Wyo. Lawmaker Proposes Firing Squad for Executions

Wyoming State Senator Bruce Burns (Photo Courtesy of the Wyoming LSO)
Wyoming State Senator Bruce Burns (Photo Courtesy of the Wyoming LSO)

Sheridan's State Senator Bruce Burns is pushing a bill to allow the use of a firing squad to execute condemned state inmates, if constitutional problems or other issues prevent using lethal injection.

In a statement released to The Associated Press, the Republic senator explained that state law calls for using a gas chamber if lethal injection is unavailable, and some states have had problems finding drugs for lethal injections.

He says Wyoming doesn't have a gas chamber ready and says using a firing squad would be cheaper. In nearby Utah, inmates have been allowed to choose a firing squad.

Richard Dieter is executive director of the Death Penalty Information Center in Washington, D.C. He says Wyoming could face constitutional challenges if state officials tried to use the firing squad as its only method of execution. Currently, Wyoming has only one inmate on death row.

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