How Can a Felon Protect Their Home?

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Why would felons want to protect their home?  It is a natural thing to do.  They want to protect their loved ones, themselves, and their home just like anyone else.

This blog post will cover the issue of how a felon can protect their home.

  • A Simple Solution
  • Necessity Defense
  • Having Their Record Expunged
  • Restoring Firearm Rights
  • Receiving a Pardon
  • Alternative Protection
  • Supporting a Felon in Protecting Their Home

A Simple Solution

The simple solution to protecting their home is the obvious answer that many who are not felons take.  That is, to equip their home with legal means of protection.

This would include standard security measures, such as an extra lock, deadbolt, and reliable security alarm.  That is what most citizens do instead of possessing a gun.

For many felons the temptation is probably to have a gun in their home for protection regardless of the law.

Whether or not their conviction was for an offense involving a weapon, even having a gun in their home can result in their being arrested and charged with felony possession of a weapon.

This would result in their return to prison for a rather lengthy sentence.

Having the attitude that they can do what they want “because it’s for a good reason” is typical of the thinking that got them into trouble in the first place.

That mentality is a part of the criminal thinking that accompanied their dishonest lifestyle in the past.

This is something most felons have pledged to put behind them in their quest to live an honest life after serving their sentence.

There are circumstances in which felons can possess a firearm.

Necessity Defense

An exception to the ban on firearms is through the “affirmative defense of necessity.”

These are exceptions granted in “rare situations.”

The guidelines for this type of exception are to be able to demonstrate five criteria, including:

  • Reasonable fear of death or serious injury
  • No reckless placement of themselves in the path of that threat
  • No reasonable alternative to firearm possession
  • Reasonable belief that possession would avert the threat
  • Maintain possession only as long as necessary to avoid the threat.

An important note here is that all five requirements must clearly be met.  If even one criteria is missing this defense will not apply and serious legal problems can result for felons.

In a recent court case, a felon met four of the five guidelines but it was decided they had kept the firearm longer than necessary after the threat had ended.  This resulted in a denial of this defense.

Having Their Record Expunged

One way for felons to once again own a firearm is to have their record expunged.

Most first-time felons can have a felony expunged.

Expungement is granted by the governor of the state where the conviction occurred.

Each state has its own laws regarding felony expungement.  Having legal counsel will be important in this process.  Typically, they must have been out of prison from five to ten years to be eligible.

Restoring Firearms Rights

Recently, a law was passed that would allow felons having lost their rights to own a firearm to be able to have that right restored.

The process depends on whether their felony conviction was from the state or the federal government.

Each state sets its standards for restoring firearm rights.

If the conviction came from the federal court, there is an application procedure to follow.

Receiving a Pardon

Another way to have firearm rights restored is by seeking a pardon.

If it is a state pardon, each state sets its own standards for receiving a pardon.

In order to obtain a federal pardon, felons must wait five years after completion of their sentence.  Then they may contact the federal government regarding a pardon (clemency).  They should first seek legal counsel.

For any of these means of receiving their firearms rights, the nature, seriousness, and length of time since their conviction will be considered.

Employment is probably the most challenging aspect of returning to society.  Many felons struggle with finding a job because the stigma of having a felony record deters employers from hiring felons.

There are companies that are willing to give felons a second chance.

Having healthy ties to the community involves having good relationships with their families and friends as well as being involved in community and volunteer work.

Maintaining and documenting that involvement will be valuable to felons wanting to regain firearm rights as well as any other rights.

Attending a re-entry program can aid their case.  Changing friends and hangouts will also be important.

Alternative Protection

Protecting their home can be accomplished with other means than a firearm.  There are certain weapons that felons can possess that are not considered to be firearms.

These include a knife with a blade not longer than four inches, a muzzleloader, a crossbow, and a pellet gun. There are certain restrictions on owning each of these.

Each state has its own laws regarding each of these weapons.

Felons must obey those guidelines in possessing any type of weapon.

Supporting a Felon in Protecting Their Home

For families of felons who want to protect their home, support them in doing so through legal means.

Be honest with them about the importance of this as part of their commitment to putting their criminal life behind them.

Following safety guidelines in owning any type of weapon as a way of protecting their home will be important.

There is a legal method for protecting their home. Be there for them.  Help them achieve this.

So what do you think about this blog post about a felon can protect their home?  Have you or someone you know been in this situation?  What was that like and were they successful?  Please tell us in the comments below.

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14 thoughts on “How Can a Felon Protect Their Home?”

