The 1968 Gun Control Act forbids convicted felons from ever again owning a firearm. I have a friend at church, who has since straightened his life out, that went to prison for getting three DWIs which becomes a felony after your 3rd one. Why shouldn't he be allowed to protect himself. Tim Allen, the star of Home Improvement, is a convicted felon for something stupid he did in college. I would not worry about him having a gun. If someone is of age and of sound mind and cannot be trusted to own a firearm should they even be running free.