Firing squad likely to join electric chair, lethal injection as execution options in SC

The South Carolina House on Wednesday passed a bill to add a firing squad as a state execution method.

The passage of the measure comes as South Carolina has run out of lethal-injections drugs with three death row inmates out of appeals.

Under the bill, lethal injection will remain the primary execution method if the state has the drugs. But if they are out, death row inmates must either choose between being shot or electrocuted.

The state Senate already passed the bill in March. Gov. Henry McMaster must still sign the bill into law, which he has vowed to do.

South Carolina will become the fourth state to allow a firing squad. Currently, it is one of nine that uses the electric chair in executions.

A death row inmate was last executed in the state 10 years ago.

Mississippi, Oklahoma and Utah currently allow a firing squad for executions, according to the Death Penalty Information Center.

Since the US reinstated the death penalty in 1977, three inmates, all in Utah, have been killed by firing squad.

With Post wires

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