Former White House press secretary Jim Brady dies

WASHINGTON (AP) — The family of James (Jim) Brady, the White House press secretary who was wounded during the 1981 assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan, says he has died. Brady was 73.

Brady undertook a personal crusade for gun control after he suffered a devastating head wound outside the Washington Hilton Hotel on March 30, 1981.

A federal law requiring a background check on handgun buyers bears Brady’s name.

Although Brady returned to the White House only briefly, he was allowed to keep the title of presidential press secretary and his White House salary until Reagan left office in January 1989.

The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence is named in his honor.

 

Former White House press secretary James Brady, center, who was left paralyzed in the Reagan assassination attempt, gestures during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 30, 2011, marking the 30th anniversary of the shooting. From left are, Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., Brady Campaign President Paul Helmke, Brady, and his wife Sarah Brady. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Former White House press secretary James Brady, center, who was left paralyzed in the Reagan assassination attempt, gestures during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 30, 2011, marking the 30th anniversary of the shooting. From left are, Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., Brady Campaign President Paul Helmke, Brady, and his wife Sarah Brady. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

 

 

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