A hand holding out a plastic cup filled with beer and marked in a special zone. A downtown city scene is visible in the background.

‘I felt so naughty’: New open carry alcohol laws boost downtowns

BY: - November 6, 2023

This story originally appeared on Stateline. Holly Smith Mount wanted to be first. Smith Mount, chair of the city council in Huntington, West Virginia, was determined to see her community launch the state’s initial outdoor drinking zone — an idea made possible only after the legislature changed the state’s alcohol law earlier this year. “I […]