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Landlord tells Harvard grad student to MOVE after roommates found her legally-owned firearms

(National SentinelPrivacy Violation: A Massachusetts landlord has asked a Harvard University graduate student to move out of her apartment after her roommates pilfered through her belongings and found her legally-owned handguns.

As reported by the Washington Free Beacon, the student, Leyla Pirnie, says that Dave Lewis, president of Avid Management, asked her to move because now her roomies feel “uncomfortable” knowing there are guns about.

“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,” he told the website in an email.

Mind you, the guns are legally owned. Oh, and there’s that part about how her roommates violated her privacy by searching through her belongings after reportedly finding a (gasp!) MAGA hat.

After finding her firearms, one of the roommates emailed Lewis to request he ensure Pirnie was in compliance with gun laws.

“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,” the email to Lewis stated.

Speaking of entitlement, isn’t Pirnie entitled to some basic privacy? And her Second Amendment right?

“A few weeks ago, I came back to my apartment from a weekend trip and was confronted by one of my roommates who asked if I had guns in the house,” she told the Free Beacon. “After being told far too many lies to count, my roommates finally admitted that they searched my closet, under my bed, and all of my drawers in pursuit of finding my guns.

“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,'” she continued.

“I asked why they didn’t just call me and ask me before intruding. One of the girls responded that fear took over her body and she felt compelled to search my room until she found proof… I cannot make this up.”

Pirnie eventually agreed to allow local cops to ‘inspect’ her guns to ensure she was in full legal compliance — and she was.

When asked about her guns by her roommates, Pirnie explained that she is trained in the handling and use of firearms. But that didn’t matter because the roomies were concerned someone might break in and use the guns on them or that they “might go off on their own.”


“What I find uncomfortable is coming home to find out that six people I barely know went into my bedroom without permission and went through every single one of my drawers, without any regard to my privacy whatsoever,” Pirnie said (though she obviously knows them a lot better now). “My landlord’s e-mail, though carefully crafted, showed tremendous prejudice against my right to legally have firearms.”

Not that she even needs one, but Pirnie has a good reason for being armed. When she was an undergraduate student she was in a physically abusive relationship.

“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?'” she said. “I have a real and legitimate reason as to why I want to protect myself.”

After refusing to move out, Lewis told Pirnie that if her roommates moved she would be responsible for the full rent — $6,000 a month.

“I’m still very much so being threatened out of my apartment,” she said, the Free Beacon reported. “Either I leave and incur moving expenses or my roommates move and I incur their rent expenses… Doesn’t seem right.

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

Without question.

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12 Comments on Landlord tells Harvard grad student to MOVE after roommates found her legally-owned firearms

  1. This woman needs to file MASSIVE lawsuits against her roommates AND against her landlord. ALL of evidence pursuant to the illegal search that was conducted, leading to the discovery of the guns, and all of the actions ( and threats of actions ) are fruit of the poisonous tree — and the landlord’s dictum, that SHE be responsible for the entire balance of the rent, should the other roommates decide to vacate, should not stand up in Court, given that the original actions which led to that, were illegal, in the first place.

    ALL of these people ( the roommates AND the landlord ) MUST suffer consequences for their illegal and/or discriminatory actions.

  2. Valery Vebelfeltzer // November 30, 2021 at 2:03 pm // Reply

    If the landlord is breaking a lease, it would be logical for the landlord to cover the entire cost of her having to find a new place and move, plus something to cover the inconvenience of it all.

    • Absolutely. I agree, but contend that such consequences should be the minimum. The violation of her Privacy ( and, I would argue, her Second-Amendment, as well ) Rights should be addressed, with resulting consequences incurred for that, as well.

  3. Unless she is the only person listed on the lease agreement there is no way the landlord can hold her accountable for the entire amount. Get a lawyer!

  4. I would feel safer with her in my house.

  5. She can come live with me! I have a spare room with private bath, and my own guns. Just bought a new AR15, and I don’t rummage through other people’s stuff.

  6. Barky Buckingham // December 1, 2021 at 5:25 am // Reply

    From the story it seems that her guns were not locked up. That should be a major concern. Remember that rights also include responsibilities.

    • Were there children in the house? How do you know they were not locked up? Those who would violate her rights by going through her things when she’s not home would not stop at breaking into where they were locked up. Moreover her roommates had no right at all to go through her things! That’s a huge violation of her rights! But you don’t care, do you leftist? As I said, she can come live with me, and she doesn’t have to lock her guns up here. No kids in the house and her rights would be respected here, unlike living with Leftist scum.

    • How do you know there weren’t trigger locks on them? Police inspected them and found them legal.

      • Amy Lewis // December 1, 2021 at 3:59 pm //

        In fact I found reports that her guns were indeed locked up, and it made no difference to the leftists who went through her stuff while she was out. They just decided that because she had a MAGA hat they had the right to go through her stuff and violate her rights. They are evil pieces of sht.

  7. This has nothing to do with guns.
    They decided they did not want to room with a republican. The guns are just the excuse.
    It’s leftist mind set.
    They hate anybody who does not agree with them.
    And in their hatred they can do anything they want and it is justified. Can you imagine the walleyed head banging fit that would have been thrown if somebody went thru their rooms?
    Don’t get distracted.
    This is political hate. Not fear of guns.

    • I agree, they will use anything for an excuse for their hatred. Guns are just one of the best things they can use. I’ll say it again, that woman can come live with me, and bring her guns with her. I have a spare bedroom with private bath and for far cheaper rent. No one will go through her things here, because I’m not a leftist. She can even borrow my AR-15 for range time if she wants, provided she cleans it. She’s a girl I can respect.

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