In the recent months NYS has made it illegal for all convicted felons to bear fire arms/bow and arrows. In the past convicted felons were not allowed to hunt with shot guns or rifles, BUT could hunt with muzzleloaders and bows. now they can not hunt period. I think this law should be changed so that non-violent offenders can still hunt with muzzleloaders and bows just like before. I believe this is important because my father is a non-violent convicted felon who had been arrested for drug possession back in the early 90's. And up until recently he was able to hunt deer, turkey to provide food for our family in the winter months. I find that this is wrong to include all convicted felons. I understand that Violent convicted felons should NOT be allowed to bear fire arms, but those who are non-violent offenders should not have their rights taken away especially those who have never had any issues involving weapons who are felons because of drugs or other small crimes that did not involved force with a weapon. Most people who are non-violent offenders depend on their muzzle loaders and bow and arrows to provide food for their families. So I am starting this petition in hopes that MR.OBAMA and the STATE OF NEW YORK re think their decision and allow men/woman just like my father to be able to hunt and provide food for their families.