A half-dozen Democrats who are longtime gun control champions are hoping to keep their fight alive in the GOP-controlled Congress with a new bill that would vastly restrict ammunition capacities.
Sen. Chris MurphyChris MurphySenators wrestle with whether to back Tillerson Live coverage: The Senate's 'vote-a-rama' Rocky start for Trump's State Department nominee MORE (D-Conn.) on Thursday touted the bill, which would ban magazines of more than 10 rounds, hours after reports circulated that police had foiled a mass shooting plot aimed at Congress.
The bill is the first piece of gun control legislation since Republican won control of the Senate. Though it has more than 100 co-sponsors in the House, the bill has virtually no chance of a vote in either chamber.
Two years after losing their fight to expand background checks following the mass shooting at a school in Newtown, Conn., the group of lawmakers insisted that their fight was not over.
Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D-Conn), who represents Newtown, said the number of co-sponsors for the bill has doubled in the last year.
“The support is growing,” she said. “The momentum has not stopped.”
Esty joined Sen. Robert MenendezRobert MenendezCarson likely to roll back housing equality rule Live coverage: Tillerson's hearing for State Booker to join Foreign Relations Committee MORE (D-N.J.) as well as Connecticut’s Democratic Senate duo, Murphy and Sen. Richard BlumenthalRichard BlumenthalTakata will plead guilty, pay B in faulty airbag probe Corrected — Lawmakers: Trump can't stop investigation of Clinton email case Overnight Defense: Mattis cruises through confirmation hearing MORE, to announce the legislation.
Murphy stressed that he has not met “a single hunter or a single person who hunts for sport” who needs more than 10 rounds.
He said those who wanted high-capacity magazines were more interested in “arming against the government.”