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Authorities may be keeping a close eye on Aaron Carter, but they have confirmed that they are unable to confiscate the singer’s vast array of guns unless he is officially deemed mentally unstable and dangerous by a legal authority.
Those close to Carter have been so concerned for his well being that they requested authorities perform a welfare check over the weekend, TMZ reports. However, when authorities arrived at Carter’s home on Sunday with the intention of placing him under a psychiatric hold, they ultimately decided not to, after deputies and a mental health professional spoke with Carter, according to the outlet.
The 31-year-old singer revealed to authorities during their visit that he is a gun owner, and stated that he has multiple loaded weapons in his home, per TMZ’s report. However, despite the concern of those close to him, Carter is still legally allowed to keep his firearms unless a judge or another legal authority rules that he is a danger to himself or others, at which point he would likely be asked to surrender his guns or have them taken by force, according to TMZ.
The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department has confirmed to TMZ that they are investigating Carter’s situation and are in contact with his loved ones.
Carter recently revealed that he has been diagnosed with various mental illnesses, listing them all during a clip from an upcoming episode of “The Doctors,” obtained by PEOPLE last week.
“The official diagnosis is that I suffer from multiple personality disorder, schizophrenia, acute anxiety. I’m manic depressive,” he said, “I’m prescribed to Xanax, Seroquel, gabapentin, hydroxyzine, trazodone, omeprazole.”
During the interview, Carter held up a clear bag full of prescription pills and said that he has “nothing to hide,” according to the outlet.
But despite his recent televised admission, Carter claimed to TMZ this week that he is not bipolar; he also said that he would not be giving up his firearms.
Carter recently inherited a 500-firearm collection from his father, and has since been spotted buying even more guns and ammunition at a California gun shop, according to another TMZ report.
Amid increasing headlines about Carter’s mental health diagnoses, the singer took to Twitter on Monday to announce that he’d be canceling his remaining 2019 tour dates to focus on his health. In subsequent tweets, he also referred to a “private family matter” that requires his attention. He later slammed reports that he was taking time off to deal with a “mental health crisis.”
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