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John Hinckley's lawyer Barry Levin arrives at the federal courthouse in Washington. (AP)
John Hinckley's lawyer Barry Levin arrives at the federal courthouse in Washington. (AP)

A lawyer for John Hinckley Jr, the man who shot former US president Ronald Reagan in 1981, says he is no longer a danger and should be allowed to live full-time outside a Washington mental hospital.

Hinckley was 25 when a jury found him not guilty by reason of insanity in the assassination attempt.

He has lived at St Elizabeths, a Washington mental hospital, ever since. He is now 60 years old and spends 17 days a month at his mother's home in nearby Virginia.

His lawyer Barry Levine told a federal judge in Washington that Hinckley should live full-time on the outside.

A prosecutor opposed the plan, saying it doesn't include enough restrictions.

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