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.