Critics go ballistic as BRIT coddles firearm lovin’ son.

BRITNEY SPEARS has done it again! The singer has come under fire for her parent­ing skills in the past, and now she’s being targeted for allow­ing her 6-year-old son Jayden to play with a large toy gun.

A not-for-profit, gun-control group is outraged after the youngster was photographed aggressively pointing the toy weapon at people during the family’s May 4 stay at the Four Seasons hotel in Westlake Village, Calif.

“As parents it is our responsibility to set a good example for our children, and as a celebrity parent it is es­pecially important,” declared mother-of-five Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.

“Jayden was pho­tographed not just playing with any toy gun. It looks like an assault weapon.”

What’s especially shocking, says Watts, is that the incident occurred with the memory of the Sandy Hook El­ementary School massacre – which took 26 lives this past Dec. 14 – still fresh in the minds of grieving Ameri­cans.

“It is very dis­appointing to see Britney allowing her young son to play with such a violent toy,” fumed Watts.

But not everyone feels that way.

A source close to the 31-year-old former “X Factor” judge – who shares parenting of sons Jayden and Sean, 7, with ex-husband Kevin Federline – told The ENQUIRER: “Britney’s been justly criticized for some lapses in judgment as a mother, like driv­ing around with­out securing her kid in a car seat. But if letting a boy play with a toy gun is bad mother­ing, there must be millions and mil­lions of bad mothers in America.”