In 2010, Ronnie Lee Gardner was executed by five Utah police officers armed with .30-caliber Winchester rifles. There are only four bullet holes in the back of the chair so I am assuming that one of the officers was issued a blank. Or he forgot his glasses.
Once again, Utah seeks to use inexpensive, reliable American-manufactured munitions to carry out justice.
Utah is one step closer to once again using firing squads to carry out executions after a highly-contested proposal passed a key vote in the state's Legislature.
Before the vote ultimately passed in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives by a 39-34 margin yesterday morning, three missing lawmakers were summoned to break a tie.
The state voted to stop allowing prisoners to choose death by firing squad in 2004.
For the executed prisoner's loved ones, a lovely memorial 5-round box of
remanufactured .30 cal ammo is available using the very same brass.