Big game hunters headed to Argentina this coming season will find the cost of importing a firearm to that country has gone up significantly. Starting last month, the National Registry for Weapons (RENAR), licensing body for firearms use and ownership in Argentina, began charging 200 Argentine pesos (about $67) per firearm for an import/export permit. The fee was previously only 30 pesos (about $10). Why the big jump? Argentine authorities have tightened their control and regulation of firearms and they say they need the higher fee to cover the cost of their activities.
Incidentally, there are no pre-registration procedures for importing a firearm into Argentina. You simply show up, fill out an import permit and pay your import fee of $67. Ouch!