- Associated Press - Saturday, March 12, 2016

DOVER, Del. (AP) - A former state Senate candidate and local Republican Party official who is facing federal firearms charges has agreed to enter a guilty plea.

A judge on Friday scheduled a March 24 plea hearing for Matthew Opaliski, cancelling a June trial.

Opaliski was indicted by a federal grand jury last year on three counts of dealing firearms without a license and two counts of unlawful transfer of firearms.

Prosecutors allege the illegal activity took place on several occasions between late 2014 and early 2015.

Opaliski, a tea party supporter and gun rights activist who has testified in the legislature on firearms bills, had initially pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Opaliski has run for state Senate three times and also served as a GOP district committee chairman in Sussex County.

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