With a new law authorizing firing squads for condemned inmates in the Gem State, one ammunition maker has stepped up to offer loads. 

In March, Idaho's Republican Gov. Brad Little signed HB 186, permitting state prison officials to substitute a firing squad should the hard-to-find drug cocktail for conducting lethal injections be unavailable. The measure had proved popular with lawmakers, passing 50-15 in the state House and 24-11 in the Idaho Senate – a veto-proof majority – on its way to Little's desk. 

With the new mandate now on the books, Florida-based Liberty Ammunition this week made no bones about the fact that it "has offered to donate ammunition to the firing squads of the great state of Idaho, assisting them in a time of budget constraints and increased violence in our nation." 

The Idaho law takes effect on July 1 and will make the state the fifth in the nation, behind Mississippi, Oklahoma, Utah, and South Carolina, to authorize such a method of capital punishment, as noted by the Death Penalty Information Center.

The Idaho Department of Correction lists eight inmates, specifically seven men and a woman, on the state's Death Row as of April 3.

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