Idaho Gov. Signs Bill Legalizing Execution by Firing Squad
Idaho Gov. Brad Little (R) signed legislation over the weekend legalizing the use of firing squads to carry out execution sentences in his state.
On the morning of Friday, March 24, 2023, Breitbart News reported Idaho was on the cusp of becoming the fifth state to legalize execution by firing squad, and later that day Little signed the legislation.
The Associated Press noted that Idaho turned to firing squads because the companies that make drugs for lethal injections do not want their products used in executions. This has made the drugs hard to acquire and “one Idaho death row inmate has already had his execution postponed repeatedly because of drug scarcity.”
Some states are looking to electric chairs in the absence of lethal drugs, but Idaho, Mississippi, Utah, Oklahoma, and South Carolina, have all legalized firing squads as an option.
Upon signing the legislation, Gov. Little had a transmittal letter hand delivered to Idaho House Speaker Mike Moyle (R).
The letter reaffirmed Little’s support for the death penalty for individuals who commit “heinous crimes” while also stressing Little’s concern that death squads be used in a such way that “[minimizes] stress on corrections personnel.”