A shortage of lethal injection drugs and its effect on South Carolina’s ability to implement capital punishment was cited as the reason for the decision. Due to the bill, the state is required to execute them by electrocution or gunfire if lethal injection drugs are not available.
The Republican governor, Henry McMaster, has said he will approve the bill when it arrives at his desk.
“South Carolina will be only the fourth state in the US that allows death by firing squad. Mississippi, Oklahoma and Utah already allow the execution method, according to the non-profit Death Penalty Information Center,” the statement says.
As it was reported earlier, The U.S. Justice Department has rushed to change the rules around federal death penalties as they expedite a slew of scheduled executions in the final days of the Trump administration, including expanding possible execution methods to include electrocution and death by firing squad.