Grey nomad Glenda Q Public permit of possession of a low-velocity rifle:
In her application, she had stated that the regulated weapon will be secured in the safe of their motorhome.
The greatest risk is remote camping.
In her security training, it is re-enforced that when you’re inside your vehicle always lock the security door behind you. The aspect of what type of safe to allow quick access and the type of weapon was the subject of research and discussion with others.
The 38 caliber lever-action rifle was put forward as the standard weapon for this type of permit of possession scenario because the recoil is light for women of small frame and the knockdown capacity is reasonable in response to a grievous attack.
The regulated weapon should have a barrel length of about 16-inch to make it suitable for handling within an enclosed area such as the hallway of a motorhome. As a low-velocity caliber, the range does not extend well beyond an area of engagement as is the situation for high-velocity calibers. A level action rifle also has no removable bolt making it suitable for ready use, and a secondary security device can be installed i.e. customized to have a level lock.
Glenda maintains her proficiency at a rifle club.
Synopsis Glenda Q Public 12 months after the issue a permit of possession of a low-velocity long arm:
Because Glenda and her husband are retired they have made three long-distance grey nomads trips about Australia in their motorhome during the year sometimes camping alone in remote locations.
Glenda and husband are members of a traveler’s group and the general rule for free camping safely are to try and always camp with others or if you are unable to do so find a camp spot that can’t be seen from the road. As mentioned there have been occasions when they have had to camp alone.
They were pleased to tell their friends there had been no ugly incidents traveling the highways.
However, they did meet a couple, friends they had known for years, that had original knowledge about a highway the locals call the “highway of death”, where a thrill killer or killers murdered people remote camping.
Now there is a twelfth, missing Newcastle man Jayden Penno-Tompsett, who disappeared close to the cursed Flinders Highway in Charters Towers. The mystery of the 22-year-old last seen on New Year’s Eve has baffled, but not surprised the locals, said the couple.
As the couple was part of the traveler’s group and Glenda and her husband had known them for years they brought them into their confidence that whenever they traveled and locked up at night in their motorhome they had the peace of mind that tucked away in the safe was a rifle.
Glenda’s husband commented, “My wife is the most unassuming bad-ass crack shot with that rifle should trouble come knocking. She grew up on cattle properties and has been around firearms most of her life”
The lady replied, “Good to know we are camping with your guys tonight” and her husband said in a serious tone, “Well it’s about time that these highway murderers don’t know who is armed? You know that just the knowledge that someone may be armed is often enough of a deterrent“.
The above case synopsis uses extracts of information from mainstream media news reports and police media releases.
In Australia, more than 38,000 missing person reports are received by police each year. While most people are found within a short period of time, there remain approximately 2,600 long term missing persons. Bodies are found each year that can not be identified because of the exposure to the elements having been uncovered by earth erosions (wind and water) of their shallow graves. Recently the count of boxes of bones stored in mortuaries across Australia, awaiting DNA testing was 500. Refer to https://theconversation.com/australia-has-2-000-missing-persons-and-500-unidentified-human-remains-a-dedicated-lab-could-find-matches-90620 for further information on this aspect.
Not knowing who is armed and who is not is a strategy that deters a grievous attack upon the innocent. This strategy will encourage people most at risk to camp with others, in particular, the motorhome and caravan clusters that free camp in remote areas. Statistics indicate that those most at risk are young men and women, the backpackers that travel the highways in older and less reliable rental vehicles.