Landlord asks Harvard student to move out after flatmates search and find two legally-owned guns in her room
Pirnie's flatmates, in a letter to their property manager in October, asked for mediation after the 24-year-old allegedly agreed to leave the flat but later decided to remain there.
A female Harvard student was reportedly asked to move out of her flat in Massachusetts after her roommates complained that they felt uncomfortable staying with her. Reports state that the reason they cited was that she had two legally owned guns kept in her bedroom. The 24-year-old student, Leyla Pirnie, is reportedly now in a battle with her landlord and peers and has claimed that she should not have to incur additional expenses as a result of her being asked to vacate when she has the right to bear firearms.
Pirnie's flatmates, in a letter to their property manager in October, asked for mediation after the 24-year-old allegedly agreed to leave the flat but later decided to remain there. Pirnie has also alleged that her flatmates went through her private space in a hunt to find weapons after they become suspicious of her when they saw her Make America Great Again hat.
Harvard Student Forced Out Of Apartment For Legally Owned Guns https://t.co/OOJjpByacK— Future Female Leaders (@FFL_of_America) December 1, 2018
The young student, while talking to the Free Beacon, said: "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. 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 added.
The 24-year-old's Facebook profile, while was recently deactivated, showed that she was from Izmir, Turkey, however, according to her LinkedIn profile, which was also recently deleted, she was in Fairhope High School's class of 2009 and graduated from the University of Alabama where she studied International Relation and Affairs, French and Political Science.
Reports state that the student's flatmates wrote to her landlord asking for mediating and said that the Harvard student had agreed to move out but had later changed her mind about it. The other students reportedly said that they were uncomfortable staying in the same space as her where she kept guns. They also reportedly said that they would not mind her staying in the apartment if she put her weapons in a "safe or container."
"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 to the Free Beacon.
Pirnie said that when her roommates confronted her about the firearms, she explained to them she was a legal gun owner who is trained in the safe handling of firearms. She then mentioned that while her roommates weren't concerned with Pirnie's handling of the guns but it was the thought that somebody might break in and turn the guns on them or the guns "might go off on their own." She said her landlord's concern in this matter is misplaced and his request that she move out is inappropriate.