With all the talk about the Iowa Caucuses, we can’t, of course, forget about the important matters.Â It looks as if Britney Spears has been committed!Â Now, while I’m not one worry too much about whether celebrities live or die, I wouldn’t be particularly unhappy if we could end this huge national trauma by Britney offing herself.Â Â But as Bitter was wondering earlier, can she even buy a gun?
It has now emerged that she is reportedly being held under a so-called “5150 hold” within a unit at Cedars Sinai hospital in Los Angeles, according to TMZ.com.
A “5150” order means staff believe there’s evidence she is a danger to herself or others. The California order allows a clinician or officer to involuntarily confine a person, and requires signs of mental disorder and/or grave disability.
5150 holds are observational, and thus don’t qualify you for a firearms prohibition under federal law, but California law is different.Â Under California law, you are not permitted to possess or purchase a firearm for a period of five years after your commitment, unless you request a special hearing to have your rights restored.Â Now, if it is determined that Britney is mentally disturbed, and the state decides to pursue a 5250 commitment, that is considered an involuntary commitment under federal law, and she would be barred for life (until HR2640 becomes law, that is, and there is a process for restoration of rights).Â California law doesn’t treat 5150 or 5250 commitments differently for the purposes of firearms possession.
Of course, that’s just the law.Â Would you sell that nutty woman a gun if you had a gun shop? Â I wouldn’t either.