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Wyoming firing squad bill fails to garner enough votes

Feb 12 2014, 12:32am CST | by , in News | Other Stuff

Wyoming firing squad bill fails to garner enough votes
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A bill that proposes to use firing squads for state executions was declined in Wyoming.

Last month, Republican state Sen. Bruce Burns of Wyoming submitted a bill that would allow the use of firing squads as capital punishment. The state, which has one of the lowest rates of executions in the U.S., uses lethal injection as its primary method, with gas chambers as a second option.

But according to Burns, the state is having trouble with getting the drugs for lethal injections. A rising number of states in the U.S. are running short of chemicals, forcing lawmakers to think out of the box.

However, for Burns, his bill will not reach the state Senate.

On Tuesday this week, 17 voted in favor of the bill while 13 opposed it. The bill required the approval of two-thirds of the senators.

"The state of Wyoming doesn't have a gas chamber currently, an operating gas chamber, so the procedure and expense to build one would be impractical to me," Burns told the Associated Press last month. "I consider frankly the gas chamber to be cruel and unusual, so I went with firing squad because they also have it in Utah."

The last execution in Wyoming was in 1992. Currently, the state has one inmate on the death row. Dale Wayne Eaton received the death sentence in 2004 for raping and killing an 18-year old. 

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