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    Texas Importation of Alcoholic Beverages

    So according to the TABC I am only allowed to bring 1 quart of distilled spirits into the state of Texas. Non-residents can bring a whopping 1 gallon.

    Super Bogus!

    So traveling to Kentucy to stock up on booze will turn me into a Bootlegger!

    So much for going on a legal Bourbon road trip anywhere outside of Texas.

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    Re: Texas Importation of Alcoholic Beverages

    It's really only a problem when stepping off the cruise ship in Galveston. No one is going to stop you in Texarkana to search your trunk.

    A more realistic issue might pop up if you're traveling thru a dry county in Texas. Many have laws where having in excess of 1 quart of liquor in your possession is considered prima facie evidence of intent to distribute. Imagine getting pulled over for a tail light burned out and he sees your three cases of Kentucky's best in the back seat. If he wants to make your life miserable for a few days, he could sure do it.

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    Last edited by doubleblank; 06-03-2011 at 11:33.

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    Re: Texas Importation of Alcoholic Beverages

    Quote Originally Posted by BourbonKiller View Post
    So according to the TABC I am only allowed to bring 1 quart of distilled spirits into the state of Texas. Non-residents can bring a whopping 1 gallon.

    Super Bogus!

    So traveling to Kentucy to stock up on booze will turn me into a Bootlegger!

    So much for going on a legal Bourbon road trip anywhere outside of Texas.
    Gah! What is wrong in this state (and many others, I'm sure) that allows the kind of stupid assumptions about 'intent to distribute'?
    Mark Edwards - Proof of Sanity Forged Upon Request

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    Re: Texas Importation of Alcoholic Beverages

    I would plead the case of intent to eventually comnsume!

    Thomas

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    Re: Texas Importation of Alcoholic Beverages

    When I came back from Kentucky last month I had a large suitcase made for camera gear with 9 bottles in it. Checked it in at Southwest. No issues.

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    Re: Texas Importation of Alcoholic Beverages

    Quote Originally Posted by gburger View Post
    When I came back from Kentucky last month I had a large suitcase made for camera gear with 9 bottles in it. Checked it in at Southwest. No issues.
    I have also checked in baggage with bourbon, as well as driving into Texas with cases of it. No issues thus far.

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    Re: Texas Importation of Alcoholic Beverages

    Contrary to what many Texans believe, Texas is no longer an independent country and there is no Customs declaration when you arrive from other states. And the airlines don't care. As long as you're not carrying hazmat Stagg.

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    Re: Texas Importation of Alcoholic Beverages

    Quote Originally Posted by cowdery View Post
    Contrary to what many Texans believe, Texas is no longer an independent country and there is no Customs declaration when you arrive from other states.

    One of the many reasons that I am happy to not be a native Texan.

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    Re: Texas Importation of Alcoholic Beverages

    God Bless Texas!!

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    Re: Texas Importation of Alcoholic Beverages

    When I moved down here the movers wouldn't take my liquor because of TX laws... they usually have no issue with somebody with a half-dozen bottles or so, but with my many bottles of various whisk(e)y, they said that "interstate transport would be an issue" and I'd have to "make other arrangements"!

    So... I put it all in our U haul and gritted my teeth as I crossed the state line. But - once you are IN Texas, they have no way of knowing you didn't already have it, and no way to check. BUT - if it was in the car, and uncorked, they could nail you for "open container" violations...

    As noted (other than at the Mexico border) there are no checkpoints... so I don't see it as truly enforceable in any practical way, but *legally* I wasn't allowed to bring my stash other than, essentially, my 2 favorite bottles...

    (FWIW: there are NO such restrictions on wine or beer - only on liquor)

 

 

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