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Gallup attempt to limit alcohol sales doesn’t work

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GALLUP, N.M. (AP) — Gallup’s attempt to have merchants voluntarily refrain from selling alcohol during a four-hour period on weekday and Saturday mornings didn’t work.

The northwestern New Mexico city has asked 50 vendors to not sell alcohol from 7-11 a.m. Monday through Saturday in hopes that it would give police time each morning to deal with non-alcohol related crimes.

However, according to the Gallup Independent, only a handful of alcohol sellers responded in support.

The city’s proposal had to be voluntary because New Mexico law allows sales to begin at 7 a.m. Monday through Saturday.

Deputy Police Chief John Allen says police must deal with alcohol-related problem such as drunken driving, drinking in public, public intoxication and panhandling to pay for alcohol purchases.

Allen says officials now will try to think of something else.

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