Former White House press secretary James Brady dead at 73

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The family of James 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.


Brady remembered for government service, activism

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The head of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence says because of James Brady's work on gun control, "countless lives have been saved."

Dan Gross says with Brady's help, "an estimated 2 million gun sales to criminals, domestic abusers and other dangerous people have been blocked."

At the White House, spokesman Josh Earnest is remembering Brady as someone who "revolutionized" the job of press secretary -- and who later showed his "patriotism" by being "very outspoken on an issue that was important to him."


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