Former White House Press Secretary Brady Dead At 73

James Brady, center, meets with President Barack Obama in 2011 (photo courtesy Pete Souza - White House)

James Brady, center, meets with President Barack Obama in 2011 (photo courtesy Pete Souza – White House)

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

The Centralia native 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.

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