Trump plan 'could bring back firing squad as federal death penalty option' in president's final days in the White House

PRESIDENT Donald Trump is trying to bring back firing squad executions as an option for the federal death penalty, according to a report.

ProPublica reported on Wednesday that before Trump's term ends, he's trying to push through "a proposed regulation that could see federal executions being carried out by firing squads."

Electrocutions might also be used for federal executions, if the rules were to change.

According to ProPublica, the Justice Department put forth the proposal in August.

The DOJ accepted public comments for 30 days, rather than the usual 60 days.

The proposed rule change was reviewed and on November 6, cleared by the White House — "meaning it could be finalized any day."

But despite Trump reportedly trying to bring back this method of execution, it would most likely not be used any time soon, considering President-elect Joe Biden opposes the death penalty.

Firing squads are currently legal in three states — Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Utah.

The last time a firing squad was used in the US was in 2010, when Ronnie Lee Gardner was killed in Utah.

Gardner was convicted of the 1984 murder of attorney Michael Burdell during an attempted escape from a courthouse.

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