South Carolina legislature votes to authorize firing squads for death penalty

South Carolina legislature votes to authorize firing squads for death penalty

[Ed. – Three states already authorize it.]

South Carolina state lawmakers have voted to allow firing squads to be implemented as a method of capital punishment in the state.

The Republican governor, Henry McMaster, has said he will approve the bill when it arrives at his desk, making South Carolina only the fourth state in the US that allows death by firing squad. Mississippi, Oklahoma and Utah already allow the execution method, according to the non-profit Death Penalty Information Center.

A shortage of lethal injection drugs and its effect on South Carolina’s ability to implement capital punishment was cited as the reason for the decision. As the death penalty continues to be subject to widespread criticism, many drug companies have decided to stop selling the drugs to states.

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