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Lawyers to urge no restrictions for Reagan shooter Hinckley

A 2020 risk assessment said Hinckley wouldn't pose a danger if restrictions are lifted. But the U.S. government has opposed the idea.

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — Author's note: The video above is on file from April 9, 2021. 

Lawyers for the man who tried to assassinate President Ronald Reagan are scheduled to argue in court that 66-year-old John Hinckley should be freed from restrictions placed on him after he moved out of a Washington hospital.

 John Hinckley moved to Williamsburg, Virginia, in 2016.

 Since then, a federal judge has required doctors to oversee Hinckley's therapy and medication.

 He is barred from owning a gun and he can’t contact his victims. 

A 2020 risk assessment said Hinckley wouldn't pose a danger if restrictions are lifted. But the U.S. government has opposed the idea.

 A Washington judge has scheduled a status conference on Monday to focus on the matter.