FORT SMITH (AP) — A group of Fort Smith business owners are proposing the sale of alcohol on Sunday for off-premises consumption.

Off-premises consumption means beer, wine or liquor purchased in a store must be consumed elsewhere.

Several convenience store operators are circulating petitions asking for a vote on the issue. Supporters need 3,075 registered voters in Fort Smith to sign the petition to get the question on the ballot.

Alcohol sales for on-premise consumption in restaurants and bars were approved in 2001.

Supporters say residents are currently driving across the state line into Oklahoma where alcohol sales are allowed on Sundays.