GALLUP, N.M. — A northwestern New Mexico county has passed a resolution that will ban liquor sales before 10 a.m.

The Gallup Independent reports the McKinley County Board of Commissioners passed the early liquor sales restriction in a 2-1 vote on Tuesday.

County Attorney Doug Decker says prior to the resolution, an alcohol dispenser or retailer could sell packaged liquor at 7 a.m.

With the new resolution, stores within the county will have to wait until 10 a.m. to begin selling liquor.

Commissioner Bill Lee told the paper on Tuesday that he did not vote for the ordinance because he believes it will not fix alcoholism in the community, and may lead to business opportunities for bootleggers.


Information from: Gallup Independent, http://www.gallupindependent.com