If this is to personal just pm me.
Isn't your dad a felon?
If so he cant be anywhere near a gun.
If i am wrong, yes it does happen
Then me personally and probably everyone after me, will suggest a 22.
Now a s&w 15-22 is great if you have the money for it. Personally i will always recommend the ruger 10/22.
Good accuracy out of the box, great semi auto for the price, and you can make it look like anything you want with all the after market stuff.
If you want more oomph, then a rossi single shot 243 would be a good place to start. Inexpensive ammo, little recoil, powerful enough to hunt deer, and i personally love the hell out of the round itself