Why is it illegal to  bring alcohol over the state line but you can order alcohol from California?  From New Jersey to Philadelphia.?

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  • Walt
    Lv 6
    3 weeks ago

    its illegal for some to buy it from one state and sell it in another state

  • God
    Lv 7
    4 weeks ago

    Laws don't have to make any sense.

  • 4 weeks ago

    its an offence under the federal law to import alcohol from one state to another , falls under the fbi rules .

  • 4 weeks ago

    It's only illegal if you get caught. So mind your driving when you're on the return leg of that booze run.

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  • kswck2
    Lv 7
    4 weeks ago

    Ordering online insures that the shipper will pay state and local taxes. Bringing it across state lines yourself-especially in large quantities assumes you are trying to avoid those taxes. But most states don't care if you bring in a couple of bottles anyway. 

  • 4 weeks ago

    When you order online, the retailer has to charge and remit taxes to the city and state the alcohol is delivered to. If you buy alcohol in one state and take it across state lines, it's illegal because you haven't paid any taxes in the current state.  It's dumb, I know but it really only applies to large quantities as they think you are selling it under the table which is illegal.  It has to do with liquor laws where you're only allowed to consume alcohol in the jurisdiction you bought it in.  It's like when you go to a hotel.  Legally, if the hotel sells alcohol via room service, you're not allowed to drink your own. Their liquor license forbids any outside alcohol.  But again, unless you had a large quantity, most hotels will turn a blind eye. 

  • Anonymous
    4 weeks ago

    Not all states have the same laws.

    ps: Philadelphia isn't a state, it's a city in Pennsylvania. 

  • CB
    Lv 7
    4 weeks ago

    Where do you get your information because it is basically wrong - Personal use is allowed in almost every state.

    https://jdlaw.law/blog/alcohol-across-state-lines-...

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