WASHINGTON, D.C. – Outdated laws prohibiting the sale of distilled spirits, wine and beer in package stores on Sundays will prevent businesses in several states from opening at least two days during the year’s busiest shopping season, according to the Distilled Spirits Council – noting that both Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve fall on consecutive Sundays.

“In today’s modern society, with Sunday being the second busiest shopping day of the week, it’s unfortunate that some Americans are still inconvenienced by a law so outdated,” said David Wojnar, Distilled Spirits Council vice president.  “These archaic laws hinder consumers’ ability to purchase spirits for their holiday parties, deny businesses the holiday sales rush and deprive state coffers from additional sales tax revenue that would be gained from Sunday Sales.”

Thirty-four states across the country allow Sunday Sales.  Since 2002, 12 states have modernized their liquor laws by passing legislation allowing Sunday Sales.

The states that have yet to pass Sunday Sales legislation include: Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Indiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and West Virginia.