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Gun Owner Stands Ground After Roommates ‘Uncomfortable’ by MAGA Hats, Legal Firearms Trigger Move-Out Notice

Roommates at Havard University were “uncomfortable” with their one roommate from the South who owned a Make America Great Again (MAGA) hat, so they secretly searched through their roommate’s room and found legally owned guns.

The Harvard University graduate student, Leyla Pirnie, was told by her landlord that she had to move out after her roommates complained that the presence of the legally owned guns “causes anxiety and deprives us of the quiet enjoyment.”

Pirnie received an email from the president of Avid Management, Dave Lewis, explaining that she had to move out of the apartment after the roommates found the firearms, the Washington Free Beacon reported.

“We discussed with Leyla that all of us are uncomfortable with having firearms in the house, and that their presence causes anxiety and deprives us of the quiet enjoyment of the premise to which we are entitled,” a roommate wrote in an email to Lewis, obtained by the Beacon.

Pirnie told the Beacon that the roommates violated her rights by going through her room without consent while she was on a weekend trip and that the landlord is violating her right of owning her guns legally:

“When I asked them why they were in my room to begin with, they each came up with completely contradicting stories (none of which made any sense), but one comment struck me in particular: ‘We saw that you had a MAGA hat and come on, you’re from Alabama… so we just kind of assumed that you had something.’”

Pirnie added that the roommates justified intruding on her space when one roommate said that “fear took over her body and she felt compelled to search my room until she found proof.”

The landlord contacted the police department to make sure the guns Pirnie owned followed Massachusetts law, which they did.

However, Lewis told Pirnie in an email that despite the police’s conclusion, she had to move out.

“Since it’s clear that Leyla wants to keep her firearms, it would be best for all parties if she finds another place to live,” Lewis wrote.

Pirnie told the Beacon that she explained to her roommates she was in a physically abusive relationship in undergraduate school and has the guns as protection. However, she said the roommates ignored her and were more concerned about someone breaking into the house and using the guns against them or even that the guns “might go off on their own.”

She told the Beacon:

“Nobody has bothered to question, ‘Well, why do you want to have protection? Could it be because you’ve experienced something where you need to protect yourself as you see fit?’ I have a real and legitimate reason as to why I want to protect myself.”

Pirnie rejected Lewis’ request that she move out in the middle of exams but then received a threat from the landlord that it “was based strictly on practical and not idealogical (sic) terms,” adding that if she didn’t move out and her roommates did, she would have to pay the full rent, according to the Beacon.

The graduate student said she still feels “threatened” to move out of her apartment over her right of being a gun owner and that it “doesn’t seem right.”

“Not only is this a blatant violation of my privacy, but it’s also a violation of my rights,” Pirnie said.

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