2A and Self defense for Family Members who have Felony conviction
I believe the right to self defense extends to every human being alive regardless of their status, age, gender etc. I believe this right should extend to those who have found themselves on the wrong side of the law and have a felony conviction.
I have a family member, cousin, whose wife was convicted of a felony after she was found guilty of embezzling money from the FDIC bank where she worked. It was a relatively small amount of money but due to being FDIC it became federal.
She is one of the most wonderful people I have ever known, is not a career criminal type and would never do such a thing ever again in her life. They were under financial stress, had two children and she made a bad decision. She was young and felt desperate.
They have since recovered and have three children and a good life. She still has her felony. She is in process of getting her rights restored but it seems to take a long time.
My question is this.
For those that have a similar situation with a family member in the home that has a felony. What is the situation? What are the laws concerning that person being in the home with weapons present?
What if she were alone with the children and needed to defend herself and the children from an intruder?
I am in Florida if that matters and I am sure it does. Florida law says felons may not possess or even use a firearm and they are not allowed to conceal carry a firearm, weapon, chemical spray gun or device. It does not specifically go into using guns as home defense but there is some case law out there that I have read. it seems to go both ways. Some felons are acquitted of the charges of using a firearm for defense, others were jailed.