Utah lawmakers approved fusile that those condemned to death when lethal injection fails.
Utah passed a bill that would make it the only state to allow firing squads to carry out the death penalty if there is a shortage of drugs implementation.
The sponsor of the bill, Republican Representative Paul Ray, touted the measure as a more humane form of execution.
Ray argued that execution by a team of trained marksmen is faster and more humane than lethal injections, which have sometimes resulted in stressful or failed deaths.
But opponents disagree, arguing that the firing squads are a cruel vestige of wild days of the western state and gain international condemnation of the State.
The state Senate voted 18-10 in favor of the measure, as revealed AP, although Gov. Gary Herbert has not said whether he will sign the law.
But his spokesman Marty Carpenter, issued a statement acknowledging that would give Utah a method of legitimate support execution if drugs are not available.
The state has conducted three executions by firing squad since the US Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976.
Note that Utah is one of several states seeking new ways to apply the death penalty after a botched lethal injection in Oklahoma last year and one in Arizona, will result in an agony of about two hours to a man condemned to die.
Legislation to allow firing squad has also been introduced in Arkansas this year, while in Wyoming seek to apply this method if drugs for lethal injections are not available.
Meanwhile in Oklahoma lawmakers are considering legislation that would allow the state to use nitrogen gas to execute prisoners