The airline company confirmed that number to The Daily Caller News Foundation Friday afternoon.
Gov. Nathan Deal signed legislation to lower state income tax rates Friday, giving quiet approval to a measure that caused a national uproar after Georgia lawmakers punished Delta Air Lines for rescinding discounts for National Rifle Association members.
Delta is one of a number of companies which in recent weeks have ended partnerships with the NRA amid new pressure from gun reform advocates, including students who survived the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that left 17 dead and more than a dozen others wounded. I know this action by the state legislature troubled him as it does all of us.
Delta Airlines made national headlines last week when they announced their decision to remove discounted tickets for members of the National Rifle Association; prompting the Georgia legislature to kill almost $40 million in tax breaks on fuel.
Deal signed the tax bill into law March 2.
Georgia lawmakers passed a tax overhaul bill Thursday after cutting a tax exemption that would benefit Delta Airlines. But in his letter Friday, Bastian assured Delta workers that it plans to stay put.
After Georgia Republicans threatened to remove the tax break, the governors of NY and Virginia invited Delta to move its headquarters to their states. Under the estimated savings of the failed tax provision, that boils down to more than $3 million per discount user.
Bastian insisted the company wanted to remain neutral in the national gun debate.
The state Senate's presiding officer, Republican Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, set up the showdown between gun-rights supporters and one of Georgia's biggest private employers when he vowed Monday to stop any tax break that would benefit Delta. NRA spokeswoman Catherine Mortensen had no immediate comment.
Bastian, however, demurred. "None of this changes the fact that our home is in Atlanta and we are proud and honored to locate our headquarters here", Bastian said.
According to the Associated Press, governors from Virginia, New York and CT have made pitches to Delta. Other companies, including Walmart, Dick's Sporting Goods, Kroger and L.L. Bean have tightened up their gun-sales policies, announcing they will not sell firearms to anyone under 21 years of age.
The NRA has lashed out at companies that have dropped the discounts, saying they were participating in "a shameful display of political and civic cowardice".