State Rep. Ed DeLaney of Indianapolis criticized Indiana's "very, very limited" gun laws and said he wants to introduce bills that would ban large ammunition clips and "automatic military-type" weapons.
In his first State of the City address, Mayor Joe Hogsett said Wednesday that crime problems wouldn't be solved simply with a new building. A new task force also would focus on issues like mental illness and addiction.
The overcrowding problem at the Marion County Jail stems from rising violent crime in Indianapolis and a state law that sends low-level offenders from state prisons to county jails, according to county officials.
Indianapolis leaders are considering giving the police chief more discretion in hiring officers in an attempt to increase the number of black officers on the force, a problem the city has struggled with for decades.
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence said Monday that his "strong bias for the public's right to know" will weigh heavily as he decides whether to veto a measure that would shelter police departments at Notre Dame and 10 other Indiana private colleges.