US woman accidentally shot by 4-year-old son agrees to give talks about gun safety

Staunch gun advocate Jamie Gilt had boasted online about her son's shooting prowess a day before she was accidentally shot by him, on March 8, 2016.
Staunch gun advocate Jamie Gilt had boasted online about her son's shooting prowess a day before she was accidentally shot by him, on March 8, 2016. PHOTO: TWITTER/ JAMIE GILT

MIAMI (AFP) - A Florida gun activist accidentally shot by her four-year-old son last month has agreed to deliver speeches about gun safety as part of a deal to avoid prosecution, officials said on Friday (May 6).

Jamie Gilt, 31, agreed with prosecutors to avoid a charge of negligence if she also completes a gun safety course, installs a mounted holster in her vehicle and provides proof of safe storage of firearms in her home, the state attorney's office said in a statement.

The deal specifies that she must give 10 speeches about the March 8 shooting and the need to safely secure firearms, although the authorities did not indicate where.

Gilt, who had boasted online about her toddler's shooting prowess, was cruising down a major thoroughfare with her son in the back seat when he shot her on March 8. The bullet went through the seat cushion.

The mother and boy were on their way to pick up a horse, according to the police, who rushed to Gilt's aid after a police officer slowed to check why the vehicle had stopped.

The weapon was a .45-caliber handgun the boy found on the floor of the pickup truck.

Gilt was said to have posted on her Facebook page: "Even my 4 year old gets jacked up to target shoot with the .22."

Police had recommended a charge of "unsafe storage of firearm" - a second-degree misdemeanor punishable by up to 180 days in prison.

She has 90 days to comply with the deal.