Senator Reacts to Firing Squad Bill Being Shot Down

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State Senator Bruce Burns (Photo by Ron Richter)
State Senator Bruce Burns (Photo by Ron Richter)

Earlier this week the Wyoming Senate voted not to consider legislation intended to change the death penalty in Wyoming to firing squad for inmates on death row. Sheridan Media's Ron Richter has more.

Senator Bruce Burns of Sheridan sponsored the bill and offered his opinion on why the legislation failed.

Lethal injection is currently the method used in Wyoming, with the gas chamber as backup. Burns said his motive for the legislation centered around the fact that states have been having trouble acquiring the drugs used for lethal injection.

When asked if the issue would be brought up again during next year's general session, the senator had this to say.

The bill would have required approval by two-thirds of senators for introduction. It failed Tuesday on a vote of 17 in favor, 13 opposed.

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