Todd J. Rathner

Last updated
Todd J Rathner
Todd Rathner Lobbyist 2023.jpg
Born (1965-11-06) November 6, 1965 (age 57)
NationalityAmerican
OccupationLobbyist
Employer(s)Rathner and Associates
Website http://www.rathnerandassociates.com/

Todd J. Rathner (born November 6, 1965) is an American Second Amendment lobbyist and former member of the National Rifle Association of America (NRA) Board of Directors, where he was elected in 1999 and served until 2022.

Contents

Rathner lives in Tucson, Arizona. [1] He grew up in New York and is the owner of the T. Jeffrey Safari Company. [2]

Rathner has been a Second Amendment lobbyist for over 15 years and served on the NRA Board of Directors and the following NRA committees: Executive Committee, Legislative Policy Committee and the International Affairs Committee. Rathner is the Director of Legislative Affairs for Knife Rights. [3] [4] [5] [6] [7]

As an Arizona lobbyist, in 2010 Rathner played a critical role in enacting Arizona's "Constitutional Carry" law, which allows law-abiding citizens to carry a concealed weapon without a permit. [8]

On October 6, 2014, Rathner announced the formation of the NFA Freedom Alliance (NFAFA), an organization dedicated to protecting NFA gun owners, dealers, and manufacturers interests by influencing public policy primarily through lobbying. [9] [10] One of the primary stated goals of the NFAFA is to enact "Shall Certify" legislation in all 50 states to mitigate the effects on NFA gun owners of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives 41P Proposal. NFA gun owners are defined as those who own silencers, short barreled rifles, short barreled shotguns and machine guns. [11] [12] Rathner talked at length in regard to the NFAFA, the organization's aims, and accomplishments on the Arizona-based Gun Freedom Radio show that aired on 06/25/16 [13]

Rathner gained additional notoriety following the April 12, 2015, death of Freddie Gray, an African American man who died in the custody of the Baltimore Police Department after being arrested for purportedly carrying an illegal knife. Rathner's efforts to overturn knife laws such as the one under which Gray was arrested quickly gained national attention. [8] In June 2016 Rathner successfully lobbied the New York State Senate to pass S6483-A/A9042-A, revising the state's much-publicized and highly controversial law banning the possession of gravity knives. [14] [15] [16]

In 2017, Rathner was instrumental in the passage of Texas House Bill 1935 into law that allows the open carry of blades longer than 5 1/2" in public. The bill was signed into law by Texas Governor Greg Abbot and became effective on September 1, 2017. [17] [18]

In February 2022, Rathner resigned from the NRA Board of Directors. [19]

Awards and recognition

Related Research Articles

In politics, lobbying or advocacy, is the act of lawfully attempting to influence the actions, policies, or decisions of government officials, most often legislators or members of regulatory agencies, but also judges of the judiciary. Lobbying, which usually involves direct, face-to-face contact in cooperation with support staff that may not meet directly face-to-face, is done by many types of people, associations and organized groups, including individuals on a personal level in their capacity as voters, constituents, or private citizens; it is also practiced by corporations in the private sector serving their own business interests; by non-profits and non-governmental organizations in the voluntary sector through advocacy groups to fulfil their mission such as requesting humanitarian aid or grantmaking; and by fellow legislators or government officials influencing each other through legislative affairs in the public sector. Lobbying or certain practices that share commonalities with lobbying are sometimes referred to as government relations, or government affairs and sometimes legislative relations, or legislative affairs. It is also an industry known by many of the aforementioned names, and has a near complete overlap with the public affairs industry. Lobbyists may be among a legislator's constituencies, for example amateur lobbyists such as a voter or a bloc of voters within their electoral district acting as private citizens; while others like professional lobbyists may engage in lobbying as a business or profession. Professional lobbyists are people whose business is trying to influence legislation, regulation, or other government decisions, actions, or policies on behalf of a group or individual who hires them. Nonprofit organizations whether as professional or amateur lobbyists can also lobby as an act of volunteering or as a small part of their normal job. Governments often define "lobbying" for legal purposes, and regulate organized group lobbying that has become influential.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">National Rifle Association</span> American nonprofit organization

