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Dem uses Capitol threat in push for ammo limits

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 MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphyLawmakers feel pressure on guns Trump to take steps to ban bump stocks Kasich’s campaign website tones down gun language after Florida shooting 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.

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“Think of the damage that someone could do in the U.S. Capitol with 30 rounds,” he said at a briefing.

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 (Bob) MenendezJustice Dept intends to re-try Menendez in corruption case DACA is neither bipartisan nor in America's interest Senate DACA deal picks up GOP supporters MORE (D-N.J.) as well as Connecticut’s Democratic Senate duo, Murphy and Sen. Richard Blumenthal, 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.”