"Delta informed the National Rifle Association Saturday that the airline will end its contract for discounted fares for travel to the association's 2018 annual meeting", Delta said in a statement. Stacey Evans thinks Cagle committed extortion when he told Delta to bring back the NRA discount, or else.
The bill was until recently on track to earn approval from lawmakers. He said a tax overhaul bill caught up in the debate had been "put at risk by the types of antics that tend to plague election years".
Things changed over the weekend.
Since 17 people were killed February 14 at a Parkland, Fla. high school, a number of companies have dropped promotion deals they had with the NRA. That shooting has sparked renewed public debate over gun laws and reform.
United Airlines made a similar announcement on the same day as Delta. The attorney general's office did not respond to an email and telephone call seeking comment.
As GOP candidates proclaimed their support for gun owners ahead of the April gubernatorial primary, other top Republicans at the Georgia Capitol avoided the fray as officials worked behind the scenes to find a resolution.
"I will kill any tax legislation that benefits @Delta unless the company changes its position and fully reinstates its relationship with @NRA".
"I'm exhausted of Conservatives being kicked around on our values, and it's time that we stand up and fight and show corporations that conservative values are important", Cagle declared.
The move is being led by Georgia Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, a Republican running for governor. Chuck Hufstetler of Rome said lawmakers felt Delta unfairly singled out the NRA while maintaining special agreements with "many other controversial organizations". Evidently, its management calculated that it would take more grief for its connections to the NRA than it would lose business by cutting those ties.
The NRA said companies dropping discounts for its members are showing "a shameful display of political and civic cowardice".
Other companies have stood firm in their relationships with the gun group.
Georgia Republicans have historically been funded by the NRA, taking almost $1 million in the last election cycle.
And the streaming platform Roku, which carries the online video channel NRATV, said last week that customers can choose which channels to download or watch.
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