Mississippi Lawmakers Want To Add Gas Chambers And Add Firing Squads As Possible Execution Methods

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Lawmakers in the state of Mississippi to bring proposals to allow the death squads as a method of execution is possible as it struggles to get the drugs used for lethal injection. House Bill 638 defines a series of methods that can be used if the exclusion of others is unconstitutional or are simply not available.

If lethal injection is not possible, the law states, it will be the use of gas chambers. If this is not available, “should his execution by firing squad.” If this is also not available, then electrocution is the following method.

The Associated Press (AP) that the state of Mississippi was not able to get the drugs that were used in the previous lethal injection for some time, and was last carried out an execution by lethal injection in 2012.

According to the Death Penalty Information Center (DPIC), and firing squads only authorized in two states – Utah and Oklahoma – both of which still have the lethal injection is an essential way for implementation.

Still three states authorize hanging – Delaware, New Hampshire and Washington, while five allow the gas chambers – Arizona, California, Missouri, Wyoming and Oklahoma.

DPIC says only three executions by firing squad took place in the United States since 1976 and the same number of hangings. It has just taken a 11 place penalty gas chamber at the time Republican representative of the state of Mississippi, Andy Gipson news agency that the bill came in response to legal action, “liberal, left-wing radicals.”

In 2015, Utah has brought afternoon shooting teams when the state found it also faces a problem in getting the usual chemicals. At the time, Utah Governor Gary Herbert even admitted that firing squad executions were “a bit terrifying.”