  1. Interesting article.. I am a felon who has been targeted Individual for many years, electronic harassment and gang stalking, any weapon you can buy over the counter, is legal defense in my book.. if it’s a knife, simy put, a 5 inch blade is not big enough.. I pack a ten inch blade, most police overlook this item, there is no law that says I can’t pack it in my car… If you are going defend your home with a pellet gun, check out the Chinese made version, very high powered, up to 3000 ft oer sec . Let’s face it, if your going to shoot someone with a pellet gun, you better make it count.. if it’s a crossbow for your home, consider a reverse pull, with higher power, they are more compact and easier to handle… Under the 2nd amendment, even a felon has the right to defend themselves against all enemies, forign or do estic.. even against your own government

  2. Thats crazy.. I am a convicted felon and was targeted by gang stalkers as well. Its left me soo scarred that I too plan to expung/ restore my gun rights in the near future

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  3. In my state, Connecticut, an expungement or pardon is damn near impossible. If you have a lengthy record you are required to know ALL the details of each and every charge, names, victims, court decisions, the circumstances, and so forth. You need dispositions for everything, you have to explain your state of mind for everything even going back decades. You need letters, recommendations, etc. Two different lawyers told me it was highly unlikely and a waste of money. A jobs pardon on the other hand is possible, but that has nothing to do with guns. By the way,Black powder type guns are still banned for felons in my state. But crossbows aren’t. Or bb guns, paint ball guns, salt guns, mace, or any kind of sword, etc.

  4. I am a ex felon, being stalked, coerced and intimidated by a client ex felon with a violent history( he did 17 years for setting a man on fire). He is also trying to extort me. He threatened to kill me. there lots more. He came to my office , pushed pass the secretary, and threaten to destroy my business via sabotage. we fell cornered when he comes. He has brandished a weapon (hook Blade in the past)… I feel I need a gun to protect my office , secretary and myself..please advise..

  5. I don’t care what anyone says, or what politicians and the law says, I got a record and still I have a pistol in my house (which I own) and will shoot to death any SOB who home invades and breaks in. I will not let anyone kill me. Like everybody else, I have the right to defend myself and my home. End of story.

  6. hi my name niko i am 36 and my felony was about 18 years ago i just turned 18 and got into trouble and got a felony its been long i think it was a class 1 felony i think i did time in statesville and other for that felony but it was a problem cause of people i was around so i moved out of state and started over fresh but this past has hunted me everywhere i go and i have no way of defending my home incase of a emergency the things i have past the torture its been really hard and i need to find a way to ether pardon or expunge it something.

  7. I have two dogs trained for personal protection. that is better than any gun. Nobody can get hold of and turn them on me. they may be able to shoot one but the other will get em or me after that.

  8. Some of these comments are troubling, in particular the willingness to ignore the law, and – to a lesser, but still serious, extent – the gang-stalking claims.

    Look, you can do whatever you want to do, but I highly advise against breaking the law, especially if it’s because you think you are being stalked by people that you can’t clearly prove are stalking you. After all, chances are slim to none that you’d be able to adequately prove you’re being stalked (cell-phone footage of cars passing by or people staring at you would be brushed aside with the quickness).

    I guess you have to weigh the pros and cons of the situation. Is it worth it to own a gun and defend yourself, if it means catching a serious charge that will put in prison again (for what I’m assuming will be a long time, considering you’ll be a felon in possession of a firearm THAT KILLED SOMEONE)?

    Personally, I say NO, especially when there are adequate ways to legally protect yourself.

    One GREAT option is the Benjamin Bulldog, a high-powered air rifle that can do SERIOUS damage (look it up). It’s expensive (damn near $1,000), but worth it, especially if it means keeping you out of prison!

    Another excellent option? Take a self-defense course! Muay-thai or western boxing would be my first choices, followed by Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ); krav maga is a good choice, too.

    A gun is the best self-defense option, but knowing how to defend yourself in a one-on-one confrontation is a HUGE advantage over the would-be attacker.

    If you can’t own a gun? Accept it and find a different solution! Don’t wallow in self-pity and think “I’m screwed now! There’s nothing I can do!”, because it’s not true. There are plenty of ways to defend yourself; you just need to do the research, pick a solution, and follow through.

    Best of luck, fellow former criminals!

  9. I was convicted of a non-violent crime (cannabis related) 25 years ago and it still haunts me everyday.. I hope to have it expunged and regain my rights but there is no guarantee. I have had no violations since (this happened when I was 20. I’m now 45 have raised 4 kids.. pending your state, there are decent options. I have pepper ball guns, but it is definitely not as comforting as a firearm. I won’t break the law and have a firearm, but with the world going crazy here lately, I hope I can regain my rights and live like a normal person.. 25 years is enough for a crime that isn’t even illegal in 15 states now..


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