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The man who assassinated Ronald Reagan has been granted unconditional release.

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A federal judge has determined that if John Hinckley Jr continues to follow current regulations and proves to be mentally healthy, he will be released from all remaining limitations next year.

Hinckley, now 66, tried to shoot then-US President Ronald Reagan as he left a Washington hotel in March 1981. A bullet ricocheted off the back of Mr Reagan’s waiting vehicle and landed in his lung, only inches from his heart.

In 2016, he was freed from a Washington psychiatric institution where he had been kept since the assassination attempt under stringent restrictions.

They included staying within 80 kilometres of his mother’s Virginia home and avoiding any region where a current or former president, vice president, or member of Congress is known to be.

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