Insane Reagan Gunman Allowed to Drive

Judge approves longer visits with Hinckley's mom

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    Hinckley after the Reagan shooting.

    WASHINGTON -- The man who was found not guilty of shooting President Ronald Reagan and three others because he was insane soon will be driving on area roads.

    John Hinckley Jr. will be allowed to get a D.C. driver's license and spend more time at his mother's home, a federal judge ruled Tuesday.

    U.S. District Judge Paul Friedman approved most of St. Elizabeths Hospital's requests for increased privileges for the 53-year-old who shot Reagan in 1981, the Washington Post reported.

    Hinckley's visits to his mother's Williamsburg home will be increased to nine nights at a time rather than six, and he will be able to visit her more frequently, the Post reported. Hinckley also will be allowed to work as a volunteer in the Williamsburg area, and he will be granted more privileges requested by the hospital if he completes volunteer work on three consecutive visits to his mother.

    Hinckley will be required to have a cell phone with GPS so he can be monitored.

    He is not a danger to himself or others, Friedman wrote in his opinion.

    Hinckley has been at the psychiatric hospital since he was found not guilty by reason of insanity in the shootings of Reagan, Reagan press secretary James Brady, Secret Service agent Timothy McCarthy and D.C. police Officer Thomas Delahanty.