Legislation to Crack Down on Witness Intimidation

January 7, 2013 Updated Jan 7, 2013 at 7:36 PM EDT

By Rachel Elzufon

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January 7, 2013 Updated Jan 7, 2013 at 7:36 PM EDT

Buffalo, NY (WKBW) - Senator Chuck Schumer (D) was in Buffalo Monday morning, pushing new legislation to crack down on witness tampering.

This new legislation would make it a federal crime to intimidate a witness, and carry up to several decades in prison.

Police say it is a big problem in Buffalo, making it hard to solve or prosecute crimes ... Something police ran into with the City Grill shooting.

Schumer even showed a shirt sold in Buffalo, highlight the prevalence of witness tampering in the Queen City.

Schumer says "The code of the neighborhood is don't snitch -- stuff like this it's horrible. It's like the wild west. People are afraid."

The legislation would make witness intimidation punishable by up to 30 years in prison.

Schumer says he expects it to pass with bipartisan support in the next three to four months.