Idaho Aim To Reinstate The Firing Squad

  • The Idaho State Senate passed a bill on Monday aimed at reviving the firing squad as a death penalty option.
  • House Bill 186, which passed the State Senate by a vote of 24-11, gives authorities the option to order execution by firing squad, if lethal injection drugs are not available within five days of when the death warrant was issued.
  • The bill comes amid a supply shortage of lethal injection drugs in the United States. Several states have recently struggled to obtain the drugs needed for the lethal injection. As a result, states have had to pause executions, along with facing lawsuits from inmates who argue that the lethal injection is inhumane.