open carry alcohol

A specially marked cup shows a beer purchased in Raleigh’s Sip n’ Stroll Downtown, a special social district the North Carolina capital created last year that allows open containers of alcohol within strict bounds. States are increasingly allowing cities to create these districts in hopes of boosting — or reviving — downtown businesses. Courtesy of the city of Raleigh, N.C.

‘I felt so naughty’: New open carry alcohol laws boost downtowns

BY: - November 8, 2023

Holly Smith Mount wanted to be first. Smith Mount, chair of the city council in Huntington, West Virginia, was determined to see her community launch the state’s initial outdoor drinking zone — an idea made possible only after the legislature changed the state’s alcohol law earlier this year. “I will fully admit I’m very competitive,” she told […]