Pro-gun mom accidentally shot by 4-year-old while driving down highway

Posted at 5:23 PM, Mar 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-09 17:23:59-05

PUTNAM COUNTY, Fla. — A pro-gun Florida mom is recovering after her 4-year-old son got his hands on a loaded .45 caliber handgun and accidentally shot her in the back while she was driving down a highway Tuesday afternoon.

Putnam deputies spotted the truck and horse trailer stopped in the middle of Highway 20 around 3 p.m., according to CBS 47.

Jamie Gilt, 31, was in the front seat with a bullet wound to her back. She told deputies her 4-year-old son shot her while she was driving. It is not clear how the toddler got his hands on the gun.

screen-shot-2016-03-09-at-5-13-04-pmGilt was taken to the local hospital in stable condition.

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 gun was legally owned by Gilt, officials said in a statement on Wednesday. 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 child is in custody of family member and the Department of Children and Families has been notified, according to deputies.