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New Missouri Keg Law Aims to Curb Underage Drinking

By AP/KWMU

Jefferson City, Mo. – A state law taking effect on Thursday will require beer kegs to be registered to their buyers.

It's just in time for the Fourth of July weekend, and authorities hope the new law will make illegal, under-age drinking harder to get by with.

The law requires retailers to attach a tag that will allow the keg to be traced back to the buyer. The store must keep records for three months with the buyer's name, address and birth date.

The idea is that if someone bought a keg and supplied it to teenagers, and the party was broken up, law enforcement could identify who provided the alcohol and pursue charges.

But some retailers worry about the extra work the law could cause, and they doubt it will stop young people from drinking anyway.

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