ATLANTA - Delta Air Lines' CEO said Thursday that a large majority of the emails he's received since the company ended its NRA discount program have been positive.

"In my years in this industry I have never seen the topic that’s delivered as much emotion as this one," said Ed Bastian on CNBC. "And I’ve received tens of thousands of emails on both sides of the issue over the last month on this.

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"I would say 75 percent, if not more, have been positive, have been supportive of the stance we’ve taken," he said. "People respect the fact that we make our own decisions and we stand by them. We are not selling out, relative to the political interest and I think we gained a lot of fans.”

After the mass school shooting in Parkland, Fla., earlier this year, Delta announced it was ending its discount offering for NRA members. The move drew outrage from many Georgia GOP lawmakers, some of whom are running for governor this year, including Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle.

Delta's move also likely torpedoed a massive fuel tax exemption that was on its way to becoming law. The tax exemption was championed by Gov. Nathan Deal, but an irate state legislature removed the exemption, a move that would have saved Delta millions of dollars.

Delta's move also likely torpedoed a massive fuel tax exemption that was on its way to becoming law. The tax exemption was championed by Gov. Nathan Deal, but an irate state legislature removed the exemption, a move that would have saved Delta millions of dollars.

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