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Execution, Mississippi-style: Bill approving firing squad, gassing or electrocution passes

The future of Mississippi’s death penalty is uncertain. Lethal injections of drugs run the risk of soon being found unconstitutional, so a lawmaker is proposing the state opt for nitrogen gassing instead. Or firing squad. Or electrocution.
The future of Mississippi’s death penalty is uncertain. Lethal injections of drugs run the risk of soon being found unconstitutional, so a lawmaker is proposing the state opt for nitrogen gassing instead. Or firing squad. Or electrocution.

There’s no killing capital punishment in State Representative Andy Gipson’s (R-Braxton) House Bill 638.

His legislation would set up a list of replacement methods for execution should the state find any single one unconstitutional. In order, Gipson’s preference is lethal injection, followed by nitrogen hypoxia, firing squad and then Old Sparky, the electric chair.

HB 638 passed the Mississippi House of Representatives on Wednesday in a 75-43 vote.

House Judiciary B Chairman Andy Gipson, R-Braxton, said the bill has the support of Gov. Phil Bryant and Attorney General Jim Hood.

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