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The difficulty here is that you were held past the 72 hour evaluation period and that means the commitment is on file and reached the Federal government.
18 USC 1922 (d) makes it a Federal crime for anyone who has been "adjudicated a mental defective or who has been committed to any mental institution" to have anything to do with firearms. That has been construed by the courts to mean that if the institutionalization was involuntary and/or ordered by a court or an agency you have lost your Federal gun rights.
As it would appear that you've been adjudicated a mental defective, The Federal bar against your gun rights is a lifetime bar and you won't be able to possess firearms again.
You may be able to correct your record in California and then appeal your denial with the Federal government. But the Federal government has not been hearing new appeals on gun rights denials since January 2016 when gun rights toughened as a result of several large scale shooting disasters that made national news. There is no indication of if or when they will be hearing new appeals again.
So, in short, no matter what California may be willing to do for you -- if anything at all -- the Feds are aware of your adjudication and will not be able to address the denial indefinitely.
No, I didn't quite say that. I said that lifting the Federal hold is going to be delayed indefinitely.
You can briing a petition to get your firearms rights restored after a 5150 hold. The procedure in California seems to vary by county, but it would involve being reevaluated by a team of psychiatrists and overcoming the prosecutor's almost certain opposition to the petition. You would need a local criminal lawyer who specializes in the restoration of firearms rights.
Once you've accomplished that, you would still be unable to pass a NICS check. So you would have to appeal that denial based on California's finding that you were now fit to carry a weapon and the restoration of your state rights.
As I've said, the problem is that the Federal government hasn't taken on any new appeals since Janauary and there is presently no telling when they will address the backload of denials awaiting them. But if you don't appeal, your application will never be considered.
So there are things you can do, but nothing that will get you full resolution at this time. You can, however, restore your state rights and then appeal the Federal denial and wait for a decision.
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