RICHMOND, Va. — Two bills that would make it easier to obtain concealed handguns permits and keep the information secret has won easy passage in the House of Delegates.

A bill that would shield records of concealed weapons permit holders from public inspection passed 81-17 Wednesday.

The records are public record. Legislation to conceal them came before the gun-friendly General Assembly several years ago when a Virginia newspaper angered Virginia concealed weapons permit holders by printing their names.

Another bill that strips local governments of their authority to fingerprint those who apply for concealed weapons permits passed on a 74-22 vote.