By dropping its little-used discount for National Rifle Association (NRA) members, Delta Airlines cost itself $40 million of tax breaks – or about $3 million per discount,
On Friday, a new Georgia tax package that removed Delta’s $40 million fuel tax break was signed into law. The move follows the announcement by Delta, which is based in Atlanta, Ga., to severe ties with the NRA, USA Today reports:
“The Georgia legislature removed a jet-fuel tax break from a larger tax package Thursday. Lawmakers were upset that Delta, which is headquartered in Atlanta, dropped the National Rifle Association from a discount-fare program in an effort to appear neutral on gun policy.”
“But the airline said only 13 passengers ever bought tickets with an NRA discount. That translates into each discount costing the airline about $3 million in tax breaks.”
Meanwhile, interest in NRA membership has skyrocketed, according to Daily Mail:
“The NRA has seen a huge surge in membership interest in recent weeks, after drawing noisy backlash over the shooting in Parkland, Florida.
“Google searches for 'NRA membership' have risen roughly 4,900 per cent since the week before the February 14 shooting, with new members flocking to support the gun owners' rights group.”