veteran. Founder, TheMentalMilitia.Net



  1. “How does an ATF agent who ran an under-cover deception on a gun-rights political activist, who is also an Oath Keeper…”

    Not sure how the “agent” feels, but I am very willing to say in plain English that the arresting agent and the Delaware GOP executive director John Fluharty are SCUM; and all involved from the top down are *TRAITORS to the USA and the American people. Since force was used (I’m sure they handcuffed him) they also are **Terrorists against the USA and the American people.


    ** 28 C.F.R. Section 0.85 Terrorism is defined as “the unlawful use of force and violence against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives”.

    Remember the US Constitution does not allow those who serve within our governments – state and federal – to create law enforcement, they are CONSTITUTIONALLY REQUIRED to use the Militia of the several states.

    Don’t you think that we need a Grand Jury investigation by some with discreet investigative skills into those people involved, including the traitor to ALL Oath Keepers? We know for a fact that they have committed a felony at least, and yes I do mean both the Republiscum and the (hopefully) ex-ATF agent who is an OK TRAITOR to the US Constitution, and to the American public.

    WE can call up a Grand Jury investigation anytime, and we can set how we call Grand Jury jurors for the trial; such as start going through a phone book, facebook, talk to strangers on the street, whatever WE THE PEOPLE decide, as it is OUR tool to stop corruption by those who serve within our governments.

    Is it not time to let the US Constitution and God that inspired it do its work? We can educate on the US Constitution those who will be jurors, not the prosecutor, not the judge — they are just there to swear them in. At least there would be 25 more knowledgeable people about the US Constitution and Grand Jury behavior, etc.

    Politicians, like all public servants, take an oath to serve, defend and uphold the Constitution of the United States. They don’t pledge allegiance to a political party, any ideology or any specific group or individual. When their allegiance is to the faction (the party) instead of the US Constitution they quite possibly are also committing treason. Am I not right? I know the agent took the Oath, because if not, then there is NO authority. By breaking the Oath he became not only a felon for which he needs to be prosecuted, but a traitor to the USA and her people.

    [Editor’s Note: Cal, I’ve “edited” a couple of places in your comment, for clarity. Thank you for taking my call. And thank you for all the good work you do in composing comments for this website.
    Elias Alias, editor]

  2. Get a hold of Carl Miller the Constitution man in Michigan, he has a 3 part video series on youtube called know your constitution which explains just how to defend against such bull***t.

  3. The primary is the One Party System masquerading as Two with minus One which equals Authoritarianism. As, it only allows Independence from the Declaration of Independence within ones desired collective. Not with admission wthout permission as it requires simple submission under no condition, but the abolition of the Constitution . Thus, the equal right of enslavement.

  4. In this day and time with so much effort to infringe on the 2nd amendment citizens must be aware of Federal, State, and Local laws. Especially if you are a representative of a group advocating against those in power. There is a strong movement by the the 2nd Amendment infringement people to destroy the 2nd Amendment at the grass roots level. Be aware! When a 70 year old man is arrested for carrying a flint lock pistol there is something terribly wrong.

  5. I hate to be the anti-thesis, but doesn’t the bill of rights also state that the powers not delegated to the federal government are delegated to the states themselves?

    and Delaware law states “private sales” of firearms require the intermediary of an FFL. although that is a catch 22 since the FFL requires a FEDERAL license, thereby delegating power to the federal government through the state.

    If he used an FFL as an intermediary, then the arrest by the ATF ( once again a federal agency who actually has no power delegated to it by the bill of rights, only the state, so another catch 22) is illegal, and so is the detainment.

    1. Moman, thank you muchly for reading here and leaving your observations. I’m glad to see you here, and grateful. I will offer some slight additions to your view, which I hope will clear-up the perception of “catch-22” paralysis in getting to the bottom of this.

      You stated:
      “I hate to be the anti-thesis, but doesn’t the bill of rights also state that the powers not delegated to the federal government are delegated to the states themselves?”

