A Mt. Vernon man is giving away free guns to women who pass a “babysitter test” and have a FOID card.

Robert Bertrand started an organization called Help 50 to “arm and train 50 women” by the end of 2019 and promote a woman’s right of self defense.

“Especially in Mt. Vernon, some areas are kind of rough. A lot of people are worried about burglars in the middle of the night,” Bertrand told the Belleville News-Democrat.

Bertrand says he’s giving away free guns to women who pass a background check, possess a Firearm Owners Identification card and be someone he would trust with his own child.

Bertrand isn’t giving away free guns to men. “I’m not giving them to guys, because they always ask for guns,” he said.

As of Tuesday, Help 50 has given four women the shotguns and has another 30 interested.