Gun-Loving Mom Shot by Son, 4, Might Be Charged

Police want Jamie Gilt charged with misdemeanor
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 22, 2016 2:21 PM CDT
Gun-Loving Mom Shot by Son, 4, Might Be Charged
Google's cached version of Gilt's Facebook page   (Google)

The gun-loving mother who was shot by her 4-year-old son earlier this month in Florida may end up facing criminal charges. Jamie Gilt, who has "made numerous social media postings about gun rights," the AP reports, allegedly left a loaded handgun under the front seat of her pickup truck and it slid into the backseat on March 8. Her son had recently figured out how to unbuckle his booster seat, grabbed the gun, and shot his mother in the back, police say. Police announced Tuesday that they are recommending Gilt be charged with a misdemeanor, allowing a child access to a firearm.

It will be up to prosecutors to decide whether to actually charge Gilt, who has not been arrested. The second-degree misdemeanor carries a possible penalty of up to 180 days in jail, CNN reports. Florida's child welfare agency is also investigating the incident. There's no current update on Gilt's condition, but News4Jax reports Tuesday that "at last check, Gilt remained hospitalized in stable condition." (More Florida stories.)

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