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The Utah Supreme Court today rejected the appeal of three Ogden

America Online employees who were fired four years ago for violating

the Internet company's firearms policy.

At issue was whether an employer's property rights trump the

constitutional right to bear arms when it came to the workers Paul

Carlson, Luke Hansen and Jason Melling transferring guns between

their vehicles in a parking lot outside their place of work.

The state's justices found that AOL was within its rights to

extend its policy to property under its control outside the workplace.

In so doing, the Utah Supreme Court upheld a 2nd District Court

ruling that endorsed the trio's terminations.

The three had sued AOL, claiming their dismissals were improper

because the company's anti-weapons policy, in application to the

parking lot, violated gun-possession rights guaranteed by the Utah