Pro-gun Florida mom accidentally shot by 4-year-old son


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A proud, pro-gun mom was accidentally shot by her 4-year-old son — just a day after the Second Amendment-loving woman boasted about her tot’s shooting skills.

Pro-gun Florida mom accidentally shot by 4-year-old son

The Florida boy found the loaded weapon in mom Jamie Gilt’s car Tuesday and shot her as they cruised down a Putnam County road, officials said. The 31-year-old mother survived the mid-drive attack and is in stable condition.

“Even my 4 year old gets jacked up to target shoot with the .22,” Gilt wrote on Facebook Monday during a fiery online debate about guns as a means of self-defense. The Jacksonville mom maintained she has the right to shoot anyone who threatens her and her family — and she's teaching her kids to do the same.

On top of her personal account, the vocal gun activist runs "Jamie Gilt for Gun Sense," a Facebook page dedicated to spouting her passionate pro-gun opinions.

Gilt, also an avid horseback rider, was driving to pick up a pony when she was shot Tuesday, CBS 47 reported.

Officials said her son in the backseat fired a .45 caliber handgun into the back of the driver's seat. The bullet pierced through the cushion and struck the mom in the back.

It's not clear how the tot got his hands on the loaded weapon or where it was stored in the vehicle.

Deputies spotted Gilt's truck and horse trailer stopped in the middle of the road. They found her in the front seat with a bullet wound, and rushed her to UF Health in Gainesville, about 40 miles west of Putnam.

The 4-year-old was not injured. He is now in the care of other family members, and the Department of Children and Families is investigating the case, officials said. Detectives are now trying to determine exactly how the boy got a hold of the gun.

He will not face charges.

"This is definitely not a criminal event. This is an accidental shooting," Capt. Joseph Wells of the Putnam County Sheriff's Office said.

The gun was legally owned by Gilt, officials said in a Wednesday statement. The mom has not been charged, but the investigation is ongoing.

“Florida Statute makes it a misdemeanor for a person to store or leave, on a premise under his or her control, a loaded firearm in such a manner that it is likely a child can gain access to the firearm,” officials said in the statement, adding that they will not file any charges before they get a chance to speak with the victim.

The Daily News reached out to Putnam County deputies for further comment, but they did not immediately respond.

Gilt had previously written on social media about her defense of guns.

"My right to protect my child with my gun trumps your fear of my gun," she declared in a Feb. 13 post.

The sharp-shooting mom plastered the page with glamour shots of herself holding a long gun — and one smiling picture even showed her holding a small child in one arm and a rifle in the other.

She voiced similar pro-gun positions and professed support for Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz on her personal Facebook page.

One post showed a picture of happy children holding hands captioned, “Other people’s kids.” Underneath it, a photo of barbaric warriors battling with blades and maces was titled, “My kids.”

The Daily News could not immediately reach any of Gilt’s family members for comment.

A woman who answered a phone number listed for Gilt refused to answer any questions and called the shooting a “personal matter.”
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