A gun-loving social media activist won’t be prosecuted after her 4-year-old son shot her in the back with an unsecured gun — but she must speak about firearms safety and complete a weapons training course.
Jamie Gilt was charged with unsafe storage of a firearm after her son retrieved her loaded .45-caliber handgun from underneath the front seat of her pickup truck March 8 and then accidentally shot her in the back.
“Investigators discovered the child removed himself from the seat, presumably to grab a toy from the floorboard, saw the gun, picked it up and accidentally fired,” said Capt. Gator DeLoach, of the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office.
Investigators said the boy somehow removed the restraints of his car seat and got hold of the weapon and then wounded his mother — who had bragged just hours earlier on Facebook that he “gets jacked up to target shoot the .22.”
The 31-year-old Gilt also maintained a Facebook page called “Jamie Gilt for Gun Sense,” although she deleted her social media accounts after her shooting attracted international attention.
She had faced up to 180 days in jail if convicted of the misdemeanor charge, but prosecutors agreed to place her in a diversion program instead, reported the Orlando Sentinel.
Gilt must complete a gun-safety course, install a mounted holster in her truck, prove she can safely store firearms in her home — and give 10 speeches about her experience and the importance of safely securing guns.
If she completes all those requirements, Gilt will not be prosecuted for the misdemeanor charge.
She was previously arrested in 2013 on a felony count of grand theft retail after police said she stole five pairs of shorts worth $455 from a Dillards in Jacksonville.
Gilt, who was unemployed at the time and currently lives with her mother on her farm, completed a felony pre-trial intervention program later that year and the charges were dropped.
She has not spoken publicly about the shooting, but Gilt’s mother said the shooting had done nothing to change the family’s mind about keeping guns in their home.
“She is very pro-gun and will not change her opinion about owning them,” said her mother, Jane Bramble. “She will keep her guns — and I’m happy that she will.”