Ray called firing squads “one of the most humane ways to execute someone.”
Three people have been killed by a firing squad in the United States since 1976, according to the Death Penalty Information Center. Utah is one of two states where it is legal, although only for inmates who selected execution by firing squad before May 3, 2004. Oklahoma also has firing squad as well as lethal injection and electrocution.
In April, an Oklahoma man died 43 minutes after his execution with lethal injection began, which President Obama called “deeply troubling.” The Utah bill comes in response to the “botched” Oklahoma case, the Salt Lake Tribune reported.
The bill will head to the Utah legislature for its 2015 session.