Mr. Rathner has twenty years experience lobbying Second Amendment issues. He is a former NRA lobbyist, and current Director of Legislative Affairs for Knife Rights. Mr. Rathner has served as a registered lobbyist at the federal level and in more than a dozen states. He is an avid hunter, shooter, and NFA owner.

A selection of Mr. Rathner's most significant legislative accomplishments:


  • Developed the concept of CLEO 'Shall Certify' legislation and worked to pass it in Arizona, Kansas and Utah.

  • Drafted, filed, and worked to enact laws permitting hunting with suppressors, in at least four states.

  • Represented the silencer industry in meetings with the BATFE, regarding the efile system, federal regulation 41P, and other issues.

  • Served as one of the chief architects of Arizona's Constitutional Carry law, which removed the requirement that a citizen obtain a license before carrying a gun for self-defense . Introduced, passed, and enacted Knife Law Preemption in seven states, thereby, repealing local knife laws and preventing new ones from being enacted.

  • Strengthened and improved Arizona's firearms preemption law, which repealed dozens of local gun control ordinances and prohibits new local ordinances from being enacted.

  • Introduced, passed, and worked to enact Knife Law Preemption in seven states, thereby, repealing local knife laws and preventing new ones from being enacted.

  • Successfully worked to repeal the ban on switchblade knives and knives exceeding an arbitrary length, in seven states

  • Drafted and helped to enact numerous laws allowing shooters to utilize public and private lands and protecting public shooting ranges from closure.

  • Assisted in the drafting and introduction of the Knife Owners Protection act, which is still pending before the United States Congress.

  • Assisted in drafting national policies for the FAA and TSA to allow hunters to travel with firearms as checked baggage, in the wake of the 9/11 tragedy.

  • Defeated various anti-Second Amendment proposals in numerous states.

  • Has appeared on various programs on Fox News, National Public Radio, Huffpost Live, and many local television and radio outlets.

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