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ST. LOUIS, Mo. – A Missouri lawmaker is pushing for a change in the state’s method of execution.

He wants to move away from lethal injection and rely on firing squads.

Rep. Rick Brattin said, “It’d be a five-person line.”

However, he says all it would take is one bullet.

Rep. Brattin said, “It’s actually only two of the five who would actually have a live round.”

Rep. Brattin says his proposal is in response to the drop in a lethal injection drug.

He said, “And we’re running into snags with the drug to carry out a lethal injection.”

Missouri, along with other states, ran out of the lethal injection drug.

Last year, the European Union stopped selling it.

Brattin said, “It would just allow for another alternative to our executions in this state.”

He says after recent events, he feels a firing squad is a more humane way to execute inmates.

He said, “We had a guy who was put to death by lethal injection. He had to suffer for 15 minutes. Seems pretty cruel to me versus an instantaneous death.”

Rep. Jamilah Nasheed said, “He is taking us all the way back to the early 1800s and saying, ‘We need to do firing squad.’ Then what else would he think of doing? Would he think about enslaving African-Americans again? I mean, it’s just ridiculous what they come up with.”

Nasheed says Brattin’s idea isn’t about execution alternatives, it’s simply about seeking attention.

She said, “Many of the elected officials now are running this year and they’re looking for attention. I think at the end of the day, we’re going to be laughing stocks on the national level.”

No date has been set for the bill to be heard by the state’s corrections committee.