Individuals that have been convicted of a crime and are out on probation don’t have free reign over their lives just yet. Some of their rights may be restricted and can only be restored by the court when their probation period ends. One of these rights is the right to have a licensed firearm.
While the restriction of certain rights only applies to the convict on probation, the people they live with will also need to be careful of their actions so as not to cause a violation of the probation terms. Does this mean, however, that roommates or family members in the same household are also prohibited from having a licensed firearm?
Non-Serious, Violent Felons Can Have a Firearm
Only the convicted individual is prohibited from possessing firearms during the course of their probation period. Anyone else that does not have a criminal record or whose rights have been restored is allowed to have a licensed gun or weapon.
If they are not deemed serious, violent felons, the courts do not have any jurisdiction over them. They can enjoy their second amendment rights in full and without restrictions. As long as they get the proper licenses to carry a weapon, they can do so to protect themselves, their homes, and their loved ones.
But It Can Be a Problem for the Convicted Individual
However, consideration must be given if a convicted individual lives under the same roof. Having a firearm inside the home can be a problem for them. If the authorities find out that there is a weapon in their place of residence, they can be put in a situation where their probation is violated and they are charged with a major felony.
The bottom line is that while non-convicted individuals have the right to possess a licensed weapon, they should exercise more care if they have a convicted felon under probation in the household. It’s a safer bet to hold off possessing a weapon until their rights are restored by the court.