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Cold Beer Laws Challenged

After a federal judge upheld Indiana's ban on gas stations and convenience stores selling cold beer, while allowing sales in liquor stores. A group trying to change the law is now fighting back.
An update to a story we brought you last week.

After a federal judge upheld Indiana's ban on gas stations and convenience stores selling cold beer, while allowing sales in liquor stores.

A group trying to change the law is now fighting back.

On Tuesday, the Indiana Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association filed an appeal challenging that ruling, and filed a lawsuit, saying Indiana's law violates the state's constitution.

The only place you'll find cold beer in Indiana is inside a liquor store.
But even that is about to warm up.

Indiana Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association Executive Director Scot Imus says his group appealed Judge Richard Young's ruling on Tuesday.

"The premise is there were some technical judicial errors made, we believe, in the judge's ruling, as well as he has yet to find a rational basis that would support the liquor store industry's monopoly over cold beer sales. Particularly when they have a worse compliance record,” Imus says.

Imus says Indiana's laws are outdated and only serve the interests of the liquor store industry.

It also filed a lawsuit against the state, alleging the state's law is unconstitutional because it favors one industry over another.

"I feel that there's only one reason that you'd want to get a cold forty at the gas station, that's to drink it in your care and break the law,” says Adam Pugh.

Pugh works at S&V Liquors in Fort Wayne.

He supports the current law and says he believes it has nothing to do with money.

Supports of the current law say it cuts down on drunken driving and helps keep alcohol out of the hands of minors.

"If Allen County is actually leading the country in DUI's, like I've been advised, I'm thinking we don't need cold beer in the gas stations. I really think the state did at one right,” Pugh says.

When it comes to selling alcohol on Sundays, neither gas stations or liquor stores can sell anything.

Now the Sunday sales issue isn't even a part of this.

But as Imus says, it's all about challenging what he calls the state's antiquated liquor laws.

Although proponents say the laws were written like this for a reason.

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