The National Rifle Association of America (NRA) is a gun rights advocacy group based in the United States. Founded in 1871 to advance rifle marksmanship, the modern NRA has become a prominent gun rights lobbying organization while continuing to teach firearm safety and competency. The organization also publishes several magazines and sponsors competitive marksmanship events. According to the NRA, it had nearly 5 million members as of December 2018, though that figure has not been independently confirmed.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Gun politics in the United States</span> Political concern

Gun politics is defined in the United States by two primary opposing ideologies concerning the private ownership of firearms. Those who advocate for gun control support increasingly restrictive regulation of gun ownership; those who advocate for gun rights oppose increased restriction, or support the liberalization of gun ownership. These groups typically disagree on the interpretation of the text, history and tradition of the laws and judicial opinions concerning gun ownership in the United States and the meaning of the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. American gun politics involves these groups' further disagreement concerning the role of firearms in public safety, the studied effects of ownership of firearms on public health and safety, and the role of guns in national and state crime.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Gun Owners of America</span> US gun rights organization

Gun Owners of America (GOA) is a gun rights organization in the United States. It makes efforts to differentiate itself from the larger National Rifle Association (NRA) and has publicly criticized the NRA on multiple occasions for what it considers to be compromising on gun rights.

Gun laws in the United States regulate the sale, possession, and use of firearms and ammunition. State laws vary considerably, and are independent of existing federal firearms laws, although they are sometimes broader or more limited in scope than the federal laws.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">American Hunters and Shooters Association</span> American non-profit organization

The American Hunters and Shooters Association (AHSA) was a United States-based non-profit 501(c)(4) organization which operated from 2005 to 2010. The group described itself as a national grassroots organization for responsible gun ownership and advocated for increased gun control. The organization's president, Ray Schoenke, said the AHSA was intended to bridge the gap between urban liberals and rural gun owners, but closed down due to a lack of support from the Obama administration.

Marion P. Hammer is an American gun advocate and lobbyist who was the first female president of the National Rifle Association of America (NRA), from 1995 to 1998.

Clifford Neal Knox was a board member and officer of the National Rifle Association, gun magazine writer and editor, gun rights activist, and prolific author of technical firearms articles and articles related to his interpretation of the Second Amendment and views on firearms laws.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Dudley Brown</span> American gun rights lobbyist

Dudley W. Brown is an American gun rights lobbyist. He is the founder and president of Rocky Mountain Gun Owners and president of the National Association for Gun Rights.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Everytown for Gun Safety</span> United States gun control advocacy organization

Everytown for Gun Safety is an American nonprofit organization which advocates for gun control and against gun violence. Everytown was formed in 2013 due to a merger between Mayors Against Illegal Guns and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Chris W. Cox</span> American lobbyist

Christopher William Cox is an American lobbyist and public relations consultant. From April 2002 to June 2019 he served as executive director of the NRA Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA), the lobbying arm of the National Rifle Association of America (NRA). As executive director Cox encompassed the roles of chief lobbyist and principal political strategist.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Rocky Mountain Gun Owners</span> US gun rights advocacy group

Rocky Mountain Gun Owners (RMGO) is a 501(c)(4) non-profit gun rights advocacy group in Colorado, United States.

In the United States, the term constitutional carry, also called permitless carry, unrestricted carry, or Vermont carry, refers to the legal public carrying of a handgun, either openly or concealed, without a license or permit. The phrase does not typically refer to the unrestricted carrying of a long gun, a knife, or other weapons. The scope and applicability of constitutional carry may vary by state.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Robert Raben</span>

Robert Raben is the founder and president of the Washington, D.C.-based lobbying and consulting firm The Raben Group, and was Assistant Attorney General at the Department of Justice under former President Bill Clinton.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Gun laws in Texas</span> Texas gun law

Gun laws in Texas regulate the sale, possession, and use of firearms and ammunition in the U.S. state of Texas.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">National Association for Gun Rights</span> American gun group

The National Association for Gun Rights (NAGR) is a gun rights advocacy group in the United States. They maintain an affiliated PAC and a nonprofit legal foundation. Officially incorporated in Virginia on March 29, 2000, NAGR was founded by Dudley Brown as a national companion organization to Rocky Mountain Gun Owners. NAGR is a rival of the National Rifle Association of America (NRA) and considers itself a more "conservative alternative" to the NRA. The group spends most of its energy attacking lawmakers deemed too soft on Second Amendment issues via direct mail, robocalls and low-cost television ads. The group has gained notoriety for its aggressive lobbying tactics and attack ads.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Harlon Carter</span> American activist (1913–1991)

