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Brady Bill Celebrates 20th Anniversary

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Former White House Press Secretary James Brady (R) and his wife, Sarah Brady visit the White House on the 30th anniversary of the day he was shot in the head by John Hinkley, Jr, during his attempted assassination of former President Ronald Reagan on March 30, 1981. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Former White House Press Secretary James Brady (R) and his wife, Sarah Brady visit the White House on the 30th anniversary of the day he was shot in the head by John Hinkley, Jr, during his attempted assassination of former President Ronald Reagan on March 30, 1981. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - A Centralia, Il. native and his family were the driving forces behind the “Brady” gun control bill.

The bill was named after White House press secretary James Brady, who was injured in the 1981 assassination attempt of President Ronald Reagan.

Today is the 20th anniversary of its passage.

The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence says the law’s background checks have stopped more than 2 million gun sales to felons and other criminals. It was key to President Bill Clinton’s counter-crime initiatives.

But Robert Spitzer, a professor at the State University of New York College at Cortland, says the political environment for gun control has changed.

“It is even more partisan, it is even more bitter, and it is even more entrenched,” he says.

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