It goes to a pretty well thought out article (give it a read first) from the Sun Sentinel, Broward County’s preferred bird dropping catcher. As usual, Brady and followers make it all about guns but the central question is simple: Are felons allowed to claim Immunity From Prosecution for defending themselves? If the answer is yes, why not with a firearm?
IANAL so this is my interpretation: yes. Even though it is not legal for a felon to own or possess a firearm, this should not preclude him from using the best available means to save his life. I would also interpret that he could be prosecuted later for possession of a firearm, but not for using it to defend himself.
Remember, we are talking Self-Defense which means a case where the felon (and anybody) covers the four principles: Innocence, Immediacy, Reasonableness and Proportionality (those in Non-SYG states must add Avoidance. Check this great article by Andrew Branca for ALL states.) For all intents and purposes, a felon would be in a situation same as any other citizen who would in good faith, demand a hearing of immunity for having to use deadly force.
So, do we impose an extra and very high level of punishment to a Felon possibly violating the 8th Amendment (I know, I am reaching) telling him that he could not defend himself or we face the fact that even a Felon has the right in this country to defend himself.
This case is gonna be fun to follow.