Chris Eger for reports:

There is speculation in New York-based media outlets that prominent Democrats are seeking to entice former Mayor Michael Bloomberg into a bid for the White House in 2016.

…While there has been no word from the Bloomberg camp, the billionaire with hobbies that include funding gun control groups and political candidates has briefly flirted with running for the nation’s highest office several times. As noted by Vanity Fair after Goodwin’s article broke, rumors of a Bloomberg presidential run popped up in both 2007 and 2011….

Gun rights advocates reading the tealeaves of a possible Bloomberg run see it as a defacto assault on the Second Amendment.

“I think the big motivation for Bloomberg wanting to be president is that he could spend hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars to attack Second Amendment rights instead of the $50 million of his own money he is spending yearly,” Alan Gottlieb, chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, told Wednesday.

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