Wyo. lawmaker proposes firing squad for executions

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Associated Press

Posted on January 14, 2014 at 2:00 AM

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A Wyoming lawmaker is pushing a bill to use a firing squad as an alternative method of execution for condemned state inmates, in case of constitutional issues with lethal injection or if the drugs are unavailable.

Some states have had problems finding drugs for lethal injections.

Republican State Sen. Bruce Burns says current state law calls for using a gas chamber, but the state doesn't have one and he believes building one isn't worth it. Wyoming has only one inmate on death row.

Burns says a firing squad is cheaper. Utah has allowed inmates to choose the firing squad but is phasing it out.

Richard Dieter, executive director of the Death Penalty Information Center in Washington, D.C., says Wyoming could face constitutional challenges using the firing squad as its only method of execution.

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