The death of James Brady has been ruled a homicide after a Virginia medical examiner's office determined the gunshot wound he suffered in 1981 led to his death earlier this week, police officials told the Los Angeles Times.
Gwendolyn Crump, chief spokeswoman for the District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department, said a Northern Virginia medical examiner determined the 1981 gunfire that left Brady permanently paralyzed and set him on a path to become the face of the gun-control movement ultimately caused his death.
Brady died Monday in Alexandria, Va., after a series of health issues. He was 73.
It was not immediately clear whether John Hinckley Jr., who has been a patient in a psychiatric facility since standing trial and being found not guilty by reason of insanity decades ago, could face any additional charges based on the ruling.
In a news release, police said the injuries Brady sustained in the 1981 shooting contributed to his death. The police department's homicide division, the U.S. Attorney's Office and the
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He suffered partial paralysis and permanently slurred speech, but when he left the Reagan administration, Brady became one of the nation's foremost gun-control advocates.
The Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act was passed in 1993, which required gun buyers to undergo background checks and go through five-day waiting periods before purchasing firearms.