Jim Romenesko writes:

The Cherokee Scout in Murphy N.C. apologized Friday for asking the local sheriff for the names of gun-permit holders and permit applicants. The paper calls its records request “a tremendous error in judgment” and apologizes to the sheriff for submitting it.

We never meant to offend the wonderful people of this fine community,” says publisher David Brown.

The whole apology—go to Romenesko to read it in full—reads like it was written at gunpoint. Which, you know, it kind of was.