If your talking about Chautauqua County, it's been voted down twice. I'm not sure if Chautauqua is more populated than Allegany or Cattaragus but people that are not safe with rifles are not any safer with shotguns. I've read several articles about this subject both stating that lighter weight rifles bullets will deflect quicker to the ground than a heavier shotgun slug but the articles both assumed that rounds would be striking brush or limbs and not shot acrossed wide open spaces. With the changes in recent New York hunting laws ie: Saturday opener followed by rifles in some Southern Tier Counties, I heard many hunters saying that they would not go because the woods would run red with human blood. In the 3 years that Allegany,Cattaraugus and Stueben have been open to rifles I'm only aware of 1 fatality which occured last year in the township of Almond, Allegany County. In that case one friend shot another during a drive because he thought his friend was a deer, not because the bullet over-traveled.