Fla. Lawmaker Files Bill to Bring Back Firing Squad

Florida's death row can be a quiet, sobering place. But if panhandle republican Brad Drake has filed a bill that could change that.

Under Drake's new bill, Florida would become one of only two states to perform executions using a firing squad.

Inmates could opt to be put to death in the electric chair, but our current primary method of lethal injection would disappear.

Drake says a heinous crime calls for a heinous punishment. It's an argument FAMU political science major John McMillon doesn't buy.

"That's basically murdering, the same thing he's trying to get people against, and he's doing the same thing, so, you know, you can't do 'an eye for an eye'."

Florida stopped using the electric chair as its main method of execution because of worries a court might have found it to be cruel and unusual punishment. That could have ended the death penalty there, and that has to be a concern about firing squads, as well.

Right now, Oklahoma is the only state that uses a firing squad to execute death-row inmates. Utah repealed its firing squad law in 2004.

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