John Hinckley Jr. Posing in Front of White House

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John Hinckley Jr., who shot President Ronald Reagan in 1981, is free from court oversight, officially concluding decades of supervision by mental health professionals.  Hinckley made the announcement on Twitter writing, “After 41 years 2 months and 15 days, FREEDOM AT LAST!!!”

U.S. District Court Judge Paul L. Friedman previously said he’d free Hinckley on June 15 if he continued to remain mentally stable in the community in Virginia where he has lived since 2016.

Hinckley, who was acquitted by reason of insanity, spent the decades before that in a Washington mental hospital. His restrictions were gradually loosened over the years.

Are you surprised that you can shoot a president and ever see the light of day again?