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Governor signs law making Utah only state with firing squad

Gov signs law making Utah only US state to use firing squads if lethal drugs are unavailable

FILE - In this March 12, 2015, file photo, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert speaks during a news conference, at the Utah State Capitol, in Salt Lake City. Herbe...

Utah Firing Squad

FILE - In this March 12, 2015, file photo, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert speaks during a news conference, at the Utah State Capitol, in Salt Lake City. Herbe...

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Utah's governor has signed a law that makes his state the only one to allow firing squads for carrying out executions if no lethal injection drugs are available.

Gov. Gary Herbert signed the bill Monday. He has said he finds the method "a little bit gruesome," but that it gives the state a fallback execution method.

The measure's approval illustrates the frustration of some states over bungled executions and shortages of lethal-injection drugs. Utah is one of several seeking new forms of capital punishment after a botched Oklahoma lethal injection last year.

The bill's sponsor, Republican Rep. Paul Ray of Clearfield, touted the firing squad as a more humane form of execution.

Opponents say it's barbaric and makes the state look bad.


Updated : 2021-01-22 19:17 GMT+08:00