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In a state with just one inmate on death row, a bill is being drafted to allow firing-squad executions.

A Wyoming legislative committee is working on the bill after the state’s Department of Corrections let it be known that they needed an alternative to lethal injection. Apparently, the drugs used in a lethal injection are becoming more difficult to get.

Currently, Wyoming law allows gas chamber executions if lethal injection is ruled unconstitutional. The problem is that Wyoming does not currently have a gas chamber.

Utah is the only state that still allows firing-squad executions for anyone convicted and sentenced before 2004, when the practice was stopped. Now Utah lawmaker, Rep. Paul Ray plans to introduce a bill to bring back firing-squads, saying, “It sounds like the Wild West, but it’s probably the most humane way to kill somebody.”


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