What is a Blue Law?

What is a BLUE LAW?

Blue Laws also known as Sunday Laws are laws designed to restrict or ban some, or all Sunday activities for religious reasons, particularly to promote the observance of a day of worship or rest.

Blue Laws may also restrict shopping or ban sale of certain items on specific days most often on Sundays.

In the Western world blue laws are enforced in parts of the United States and Canada as well as some European countries particularly in Austria, Germany, Switzerland, and Norway.

Keeping most stores closed on Sundays in the United States, the US Supreme Court has held Blue Laws is constitutional, numerous times citing secular basis even though the origin of the Blue Laws was for religious purposes.

Blue Laws are technically classed as Mala Prohibita, or wrong prohibited as opposed to Mala Ansa, or wrong or evil in itself.

Most Blue Laws have been repealed in the United States although many states still ban the sale of alcoholic beverages or cars on Sundays.

Bergen County, New Jersey is notable for their Blue Laws banning the sale of clothing, shoes, furniture, home supplies, and appliances on Sundays kept through countywide referendum.

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What is a Blue Law?
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What is a Blue Law?
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Blue Laws also known as Sunday Laws are laws designed to restrict or ban some, or all Sunday activities for religious reasons, particularly to promote the observance of a day of worship or rest.
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Brent Whinfield
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