December 27, 2013 6:10 am -

After you accidentally shoot your brother, trying to cover up will only get you in more trouble. If it’s an accident you might get off easy, but it’s not a good idea to try to lose the murder weapon.

A drunken Brooklyn man playing with a gun shot his younger brother in the hip on Christmas Eve and then tried to dump the smoking pistol on a neighbor, officials said Thursday.

“Take this,” boozed-up shooter Jose Miranda, 49, told his upstairs neighbor on Tuesday after shooting younger brother Gregorio Miranda-Cruz, 48, according to court papers. “I screwed up and made a mistake.”

The two brothers had just returned to their apartment on Belvidere St. near Broadway in Bushwick around 11:30 p.m. after a night of drinking. Law enforcement sources said a soused Miranda pulled a Smith & Wesson 9 mm handgun from his dresser as he looked for some clean clothes.

Miranda told police he was aiming the gun at his bedroom wall when it went off, according to court papers. The bullet pierced Miranda-Cruz’s hip, nicked his bladder and lower intestine and exited his stomach.

Authorities said Miranda immediately ran upstairs and tried to hand the gun to neighbor Jonathan Espinosa, 28. Espinosa wouldn’t take it, but Miranda left the loaded weapon on his neighbor’s stove before fleeing, officials said.

Here’s an even better idea than trying to foist a gun on an unsuspecting neighbor: don’t get one.