ON April 14, we published an article under the title 'Instant the top guns in 'friendly' ' which made reference to a shooting competition which we said was organised by the Hong Kong Gun Club. In fact, the competition was organised by another gun club. Unfortunately, through an internal communication error, our Editorial Department was not made aware of a complaint made by the Hong Kong Gun Club in respect of the April 14 article and on April 22 we published another article under the title of 'Three men and a bullet', which made reference to the April 14 article. We now accept that we were incorrect in saying that the Hong Kong Gun Club was responsible for organising the competition and that both these articles have caused injury and damage to the reputation of the Hong Kong Gun Club as well as its members. We regret and apologise for any embarrassment caused.