Grapevine: Gun control vs. gun rights groups' ad spending

And now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine...

Gunning for Them

Breaking just a few moments ago, a federal judge has ruled Chicago's ban on gun sales unconstitutional.

This comes as gun control groups outspent gun rights groups on advertising by a factor of seven to one in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook school massacre.

Yet only about 100 new laws were passed nationwide, two-thirds of them actually expanding gun rights.

Advertising Age reports gun-control advocates spent $14.1 million on TV ads compared to $1.9 million for gun rights groups.

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg was responsible for most of the gun control side with his Mayors Against Gun Violence -- putting about $12 million toward ads.

Tim Graham of the Media Research Center told us -- quote -- "The media assumed their 'news' blitz and an anti-gun ad blitz would carry the day. They couldn't imagine grass-roots groups like the NRA would beat AstroTurf billionaires like Bloomberg. Money matters, but the gun controllers keep learning that the passion in 'Flyover Country' for the constitutional right to bear arms burns up the phone lines and melts down the e-mail servers."

Copy That

A judge has ruled that U.S. border guards are allowed to inspect and copy files from travelers' laptops without a warrant.

The judge wrote that such searches are rare -- about one in a hundred thousand.

He dismissed a lawsuit by an Islamic studies graduate student who had his laptop taken by border agents in May 2010, when he was on an Amtrak train from Montreal to New York.

He was handcuffed, locked in a cell, and questioned for hours.

The man got his laptop back 11 days later.

The ACLU says it is considering an appeal.

Begging for Prison

Finally, a drug dealer under house arrest in Italy, begged police to let him serve the rest of his sentence behind bars.

Because of his wife's nagging.

Breitbart reports, police say he was tired of continuously fighting with his wife and that the situation had become unbearable.

The local court accommodated the man's request the same day.

He is set to serve out the rest of his sentence in peace.