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Anyone with a permit to carry a concealed weapon in South Carolina no longer has to keep their weapon hidden after the new state law took effect Sunday. Gov. Henry McMaster held a ceremonial signing Friday for a new state law allowing people to carry pistols in the open, where he fired guns and cited constitutional rights to bear arms.

The legislation passed this spring also eliminates a $50 permit fee to get a concealed weapons permit and lowers the number of bullets that someone must fire at a target in an accuracy test to get a permit from 50 to 25 shots. More: Associated Press, The State, WIS TV

In other headlines:

DHEC reports more than 15k cases in week, 74 deaths; 14.6% positive. South Carolina health officials reported 21,335 total cases, with 15,248 confirmed, of the coronavirus between Aug. 7 and Aug. 13. A total of 89 new deaths, with 74 confirmed, were reported this week. The rate of positive tests, as of Friday, was 14.6%. More: Charleston City Paper, SC Public Radio, The Wall Street Journal

Charleston Animal Society facing crowding crisis. The Charleston Animal Society announced it has more than triple the number of animals they have the room to house at its shelter. More: Charleston City Paper, WMBF News, WCIV TV

S.C. politicians blow off ethics fines with few consequences. Public officials who run afoul of South Carolina’s ethics laws routinely refuse to pay their penalties, resulting in millions in outstanding fines and a culture of corruption. More: The Post and Courier 

S.C. committee to discuss use of $3B in federal funds. South Carolina legislators will meet starting next week to begin talks on how more than $3 billion in federal funds will be spent, with House lawmakers convening Tuesday in Columbia. More: Charleston City Paper

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