A local newspaper in North Carolina makes a formal request for the records of all CCW permit holders. The Sheriff denies their request. After an outcry from others, the newspaper withdraws its request and apologizes:

NOTE TO READERS

The Cherokee Scout made a tremendous error in judgment this week, and thanks to our readers we learned a tough lesson.

As publisher of your local newspaper, I want to apologize to everyone we unintentionally upset with our public records request for a list of those who have or have applied for a concealed carry permit. We had no idea the reaction it would cause.

Sheriff Keith Lovin had the best interests of the people of Cherokee County at heart when he denied our request. The Scout would like to offer an apology to him as well.

More at the link including the newspaper telling its readers that the editor and publisher are home-grown locals who will work to regain the trust of their readers.