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Utah's Firing Squads Bill Complicates Death Penalty Issue in US - NGO Chief

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The US state of Utah's introduction of firing squad executions as a backup for lethal injections only complicates the death penalty issue in the country, Executive Director of the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (NCADP) told Sputnik on Tuesday.

This file photo shows the firing squad execution chamber at the Utah State Prison in Draper, Utah. Utah's Gov. Gary Herbert will not say if he'll sign a bill to bring back the firing squad but does say the method would give Utah a backup execution method. - Sputnik International
Utah Becomes Only US State To Allow Death by Firing Squad
MOSCOW (Sputnik), Alexander Mosesov – On Monday, Utah Governor Gary Herbert signed a bill making the firing squad the state’s method of execution if drugs for lethal injections are unavailable.

"The states that are continuing to execute people and trying to find new ways of killing people are making it more complicated that it used to be," Diann Rust-Tierney told Sputnik in relation to the Utah governor's decision.

Rust-Tierney also noted that the United States does not need capital punishment at all and it is "losing support for a reason."

This file photo shows the firing squad execution chamber at the Utah State Prison in Draper, Utah. Utah's Gov. Gary Herbert has signed a bill to bring back the firing squad. - Sputnik International
No US States to Follow Utah's Example on Firing Squads - Rights Group

On March 10, the legislature of Utah passed a bill allowing executions to be carried out by firing squads if chemicals used in lethal injection cocktails to kill prisoners are not available.

The bill was introduced in Utah as many US states have struggled to find the chemicals used in lethal cocktails. International pharmaceutical companies are wary of selling the chemicals for fear of being held legally liable while companies in the EU have been prohibited from exporting the main ingredients used in the injection cocktails.

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