WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Justice Department plans to fast-track the process for tracing guns that were used in shootings back to the original purchasers, as part of a broader effort to crack down on violent crime.

The announcement came just a few days after Stephen Paddock gunned down 58 people from his 32nd-floor suite of the Mandalay Bay hotel on the Las Vegas Strip, in what now marks the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

Justice Department officials said the gun-tracing effort was part of

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