- Associated Press - Thursday, January 23, 2014

DOVER, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell is proposing the creation of a new gun-trafficking unit in state government to help reduce the epidemic of gun violence in Delaware.

Markell said in his State of the State address Thursday that gun violence is too often committed by shooters who cannot legally own guns, and that it’s critical for authorities to do a better job tracing weapons back to their sources.

At the same time, Markell says more must be done to address the causes of crime, including substance abuse.

He also proposed a bail reform program aimed at reducing the number of pretrial detainees in state prisons.

In another proposal aimed at prison overcrowding, Markell also said judges in Delaware should have the discretion to impose concurrent, not consecutive, sentences for multiple offenses.

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