      To that I must reply: Moman, technically speaking, I would submit that the Bill of Rights does not *delegate* anything to the States themselves. The Bill of Rights *reserves* to “the States, or to the People” all powers not delegated to the General government (in Article 1, Section 8). Readers here may wish to read my article on The Clue In The Two Letter Word, here:

      You continued: “and Delaware law states “private sales” of firearms require the intermediary of an FFL. although that is a catch 22 since the FFL requires a FEDERAL license, thereby delegating power to the federal government through the state. If he used an FFL as an intermediary, then the arrest by the ATF ( once again a federal agency who actually has no power delegated to it by the bill of rights, only the state, so another catch 22) is illegal, and so is the detainment.”

      Moman, You have arrived at the proper conclusion as you have noted the “catch-22” nature which spawns the confusion in law enforcement’s perception. However, it is not really a catch-22, in so far as the Delaware “law” is itself not pursuant to the Constitution, and therefore is no law at all. It is merely the illusion of a “law” propagated by the usurpers who wrote it and got it through the legislature and signed into “law”, but all who participated in making that nonsense a “law” were themselves usurpers, as we shall see when I get a chance to address this person calling himself “Seabee” below in this comment thread.

      Meanwhile, to your point, the State of Delaware is perfectly well entitled to make its State Law(s) as it wishes, through virtue of its own State sovereignty, but the State of Delaware is only authorized to make laws which do not offend the highest law of the land, the U.S. Constitution. No State which is party to the compact is entitled to make any law which violates its citizens “unalienable rights”, some of which are protected in writing in the Bill of Rights, where we find the Second Amendment. The glaring fact here is that the Constitution fully intends to see, (and provides for), a complete freedom for citizens to keep and bear arms; to traffic in arms via barter, trade, buying-selling, gifting, bequeathing, or by whatever other means the people may exercise their inherent right to keep and bear arms, without interference by any level of government throughout the entire federal system, from local town to County to State to General government in WDC.

      So Delaware’s “law” is not a “law”, for it would infringe the rights of Delaware citizens under their higher protection as worded in the Constitution for the united States of America. I mentioned in the above article that it says, “…shall not be infringed”. That is just what it means. Any law which is an infringement of one’s right to keep and bear arms is simply not a law. Further, as you have already noted here, if we look to the Constitution we find absolutely no authority granted or enumerated or described which would authorize the existence of the ATF, period. It is an agency which has no Constitutional authority to even exist in this country. That the ATF has organized some silliness called “Federal Firearms Licensee” as a title of privilege, and designates some imagined “authority” to that title/license, is itself a hoax of grave proportions. Again I will defer here and ask that you read my reply to Seaman below, which I will try hard to get posted here later tonight, or at least asap. What I will share with Seaman will go far in giving you a more complete and well-balanced answer to your observations.

      Thanks Moman,
      Elias Alias, editor

      1. Yes, the BATFE is an unconstitutional organization and federal charges against this man are bogus. The larger discussion though, (IMHO) is the 2nd amendment as it applies to the States.

        ‘The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.’

        There are some powers that are prohibited by it, (the constitution) to the States but those are specifically enumerated. The 2nd amendment is not one of them. Those powers not specifically prohibited to the states were solely directed at, and prohibited to the Federal Govt. The 2nd amendment applies to the Federal Govt only. Fortunately, most State constitutions protect our God given right to keep and bear arms.

        Another way to think about it is why would the states include a clause to protect the rights to keep and bear arms if the 2nd amendment of the U.S Constitution already covered it? Granted, some states drew up their constitutions first but not that many. Including that clause in a State constitution would be redundant. The reason the States included that clause it in their constitutions was because they knew the 2nd amendment applied to the Federal Govt only and that the States wanted to ensure the state itself could not infringe that God given right.

        Constitutional clauses that apply to the States, (and there aren’t that many) are supreme. State Constitutional clauses, (that are not prohibited by U.S. Constitutional) are supreme (even over the U.S constitution).

      2. Am attaching this to Rob’s comment, but hope all in the thread read it.

        We don’t even have to get to the 10th Amendment (States Clause), because the 9th Amendment inversely secures the first 8 as enumerated to the “Individual.”

        I know what going to come my way here, but read the 9th again. In order for it to be true, then the inverse must be true. Had they written it to secure the Enumerated Rights directly to the person, then all kinds of ambiguity would be possible. It’s actually quite brilliant…..

