Armed protesters against Michigan’s coronavirus lockdown have rallied in the state capitol building.
Hundreds of demonstrators, a few of them armed, gathered in Lansing and many did not wear masks or socially distance.
Police checked their temperatures before some were allowed into the capitol, where lawmakers were debating.
Governor Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat, extended her stay-at-home mandate earlier this month until 15 May.
Michigan has been hard hit by the coronavirus, with 3,788 deaths.
More than 41,000 infections have been recorded across the Midwestern state, mostly in the Detroit metro area.
Thursday’s protest, dubbed the “American Patriot Rally”, was organised by Michigan United for Liberty. It called for state businesses to reopen on 1 May in violation of state orders.
It is legal to bear firearms inside the statehouse, and several demonstrators were openly carrying guns in the Senate gallery.
But some armed protesters reportedly tried to enter the floor of the chamber, and were blocked by state police and sergeants-at-arms.
One state senator said several of her colleagues wore bulletproof vests.
Footage of protesters outside the building showed them chanting “Let us in!”, “Let us work” and “This is the people’s house, you cannot lock us out”.
They also cleared the way for her to be sued over her handling of the pandemic. She hit back that she does not need legislative authorisation for the extension.
On Wednesday, the governor accused Republicans of treating the virus like a “political problem”, rather than “a public health crisis”.
On Wednesday, a Michigan court ruled that the governor’s lockdown orders were not unconstitutional, as five state residents had claimed in a lawsuit against the governor.
“Although the Court is painfully aware of the difficulties of living under the restrictions of these executive orders, those difficulties are temporary, while to those who contract the virus and cannot recover (and to their family members and friends), it is all too permanent,” Michigan Court of Claims Judge Christopher M Murray wrote in a ruling.