The House bill adds an option of executions by firing squads consisting of five law enforcement officers chosen by the state corrections director.
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After a condemned Ohio man executed with a combination of untested drugs appeared to gasp several times and took more than 20 minutes to die, at least two states are considering allowing executions by firing squad.

Missouri could carry out executions with firing squads under legislation proposed in the House.

The state currently puts inmates to death with injections of lethal drugs, although existing law also permits use of lethal gas — the method by which 39 people were executed from 1938 to 1965.

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