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 MurphyChris MurphyPodesta floated Bill Gates, Bloomberg as possible Clinton VPs Dem senator calls for end of Saudi support in Yemen after funeral bombing Dems to McConnell: Pass 'clean' extension of Iran sanctions 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.

“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 MenendezWarren, Menendez question shakeup at Wells Fargo Democrats press Wells Fargo CEO for more answers on scandal Dem senator: Louisiana Republican 'found Jesus' on flood funding MORE (D-N.J.) as well as Connecticut’s Democratic Senate duo, Murphy and Sen. Richard BlumenthalRichard BlumenthalOvernight Healthcare: Biden hints at new money for cancer research | Trump details opioid plan | Dem urges feds to reject EpiPen settlement Dem calls on DOJ to reject EpiPen settlement Why Yahoo's breach could turn the SEC into a cybersecurity tiger 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.”