Syracuse, NY (WIBX) - Senator Charles Schumer is pushing for legislation to crackdown on counterfeit parts in weapons systems, airplanes and other equipment.

The New York Democrat visited the main headquarters of defense contractor SRC in Syracuse this morning

Schumer says according to the Defense Department, the rise in counterfeit aircraft parts alone is leading to a 5 to 15 percent

decrease in weapons systems reliability each year, putting additional troops at risk.

He's pushing for quick passage of the Combating Military Counterfeiting Act of 2011, which would enhance penalties for those caught producing and selling fake weapons parts.