Harlon Bronson Carter was an American advocate for gun rights and a leader of the National Rifle Association. Carter's 1977 election as NRA Executive Vice President marked a turning point for the organization. During his tenure, from 1977 to 1985, he shifted the organization's focus from promoting marksmanship and sports shooting towards strident advocacy for less restrictive gun laws. Under Carter's leadership, the NRA became less compromising on gun rights issues. It also tripled its membership and gained considerable political influence.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">The Trace (website)</span> American journalism outlet

The Trace is an American non-profit journalism outlet devoted to gun-related news in the United States. It was established in 2015 with seed money from the largest gun control advocacy group Everytown for Gun Safety, which was founded by former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, and went live on 19 June of that year. The site's editor in chief is Tali Woodward.

The Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF) is the political action committee (PAC) of the National Rifle Association of America (NRA). The Fund contributes money to political campaigns of candidates endorsed by the NRA.


The Revolt at Cincinnati was a change in the National Rifle Association's (NRA) leadership and organizational policy which took place at the group's 1977 annual convention in Cincinnati, Ohio. Led by former NRA president Harlon Carter and gun lobbyist Neal Knox, the movement ended the tenure of Maxwell Rich as executive vice-president of the NRA and introduced new organizational bylaws. The Revolt at Cincinnati has been cited as a turning point in the NRA's history, marking a move away from the group's focus on "hunting, conservation, and marksmanship" and towards defending the right to keep and bear arms.

References

  1. Korte, Gregory (4 May 2013). "Protesters confront NRA board member at gun meeting". USA Today. Retrieved 22 June 2016.
  2. "Big Game Hunting". Safari. 2008.
  3. Sobieck, Ben (June 11, 2010). "Knife Rights Appoints Todd Rathner as Director of Legislative Affairs". Blade.
  4. "Knife Rights Appoints Todd Rathner as Director of Legislative Affairs". Knife Rights. June 5, 2010.
  5. "Nomination of Directors". America's First Freedom. 5 (9): 62. 2004.
  6. Rau, Alia Beard (July 13, 2011). "Guns in Arizona: Gun lobby has firm grip on state". Arizona Republic. Arizona. Retrieved 26 June 2016.
  7. Lacey, Marc (2010-12-04). "Pushing a Right to Bear Arms, the Sharp Kind". The New York Times. ISSN   0362-4331 . Retrieved 2016-06-26.
  8. 1 2 Etter, Lauren (May 6, 2015). "Knives Are the New Guns in Lawmakers' Second-Amendment Expansion". Bloomberg.
  9. Williams, Lee (9 October 2013). "New gun rights group launched for NFA owners". Sarasota Herald-Tribune . Retrieved 22 June 2016.
  10. "Veteran Activist & Lobbyist Launches Gun Rights Organization – NFA Freedom Alliance". Ammoland. October 7, 2014.
  11. "What is 'Shall Certify' legislation?". NFA Freedom Alliance. Retrieved October 24, 2015.
  12. Todd Rathner, Doug Ritter, Herb Stupp (September 27, 2015). 30th Annual Gun Rights Policy Conference (Television production). Arizona: C-Span.
  13. Gun Freedom Radio Episode 43 Hour 2 "The DC Project" aired 06/25/2016.
  14. "Knife Rights' Fix for Bogus NYC Gravity Knife Arrests Passes Senate 61-0". 2016-06-15. Retrieved 2016-06-26.
  15. The Editorial Board (2016-05-31). "New York's Outdated Knife Law". The New York Times. ISSN   0362-4331 . Retrieved 2016-06-26.
  16. Vlahos, Kelley Beaucar (2015-05-11). "2nd Amendment advocates push to repeal switchblade, other knife laws | Fox News" . Retrieved 2016-06-27.
  17. "Texas law will allow open carry of knives, swords". 2017-07-11. Retrieved 2017-07-11.
  18. "Borrowing strategy from NRA, activists quietly overturn knife restrictions across U.S." 2018-09-15. Retrieved 2018-09-15.
  19. Aila Slisco (February 18, 2022). "NRA Board Member, Wayne LaPierre Ally Resigns After 23 Years". Newsweek.
  20. "Past Award Recipients" (PDF). Arizona Game and Fish Department. Retrieved October 24, 2015.