Missouri Sheriff Suspends Concealed Carry Licenses in Light of Global Instability

Citizens in Bates County, Missouri will no longer have to pay fees to acquire a concealed carry weapons permit thanks to the actions of Sheriff Chad Anderson.

On October 10, 2023, Anderson announced on Facebook that the county would be waiving concealed carry weapons permits (CWP). His office cited “instability around the world” for scrapping the fees

Anderson posted the following on Facebook: 

In light of the instability around the world, beginning 10/10/23 the Bates County Sheriff’s Office is waiving any fee associated with CCW Licensing for Bates County Residence through the end of 2023. Again, you MUST be a resident of Bates County, have already successfully completed an approved CCW class with an approved CCW Instructor and submit your fingerprints for a complete background check. .

On January 1st of 2017 Missouri became the 11th state to pass Constitutional Carry to allow residents to carry a concealed firearm without advanced training, background checks or a permit. Some would say the passing of Constitutional Carry negated the need for CCW in general. While this is true for Missouri residents who travel within the state Missouri’s Constitutional Carry does not allow a Missouri resident to travel outside the state while carrying a concealed firearm. The CCW process protects your rights while traveling across the country into those states that are a reciprocal to the concealed carry process.

Today, as I watch the unrest across the globe and inside the United States in relation to the terrorist attacks in Israel and the compromised open southern border, I feel that it’s my duty as Sheriff to help my citizens protect themselves no matter where they are in this country. So now until the end of the year, if you have taken your class and have put off getting your license because of the $100 fee please feel free to make an appointment with my Assistant Jennifer to process your application.

I have always been very Pro-Second Amendment and feel that you have a God Given Right and obligation to protect yourself and your family. You can do the math on the border entries and realize that there is no way our government can properly vet everyone that is caught coming across due to the simple fact that many of the countries of origin do not share their criminal databases with the US. This does not include the unknown amount of Got Aways. We are in an unprecedented time in our history and you need to realize that law enforcement can not be everywhere all the time.

I will continue to pray for peace for our country and continue to strive to do my part to help you be safe and secure while you are in Bates County. I can assure you that the men and women of the Bates County Sheriff’s Office are here for you.

Chad Anderson


Such measures pursued by the Bates County sheriff are necessary in times of mass instability at all levels of society. When society breaks down, things go into a “might makes right” environment. In that type of scenario, having the ability to protect one’s self is of the utmost importance. 

The right to bear arms is the best insurance policy for times of chaos.

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