Montana is one of seven states that prohibits the sale of spirits on Sundays

Yesterday, House Bill 867, which would fully allow sales of distilled spirits products from state agency liquor stores on Sundays and Mondays, was passed by the Montana House of Representatives by a vote of 83-16.

Montana is one of seven states in the country that prohibits the retail sale of distilled spirits on Sundays.

“The overwhelming majority of states give adult consumers the option to purchase their favorite distilled spirits any day of the week they choose,” said Andy Deloney, senior vice president and head of state public policy for the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States. “Unfortunately, the same is not true for Montanans who are prohibited from making distilled spirits purchases on Sundays and sometimes Mondays. We support this effort to allow Montana consumers the freedom to choose when to make their spirits purchases.”

House Bill 867 now heads to the Senate for consideration.

Since 2002, 21 states have passed laws permitting Sunday sales of distilled spirits, bringing the total to 43 states. Alabama, Montana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas and Utah prohibit Sunday sales.