Utah votes to bring back firing squad if lethal injections unavailable

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March 11, 2015 05:35

 
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Lawmakers in Utah voted on Tuesday to bring back the use of executions by firing squad if lethal injections are unavailable, becoming the only state in the nation to permit the practice.

Utah used firing squads for decades before adopting lethal injections in 2004. The Republican-sponsored bill, which passed the state Senate on Tuesday, was introduced amid nationwide concerns about the efficacy of lethal injections.

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