Penumbra1811, I don't know much about your situation other than you say you are a convicted felon that appears to have turned his life around. I commend you for your accomplishment. You do have a right to protect your family, home and yourself. How you protect is limited in that there are many states with laws against allowing convicted felons to purchase, own and possess firearms. I'm sure you can understand why since few convicted felons have your accomplishment of turning their lives around. Your best bet to have your rights restored is clemency. I would engage a different attorney to assist you. Not all attorneys "rob" their clients, but given the importance, you do not want to wade through the legal morass on your own. I wish you the best.