Sunday powersports sales bill awaits Missouri governor's signature

Publish Date: 
May 16, 2014
By Holly J. Wagner

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Legislation that will make it legal for dealers to sell motorcycles on Sundays in Missouri is awaiting the signature of Gov. Jay Nixon.

The law would carve out an exception to the state’s blue law that bars the retail sale of motor vehicles on Sundays to allow sales of vehicles "customarily sold by powersports dealers," including motorcycles, ATVs and personal watercraft.

Many states have repealed bans on selling retail on Sunday, but Missouri still prohibits dealers from selling cars, trucks and motorcycles on Sundays. The state allows sales of recreational vehicles, mobile homes, tires and repair parts for motor vehicles to be sold on Sundays.

When the bill was introduced it included only two counties, but the language was changed to cover the whole state

Worth Harley-Davidson owner Rick Worth testified to the legislature in February that he was losing weekend business to competitors in nearby Kansas that were not under a blue law.