LAS VEGAS (AP) — Las Vegas officials are banning people from drinking out of aluminum cans and glass bottles at the Fremont Street Experience, saying they want to cut down on the rowdy revelry that has led to fights and even a shooting that wounded two people last summer.
An ordinance passed Wednesday by the City Council aims to discourage people from getting drunk on cheap liquor from the souvenir stores along the pedestrian mall, and push them to buy more expensive drinks poured into cups at casinos and restaurants flanking the attraction.
The measure, which takes effect Sunday and carries fines up to $500, is an expansion of an existing, difficult-to-enforce rule that banned drinking packaged liquor within 1,000 feet of the store where it was purchased.
"This makes it a lot simpler," City Attorney Brad Jerbic said. "No one will have to guess if it's 1,000 feet or 99 feet."
But the souvenir stores are fighting back, saying the tightening rules are a violation of their rights. Attorney Bob Gronauer, representing the ABC souvenir store, said the measure would hurt his clients' bottom line and lead to further regulations.
"This is essentially death by a thousand cuts," he said, according to KTNV-TV. "The city is taking one slice at a time."