"The debate is really more than just the firing squad. It's should we have capital punishment or not?"
he said at the time, according to NBC News. "It's not our preference, but we need to have a fallback."
Utah Gov. Gary Herbert has signed a law authorizing the use of firing squads to carry out death penalty sentences if officials cannot acquire lethal injection drugs, making the state the only one in America to approve of the method.
“Those who voiced opposition to this bill are primarily arguing against capital punishment in general and that decision has already been made in our state,” said Marty Carpenter, spokesman for Herbert, as quoted by the Guardian.
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