Lawmakers Propose Selling Liquor On Sunday In NC

Lawmakers have proposed a measure that could end the last vestiges of North Carolina's "blue laws."

Legislation filed this week would allow liquor sales on Sundays.

Under current law, local Alcoholic Beverage Control stores must
close and restaurants and bars cannot serve liquor each Sunday.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Wednesday that liquor
industry analysts project the state would get at least $5.5 million in additional tax revenue. Opponents note the additional revenue relies on people drinking more liquor.

Statutes known as "blue laws" prohibited most commerce and were rooted in colonial days, when Sunday was reserved primarily for worship. Such laws have faded, though as many as 20 states still prohibit car sales on Sunday.

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  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Apr 1, 2009 at 10:24 AM
    The point is the increased taxes that are being added to liquor sales slipped right past all of you. Again, why does NC need so much more tax money? They cannot spend it quick enough. You really should step back and ask "I wonder what I pay additional taxes on". So the good news is there is a bill to ban smoking in restaurants and bars in NC and increasing taxes on alcohol. Now that you are shooting yourself in the foot, you really should find something to stop the bleeding. Most of the people I know, only smoke when they are having a mixed drink or a beer. So, what happens the the bars and restaurants that already have smoking areas? My point; stop legislating morality and freedom. Learn to accomodate your people, all of them.
  • by Wolfgang Location: Chocowinity,NC on Mar 26, 2009 at 01:42 PM
    Most of the other States sell Liquor on Sunday . Why not North Carolina?
  • by Michael Location: ENC on Mar 26, 2009 at 01:38 PM
    (Posted by: MJ Location: Pitt Co on Mar 26, 2009 at 09:53 AM Michael, Actually hunting on Sunday ((H26) 15A NCAC 10B.0201 Manner of Take) was passed on March 4 2009 by the NCWRC.)----------- Check facts. I think before this becomes law it must be approved by both houses of the legislature. A check of H26 shows it has to do with beach regulations and was not on the calendar for the House on Mar 4.
  • by Umm on Mar 26, 2009 at 11:42 AM
    Mandy, what, exactly does Obama have to do with NC allowing alcohol sales on Sunday? Frankly, this proposal doesn't bother me. It really doesn't matter whether you get your ETOH on Saturday or Sunday. I do believe however, that the folks in Raleigh are in for a huge disappointment in terms of revenue generated. Their projected windfall seems a little "Pie in the Sky" to me.
  • by tim Location: jacksonville on Mar 26, 2009 at 11:07 AM
    dry on sunday?! no way, i lived in georgia most of my life.. not now!
  • by Barbara Location: Beulaville NC on Mar 26, 2009 at 08:13 AM
    Money,Money,Money. To heck with what Alcohol does or how many drunk drivers are on the road. The almighty dollar comes first. Not the lives of Americans.
  • by Howdy Location: Washington on Mar 26, 2009 at 08:02 AM
    Some bars have already been able to serve liquor on sundays. Members only clubs serve liquor on sunday, and most places that allow you to bring your own liquor will serve on sunday.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 26, 2009 at 07:33 AM
    Rather funny that you "conservatives" espouse "freedom" of choice, libertarianism, and the "free market" capitalist way, except for when it bumps against one of your moralistic, wedge issue beliefs. Ring any bells mandy? You self-serving hippocrates give the good term "conservative" a bad name; always bending the ideology to befit your narrow and simple minded belief system. Good day.
  • by Dave on Mar 26, 2009 at 07:14 AM
    I agree!! Now I can get hammered all seven days of the week!
  • by MJ Location: Pitt Co on Mar 26, 2009 at 06:53 AM
    Michael, Actually hunting on Sunday ((H26) 15A NCAC 10B.0201 Manner of Take) was passed on March 4 2009 by the NCWRC.
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