Florida Lawmaker Files Bill to Bring Back Executions by Firing Squad

October 13, 2011 Updated Oct 13, 2011 at 2:31 PM EDT

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Florida Lawmaker Files Bill to Bring Back Executions by Firing Squad

October 13, 2011 Updated Oct 13, 2011 at 2:31 PM EDT

A Florida lawmaker wants to bring back executions by firing squad to his state.

According to a story in the Northwest Florida Daily News, state representative Brad Drake filed a bill earlier this week that would get rid of lethal injection in Florida and allow those facing execution to choose death by firing squad or electrocution.

In a statement posted to his website, Drake said:

"Over the past few weeks there has been much discussion and debate regarding the effectiveness of certain medicines used as preferred method for execution. So, I say let's end the debate. We still have Old Sparky. And if that doesn't suit the criminal, then we will provide them a .45 caliber lead cocktail instead."

Read the Northwest Florida Daily News story HERE.