Judge Backs Tough Fremont Alcohol Laws

A judge has backed new tighter alcohol rules in downtown Las Vegas.

On Wednesday U.S. District Chief Judge Gloria Navarro dissolved a temporary injunction that blocked enforcement of two new ordinances. Those ordinances restrict alcohol advertisements on store windows and cap the size of malt liquor or beer containers at 32 ounces. Navarro also declined to block the ordinance which prohibits glass bottles and aluminum cans at the pedestrian mall.

The council has been clamping down on store-bought liquor and steering people toward more expensive casino and restaurant liquor, saying people getting drunk fast are scaring away visitors. The souvenir stores sought to block the rules, saying they wrongfully favor casinos.

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