Gun-control advocate James Brady

Updated 6:37 PM ET, Fri April 3, 2015
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James Brady, alongside his wife Sarah, speaks in 2011 about new legislation curbing gun violence. He was a former White House press secretary who became a prominent gun-control advocate after he was wounded in the 1981 attempt on President Ronald Reagan's life. He died in August at the age of 73. Evan Vucci/AP
Reagan introduces Brady as his press secretary on January 6, 1981, in Washington. Zebowski/AP
Police and Secret Service agents react during the Reagan assassination attempt, which took place March 30, 1981, after a conference outside the Hilton Hotel in Washington. Lying on the ground in front is wounded police officer Thomas Delahanty. Brady is behind him, also lying face down. MIKE EVENS/AFP/Getty Images
Brady is placed into an ambulance shortly after being shot. He suffered a head wound and was left partially paralyzed. Dirck Halstead/Liaison/Getty Images
Maryland Attorney General Joseph Curran reaches to shake Brady's hand outside the U.S. Supreme Court in October 1981. After leaving the White House, Brady launched the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, which pushes for stricter firearms laws. Scott J. Ferrell/Congressional Quarterly/Getty Images
Brady, with his left hand in a sling, chats with his son, Scott, in November 1981. Because of the shooting, Brady had to use a wheelchair for the rest of his life. Dick Swanson/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images
Brady is next to President Bill Clinton as Clinton signs the Brady Bill on November 30, 1993. The bill, which was fiercely fought over for years before Congress approved it, required background checks for gun purchases. Dirck Halstead/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images
Brady gives a thumbs-up to Clinton at the White House on September 9, 1996. Brady was receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States. Greg Gibson/AP
Clinton congratulates Brady in February 2000, when the White House press briefing room was named in his honor. Harry Hamburg/NY Daily News Archive/Getty Images
Brady visits the White House Briefing Room with his wife as White House Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton, left, shows them around in June 2009. Alex Wong/Getty Images