The National Rifle Association has issued a news release cheering Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge for joining other Republican state lawyers in supporting federal legislation expanding concealed carry rights nationwide.

The proposal allows non-residents to carry concealed weapons in, say, Arkansas, though they don’t possess an Arkansas permit.  Said the NRA release:

 The attorneys general argue that, beyond being a basic constitutional right, states that do not allow non-residents to carry concealed weapons leave these citizens in danger and with no real option for self-defense in instances of violence.

It’s another one of those laws that override states’ rights, poison to gun freaks and so-called conservatives except when it suits their purposes.

It says something that the first gun measure to be passed by Congress after the Nevada slaughter will make it easier for an out-of-state visitor to, say, carry a concealed weapon into a high-rise hotel.