"Just because a convicted felon who lives alone has a gun safe full of firearms in his bedroom, does that make him a "felon in possession of firearms"?" If the felon has the combination (or key) that changes thing entirely. If they do not have the ability to open the safe would they be ok? Yes, there are some legal remedies to get rights restored, but that is a different discussion. I have a friend who was convicted of a felony, has served his time and probation/parole (whatever). He had a gun collection before, those are all in his wife's name and he does not have access to the safe. Collectible firearms are an investment, some are family heirlooms. If she were to be in the hospital or when she passes away, then what?