OZARK, Mo. – Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder joined a Springfield representative in the Ozarks Friday to throw his name behind a bill to ease Missouri’s concealed-carry rules.

Senate Bill 656 would allow anyone who could legally own a gun to carry it concealed without a permit.

The bill would also expand Missouri’s castle doctrine, which allows guests on private property to act in self defense. It also would make Missouri a “stand your ground” state, removing your duty to retreat from a situation before acting in self defense.