  6. Here’s the other side of the story Opaliski has been knowingly selling firearms in violation of federal firearms laws for years. Any moron knows selling handguns across state lines requires the deal go through a ffl dealer. Any moron knows if the law says private sale must go through a ffl dealer you comply. Opaliski was given every opportunity to do the deals the right way by going through a ffl dealer he didn’t. There was no sting operation Opaliski had a face book page set up for gun sales, he also advertised in 2 well known national gun sales online sites. He knew the law concerning firearms sales, he refused to comply, because he believed they were unconstitutional. Concerning he got caught selling a “few guns” illegally, everyone who knows Opaliski knows the 5 guns he got caught selling illegally don’t begin to scratch the surface of his illegal gun sales.
    This is not some form of political retaliation as it’s being presented, it was criminal activity. Oath keepers in Delaware who know the other side of the story not being told, do not and will not support Opaliski.

    1. I find it to be one hell of a coincidence that Seabee shares the same writing style as a guy who had his membership revoked, and even more of a coincidence that similar comments have been made from this individual on a local blog and on facebook. You’ve made a few inaccurate statements in your comments, like when you wrote about selling across state lines. None of the charges involve selling across state lines because the sales were made in Delaware. Also, a local gun shop (where Matt did his out of state transfers) is raffling off a rifle to support Matt, and all profits are going to his defense fund. Also… It is NOT a crime to sell firearms on facebook or

    2. Well Bill [One Word Deleted: Editor], calling yourself a SeaBee is a crime. I’m calling you out. You are a troll. You can change your name but you are still the same person and your writing is the same no matter where you go.

  7. The real story is not how it’s presented here. Law abiding gun owners in Delaware who know Opaliski are not contributing to his defense fund.

    1. Am I to take it that you know all law-abiding citizens in Delaware? How can you speak for them, unless you know them?
      That’s one thing. This is another thing — Opaliski is a law-abiding citizen himself. Anyone who would try to impose a penalty on him for doing what the Constitution fully protects as one of his unalienable rights is himself a usurper and would-be tyrant. Again I repeat — it says: “…shall not be infringed.” What part of that can you not understand? You really have missed the whole point of the Constitution, and in your failure to “get it” you would empower government to infringe exactly what the government has expressly been forbidden to do. Seabee, Oath Keepers is all about the Constitution as the written word and will of the American people. It is the highest law of the land. No State statute, and indeed no federal statute, can rightfully regulate or control or tax or license any activity relative to arms among we the people. Delaware’s laws about guns have to honor the Second Amendment and the other three places the Militia is mentioned in the main body of the Constitution, or said laws are not laws at all.

      I am preparing a little reading assignment for you, which I’ll post under your previous comment as soon as I can get finished typing it, but I also have other duties which are competing for my minutes, so I must ask you to check back here later and help yourself to a new perception of the Constitution, the Declaration, and the Bill of Rights. Thank you.

      Elias Alias, editor

    2. Again “Bill”, you are WRONG. Law abiding gun owners all over DE are joining together to contribute to his defense. Of course you wouldn’t know anything about law abiding would you?

    3. So, in essence, you (Seabee) believe every law, ordinance, statute, etc., is legal under our constitution, hense you will follow all any government entity proclaims, regardless of the constitution and hense, my opinion is you would turn in your neighbor like a good little nazi. Probably a leap of abstraction, but you come here and spew similar comments that appear what a left wing, progressive socialistic controlling narcissist would say….not saying you are. At what point do you wake up? Maybe when you are in jail for just exhaling CO2.

      I suppose if I purchase a gun, and give it to my son, I am a felon; based on your compliance to the almighty governments.

      “The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.” Thomas Jefferson

  8. Furious at the December 1773 Boston Tea Party, Parliament in 1774 passed the Coercive Acts. The particular provisions of the Coercive Acts were offensive to Americans, but it was the possibility that the British might deploy the army to enforce them that primed many colonists for armed resistance (JD15). The Patriots of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, resolved: “That in the event of Great Britain attempting to force unjust laws upon us by the strength of arms, our cause we leave to heaven and our rifles.” A South Carolina newspaper essay, reprinted in Virginia, urged that any law that had to be enforced by the military was necessarily illegitimate.

    Is there no “furious” in the patriots of today?

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