PALATKA, Fla. – The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office is recommending a pro-gun mother be charged with unsafe storage of a firearm after she was accidentally shot by her 4-year-old son.
Jamie Gilt, 31, was shot on March 8 while driving her pickup truck when her son, who was riding in the back, accessed the loaded gun underneath the front seat and fired the weapon. The shot went through the mother’s seat, into her back, out her chest and then hit the windshield, WJXT reports.
“In the presence of a child, gun owners bare the additional responsibility of ensuring children do not gain access (to guns)," Putnam County Capt. Gator DeLoach told WJXT. "It was very clear that there was a violation here."
The State Attorney's Office will ultimately decide if charges will be filed.
According to Gilt’s personal Facebook, she is a vocal gun activist and also runs "Jamie Gilt for Gun Sense," a Facebook page dedicated to more passionate pro-gun opinions.
The Florida Department of Children and Families is also investigating the incident. The boy is with relatives.