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Push to change Sunday motorcycle laws outlawing discussion, sale in Missouri

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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

It is against the law in Missouri for dealers to sell cars, trucks or motorcycles Sunday. Now there is a big push to get that law tossed out, at least for motorcycles.

Missouri's Blue Law is being challenged. Lawmakers are proposing three bills that would allow for motorcycles to be sold in Platte and Jackson Counties on Sundays.

The reason is because some metro dealers feel it is not fair that they can't sell on Sundays when just across the border in Kansas, dealers can.

"It is difficult to open up and make people mad and that is kind of what we're doing right now," Rick Worth said.

Worth Harley Davidson in Kansas City has been open seven days a week for 36 years, but the dealer's never sold a single motorcycle on Sundays. Worth could face up to a $300 fine and time in jail if he tried.

"Driving up on the highway, you see motorcycles on Sunday. That's when they ride, and that's when they want us to be here," he said.

Missouri's Blue Law bans car, truck and motorcycle sales on Sundays.  Worth wants motorcycle's to be exempt.

Worth can sell merchandise, like a coat, on Sundays but when it comes to the bikes, they have to keep their mouths shut. They can't even tell buyers what color the bike is.

"A customer comes in and technically they ask us if a white FatBoy is white.  We can't respond to that.  If they ask what size the tires are or if they can get spoke wheels, those are questions that are strictly prohibited for us to answer. And what happens is, it makes the customers upset," Worth said.

Worth keeps a sign by the front door that informs people about the law so customers don't feel ignored.

Still, Worth says he is losing business. His biggest competitor is across state lines where they can sell on Sundays.

"We have estimated somewhere around 17 percent is the number we could increase our sales if we were open on Sunday, which is about $7 million, which is quite a bit.

He estimates a payroll increase of $700,000 which means 20 added jobs at his shop.

KCTV5's Erika Tallan reached out to Worth's biggest competitor in Olathe to find out what they think of this.  They did not return her calls to comment on the issue.

Worth plans to head to Jefferson City to testify before lawmakers at the end of the week.

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