MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Opponents of a ban on Sunday liquor store sales got a chance Wednesday to make their case to state lawmakers, even though repealing the ban probably won’t happen this year.

Minnesota is one of 12 states in the country with a Sunday ban. But some liquor store owners say Sunday is the second busiest shopping day of the week, and the ban is costing them business.

“I’m not quite sure if we are talking about protecting the observation of the Sabbath, in which case we should force Jewish operators to close Friday at sundown,” said Louis Dachis of Ace Spirits in Hopkins. “It seems that blue laws really have no place in modern society.”

Top Minnesota lawmakers say they don’t expect to take a vote on Sunday sales this year.

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